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Sad (The Letter Sad)
as rendered by Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall
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M. M. Pickthall rendition of Surah The Letter Sad(Sad)
38:1 Sad. By the renowned Qur'an
38:2 Nay, but those who disbelieve are in false pride and schism
38:3 How many a generation We destroyed before them, and they cried out when it was no longer the time for escape
38:4 And they marvel that a warner from among themselves hath come unto them, and the disbelievers say: This is a wizard, a charlatan
38:5 Maketh he the gods One Allah? Lo! that is an astounding thing
38:6 The chiefs among them go about, exhorting: Go and be staunch to your gods! Lo! this is a thing designed
38:7 We have not heard of this in later religion. This is naught but an invention
38:8 Hath the reminder been unto him (alone) among us? Nay, but they are in doubt concerning My reminder; nay but they have not yet tasted My doom
38:9 Or are theirs the treasures of the mercy of thy Lord, the Mighty, the Bestower
38:10 Or is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them theirs? Then let them ascend by ropes
38:11 A defeated host are (all) the factions that are there
38:12 The folk of Noah before them denied (their messenger) and (so did the tribe of) A'ad, and Pharaoh firmly planted
38:13 And (the tribe of) Thamud, and the folk of Lot, and the dwellers in the wood: these were the factions
38:14 Not one of them but did deny the messengers, therefor My doom was justified
38:15 These wait for but one Shout, there will be no second thereto
38:16 They say: Our Lord! Hasten on for us our fate before the Day of Reckoning
38:17 Bear with what they say, and remember Our bondman David, lord of might, Lo! he was ever turning in repentance (toward Allah)
38:18 Lo! We subdued the hills to hymn the praises (of their Lord) with him at nightfall and sunrise
38:19 And the birds assembled; all were turning unto Him
38:20 We made his kingdom strong and gave him wisdom and decisive speech
38:21 And hath the story of the litigants come unto thee? How they climbed the wall into the royal chamber
38:22 How they burst in upon David, and he was afraid of them. They said: Be not afraid! (We are) two litigants, one of whom hath wronged the other, therefor judge aright between us; be not unjust; and show us the fair way
38:23 Lo! this my brother hath ninety and nine ewes while I had one ewe; and he said: Entrust it to me, and he conquered me in speech
38:24 (David) said: He hath wronged thee in demanding thine ewe in addition to his ewes, and lo! many partners oppress one another, save such as believe and do good works, and they are few. And David guessed that We had tried him, and he sought forgiveness of his Lord, and he bowed himself and fell down prostrate and repented
38:25 So We forgave him that; and lo! he had access to Our presence and a happy journey's end
38:26 (And it was said unto him): O David! Lo! We have set thee as a viceroy in the earth; therefor judge aright between mankind, and follow not desire that it beguile thee from the way of Allah. Lo! those who wander from the way of Allah have an awful doom, forasmuch as they forgot the Day of Reckoning
38:27 And We created not the heaven and the earth and all that is between them in vain. That is the opinion of those who disbelieve. And woe unto those who disbelieve, from the Fire
38:28 Shall We treat those who believe and do good works as those who spread corruption in the earth; or shall We treat the pious as the wicked
38:29 (This is) a Scripture that We have revealed unto thee, full of blessing, that they may ponder its revelations, and that men of understanding may reflect
38:30 And We bestowed on David, Solomon. How excellent a slave! Lo! he was ever turning in repentance (toward Allah)
38:31 When there were shown to him at eventide lightfooted courser
38:32 And he said: Lo! I have preferred the good things (of the world) to the remembrance of my Lord; till they were taken out of sight behind the curtain
38:33 (Then he said): Bring them back to me, and fell to slashing (with his sword their) legs and necks
38:34 And verily We tried Solomon, and set upon his throne a (mere) body. Then did he repent
38:35 He said: My Lord! Forgive me and bestow on me sovereignty such as shall not belong to any after me. Lo! Thou art the Bestower
