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Talut (Saul)

AL-BAQARA  -2

 

2:246-252

Did you not note the leaders of the Children of Israel after Moses, they said to their prophet:

"Send us a king that we may fight in the cause of God;"

 

he said:

"Are you not concerned that if fighting is decreed for you, you will then not fight?"

 

They said:

"And why should we not fight in the cause of God when we have been expelled from our homes along with our children."

 

So it was, that when fighting was decreed for them they turned away, except for a few of them! God is fully aware of the wicked.

 

And their prophet said to them:

"God has sent Saul to you as a king."

 

They said:

"How can he have the kingship when we are more deserving than him, and he has not been given an abundance of wealth?"

 

He said:

"God has chosen him over you and increased him in knowledge and physical stature. God grants His sovereignty to whom He chooses; and God is Encompassing, Knowledgeable."

 

And their prophet said to them:

"The sign of his kingship shall be that he brings to you the ark in which there is tranquility from your Lord and the legacy of what was left behind by the descendants of Moses and the descendants of Aaron being carried by the angels. In this is a sign for you if you are believers."

 

So when Saul set out with the soldiers,

he said:

"God will test you with a river, whoever drinks from it is not with me, and whoever does not taste from it except one scoop with his hand is with me."

 

They all drank from it, except for a few of them. So when he and those who believed with him crossed it,

they said:

"We have no power today against Goliath and his soldiers!"

 

But the ones who understood that they would meet God said:

"How many a time has a small group beaten a large group with the permission of God, and God is with the patient ones!"

 

And when they came forth to Goliath and his soldiers,

they said:

"Our Lord grant us patience, and make firm our foothold, and grant us victory over the disbelieving people."

 

So they defeated them with the permission of God, and David killed Goliath, and God gave him the kingship and the wisdom and taught him what he wished. And if it were not for God defending the people against themselves, then the earth would have long been corrupted; but God has bestowed grace upon the worlds. These are the revelations of God, We recite them to you with the truth, and you are one of the messengers.