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Certainly Aaron had said to them even before (the return of Moses): "My people, you were fallen into error because of the calf. Surely your Lord is Most Compassionate; so follow me and obey my command." 90 They had said: "We will not abandon this cult, but we will devote ourselves to it until Moses returns to us." 91 Moses said, 'What prevented thee, Aaron, when thou sawest them in error, 92 "From following me? Didst thou then disobey my order?" 93 Aaron replied, "Son of my mother, do not seize me by my beard or head. I was afraid that you might consider me responsible for causing discord among the children of Israel and would not pay attention to my words." 94 [Musa (Moses)] said: "And what is the matter with you. O Samiri? (i.e. why did you do so?)" 95 'I beheld what they beheld not,' he said, 'and I seized a handful of dust from the messenger's track, and cast it into the thing. So my soul prompted me.' 96 Moses said, "Go away! Throughout your life you will not be able to let anyone touch you. This will be your punishment in this life. The time for your final punishment is inevitable. You will never be able to avoid it. Look at your god which you have been worshipping. We will burn it in the fire and scatter its ashes into the sea." 97 Your God is only the One God; there is no god, but He alone who in His knowledge embraces everything.' 98 Thus do We relate to thee some stories of what happened before: for We have sent thee a Message from Our own Presence. 99 Whoever turns away from it will surely carry a burden on the Day of Judgement, 100 As abiders therein. And vile will it be for them on the Day of Judgment as a load! 101 On the day when the trumpet shall be blown, and We will gather the guilty, blue-eyed, on that day 102 They will slowly talk to each other and say, "Our life on earth was as short as 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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