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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Bijan Moeinian
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Bijan Moeinian rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 God hereby swears by those who form their ranks to start the battle.
37:2 And by the angles who are in charge of driving the clouds
37:3 And by the angles who bring the verses of Qur’an down to mankind
37:4 That your God is One and that there is Only One God.
37:5 Director of the heavens and the earth and anything between and Lord of the easts [perhaps a reference to the easts and wests and global shapes of the planets].
37:6 I (God) have adorned the innermost universe [the one being discovered by astronomy] with exotic planets.
37:7 I have guarded it against any evil devil [to destroy its existing order.]
37:8 These satans cannot break into the communication system of those who are close to God as they are on defensive.
37:9 They have already been condemned to an everlasting torture.
37:10 If one of them dares to escape the lower universe, a flashing projectile will be charged against him.
37:11 Vs.11-deals with the following question: “Is it difficult for God to recreate man to face the Day of Judgment?”
37:12 Ask the disbelievers, who are created from the mud [organic matter]: “Are they more difficult for God to be recreated [on the Day of Resurrection] or the awesome realm of creation?”
37:13 While the believers are at awe [with God’s creative power], the disbelievers making fun [of the possibility of Resurrection.]
37:14 When the disbelievers are warned, they take it lightly.
37:15 When a revelation of God comes to the disbelievers they recourse to the mockery.
37:16 They say: “This is nonsense ….
37:17 that we will be raised with bone and flesh after our death.”
37:18 They jokingly ask: “How about our ancestors?”
37:19 Say to them, “absolutely; and you are helpless [on that Day that you are laughing at its happening.]
37:20 It will take a snap for them to be recreated and look around [and face the Day of Resurrection.]
37:21 Then they will say: “Shame and pity to us; this is indeed the Day of Judgment.”
37:22 It will be confirmed to them: “Yes, this is the same Day of Judgment that you used to deny.”
37:23 Then it will be commanded: “Gather all the unjust people and their associates and those idols that they used to worship, instead of God, and drag them in the road that leads to Hell.”
37:24 “Then take a break and ask why they are not helping each other [as they were used to say:….
37:25 “Do not worry, I will take the responsibility”.”
37:26 Of course on that Day they will all submit [but it will be too late.]
37:27 That will be an opportunity for mutual blaming.
37:28 The followers will ask their leaders: “You used to swear that you were our well-wisher [and that in an improbable Day of Judgment you will carry our sins.]”
37:29 The leaders will reply: “[Do not blame us.] You yourself chose the disbelief.”
37:30 [They will continue]: “We did not have any power over you; it was you who chose the rebellion.”
37:31 “The Lord’s Judgment against us was just; now we have to accept the punishment.”
37:32 “We offered you the disbelief for the simple reason that we had chosen the disbelief ourselves.”
37:33 Thus on that Day the disbelievers and their followers will be sentenced to punishment.
37:34 This is the way that I deal with the disbelievers [that being misled is not an acceptable excuse].
37:35 These are the same people that when they were told: “There is no other god beside God”, they revealed their arrogant nature.
37:36 They used to say: “Shall we give up our gods for the sake of a crazy poet [as they referred to Mohammad.]”
37:37 While he (Mohammad) had come with the truth [as presented by the Prophets before him and nothing of new], confirming the truthfulness of the previous Prophets [who had repeated the same message again and again before Mohammad.]
37:38 It will be said to the disbelievers: “You deserve to taste the awful punishment.”
37:39 “Your punishment is proportionate to your deeds.”
37:40 Only the sincere worshippers of God will be saved.
37:41 They deserve the blessing which is in reserve for them.
37:42 All kind of fruits will be at their disposition and they will be honored.
37:43 In the Gardens of Paradise.
37:44 They will sit face to face in luxurious couches.
37:45 They will be offered cups of pure drinks.
37:46 How delightful will be those drinks.
37:47 The kind of a drink which will neither harm you nor make you intoxicated.
37:48 They will be married to the chaste women with shy beautiful eyes.
37:49 As delicate as an egg under its shell.
37:50 Then they will engage in conversation.
37:51 One of them will say:…
37:52 “I had a friend [in my previous life on earth] who used to make fun of me asking if believe in this “nonsense” ….
37:53 of being resurrected and judged after our death and after our bones being turn into dust.”
37:54 He will be said: “watch [perhaps in an interactive kind of device].”
37:55 He will see his friend at the bottom of the Hell.
37:56 Then he will start to communicate with him saying: “By Lord! you were too close in convincing me to follow you in disbelief.”
