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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Linda "iLham" Barto
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Linda “iLHam” Barto rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 Consider the arranged ranks.
37:2 [They] deter by restraint.
37:3 [They] proclaim the remembrance [of Allah].
37:4 “Truly, your God is One!
37:5 “[He is] Lord of Heaven and Earth and all thereof. He is Lord of every point of the rising sun.”
37:6 Truly, with beautiful stars, We decorated the sky of this universe.
37:7 [This is] to guard against all obstinate, rebellious demons.
37:8 [This is] so they could not listen to the Exalted Assembly. Instead, they are repelled from every side.
37:9 [They are] banished because they are under a perpetual penalty.
37:10 Some may snatch something [of divine value], but they are pursued by a comet of piercing brightness.
37:11 Ask their opinion: Are they more difficult to create or others We have created? Indeed, We created (humanity) from a sticky clay.
37:12 How you marvel while they mock!
37:13 And when they are reminded, they still do not pay heed.
37:14 When they see a sign, they mock it.
37:15 They say, “This is nothing but apparent magic.
37:16 When we die and become dust and bones, will we be resurrected?
37:17 Does that go for our ancestors?”
37:18 Say, “Yes, and you will be humiliated.”
37:19 There will be a single shout. Suddenly, they will realize.
37:20 They will say, “Woe to us! This is the Day of Judgment.”
37:21 “This is the day of reckoning which you denied.”
37:22 Assemble the sinners and their [sinful] companions, along with the things they worshiped…
37:23 …instead of Allah. Lead them to the way of the fire.
37:24 Stop them, however, for they must be asked,…
37:25 …“What is wrong with you that you do not try to help each other?”
37:26 Bunk! That day they will submit.
37:27 They will turn to one another and question each other.
37:28 They will say, “Indeed, you used to come to us from the right hand [of authority].”
37:29 They will reply, “No, you yourselves had no faith.
37:30 “We did not have any authority over you. No, you were sinful people.
37:31 “The Word of our Lord has been proven true against us. We will indeed taste [the punishment].
37:32 “We led you astray because, truly, we were astray ourselves.”
37:33 Truly, that day, they will share in the penalty.
37:34 Truly, that is how We will treat the sinners.
37:35 Indeed, whenever they were told that no god is there except Allah, they became arrogant.
37:36 They would say, “Should we give up our gods for the sake of a crazy poet?”
37:37 Nonsense! He has come with the truth. He confirms the earlier messengers.
37:38 You will indeed taste the horrible punishment.
37:39 It will be no more than the payment for what you have done.
37:40 The sincere servants of Allah, however,…
37:41 …will have a determined provision.
37:42 [That includes] fruits. They will have honor…
37:43 …in comfortable gardens.
37:44 [They will] face one another on thrones.
37:45 Passed around will be a cup from a crystal clear fountain…
37:46 …–sterling crystal, of a taste delicious to those who drink.
37:47 [It will be] free from causing dizziness, and they will not suffer intoxication.
37:48 With them will be companions who are not flirtatious, having beautiful eyes.
37:49 [They will be] as if they were eggs carefully protected.
37:50 They will turn to one another and question each other.
37:51 One of them will begin a conversation and say, “I had a close friend.
37:52 “He used to say, ‘Are you really one of the believers?
37:53 “When we die and become dust and bones, will we really be brought to judgment?’”
37:54 It will be said, “Do you want to look?”
37:55 He looked and saw (his friend) in the midst of the fire.
37:56 He will say, “By Allah, you almost brought me to such ruin [by leading me astray].
37:57 “If it had not been by the grace of my Lord, I would certainly have been among those assembled [into the fire].
37:58 “Is it that we will not die…
37:59 “…except for our first death? Will we not be punished?
37:60 “Truly, this is the ultimate salvation!”
37:61 For this simile, may all strive who will strive!
37:62 Is that better hospitality than the Tree of Bitterness?
37:63 Truly, We have made it a trial for the sinners.
37:64 Indeed, it is a tree that grows from the bottom of Hell.
37:65 Its fruits are like the heads of demons.
37:66 They certainly will eat from it and fill their bellies with it.
37:67 In addition, they will be given a brew of boiling water.
37:68 They will then be returned to the fire.
37:69 Truly, they found their ancestors on the wrong path.
37:70 They are hasty to follow their footsteps.
37:71 Truly, before them, many ancient people went astray.
37:72 We certainly sent warners among them.
37:73 See what [horrible demise] happened to those who were warned.
37:74 The exception was the sincere servants of Allah.
37:75 Noah certainly called to Us, and We are the best in response.
37:76 We delivered him and his family from the Great Calamity.
37:77 We made his descendants endure.
37:78 We left this for him among the later generations:…
37:79 …“Peace upon Noah, among the nations!”
37:80 That is truly how We reward those who live righteously.
37:81 He was one of Our believing servants.
37:82 We then drowned the others.
37:83 Truly, among those who followed (Noah) was Abraham.
37:84 He came to his Lord with a true heart.
37:85 He said to his father and to his people, “What do you worship?
37:86 “Is it a sham –other gods besides Allah that you desire?
37:87 “What do you think about the Lord of the Worlds?”
37:88 He glanced at the stars.
37:89 He said, “I truly feel ill.”
