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˹saying,˺ “Eat from the good things We have provided for you, but do not transgress in them, or My wrath will befall you. And whoever My wrath befalls is certainly doomed.

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But I am truly Most Forgiving to whoever repents, believes, and does good, then persists on ˹true˺ guidance.”

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˹Allah asked,˺ “Why have you come with such haste ahead of your people, O  Moses?”1

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He replied, “They are close on my tracks. And I have hastened to You, my Lord, so You will be pleased.”

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Allah responded, “We have indeed tested your people in your absence, and the Sâmiri1 has led them astray.”

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So Moses returned to his people, furious and sorrowful. He said, “O my people! Had your Lord not made you a good promise?1 Has my absence been too long for you? Or have you wished for wrath from your Lord to befall you, so you broke your promise to me?”2 

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They argued, “We did not break our promise to you of our own free will, but we were made to carry the burden of the people’s ˹golden˺ jewellery,1 then we threw it ˹into the fire˺, and so did the Sâmiri.”

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Then he moulded for them an idol of a calf that made a lowing sound. They said, “This is your god and the god of Moses, but Moses forgot ˹where it was˺!”

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Did they not see that it did not respond to them, nor could it protect or benefit them?

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Aaron had already warned them beforehand, “O my people! You are only being tested by this, for indeed your ˹one true˺ Lord is the Most Compassionate. So follow me and obey my orders.”

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