38:36 So We made the wind subservient unto him, setting fair by his command whithersoever he intended
38:37 And the unruly, every builder and diver (made We subservient)
38:38 And others linked together in chains
38:39 (Saying): This is Our gift, so bestow thou, or withhold, without reckoning
38:40 And lo! he hath favour with Us, and a happy journey's end
38:41 And make mention (O Muhammad) of Our bondman Job, when he cried unto his Lord (saying): Lo! the devil doth afflict me with distress and torment
38:42 (And it was said unto him): Strike the ground with thy foot. This (spring) is a cool bath and a refreshing drink
38:43 And We bestowed on him (again) his household and therewith the like thereof, a mercy from Us, and a memorial for men of understanding
38:44 And (it was said unto him): Take in thine hand a branch and smite therewith, and break not thine oath. Lo! We found him steadfast, how excellent a slave! Lo! he was ever turning in repentance (to his Lord)
38:45 And make mention of Our bondmen, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, men of parts and vision
38:46 Lo! We purified them with a pure thought, remembrance of the Home (of the Hereafter)
38:47 Lo! in Our sight they are verily of the elect, the excellent
38:48 And make mention of Ishmael and Elisha and Dhu'l-Kifl. All are of the chosen
38:49 This is a reminder. And lo! for those who ward off (evil) is a happy journey's end
38:50 Gardens of Eden, whereof the gates are opened for them
38:51 Wherein, reclining, they call for plenteous fruit and cool drink (that is) therein
38:52 And with them are those of modest gaze, companions
38:53 This it is that ye are promised for the Day of Reckoning
38:54 Lo! this in truth is Our provision, which will never waste away
38:55 This (is for the righteous). And lo! for the transgressors there with be an evil journey's end
38:56 Hell, where they will burn, an evil resting-place
38:57 Here is a boiling and an ice-cold draught, so let them taste it
38:58 And other (torment) of the kind in pairs (the two extremes)
38:59 Here is an army rushing blindly with you. (Those who are already in the Fire say): No word of welcome for them. Lo! they will roast at the Fire
38:60 They say: Nay, but you (misleaders), for you there is no word of welcome. Ye prepared this for us (by your misleading). Now hapless is the plight
38:61 They say: Our Lord! Whoever did prepare this for us, oh, give him double portion of the Fire
38:62 And they say: What aileth us that we behold not men whom we were wont to count among the wicked
38:63 Did we take them (wrongly) for a laughing-stock, or have our eyes missed them
38:64 Lo! that is very truth: the wrangling of the dwellers in the Fire
38:65 Say (unto them, O Muhammad): I am only a warner, and there is no Allah save Allah, the One, the Absolute
38:66 Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, the Mighty, the Pardoning
38:67 Say: It is tremendous tiding
38:68 Whence ye turn away
38:69 I had no knowledge of the Highest Chiefs when they disputed
38:70 It is revealed unto me only that I may be a plain warner
38:71 When thy Lord said unto the angels: Lo! I am about to create a mortal out of mire
38:72 And when I have fashioned him and breathed into him of My Spirit, then fall down before him prostrate
38:73 The angels fell down prostrate, every one
38:74 Saving Iblis; he was scornful and became one of the disbelievers
38:75 He said: O Iblis! What hindereth thee from falling prostrate before that which I have created with both My hands? Art thou too proud or art thou of the high exalted
38:76 He said: I am better than him. Thou createdst me of fire, whilst him Thou didst create of clay
38:77 He said: Go forth from hence, for lo! thou art outcast
38:78 And lo! My curse is on thee till the Day of Judgment
38:79 He said: My Lord! Reprieve me till the day when they are raised
38:80 He said: Lo! thou art of those reprieve
38:81 Until the day of the time appointed
38:82 He said: Then, by Thy might, I surely will beguile them every one
38:83 Save Thy single-minded slaves among them
38:84 He said: The Truth is, and the Truth I speak
38:85 That I shall fill hell with thee and with such of them as follow thee, together
38:86 Say (O Muhammad, unto mankind): I ask of you no fee for this, and I am no simulating
38:87 Lo! it is naught else than a reminder for all people
38:88 And ye will come in time to know the truth thereof


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