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Sad (The Letter Sad)
as rendered by Abdul Hye
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Abdul Hye rendition of Surah The Letter Sad(Sad)
38:1 Sad. By the Qur’an full of reminding.
38:2 Surely, those who disbelieve are in false pride and opposition.
38:3 How many generations have We destroyed before them? They cried out when there was no longer time for escape!
38:4 They wonder that a Warner (Muhammad) has come to them from among themselves! The disbelievers say: “This (Muhammad) is a sorcerer, a liar.
38:5 Has he made all ones worthy of worship into one worthy of worship (Allah)? Surely, this is a strange thing!”
38:6 The leaders among them went about (saying): “Go on, and remain firm to your one worthy of worship! Surely, this is a thing designed (against you)!
38:7 We have not heard like this in the religion of the Last days. This is nothing but an invention!
38:8 Has the reminder been sent down to him alone from among us?” Nay! but they are in doubt about My Reminder (this Qur’an)! Nay, but they have not tasted (My) punishment!
38:9 Or do they have the treasures of the Mercy of your Lord, the All-Mighty, the Real Bestower?
38:10 Or is the dominion of the heavens and the earth for them and what is between them? If so, let them ascend up with their means!
38:11 They will be like a defeated army of the confederates (who were defeated).
38:12 Before them the people of Noah, Ad, Pharaoh, and the people of stakes, denied (Messengers)
38:13 and Thamud, and the people of Lot, and the residents of the wood (Median); such were the confederates,
38:14 each of them denied the Messengers, therefore My punishment was justified.
38:15 These people wait nothing but only for a single shout; it has no pause of ending
38:16 They say: “Our Lord! Hasten to us our account (of deeds) before the Day of reckoning!”
38:17 Be patient (O Muhammad) on what they say, and remember Our servant David, gifted with power. Surely, he was often turning in repentance (toward Allah).
38:18 Surely, We made the mountains to glorify Our praises with him (David) in the evening and after sunrise.
38:19 All the birds too assembled with him (David)
38:20 We made his kingdom strong and gave him wisdom and sound judgment in speech (decision).
38:21 Has the news of the 2 litigants (engaged in lawsuit) reached you when they climbed over the chamber (into his praying place)?
38:22 When they entered in upon David, he was terrified of them. They said: “Don’t fear! We are 2 litigants; one of us has wronged on the other, therefore judge between us with truth, and not be unjust, and guide us to the Right Way.
38:23 Surely, this is my brother (in religion), he has 99 ewes (female sheep), while I have only one ewe. Yet he says: ‘Hand it over to me, and he overpowered me in speech.’”
38:24 (David) said (without listening to the opponent): “He indeed has wronged you in demanding your ewe to his ewes. Surely, many partners oppress one on another, except those who believe and do righteous deeds, and they are few.” (While saying this) David realized that We have tested him, he sought forgiveness of his Lord, he fell down prostrate, and turned (to Allah) in repentance.
38:25 So We forgave him. Surely, for him is a near access to Us and a good place of return (Paradise).
38:26 (Allah said): “O David! Surely! We have placed you as a vicegerent on the earth, so judge between people with justice and don’t follow your desire, for it will mislead you from the Way of Allah. Surely! Those who wander astray from the Way of Allah, they shall have a severe punishment, because they forgot the Day of Reckoning.
38:27 And We did not create the heaven and the earth and all that is between them without purpose! That is the consideration of those who disbelieve! Then woe to those who disbelieve from the fire!
38:28 Or should We treat those who believe and do righteous deeds like those who are mischief-makers on earth? Or should We treat the pious as criminals?
38:29 This is a book (the Qur’an) which We have sent down to you (O Muhammad), full of blessings so that they may ponder over its Verses and men of understanding may learn.
38:30 And We granted Solomon to David. How excellent a devotee! Surely, he was often turning in repentance (to Us)!
38:31 When the well-trained horses of the highest breed (for Allah’s Cause) were displayed before him in one evening
38:32 and he said: “Surely I did love the good (of these horses) instead of remembering my Lord (in my Asr prayer),” till the time was over, and the sun had hidden in the veil (of night),
38:33 (then he said): “Bring them (horses) back to me.” Then he began to pass his hand over their legs and their necks (with affection).
38:34 And indeed, We did test Solomon and We placed on his throne a body (a devil, so he lost his kingdom for a while), then he did return (to Allah with repentance, and to his throne by the Grace of Allah).
38:35 He said: “My Lord! Forgive me, and bestow upon me a kingdom such as shall not be given to anyone after me. Surely, You are the Bestower.”
