Al-Quran Surah 20. Ta-ha, Ayah 20

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فَأَلْقَاهَا فَإِذَا هِيَ حَيَّةٌ تَسْعَىٰ


Asad : So he threw it - and lo! it was a snake, moving rapidly.
Malik : So he toss it down and saw that it became a snake active in motion.
Mustafa Khattab :

So he did, then—behold!—it became a serpent, slithering.

Pickthall : So he cast it down, and Lo! it was a serpent, gliding.
Yusuf Ali : He threw it and behold! it was a snake active in motion. 2549
Transliteration : Faalqaha faitha hiya hayyatun tasAAa
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Yusuf Ali 2549 Cf. vii. 107, where a different word (thu'ban) is used for "snake", and the qualifying adjective is "plain (for all to see)". The scene there is before Pharaoh and his magicians and people: the object is to show the hollowness of their magic by a miracle: the rod appears before them as a long and creeping writhing serpent. Here there is a sign to present Allah's power to Moses's mind and understanding: the rod becomes a Haiy (a live snake), and its active motion is what is most to be impressed on the mind of Moses, for there were no other spectators.

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