37:57 “How grateful I am to my Lord who led me to the right path.”
37:58 “Now you tell me whether or not the death is the end of everything and that….
37:59 there will not be any judgment for our worldly deeds.”
37:60 Being admitted to Paradise is….
37:61 the greatest success that everyone should strive for.
37:62 Is the feast of Paradise [as explained before] better or eating the bitter fruit of….
37:63 the devilish tree of “zaqqum” given to the wicked one?
37:64 Zaqqum is the name of a tree which grown at the bottom of the Hell.
37:65 With devilish looking buds.
37:66 Forced by hunger, the people of Hell [who do not have nothing else to eat] will fill up their bellies with this devilish fruit.
37:67 Then they will top it with a disgusting boiling drink.
37:68 Once the eating “break” is over, they will be herded back to the Hell.
37:69 These are the same people who followed their traditional religions.
37:70 Knowing that their religion was keeping them in the wrong path [, they were not brave enough to break up with their wrong beliefs].
37:71 Their wrong religions were established by those before them to whom God sent….
37:72 warnings through His Prophets.
37:73 Now see how terrible is the destiny of those who rejected God’s warnings.
37:74 Only those who sincerely devoted themselves to worship the Lords are saved.
37:75 [Long before them] Noah [at the height of his desperation and after having invited people to the way of God for some years,] called upon Me. Note what a positive response he got from his Lord.
37:76 I (God) saved him and his followers from the great catastrophe.
37:77 And established them on the earth.
37:78 And left for him praise among generations to come.
37:79 Peace is with Noah forever [as none will ever talk evil of him].
37:80 This is the way that your Lord rewards the righteous.
37:81 Noah is indeed one of My believing servants.
37:82 As to the wicked of Noah’s nation, I drowned them all.
37:83 Abraham was one of the followers of Noah.
37:84 He submitted whole heartedly to his Lord.
37:85 He said to his father and his people: “What are these things that you worship?”
37:86 “Do you recourse to the gods that you yourself have fabricated instead of God?”
37:87 “What do you think about the Organizer of the universe?”
37:88 [As he could not get any convincing answer,] Abraham concentrated his attention toward the stars [to find what he was missing].
37:89 Being disappointed,] he said: “I feel bad.”
37:90 So they left him alone and went [to some kind of general gathering.]
37:91 [At their absence,] Abraham went to the temple and [started to talk to the idols and] said: “Do you want something to eat?”
37:92 Then he asked: “How come you do not talk?”
37:93 Then he strokes them down with his right hand [with a sword or a weapon of some kind.]
37:94 [When people returned, they concluded that the only present one in the city, i.e., Abraham could have destroyed their gods so] they rushed toward Abraham [asking in rage why he has done it.]
37:95 Abraham said: “Why do you worship something that you have carved with your own hands?”
37:96 “Whereas it is God who [should be worshipped as He is the One Who has] created you and whatever you make”
37:97 They said: “Let us make a big fire and throw him in [and see how his God will save him.]
37:98 They plotted a plan against him and God defeated them in their own plan [as the fire did not have any effect upon Abraham.]
37:99 Then Abraham said: “Now I am leaving you, putting my trust in God.”
37:100 One day Abraham prayed: “O Lord, grant me a righteous son.”
37:101 God [answered his prayers in appropriate time and] gave him the good news: a wonderful son.
37:102 When the boy grew up, one day Abraham told him: “My son, I have seen in my dream that I am sacrificing you; what do you think about it?” The son said: “My dear father, do whatever God has ordered you to do. God willing, I will bear in this process.”
37:103 When they both submitted [to what they were thinking is the Lord’s order]…..
37:104 and Abraham started to slaughter his son, I (God) called out:….
37:105 “O Abraham, you fulfilled what you saw in your dream [he saw that he is sacrificing not that he has sacrificed]. Thus I reward the righteous [by not letting them being hurt in their trials.]
37:106 This was indeed a great test.
37:107 Then I asked them to sacrifice an animal.
37:108 Praise is for Abraham for generations to come [as millions of people gather every year in celebration of the event where it took place.]
37:109 Peace is with Abraham.
37:110 This is the way that God rewards the righteous.
37:111 Abraham was indeed one of My believing servants.
37:112 Then I gave Abraham the good news of the upcoming birth of Isaac; a righteous Prophet to be.
37:113 I blessed Abraham and Isaac. Now among their offspring some are righteous and some are wicked.
37:114 I also blessed Moses and Aaron.
