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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Ahmed Ali
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Ahmed Ali rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 I CALL TO witness those who stand arrayed in rows
37:2 And those who restrain by reprimanding
37:3 And those who recite the Reminder
37:4 Verily your God is One
37:5 The Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them, and the Lord of the Easts
37:6 He decked the nearest heavens with ornaments of stars
37:7 Protecting them against every wayward devil
37:8 So that they are not able to listen to the angels of higher (echelons), and are pelted from all side
37:9 And kept far away. There is perpetual punishment for them
37:10 Except those who eavesdrop and are pursued by a shooting flame
37:11 So ask them if they are more difficult to create, or the rest We have created? Indeed (man) We created from fermented clay
37:12 Yet while you are filled with wonder, they just scoff
37:13 And when they are warned they pay no heed
37:14 When they see a sign, they laugh at it
37:15 And say: "This is only magic
37:16 When we are dead and turned to dust and bones, how can we be raised again
37:17 And our fathers too?"
37:18 You say: "Yes; and you will be lowly made."
37:19 There will only be a single jerk, and they will gape
37:20 And say: "Ah woe! This is the Day of Reckoning."
37:21 "(Yes,) this is the Day of Judgement you had called a lie."
37:22 Gather all the wicked together and their comrades, and those they had worshippe
37:23 Other than God," (the angels will be told), "then show them the way to Hell
37:24 And detain them, for they will be questioned."
37:25 "What is the matter with you that you do not help each other?"
37:26 They will submit to questioning then
37:27 And some of them will confront the others
37:28 Saying: "It were you who imposed yourselves upon us."
37:29 They will say: "No, you were the ones who would not believe
37:30 We had no power over you. In fact, you were a people rebellious
37:31 The sentence of our Lord has come true for us. We have certainly to taste (the punishment)
37:32 For we had led you astray. In fact we ourselves were astray."
37:33 So, they will become partners in punishment
37:34 That is how We deal with sinners
37:35 They were those who, when it was said to them, "There is no god but God," behaved with insolence
37:36 And said: "Should we abandon our gods for the sake of an insane poet?"
37:37 Not in the least. He has brought the truth and confirmed the other messengers
37:38 You will indeed taste a painful punishment
37:39 And be rewarded but only for what you had done
37:40 Except the chosen creatures of God
37:41 Whose provision is predetermined -
37:42 Fruits of every kind, and they will be honoure
37:43 In gardens of delight
37:44 (Sitting) on couches, face to face
37:45 With cups from a flowing stream being passed around
37:46 Clear, delicious to drink
37:47 Neither dulling the senses nor intoxicating
37:48 And with them maidens of modest look and large lustrous eyes
37:49 Like sheltered eggs in a nest
37:50 Then one turned to the other in an enquiry
37:51 Said one of the speakers: "I had a frien
37:52 Who used to say: 'Are you one of those who can testify to the truth
37:53 (Do you think) we would be paid back our due when we are dead and reduced to dust and bones?
37:54 He said: 'Will you look down?
37:55 He looked down and saw (his friend) in the midst of Hell
37:56 'By God', he said, 'you had almost ruined me
37:57 Had it not been for the grace of my Lord I too would have been there (in Hell)
37:58 (Another will say:)"Is it true, we are not going to di
37:59 Other than our first death, and we shall not be punished
37:60 This will indeed be great happiness
37:61 For this the toilers should strive."
37:62 Is this better or the tree of Zaqqu
37:63 Which We have reserved as punishment for evil-doers
37:64 It is a tree that grows at the bottom of Hell
37:65 Its spathes are like the prickly pear
37:66 They will eat and fill their bellies with it
37:67 Washing it down with boiling water
37:68 Then to Hell they will surely be returned
37:69 They had found their fathers astray
37:70 Yet they hasten to follow in their footsteps
37:71 So had many an earlier people gone astray
37:72 And We had sent admonishers to them
37:73 Look, then how was the end of those who had been warned
37:74 Other than the chosen creatures of God
37:75 Noah had verily called to Us. And how gracious was He who answered (him)
37:76 We saved him and his family from the great affliction
37:77 And made his progeny survive
37:78 And left (his name) for posterity
37:79 Peace on Noah among all men
37:80 That is how We reward those who do good
37:81 Surely he was among Our faithful creatures
37:82 Afterwards We drowned the others
37:83 And Abraham indeed was of his inducement
37:84 When he came to his Lord with a heart compliant
37:85 When he said to his father and his people: "What is this you worship
37:86 Why do you solicit false gods instead of God
37:87 What do you imagine the Lord of the worlds to be?"
37:88 Then he looked up at the stars (they worshipped)
37:89 And said: "I am sick (of what you worship)!"
37:90 But they turned their backs on him and went away
37:91 Then he turned towards their gods and said: "Why do you not eat (of these offerings)
37:92 What is wrong with you that you do not speak?"
