020 - Soorah TaaHaa - [Makkee]
[020:088] Then he took out (of the fire) for them (a statue of) a calf which seemed to low. They said: "This is your ilāh (god), and the ilāh (god) of Mūsā (Moses), but he [Mūsā (Moses)] has forgotten (his god)."'
[020:089] Did they not see that it could not return them a word (for answer), and that it had no power either to harm them or to do them good?
[020:090] And Hārūn (Aaron) indeed had said to them beforehand: "O my people! You are being tried in this, and verily, your Lord is (Allāh) the Most Gracious, so follow me and obey my order."
[020:091] They said: "We will not stop worshipping it (i.e. the calf), until Mūsā (Moses) returns to us."
[020:092] [Mūsā (Moses)] said: "O Hārūn (Aaron)! What prevented you when you saw them going astray;
[020:093] "That you followed me not (according to my advice to you)? Have you then disobeyed my order?"
[020:094] He [Hārūn (Aaron)] said: "O son of my mother! Seize (me) not by my beard, nor by my head! Verily, I feared lest you should say: 'You have caused a division among the Children of Israel, and you have not respected my word!' "
[020:095] [Mūsā (Moses)] said: "And what is the matter with you. O Sāmirī? (i.e. why did you do so?)"
[020:096] (Sāmirī) said: "I saw what they saw not, so I took a handful (of dust) from the (hoof) print of the messenger [Jibrāīl's (Gabriel's) horse] and threw it [into the fire in which were put the ornaments of Fir'aun's (Pharaoh) people, or into the calf]. Thus my inner self suggested to me."
[020:097] Mūsā (Moses) said: "Then go away! And verily, your (punishment) in this life will be that you will say: 'Touch me not' (i.e. you will live alone exiled away from mankind); and verily, (for a future torment) you have a promise that will not fail. And look at your ilāh (god) to which you have been devoted. We will certainly burn it, and scatter its particles in the sea."
[020:098] Your Ilāh (God) is only Allāh, (the One) Lā ilāha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He). He has full knowledge of all things.