38:36 So, We (accepted his prayer and) subjected to him the wind, it blew gently to his order wherever he willed,
38:37 and also the devils from the jinns with every kind of builder and diver
38:38 and also others bound in fetters.
38:39 (Allah said to Solomon): “This is Our gift, so you spend or withhold, no account will be asked.”
38:40 Surely, he has a place of nearness to Us and will have a good final return (Paradise).
38:41 And remember Our devotee Job, when he invoked his Lord (saying): “Surely! Satan has afflicted me with distress (by losing my health) and suffering (by losing my wealth).”
38:42 (Allah said to him): “Strike (the ground) with your foot: This is (a spring of water) to wash in, cool and drink.”
38:43 And We gave him back his family, and the like thereof along with them as a Mercy from Us, and a reminder for those who understand.
38:44 (Allah said): “Take a bundle of branches (thin grass) in your hand and strike with it (your wife to fulfill your oath of 100 strikes which was made during sickness), and don’t break your oath.” Truly! We found him patient. How excellent is the devotee! Surely, he was often turning in repentance (to Us)!
38:45 And remember Our devotees, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, all owners of strength (in worship) and also of religious understanding.
38:46 Surely, We chose them by granting them a good thing, the remembrance of the home (of Hereafter)
38:47 Surely, they are with Us, of those chosen and the best!
38:48 Remember Ishmael, Elisha, and Isaiah, and all were among the best.
38:49 This is a reminder (the Qur’an), and surely, for those pious people there is a good final return (Paradise).
38:50 The everlasting (Eden) gardens whose doors will be open for them.
38:51 They will recline in it, they will call for fruits in abundance and drinks;
38:52 and with them will be chaste females (virgins) restraining their glances (only for their husbands), equal in age.
38:53 This is what you (the pious) are promised for the Day of reckoning,
38:54 surely, this is Our Provision which will never finish.
38:55 This is so! Surely for the transgressors, an evil will be return,
38:56 hell! where they will burn, and worst is that place to rest!
38:57 This is so! Then let them taste it, a boiling fluid and dirty wound discharges
38:58 and other (punishments) of similar kind, (all together) in pairs!
38:59 (The misguided leaders will be told): “This is a troop entering with you (in hell), no welcome for them! Surely, they will burn in the fire!”
38:60 (The followers of the misguided leaders will say): “Nay, you too! No welcome for you! It is you (leaders) who brought this upon us. Such an evil is this place to stay in!”
38:61 They will say: “Our Lord! Those who brought this upon us, add to them double punishment in the fire!”
38:62 They will say (to each other): “What is the matter with us that we don’t see those people whom we used to count among the bad ones
38:63 Did we take them as an object of mockery, or our eyes failed to perceive them?”
38:64 Surely, that is the very truth: the people of the fire will have mutual dispute (common habit)!
38:65 Say (O Muhammad): “I am only a Warner and there is no one worthy of worship except Allah, the One, the Irresistible,
38:66 the Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, the Mighty, the Forgiving.”
38:67 Say: “That (the Qur’an) is a great news,
38:68 from which you turn away!”
38:69 (Say): “I had no knowledge of the exalted chiefs (angels) when they disputed (about the creation of Adam).
38:70 This is inspired to me with that I am only a plain Warner.”
38:71 (Remember) when your Lord said to the angels: “Surely, I am going to create a man from clay,
38:72 so when I have fashioned him and breathed into him (his soul) from me, then you fall down to him and prostrate.”
38:73 So the angels prostrated, all of them together,
38:74 except Satan, he was proud and was one of the disbelievers.
38:75 (Allah) said: “O Satan! What prevents you from prostrating to one whom I have created with My own hands? Are you too proud or are you of the high exalted?”
38:76 (Satan) said: “I am better than he, You created me from fire, and You created him from clay.”
38:77 (Allah) said: “Then get out from here, for surely, you are accursed,
38:78 and surely! My curse shall be on you till the Day of recompense.”
38:79 (Satan) said: “My Lord! Then give me respite till the Day is resurrected.”
38:80 (Allah) said: “Surely! You are of those allowed respite
38:81 till the Day of the time appointed.”
38:82 (Satan) said: “By Your might, I will surely mislead them all,
38:83 except Your chosen (faithful) devotees amongst them.”
38:84 (Allah) said: “Then the truth, and the truth I say,
38:85 that I will fill hell with you (Satan) and those of them (mankind) who follow you, all.”
38:86 Say (O Muhammad): “I ask you no wage for this (the Qur’an), nor am I one of the fakers (imposters).
38:87 It (this Qur’an) is nothing but a reminder for all (worlds),
38:88 and you shall certainly know its news after a while.”


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