37:93 Then he started striking them down with his right hand
37:94 So the people descended upon him
37:95 "Why do you worship these you carve yourselves," he asked
37:96 "When God has created you and what you make?"
37:97 "Build a pyre for him and throw him into the raging fire."
37:98 So they contrived a plot against him, but We made them abject
37:99 And he said: "I am going away to my Lord who will show me the way
37:100 (And he prayed:) "O Lord, grant me a righteous son."
37:101 So We gave him the good news of a clement son
37:102 When he was old enough to go about with him, he said: "O my son, I dreamt that I was sacrificing you. Consider, what you think?" He replied: "Father, do as you are commanded. If God pleases you will find me firm."
37:103 When they submitted to the will of God, and (Abraham) laid (his son) down prostrate on his temple
37:104 We called out: "O Abraham
37:105 You have fulfilled your dream." Thus do We reward the good
37:106 That was indeed a trying test
37:107 So We ransomed him for a great sacrifice
37:108 And left (his hallowed memory) for posterity
37:109 Peace be on Abraham
37:110 That is how We reward those who do good
37:111 He is truly among Our faithful creatures
37:112 So We gave him the good news of Isaac, apostle, who is among the righteous
37:113 And We blessed him and Isaac. Among their descendants are some who do good, but some who wrong themselves
37:114 We were indeed gracious to Moses and Aaron
37:115 And saved them and their people from great distress
37:116 And helped them, so they were victorious
37:117 We gave them the explicit Book
37:118 And showed them the straight path
37:119 And left (their remembrance) for posterity
37:120 Peace be on Moses and Aaron
37:121 That is how We reward those who do good
37:122 They are among Our faithful devotees
37:123 Verily Elias is one of the apostles
37:124 When he said to his people: "Will you not be mindful of God
37:125 Would you call on Baal and leave the best of creators
37:126 God, your Lord, and the Lord of your fathers?"
37:127 They denied him, and will surely be brought to punishment
37:128 Except the chosen creatures of God
37:129 And We left his (memory) for posterity
37:130 Peace be on Elias
37:131 That is how We reward those who do good
37:132 He is truly among Our faithful devotees
37:133 Verily Lot was one of the apostles
37:134 Wherefore We saved him and his entire famil
37:135 Except an old woman who was one of those who stayed behind
37:136 Then We destroyed the others
37:137 You pass by (their habitations) in the mornin
37:138 Or at night. Then how is it you do not understand
37:139 Verily Jonah is one of the apostles
37:140 When he fled on the laden ship
37:141 And lots were cast (when a storm overtook them), he was rejected, (and thrown overboard)
37:142 Then he was swallowed by a large fish as he was worthy of blame
37:143 Had he not been one of those who struggled hard
37:144 He would have stayed in its belly till the day the dead are raised
37:145 So We cast him, sick, on a barren shore
37:146 And We made a gourd tree grow over him
37:147 We sent him to a hundred thousand men or more
37:148 And they came to believe; so We allowed them to enjoy the good things of life for an age
37:149 Now ask them if their Lord has daughters, and they sons
37:150 Or did We make the angels females, and they witnessed it
37:151 Is it not a lie invented by them when they say
37:152 "God has begotten (children)?" They are liars indeed
37:153 Does He prefer sons to daughters
37:154 What ails you that you judge in such a wise
37:155 Why do you not reflect
37:156 Or have you received some clear authority
37:157 Then bring your scripture, if what you say is true
37:158 They link Him with jinns by lineage, yet the jinns know they will be brought before Him
37:159 God is too glorious for what they ascribe to Hi
37:160 Except His chosen creatures who do not
37:161 So neither you nor those you worshi
37:162 Can mislead anyone away from Him
37:163 Except one who is (destined) to burn in Hell
37:164 "There is not one of us who does not have his appointed place," (declare the angels.
37:165 "And we are truly those who stand in rows
37:166 And we are those who sing hallelujas to Him."
37:167 They used to say
37:168 If we had the account of earlier people with us
37:169 We would have been the chosen creatures of God."
37:170 Yet now (that it has come) they refuse to believe in it; but they will come to know soon
37:171 Our word had already been given before to Our votaries, the apostles, -
37:172 That they would be helped
37:173 And that certainly Our armies will be victorious
37:174 So you ignore them for a tim
37:175 And wait; they will come to know soon
37:176 Do they want to hasten Our punishment
37:177 When it comes down on their plains, it will be an evil dawn for those who had been warned
37:178 So turn away from them for a tim
37:179 And watch; they will come to know soon
37:180 Too glorious is your Lord, the Lord of power, for what they ascribe to Him
37:181 So peace be on the messengers
37:182 And all praise to God, the Lord of all the worlds


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