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And assuredly Harun had said unto them afore: O my people! ye are only being tempted thereby; and verily your Lord is the Compassionate; so follow me and obey my command. 90 They said: we shall by no means cease to be assiduous to it until there returneth to us Musa. 91 Said Moosa, “O Haroon what prevented you when you saw them going astray?” 92 from [abandoning them and] following me? Hast thou, then, [deliberately] disobeyed my commandment?" 93 (Aaron) replied: "O son of my mother! Seize (me) not by my beard nor by (the hair of) my head! Truly I feared lest thou shouldst say, 'Thou has caused a division among the children of Israel, and thou didst not respect my word!'" 94 [Moses] said, "And what is your case, O Samiri?" 95 He said: I perceived what they perceive not, so I seized a handful from the footsteps of the messenger, and then threw it in. Thus my soul commended to me. 96 Moses said, "Begone! It shall be your lot to say throughout your life, "Do not touch me," and you will be faced with a fate from which there will be no escape. Now look at your deity to which you have become so devoted: we shall burn it up, and then scatter it into the sea. 97 But the god of you all is the One Allah: there is no god but He: all things He comprehends in His knowledge. 98 Thus We relate to you the history of past events, and We have given you a reminder [the Quran] from Us. 99 If any do turn away therefrom, verily they will bear a burden on the Day of judgment; 100 and live in it for ever; how evil will that burden be for them on the Day of Resurrection. 101 The Day whereon the trumpet will be blown into, and We shall gather the culprits on that Day blear-eyed, 102 In whispers will they speak to each other (saying): "You stayed not longer than ten (days)." 103 We are most knowing of what they say when the best of them in manner will say, "You remained not but one day." 104
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