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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Rashad Khalifa
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Rashad Khalifa rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 The arrangers in columns.
37:2 The blamers of those to be blamed.
37:3 The reciters of the messages.
37:4 Your god is only one.
37:5 The Lord of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them, and Lord of the easts.
37:6 We have adorned the lowest heaven with adorning planets.
37:7 We guarded it from every evil devil.
37:8 They cannot spy on the High Society; they get bombarded from every side.
37:9 They have been condemned; they have incurred an eternal retribution.
37:10 If any of them ventures to charge the outer limits, he gets struck with a fierce projectile.
37:11 Ask them, "Are they more difficult to create, or the other creations?" We created them from wet mud.
37:12 While you are awed, they mock.
37:13 When reminded, they take no heed.
37:14 When they see proof, they ridicule it.
37:15 They say, "This is obviously magic!
37:16 "After we die and become dust and bones, do we get resurrected?
37:17 "Even our ancient ancestors?"
37:18 Say, "Yes, you will be forcibly summoned."
37:19 All it takes is one nudge, whereupon they (stand up) looking.
37:20 They will say, "Woe to us; this is the Day of Judgment."
37:21 This is the day of decision that you used to disbelieve in.
37:22 Summon the transgressors, and their spouses, and the idols they worshiped
37:23 beside GOD, and guide them to the path of Hell.
37:24 Stop them, and ask them:
37:25 "Why do you not help one another?"
37:26 They will be, on that day, totally submitting.
37:27 They will come to each other, questioning and blaming one another.
37:28 They will say (to their leaders), "You used to come to us from the right side."
37:29 They will respond, "It is you who were not believers.
37:30 "We never had any power over you; it is you who were wicked.
37:31 "We justly incurred our Lord's judgment; now we have to suffer.
37:32 "We misled you, only because we were astray."
37:33 Thus, together they will all partake of the retribution on that day.
37:34 This is how we requite the guilty.
37:35 When they were told, "Laa Elaaha Ella Allah [There is no other god beside GOD]," they turned arrogant.
37:36 They said, "Shall we leave our gods for the sake of a crazy poet?"
37:37 In fact, he has brought the truth, and has confirmed the messengers.
37:38 Most assuredly, you will taste the most painful retribution.
37:39 You are requited only for what you have done.
37:40 Only GOD's servants who are absolutely devoted to Him alone (will be saved).
37:41 They have deserved provisions that are reserved specifically for them.
37:42 All kinds of fruits. They will be honored.
37:43 In the gardens of bliss.
37:44 On furnishings close to one another.
37:45 Cups of pure drinks will be offered to them.
37:46 Clear and delicious for the drinkers.
37:47 Never polluted, and never exhausted.
37:48 With them will be wonderful companions.
37:49 Protected like fragile eggs.
37:50 They will come to each other, and confer with one another.
37:51 One of them will say, "I used to have a friend.
37:52 "He used to mock: `Do you believe all this?
37:53 " `After we die and turn into dust and bones, do we get called to account?' "
37:54 He will say, "Just take a look!"
37:55 When he looks, he will see his friend in the heart of Hell.
37:56 He (will go to him and) say, "By GOD, you almost ruined me.
37:57 "If it were not for my Lord's blessing, I would have been with you now.
37:58 "(Do you still believe) that we die,
37:59 "only the first death, and we never receive any requital?"
37:60 Such is the greatest triumph.
37:61 This is what every worker should work for.
37:62 Is this a better destiny, or the tree of bitterness?
37:63 We have rendered it a punishment for the transgressors.
37:64 It is a tree that grows in the heart of Hell.
37:65 Its flowers look like the devils' heads.
37:66 They will eat from it until their bellies are filled up.
37:67 Then they will top it with a hellish drink.
37:68 Then they will return to Hell.
37:69 They found their parents astray.
37:70 And they blindly followed in their footsteps.
37:71 Most of the previous generations have strayed in the same manner.
37:72 We have sent to them warners.
37:73 Note the consequences for those who have been warned.
37:74 Only GOD's servants who are absolutely devoted to Him alone (are saved).
37:75 Thus, Noah called upon us, and we were the best responders.
37:76 We saved him and his family from the great disaster.
37:77 We made his companions the survivors.
37:78 And we preserved his history for subsequent generations.
37:79 Peace be upon Noah among the peoples.
37:80 We thus reward the righteous.
37:81 He is one of our believing servants.
37:82 We drowned all the others.
37:83 Among his followers was Abraham.
37:84 He came to his Lord wholeheartedly.
37:85 He said to his father and his people, "What are you worshiping?
37:86 "Is it these fabricated gods, instead of GOD, that you want?
37:87 "What do you think of the Lord of the universe?"
37:88 He looked carefully at the stars.
37:89 Then he gave up and said, "I am tired of this!"
