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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Sayyid Qutb (transcription in progress)
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Sayyid Qutb rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 By the [angels] ranged in ranks,
37:2 who rebuke reproachfully
37:3 and recite God's word
37:4 most certainly your God is One,
37:5 Lord of the heavens and the earth and everything between them, Lord of all the points of sunrise.
37:6 We have adorned the skies nearest to the earth with stars,
37:7 and have made them secure against every rebellious devil.
37:8 Thus, they cannot eavesdrop on the ones on high, but shall be repelled from all sides,
37:9 driven away, with lasting suffering in store for them.
37:10 If any of them stealthily snatches away a fragment, he will be pursued by a piercing flame.
37:11 Now ask those [unbelievers]: Are they more difficult to create, or the other beings We have created? Them have We created out of a sticky clay.
37:12 Whereas you marvel, they scoff;
37:13 and when they are reminded of the truth, they pay no heed;
37:14 and when they see a sign, they resort to ridicule;
37:15 and say: 'This is nothing but plain sorcery.
37:16 What! After we have died and become mere dust and bones, shall we be raised back to life?
37:17 And perhaps our forefathers?'
37:18 Say: 'Yes, indeed! And you shall be utterly humbled.'
37:19 There will be just one single cry, and they will all begin to see,
37:20 and will say: 'Woe betide us! This is the Day of Judgement!'
37:21 This is indeed the Day of Decision which you used to call a lie!
37:22 Gather together all those who were bent on wrongdoing, their ilk, and all that they used to worship
37:23 instead of God, and guide them all to the path of hell,
37:24 but halt them a while, for they shall be asked:
37:25 'How is it that you do not help one another?'
37:26 Indeed, on that day they will be in complete submission.
37:27 They will turn upon one another accusingly.
37:28 Some [of them] will say: 'You used to [whisper to us] approaching us from the right!'
37:29 The others will reply: 'No! It was you who would not believe.
37:30 We had no power over you; but you were willing to exceed all limits.
37:31 Now our Lord's word has come true against us, and we are bound to taste [the punishment];
37:32 If we led you astray, we ourselves were astray.'
37:33 On that day, they all will share in the common suffering.
37:34 Thus shall We deal with all the guilty ones.
37:35 Whenever they were told, 'there is no deity other than God,' they would turn away in arrogance,
37:36 and would say: 'Are we to forsake our deities for the sake of a mad poet?'
37:37 For certain, he has brought the truth, and confirmed the earlier messengers.
37:38 You will indeed taste grievous suffering,
37:39 being requited only for what you used to do.
37:40 Not so God's true servants.
37:41 Theirs shall be a predetermined sustenance:
37:42 fruits; and they will be honoured
37:43 in gardens of bliss,
37:44 seated on soft couches, facing one another.
37:45 A cup will be passed round among them with a drink from a flowing spring:
37:46 clear, delicious to those who drink it,
37:47 causing no headiness or intoxication.
37:48 With them will be mates of modest gaze, most beautiful of eye,
37:49 as if they were hidden eggs.
37:50 And they will turn to one another with questions.
37:51 One of them will say: I had a close companion on earth
37:52 who used to ask me: 'Do you really believe
37:53 that after we have died and become mere dust and bones we shall be brought for judgement?'
37:54 He adds: 'Would you like to look down?'
37:55 Then he looks and sees him in the midst of the fire.
37:56 He will then say: 'By God! You almost brought me to ruin!
37:57 But for the grace of God I should have also been brought there.'
37:58 'But then is it truly so, that we are not to die
37:59 except for our first death, and that we are not to suffer?
37:60 This is indeed the supreme triumph.'
37:61 Everyone should strive to attain this goal.
37:62 Is this the better welcome, or the ZaqqÅ«m tree?
37:63 We have made it a test for the wrongdoers.
37:64 It is a tree that grows in the very heart of the blazing fire of hell.
37:65 Its fruit is like devils' heads.
37:66 They will indeed eat of it, filling their bellies.
37:67 Then on top of it, they will be given polluted, scalding water to drink.
37:68 Then again, their ultimate goal is hell.
37:69 They found their forefathers astray,
37:70 and rushed to follow in their footsteps.
37:71 Most of the people of old went astray before them;
37:72 although We had sent them warners.
37:73 Behold what happened in the end to those that had been warned.
37:74 Not so God's true servants.
37:75 Noah cried to Us, and We are the best to answer prayer:
37:76 We saved him and his household from great distress;
37:77 and caused his offspring to be the survivors.
37:78 We caused him to be praised by later generations:
37:79 Peace be upon Noah in all the worlds!
37:80 Thus do We reward those who do good.
37:81 He was truly one of Our believing servants.
37:82 Then We caused the others to drown.
37:83 Among those who followed his way was Abraham.
37:84 He turned to his Lord with a sound heart.
37:85 He said to his father and his people: 'What is this that you worship?
37:86 Do you choose false deities instead of God?
37:87 What, then, do you think of the Lord of all the worlds?'
37:88 Then he cast a glance at the stars,
37:89 and said: 'Indeed I am sick.'
37:90 So his people turned away from him and left.
