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Sad (The Letter Sad)
as rendered by Arthur John Arberry
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Arthur John Arberry rendition of Surah The Letter Sad(Sad)
38:1 Sad. By the Koran, containing the Remembrance -
38:2 nay, but the unbelievers glory in their schism
38:3 How many a generation We destroyed before them, and they called, but time was none to escape
38:4 Now they marvel that a warner has come to them from among them; and the unbelievers say, 'This is a lying sorcerer
38:5 What, has he made the gods One God? This is indeed a marvellous thing.
38:6 And the Council of them depart, saying 'Go! Be steadfast to your gods; this is a thing to be desired
38:7 We have not heard of this in the last religion; this is surely an invention
38:8 What, has the Remembrance been sent down on him out of us all?' Nay, but they are in doubt of My Remembrance; nay, they have not yet tasted My chastisement
38:9 Or have they the treasuries of thy Lord's mercy, the All-mighty, the All-giving
38:10 Or is theirs the kingdom of the heavens and earth and of what between them is? Why, then let them ascend the cords
38:11 A very host of parties is routed there
38:12 Cried lies before them the people of Noah, and Ad, and Pharaoh, he of the tent-pegs
38:13 and Thamood, and the people of Lot, and the men of the Thicket - those were the parties
38:14 not one, that cried not lies to the Messengers, so My retribution was just
38:15 These are only awaiting for a single Cry, to which there is no delay
38:16 They say, 'Our Lord, hasten to us our share before the Day of Reckoning.
38:17 Bear patiently what they say, and remember Our servant David, the man of might; he was a penitent
38:18 With him We subjected the mountains to give glory at evening and sunrise
38:19 and the birds, duly mustered, every one to him reverting
38:20 We strengthened his kingdom, and gave him wisdom and speech decisive
38:21 Has the tiding of the dispute come to thee? When they scaled the Sanctuary
38:22 when they entered upon David, and he took fright at them; and they said, 'Fear not; two disputants we are -- one of us has injured the other; so judge between us justly, and transgress not, and guide us to the right path.
38:23 'Behold, this my brother has ninety-nine ewes, and I have one ewe. So he said, "Give her into my charge"; and he overcame me in the argument.
38:24 Said he, 'Assuredly he has wronged thee in asking for thy ewe in addition to his sheep; and indeed many intermixers do injury one against the other, save those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness -- and how few they are!' And David thought that We had only tried him; therefore he sought forgiveness of his Lord, and he fell down, bowing, and he repented
38:25 Accordingly We forgave him that, and he has a near place in Our presence and a fair resort
38:26 'David, behold, We have appointed thee a viceroy in the earth; therefore judge between men justly, and follow not caprice, lest it lead thee astray from the way of God. Surely those who go astray from the way of God -- there awaits them a terrible chastisement, for that they have forgotten the Day of Reckoning.
38:27 We have not created the heavens and earth, and what between them is, for vanity; such is the thought of the unbelievers, wherefore woe unto the unbelievers because of the Fire
38:28 Or shall We make those who believe and do righteous deeds as the workers of corruption in the earth, or shall We make the godfearing as the transgressors
38:29 A Book We have sent down to thee, Blessed, that men possessed of minds may ponder its signs and so remember
38:30 And We gave unto David Solomon; how excellent a servant he was! He was a penitent
38:31 When in the evening were presented to him the standing steeds
38:32 he said, 'Lo, I have loved the love of good things better than the remembrance of my Lord, until the sun was bidden behind the veil
38:33 Return them to me!' And he began to stroke their shanks and necks
38:34 Certainly We tried Solomon, and We cast upon his throne a mere body; then he repented
38:35 He said, 'My Lord, forgive me, and give me a kingdom such as may not befall anyone after me; surely Thou art the All-giver.
38:36 So We subjected to him the wind, that ran at his commandment, softly, wherever he might light on
38:37 and the Satans, every builder and dive
38:38 and others also, coupled in fetters
38:39 'This is Our gift; bestow or withhold without reckoning.
38:40 And he had a near place in Our presence and a fair resort
38:41 Remember also Our servant Job; when he called to his Lord, 'Behold, Satan has visited me with weariness and chastisement.
38:42 'Stamp thy foot! This is a laving-place cool, and a drink.
38:43 And We gave to him his family, and the like of them with them, as a mercy from us, and a reminder unto men possessed of minds
38:44 and, 'Take in thy hand a bundle of rushes, and strike therewith, and do not fail in thy oath.' Surely We found him a steadfast man. How excellent a servant he was! He was a penitent
38:45 Remember also Our servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob -- men of might they and of vision
38:46 Assuredly We purified them with a quality most pure, the remembrance of the Abode
38:47 and in Our sight they are of the chosen, the excellent
38:48 Remember also Our servants Ishmael, Elisha, and Dhul Kifl; each is among the excellent
38:49 This is a Remembrance; and for the godfearing is a fair resort
38:50 Gardens of Eden, whereof the gates are open to them
38:51 wherein they recline, and wherein they call for fruits abundant, and sweet potions
38:52 and with them maidens restraining their glances of equal age
38:53 'This is what you were promised for the Day of Reckoning
38:54 this is Our provision, unto which there is no end.
38:55 All this; but for the insolent awaits an ill resort
38:56 Gehenna, wherein they are roasted - an evil cradling
38:57 All this; so let them taste it - boiling water and pus
38:58 and other torments of the like kind coupled together
38:59 'This is a troop rushing in with you; there is no Welcome for them; they shall roast in the Fire.
38:60 They say, 'No, it is you have no Welcome; you forwarded it for us; how evil a stablishment!
38:61 They say, 'Our Lord, whoso forwarded this for us, give him a double chastisement in the Fire!
38:62 They say, 'How is it with us, that we do not see men here that we counted among the wicked
38:63 What, did we take them for a laughing-stock? Or have our eyes swerved away from them?
38:64 Surely that is true -- the disputing of the inhabitants of the Fire
38:65 Say: 'I am only a warner. There is not any god but God, the One, the Omnipotent
38:66 Lord of the heavens and earth, and of what between them is, the All-mighty, the All-forgiving.
38:67 Say: 'It is a mighty tidin
38:68 from which you are turning away
38:69 I had no knowledge of the High Council when they disputed
38:70 This alone is revealed to me, that I am only a clear warner.
38:71 When thy Lord said to the angels, 'See, I am creating a mortal of a clay
38:72 When I have shaped him, and breathed My spirit in him, fall you down, bowing before him!
38:73 Then the angels bowed themselves all together
38:74 save Iblis; he waxed proud, and was one of the unbelievers
38:75 Said He, 'Iblis, what prevented thee to bow thyself before that I created with My own hands? Hast thou waxed proud, or art thou of the lofty ones?
38:76 Said he, 'I am better than he; Thou createdst me of tire, and him Thou createdst of clay.
38:77 Said He, 'Then go thou forth hence; thou art accursed
38:78 Upon thee shall rest My curse, till the Day of Doom.
38:79 Said he, 'My Lord, respite me till the day they shall be raised.
38:80 Said He, 'Thou art among the ones that are respite
38:81 until the day of the known time.
38:82 Said he, 'Now, by Thy glory, I shall pervert them all together
38:83 excepting those Thy servants among them that are sincere.
38:84 Said He, 'This is the truth, and the truth I say
38:85 I shall assuredly fill Gehenna with thee, and with whosoever of them follows thee, all together.
38:86 Say: 'I ask of you no wage for it, neither am I of those who take things upon themselves
38:87 It is nothing but a reminder unto all beings
38:88 and you shall surely know its tiding after a while.


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