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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Arthur John Arberry
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Arthur John Arberry rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 By the rangers ranging
37:2 and the scarers scaring
37:3 and the reciters of a Remembrance,
37:4 surely your God is One,
37:5 Lord of the heavens and the earth, and of what between them is Lord of the Easts.
37:6 We have adorned the lower heaven with the adornment of the stars
37:7 and to preserve against every rebel Satan;
37:8 they listen not to the High Council, for they are pelted from every side,
37:9 rejected, and theirs is an everlasting chastisement,
37:10 except such as snatches a fragment, and he is pursued by a piercing flame.
37:11 So ask them for a pronouncement -- Are they stronger in constitution, or those We created? We created them of clinging clay.
37:12 Nay, thou marvellest; and they scoff
37:13 and, when reminded, do not remember
37:14 and, when they see a sign, would scoff;
37:15 and they say, 'This is nothing but manifest sorcery.
37:16 What, when we are dead and become dust and bones, shall we indeed be raised up?
37:17 What, and our fathers, the ancients?'
37:18 Say: 'Yes, and in all lowliness.'
37:19 For it is only a single scaring, then behold, they are watching
37:20 and they say, 'Woe, alas for us! This is the Day of Doom.'
37:21 'This is the Day of Decision, even that you cried lies to.
37:22 Muster those who did evil, their wives, and that they were serving,
37:23 apart from God, and guide them unto the path of Hell!
37:24 And halt them, to be questioned:
37:25 "Why help you not one another?"
37:26 No indeed; but today they resign themselves in submission
37:27 and advance one upon another, asking each other questions.
37:28 These say, 'Why, you of old would come to us from the right hand.'
37:29 Those say, 'No; on the contrary, you were not believers;
37:30 we had no authority over you; no, you were an insolent people.
37:31 So our Lord's Word is realised against us; we are tasting it.
37:32 Therefore we perverted you, and we ourselves were perverts.'
37:33 So all of them on that day are sharers in the chastisement.
37:34 Even so We do with the sinners;
37:35 for when it was said to them, 'There is no god but God,' they were ever waxing proud,
37:36 saying, 'What, shall we forsake our gods for a poet possessed?'
37:37 'No indeed; but he brought the truth, and confirmed the Envoys.
37:38 Now certainly you shall be tasting the painful chastisement,
37:39 and not be recompensed, except according to what you were doing.'
37:40 Except for God's sincere servants;
37:41 for them awaits a known provision,
37:42 fruits -- and they high-honoured
37:43 in the Gardens of Bliss
37:44 upon couches, set face to face,
37:45 a cup from a spring being passed round to them,
37:46 white, a delight to the drinkers,
37:47 wherein no sickness is, neither intoxication;
37:48 and with them wide-eyed maidens restraining their glances
37:49 as if they were hidden pearls.
37:50 They advance one upon another, asking each other questions.
37:51 One of them says, 'I had a comrade
37:52 who would say, "Are you a confirmer?
37:53 What, when we are dead and become dust and bones, shall we indeed be requited?"
37:54 He says, 'Are you looking down?'
37:55 Then he looks, and sees him in the midst of Hell.
37:56 He says, 'By God, wellnigh thou didst destroy me;
37:57 But for my Lord's blessing, I were one of the arraigned.
37:58 What, do we then not die
37:59 except for our first death, and are we not chastised?
37:60 This is indeed the mighty triumph,
37:61 for the like of this let the workers work.'
37:62 Is that better as a hospitality, or the Tree of Ez-Zakkoum?
37:63 We have appointed it as a trial for the evildoers.
37:64 It is a tree that comes forth in the root of Hell;
37:65 its spathes are as the heads of Satans,
37:66 and they eat of it, and of it fill their bellies,
37:67 then on top of it they have a brew of boiling water,
37:68 then their return is unto Hell.
37:69 They found their fathers erring,
37:70 and they run in their footsteps.
37:71 Before them erred most of the ancients,
37:72 and We sent among them warners;
37:73 and behold, how was the end of them that were warned,
37:74 except for God's sincere servants.
37:75 Noah called to Us; and how excellent were the Answerers!
37:76 And We delivered him and his people from the great distress,
37:77 and We made his seed the survivors,
37:78 and left for him among the later folk
37:79 'Peace be upon Noah among all beings!'
37:80 Even so We recompense the good-doers;
37:81 he was among Our believing servants.
37:82 Then afterwards We drowned the rest.
37:83 Of his party was also Abraham;
37:84 when he came unto his Lord with a pure heart,
37:85 when he said to his father and his folk, 'What do you serve?
37:86 Is it a calumny, gods apart from God, that you desire?
37:87 What think you then of the Lord of all Being?'
37:88 And he cast a glance at the stars,
37:89 and he said, 'Surely I am sick.'
37:90 But they went away from him, turning their backs.