37:115 I delivered them and their people from a great distress (Pharaoh’s slavery.)
37:116 I supported them till they succeeded.
37:117 I revealed to them the scriptures.
37:118 And guided them to the right path.
37:119 Praise is for them both for generations to come.
37:120 Peace is with Moses and Aaron.
37:121 This is the way that God rewards the righteous.
37:122 They were indeed among my believing servants.
37:123 Elias was also one of My Prophets.
37:124 He invited his people to be righteous.
37:125 He said: “How do you dare to worship an idol known as Ba’al instead of the Supreme Creator?”
37:126 “God is your Lord as well as the Lord of your forefathers.”
37:127 The people of Elias did not listen to him; therefore, they will be called to answer for their disbelief.
37:128 Except those among them who served God whole heartedly.
37:129 Praise is for Elias for generations to come.
37:130 Peace is with Elias and his followers.
37:131 This is the way that God rewards the righteous.
37:132 Elias was indeed one of our believing servants.
37:133 Lot also was a Prophets.
37:134 I saved him and his household from the disaster [which overtook his people].
37:135 Except [his] old ugly woman who had to be punished [for not obeying him].
37:136 The rest were completely destroyed.
37:137 You pass by their ruins [when you travel] by day and night; ….
37:138 will you not take a lesson.
37:139 Jonah was also one of My Prophets.
37:140 Once he escaped [from a predicament] by taking refuge in a loaded ship.
37:141 [Due to the overweight, they had to throw some people out.] He agreed to participate in the casting of lots and lost.
37:142 Eventually a big fish swallowed him and he was the only one to be blamed for his destiny [as he fled his place of mission without asking God’s permission].
37:143 If it was not in account of his sincere recourse to God,….
37:144 he would have stayed in the belly of the fish till the Day of Resurrection.
37:145 I ordered him to be thrown out in a bare shore; absolutely exhausted.
37:146 I ordered a fruit tree to grow so that he may eat from its fruit.
37:147 Then I appointed him as a Prophet to a nation of some hundred thousand people.
37:148 As they chose to believe in him, we let them live [comfortably] until the day that they were supposed to face their natural deaths. The next few verses deals with the man’s attributing children to God in account of his ignorance.
37:149 Ask the disbelievers: “How come you want to have only sons [and kill your daughter considering having them a matter of shame] and then you say that God has daughters?”
37:150 Why do they say that the angels are of female gender? Were they present in their creation?
37:151 Saying that God has begotten a son is an insult to the God’s dignity. …
37:152 Such people are nothing but plain liars.
37:153 Has God begotten a girl instead of a son?…
37:154 What is wrong with these people?
37:155 Why don’t they use their brain before saying something of such blasphemy magnitude?
37:156 Do they have any logical proof for their assigning children to God?
37:157 Bring your book [the book in which it is written God has begotten children] as a proof if you are not a bunch of liars.
37:158 They even [fantasize and] say that there is a blood relationship between God and the Extra-Terrestrials (Jinns); though Jinns know very well that they are the creatures of the Lord.
37:159 Glory to God Who is far above their descriptions.
37:160 Only those servants of God who have devoted themselves wholeheartedly to him are in the right path.
37:161 Indeed the disbelievers (and whatever they worship) …
37:162 can not over power the Lord….
37:163 and will all be burnt in the Hell.
37:164 The Angels declare:….
37:165 “[Not to speak of being God’s children], we all have our ranks. ….
37:166 We are the ranged servant and the glorifiers of God”
37:167 The Disbelievers used to say:
37:168 “Had we received the correct (authentic/pure and nothing added to) guidance from….
37:169 the previous generations, We would have been sincere worshippers of God.”
37:170 Now that their wish is granted to them, they prefer to continue their way of disbelief.
37:171 My decision is already….
37:172 revealed to My Prophets: They will have the final victory.
37:173 Victory belongs to the soldiers of God.
37:174 So (Mohammad), leave them alone for a while.
37:175 And look forward to [their punishment] as they are looking forward to also.
37:176 Why do they want to face [as they jokingly used to ask Mohammad to hasten] their punishment as soon as possible?
37:177 It will be a miserable Day when they face their punishment. They are sufficiently warned.
37:178 So leave them alone for a while.
37:179 And look forward to as they are looking forward to also.
37:180 Glorified is your Lord, Lord of Honor and far above their claims [of having a child, not being able to recreate them, having partners, etc.]
37:181 My salutations to the Prophets.
37:182 All praise is only for God; the Lord of the universe.


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