37:90 They turned away from him and left.
37:91 He turned to their gods and said, “Will you not eat?
37:92 “What is wrong with you that you do not speak?”
37:93 He then turned against them and hit [the idols] with his right hand.
37:94 (The idolaters) came quickly toward him.
37:95 He said, “Do you worship what you have made?
37:96 “Allah has created you and what you’ve made.”
37:97 They said, “Build a furnace for him and throw him into the blazing fire.”
37:98 They made a plot against him, but We humiliated them.
37:99 (Abraham) said, “I will surely go to my Lord. He will guide me.”
37:100 [Abraham prayed,] “O my Lord, grant me [a child] from among the righteous.”
37:101 So We gave him the good news of a pleasant son.
37:102 When (the son) had attained an accountable age, (Abraham) told him, “O my son, I have seen a vision in which I offer you in sacrifice. What is your opinion?” “O my father, do as you are commanded. You will discover, Allah willing, that I will be loyal.”
37:103 After they had both peacefully agreed, and Abraham had laid the son face down,…
37:104 We called to him, “O Abraham,…
37:105 “…you have already fulfilled the vision!” This is how We reward those who do right.
37:106 This was obviously a test.
37:107 We ransomed (the son) with a substantial sacrifice.
37:108 And We instituted for him among later generations,…
37:109 …“May peace be upon Abraham!”
37:110 This is how We reward those who do right.
37:111 He truly was one of Our believing servants.
37:112 We gave him the good news of Isaac, a prophet and one of the righteous.
37:113 We blessed (Abraham) and Isaac. Of their descendants are those that do right and those that do obvious wrong to their own souls.
37:114 We bestowed Our favor on Moses and Aaron.
37:115 We delivered them and their people from great calamity.
37:116 We helped them overcome and become victors.
37:117 We gave them the Book that clarifies.
37:118 We guided them to the Straight Way.
37:119 We provided for them, through later generations, [this blessing]:…
37:120 … “Peace to Moses and Aaron!”
37:121 This is how We reward those who do right.
37:122 They were among our believing servants.
37:123 Elijah was also among the messengers.
37:124 He said to his people, “Will you not have fear?
37:125 “Will you call upon Baal and forsake the Best of Creators?
37:126 “Allah [is] your Lord and the Lord of your ancestors.”
37:127 But they rejected him, and they will certainly be held accountable.
37:128 The exception is the devoted servants of Allah.
37:129 We provided for him, through later generations, [this blessing]:…
37:130 … “Peace to Elijah!”
37:131 This is how We reward those who do right.
37:132 He was one of our believing servants.
37:133 Lot was certainly one of the messengers.
37:134 We delivered him and all his family.
37:135 The only exception was an old woman [his wife] who was among those who stayed behind.
37:136 We destroyed the others.
37:137 Truly, you pass by their sites by day…
37:138 …and by night. Will you not understand?
37:139 Jonah was certainly one of the messengers.
37:140 He ran away to a loaded ship.
37:141 He cast lots [with the other seafarers], and he was condemned [and cast into the sea].
37:142 The big fish swallowed him. He had committed acts worthy of blame.
37:143 If he had not been among those who glorify [Allah],…
37:144 …then he would certainly have remained inside (the fish’s) belly until the Day of Resurrection.
37:145 We cast him onto the barren shore in a state of sickness.
37:146 We caused a spreading gourd plant to grow over him [to shade him].
37:147 We sent him to over a hundred thousand people.
37:148 They believed, so We allowed them to have joy for a while.
37:149 Ask them whether your Lord has daughters while they have sons.
37:150 Did We create angels as females? Are they witnesses?
37:151 Do they not say from their own invention,…
37:152 …“Allah has begotten”? They are truly liars.
37:153 Did He choose daughters instead of sons?
37:154 What is wrong with you? How do you figure things?
37:155 Will you not receive instruction?
37:156 Do you have a clear evidence?
37:157 If so, bring your book if you are truthful.
37:158 They have invented a relationship between Him and the spirit-beings. The spirit-beings know, however, that they will have to appear [on Judgment Day].
37:159 Glory to Allah! [He is free] from the things they associate.
37:160 The devoted servants of Allah do not [associate others with Him].
37:161 Truly, neither you nor those you worship…
37:162 …can tempt anyone.
37:163 The exception is anyone going to Hell.
37:164 “There is not one of us without an appointed place.
37:165 We are the arranged ranks.
37:166 We are truly those who declare glory.”
37:167 Certainly, some said,…
37:168 …“If only we had a message from the ancestors,…
37:169 “…we would certainly have been sincere servants of Allah.”
37:170 They reject it, however [now that the Qur’an has come]. Soon they will know.
37:171 Truly, Our Word has already been sent to Our servants, the messengers.
37:172 Certainly, they would be assisted.
37:173 Certainly, Our forces would triumph.
37:174 Turn away from them for a while.
37:175 Watch them, and they will soon see.
37:176 Do they wish to speed Our punishment?
37:177 When it does descend before them, the morning will be horrid for those who were warned.
37:178 Turn away from them for a little while.
37:179 Watch them, and they will soon see.
37:180 Glory to your Lord, the Lord of Victory! [He is free] from what they ascribe.
37:181 Peace on the messengers!
37:182 Praise to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds!


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