37:90 They turned away from him.
37:91 He then turned on their idols, saying, "Would you like to eat?
37:92 "Why do you not speak?"
37:93 He then destroyed them.
37:94 They went to him in a great rage.
37:95 He said, "How can you worship what you carve?
37:96 "When GOD has created you, and everything you make!"
37:97 They said, "Let us build a great fire, and throw him into it."
37:98 They schemed against him, but we made them the losers.
37:99 He said, "I am going to my Lord; He will guide me."
37:100 "My Lord, grant me righteous children."
37:101 We gave him good news of a good child.
37:102 When he grew enough to work with him, he said, "My son, I see in a dream that I am sacrificing you. What do you think?" He said, "O my father, do what you are commanded to do. You will find me, GOD willing, patient."
37:103 They both submitted, and he put his forehead down (to sacrifice him).
37:104 We called him: "O Abraham.
37:105 "You have believed the dream." We thus reward the righteous.
37:106 That was an exacting test indeed.
37:107 We ransomed (Ismail) by substituting an animal sacrifice.
37:108 And we preserved his history for subsequent generations.
37:109 Peace be upon Abraham.
37:110 We thus reward the righteous.
37:111 He is one of our believing servants.
37:112 Then we gave him the good news about the birth of Isaac, to be one of the righteous prophets.
37:113 We blessed him and Isaac. Among their descendants, some are righteous, and some are wicked transgressors.
37:114 We also blessed Moses and Aaron.
37:115 We delivered them and their people from the great disaster.
37:116 We supported them, until they became the winners.
37:117 We gave both of them the profound scripture.
37:118 We guided them in the right path.
37:119 We preserved their history for subsequent generations.
37:120 Peace be upon Moses and Aaron.
37:121 We thus reward the righteous.
37:122 Both of them were among our righteous servants.
37:123 Elias was one of the messengers.
37:124 He said to his people, "Would you not work righteousness?
37:125 "Do you worship a statue, instead of the Supreme Creator?
37:126 "GOD; your Lord, and the Lord of your forefathers!"
37:127 They disbelieved him. Consequently, they had to be called to account.
37:128 Only GOD's servants who are absolutely devoted to Him alone (are saved).
37:129 We preserved his history for subsequent generations.
37:130 Peace be upon Elias, and all those like Elias.
37:131 We thus reward the righteous.
37:132 He was one of our believing servants.
37:133 Lot was one of the messengers.
37:134 We saved him and all his family.
37:135 Only the old woman was doomed.
37:136 We annihilated all the others.
37:137 You still pass by their ruins by day.
37:138 And by night. Would you understand?
37:139 Jonah was one of the messengers.
37:140 He escaped to the loaded ship.
37:141 He rebelled and thus, he joined the losers.
37:142 Consequently, the fish swallowed him, and he was the one to blame.
37:143 If it were not that he resorted to meditation (on God),
37:144 he would have stayed in its belly until the Day of Resurrection.
37:145 We had him thrown up into the desert, exhausted.
37:146 We had a tree of edible fruit grown for him.
37:147 Then we sent him to a hundred thousand, or more.
37:148 They did believe, and we let them enjoy this life.
37:149 Ask them if your Lord have daughters, while they have sons!
37:150 Did we create the angels to be females? Did they witness that?
37:151 Indeed, they grossly blaspheme when they say -
37:152 "GOD has begotten a son." Indeed, they are liars.
37:153 Did He choose the girls over the boys?
37:154 What is wrong with your logic?
37:155 Why do you not take heed?
37:156 Do you have any proof?
37:157 Show us your book, if you are truthful.
37:158 They even invented a special relationship between Him and the jinns. The jinns themselves know that they are subservient.
37:159 GOD be glorified; far above their claims.
37:160 Only GOD's servants who are devoted to Him alone (are saved).
37:161 Indeed, you and what you worship.
37:162 Cannot impose anything on Him.
37:163 Only you will burn in Hell.
37:164 Each one of us has a specific job.
37:165 We are the arrangers.
37:166 We have duly glorified (our Lord).
37:167 They used to say,
37:168 "Had we received the correct instructions from our parents,
37:169 "we would have been worshipers; devoted to GOD alone."
37:170 But they disbelieved, and they will surely find out.
37:171 Our decision is already decreed for our servants the messengers.
37:172 They are surely the victors.
37:173 Our soldiers are the winners.
37:174 So disregard them for awhile.
37:175 Watch them; they too will watch.
37:176 Do they challenge our retribution?
37:177 When it hits them one day, it will be a miserable day; they have been sufficiently warned.
37:178 Disregard them for awhile.
37:179 Watch them; they too will watch.
37:180 Glory be to your Lord, the great Lord; far above their claims.
37:181 Peace be upon the messengers.
37:182 Praise be to GOD, Lord of the universe.


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