37:91 Then he turned to their gods, and said, 'What do you eat?
37:92 What ails you, that you speak not?'
37:93 And he turned upon them smiting them with his right hand.
37:94 Then came the others to him hastening.
37:95 He said, 'Do you serve what you hew,
37:96 and God created you and what you make?'
37:97 They said, 'Build him a building, and cast him into the furnace!'
37:98 They desired to outwit him; so We made them the lower ones.
37:99 He said, 'I am going to my Lord; He will guide me.
37:100 My Lord, give me one of the righteous.'
37:101 Then We gave him the good tidings of a prudent boy;
37:102 and when he had reached the age of running with him, he said, 'My son, I see in a dream that I shall sacrifice thee; consider, what thinkest thou?' He said, 'My father, do as thou art bidden; thou shalt find me, God willing, one of the steadfast.'
37:103 When they had surrendered, and he flung him upon his brow,
37:104 We called unto him, 'Abraham,
37:105 thou hast confirmed the vision; even so We recompense the good-doers.
37:106 This is indeed the manifest trial.'
37:107 And We ransomed him with a mighty sacrifice,
37:108 and left for him among the later folk
37:109 'Peace be upon Abraham!'
37:110 Even so We recompense the good-doers;
37:111 he was among Our believing servants.
37:112 Then We gave him the good tidings of Isaac, a Prophet, one of the righteous.
37:113 And We blessed him, and Isaac; and of their seed some are good-doers, and some manifest self-wrongers.
37:114 We also favoured Moses and Aaron,
37:115 and We delivered them and their people from the great distress.
37:116 And We helped them, so that they were the victors;
37:117 and We gave them the Manifesting Book,
37:118 and guided them in the straight path,
37:119 and left for them among the later folk
37:120 'Peace be upon Moses and, Aaron!'
37:121 Even so We recompense the good-doers;
37:122 they were among Our believing servants.
37:123 Elias too was one of the Envoys;
37:124 when he said to his people, 'Will you not be godfearing?
37:125 Do you call on Baal, and abandon the Best of creators?
37:126 God, your Lord, and the Lord of your fathers, the ancients?'
37:127 But they cried him lies; so they will be among the arraigned,
37:128 except for God's sincere servants;
37:129 and We left for him among the later folk
37:130 'Peace be upon Elias!'
37:131 Even so We recompense the good-doers;
37:132 he was among Our believing servants.
37:133 Lot too was one of the Envoys;
37:134 when We delivered him and his people all together,
37:135 save an old woman among those that tarried;
37:136 then We destroyed the others,
37:137 and you pass by them in the morning
37:138 and in the night; will you not understand?
37:139 Jonah too was one of the Envoys;
37:140 when he ran away to the laden ship
37:141 and cast lots, and was of the rebutted,
37:142 then the whale swallowed him down, and he blameworthy.
37:143 Now had he not been of those that glorify God,
37:144 he would have tarried in its belly until the day they shall be raised;
37:145 but We cast him upon the wilderness, and he was sick,
37:146 and We caused to grow over him a tree of gourds.
37:147 Then We sent him unto a hundred thousand, or more,
37:148 and they believed; so We gave them enjoyment for a while.
37:149 So ask them for a pronouncement -- Has thy Lord daughters, and they sons?
37:150 Or did We create the angels females, while they were witnesses?
37:151 Is it not of their own calumny that they say,
37:152 'God has begotten?' They are truly liars.
37:153 Has He chosen daughters above sons?
37:154 What ails you then, how you judge?
37:155 What, and will you not remember?
37:156 Or have you a clear authority?
37:157 Bring your Book, if you speak truly!
37:158 They have set up a kinship between Him and the jinn; and the jinn know that they shall be arraigned.
37:159 Glory be to God above that they describe,
37:160 except for God's sincere servants.
37:161 But as for you, and that you serve,
37:162 you shall not tempt any against Him
37:163 except him who shall roast in Hell.
37:164 None of us is there, but has a known station;
37:165 we are the rangers,
37:166 we are they that give glory.
37:167 What though they would say,
37:168 'If only we had had a Reminder from the ancients,
37:169 then were we God's sincere servants.'
37:170 But they disbelieved in it; soon they shall know!
37:171 Already Our Word has preceded to Our servants, the Envoys;
37:172 assuredly they shall be helped,
37:173 and Our host -- they are the victors.
37:174 So turn thou from them for a while,
37:175 and see them; soon they shall see!
37:176 What, do they seek to hasten Our chastisement?
37:177 When it lights in their courtyard, how evil will be the morning of them that are warned!
37:178 So turn thou from them for a while,
37:179 and see; soon they shall see!
37:180 Glory be to thy Lord, the Lord of Glory, above that they describe!
37:181 And peace be upon the Envoys;
37:182 and praise belongs to God, the Lord of all Being.


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