37:91 He then approached their deities stealthily and said: 'Will you not eat [your offerings]?
37:92 What is the matter with you that you do not speak?'
37:93 And then he fell upon them, smiting them with his right hand.
37:94 His people came to him hurriedly,
37:95 but he said: 'Do you worship something that you yourselves have carved,
37:96 while it is God who has created you and all your handiwork?'
37:97 They said: 'Build him a pyre and throw him into the blazing fire.'
37:98 They schemed to harm him, but We caused them to be humiliated.
37:99 And Abraham said: 'I will go to my Lord: He is sure to guide me.
37:100 Lord! Grant me a righteous son.'
37:101 We gave him the happy news that he will have a forbearing son.
37:102 When the boy was old enough to work with his father, Abraham said: 'My son! I have seen in a dream that I must sacrifice you. Tell me, then, what you think.' [Ishmael] said: 'My father! Do as you are bidden, and, God willing, you will find me to be patient in adversity.'
37:103 When the two of them had surrendered themselves to the will of God, and Abraham laid him prostrate on his forehead,
37:104 We called to him: 'Abraham!
37:105 You have already fulfilled the dream.' Thus do We reward those who do good.
37:106 All this was indeed a momentous trial.
37:107 We ransomed [Ishmael] with a noble sacrifiee,
37:108 We caused him to be praised by later generations:
37:109 Peace be upon Abraham!
37:110 Thus do we reward those who do good.
37:111 He was truly one of our believing servants.
37:112 We gave Abraham the happy news of Isaac, a prophet and a righteous man;
37:113 and We blessed him and Isaac; but among their offspring there were those who do good and others who would glaringly sin against their souls.
37:114 We also bestowed Our favour on Moses and Aaron;
37:115 We saved them and their people from great distress;
37:116 We gave them support, so that it was they who achieved victory.
37:117 We gave them the Scripture which made things clear;
37:118 We guided them to the right path;
37:119 We caused them to be praised by later generations:
37:120 Peace be upon Moses and Aaron!
37:121 Thus do We reward those who do good.
37:122 Both were among Our believing servants.
37:123 Elijah too was one of Our messengers.
37:124 He said to his people: 'Have you no fear of God?
37:125 How can you invoke Baal and forsake the best of creators,
37:126 God, your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers?'
37:127 But they accused him of lying. Therefore, they will certainly be brought [for punishment).
37:128 Not so God's true servants.
37:129 We caused him to be praised by later generations:
37:130 Peace be upon Elijah!
37:131 Thus do We reward those who do good.
37:132 He was truly one of Our believing servants.
37:133 Lot was also one of Our messengers.
37:134 We saved him and all his household,
37:135 except for an old woman who stayed behind.
37:136 Then We utterly destroyed the others.
37:137 Surely you pass by their ruins at morning-time,
37:138 as also by night. Will you not, then, use your reason?
37:139 Jonah too was one of Our messengers.
37:140 He deserted, going on the laden ship.
37:141 They cast lots, and he was the one who lost.
37:142 The whale swallowed him, for he was to blame.
37:143 Had he not been of those who truly glorified God,
37:144 he would have remained in the whale's belly till Resurrection Day.
37:145 We caused him to be cast out, sick, on a barren shore,
37:146 and caused a gourd tree to grow over him.
37:147 Then We sent him to [a community of] one hundred thousand or more.
37:148 They believed, so We let them enjoy life for a while.
37:149 Now ask the unbelievers if it be true that your Lord has daughters, while they would have sons?
37:150 Or is it that We have created the angels female in their presence?
37:151 Out of their falsehood they say:
37:152 God has begotten children.' They are lying indeed.
37:153 Would He then choose daughters in preference to sons?
37:154 What is the matter with you? How do you make your judgement?
37:155 Do you not reflect?
37:156 Or do you perhaps, have a clear authority?
37:157 Bring your scriptures, if you are speaking the truth!
37:158 They claim that He has kinship with the jinn; yet the jinn themselves know that they will be brought [before God] for judgement.
37:159 Limitless is God in His glory, above all what people attribute to Him.
37:160 Not so God's true servants.
37:161 Neither you nor what you worship
37:162 can lure away from God any
37:163 except one who is destined for hell.
37:164 Every single one of us has his appointed place:
37:165 we are ranged in ranks,
37:166 and we too extol His limitless glory.
37:167 They have long been saying:
37:168 'If only we had before us a tradition from those of old,
37:169 we would certainly be true servants of God.'
37:170 Yet they reject it. In time, they will come to know.
37:171 Our word has already been given to Our servants the messengers:
37:172 it is they who will be helped,
37:173 and it is Our forces who will surely be victorious.
37:174 So, turn away from them for a while,
37:175 and watch them; in time, they too will come to see.
37:176 Do they really wish to hasten Our punishment?
37:177 When it strikes in their midst, terrible will be the morning of those who were already warned.
37:178 And again, turn away from them for a while,
37:179 and watch them; in time, they too will come to see.
37:180 Limitless in His glory is your Lord, the Lord of almightiness, above all what people attribute to Him.
37:181 And peace be upon all His messengers.
37:182 All praise is due to God, the Lord of all the worlds.


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