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Al-Kahf
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Hizb 31
Juz 16
So they both proceeded: until, when they were in the boat, he scuttled it. Said Moses: "Hast thou scuttled it in order to drown those in it? Truly a strange thing hast thou done!" (71) He replied, "Did I not tell you that you would never be able to bear with me patiently?" (72) Moses said, "Please, forgive my forgetfulness. Do not oblige me with what is difficult for me to endure." (73) And so the two went on, till, when they met a young man, [the sage] slew him - [whereupon Moses] exclaimed: "Hast thou slain an innocent human being without [his having taken] another man's life? Indeed, thou hast done a terrible thing!" (74) ۞ Said he, 'Did I not say that thou couldst never bear with me patiently?' (75) Musa said: if I ask thee regarding aught after this, company not with me; surely there hath reached to thee from my side an excuse. (76) So they set out, until when they came to the people of a town, they asked its people for food, but they refused to offer them hospitality. And they found therein a wall about to collapse, so al-Khidhr restored it. [Moses] said, "If you wished, you could have taken for it a payment." (77) He said: This shall be separation between me and you; now I will inform you of the significance of that with which you could not have patience. (78) "The boat belonged to some destitute people who were using it as a means of their living in the sea. The king had imposed a certain amount of tax on every undamaged boat. I damaged it so that they would not have to pay the tax. (79) And as for the boy, his parents were believers, and we feared that he would overburden them by transgression and disbelief. (80) So we desired that their Lord might give them in his place one better than him in purity and nearer to having compassion. (81) “And in respect of the wall it belonged to two orphan boys of the city, and beneath it was their treasure, and their father was a virtuous man; therefore your Lord willed that they should reach their maturity and remove their treasure; by the mercy of your Lord; and I have not done this at my own command; this is the interpretation of the matters you could not patiently bear.” (* Hazrat Khidr was given the knowledge of the hidden as in all three explanations he gave). (82)
18 The Cave
Al-Kahf
10 of 12
۞
Hizb 31
Juz 16