They said: “O Moses! Will you cast (your staff), or shall we be the first who cast down”?
(Moses) said: “Nay! (You) cast down”! Then their cords and their rods appeared to him as if they were moving fast on account of their magic.
We said: “Do not fear, surely you, you are the uppermost”.
And cast down what is in your right hand (your staff), it shall swallow up what they have made. What they have made is only a magician’s trick and the magicians shall not have Salvation wheresoever they may come from.
Upon that the magicians fell down prostrate. They said: “We believe in the Lord of Aaron and Moses”.
(Pharaoh) said: “Did you believe in him before I gave you permission? Surely he is an elder (expert) of you who taught you magic, therefore I will certainly cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, and I will certainly crucify you on the trunks of palm-trees. And certainly you will come to know which of us is more severe and more lasting in torment”.
They said: “We would never prefer you to what has come to us of the clear miracles. Because He created us, therefore do what you are going to do. But you can only do in this world’s life”.
Surely we believe in our Lord that He may forgive us our sins (pardon us and change our evil deeds into rewards) and the magic to which you compelled us. And Allah is better and more lasting.
Whoever comes to his Lord being guilty, for him is surely Hell. He shall not die therein, nor shall he live.
And whoever comes to Him as a believer and he has done improving deeds (the soul’s cleansing), then for them, for such are the high degrees.
The Gardens of Eden, beneath which the rivers flow, where they will abide forever. And this is the Reward of those who are cleansed (cleansed and purified their soul).