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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Edward Henry Palmer
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Edward Henry Palmer rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 By the (angels) ranged in ranks,
37:2 and the drivers driving,
37:3 and the reciters of the reminder,
37:4 'Verily, your God is one,
37:5 the Lord of the heavens and the earth and what is between the two, and the Lord of the sunrises!'
37:6 Verily, we have adorned the lower heaven with the adornment of the stars,
37:7 and to preserve it from every rebellious devil,
37:8 that they may not listen to the exalted chiefs; for they are hurled at from every side,
37:9 driven off, and for them is lasting woe;
37:10 save such as snatches off a word, and there follows him a darting flame!
37:11 Ask them whether they are stronger by nature or (the angels) whom we have created? We have created them of sticky clay.
37:12 Nay, thou dost wonder and they jest!
37:13 and when they are reminded they will not remember;
37:14 and when they see a sign they make a jest thereof,
37:15 and say, 'This is naught but obvious sorcery.
37:16 What! when we are dead, and have become earth and bones, shall we then be raised?
37:17 what! and our fathers of yore?'
37:18 Say, 'Yes, and ye shall shrink up,
37:19 and it shall only be one scare, and, behold, they shall look on,
37:20 and they shall say, 'O, woe is us! this is the day of judgment,
37:21 this is the day of decision, which ye did call a lie!'
37:22 Gather ye together, ye who were unjust, with their mates and what they used to serve
37:23 beside God, and guide them to the way of hell,
37:24 and stop them; verily, they shall be questioned.
37:25 'Why do ye not help each other?'
37:26 nay, on that day they shall resign themselves,
37:27 and some shall draw near to others, to question each other,
37:28 and they shall say, 'Verily, ye came to us from the right.'
37:29 They shall say, 'Nay, ye were not believers,
37:30 nor had we any authority over you; nay, ye were an outrageous people.
37:31 And the sentence of our Lord shall be due for us; verily, we shall surely taste thereof;
37:32 we did seduce you - verily, we were erring too!'
37:33 therefore, verily, on that day they shall share the torment:
37:34 thus it is that we will do with the sinners.
37:35 Verily, when it is said to them, 'There is no god but God,' they get too big with pride,
37:36 and say, 'What! shall we leave our gods for an infatuated poet?'
37:37 Nay, he came with the truth, and verified the apostles;
37:38 verily, ye are going to taste of grievous woe,
37:39 nor shall ye be rewarded save for that which ye have done!
37:40 Except God's sincere servants,
37:41 these shall have a stated provision
37:42 of fruits, and they shall be honoured
37:43 in the gardens of pleasure,
37:44 upon couches facing each other;
37:45 they shall be served all round with a cup from a spring,
37:46 white and delicious to those who drink,
37:47 wherein is no insidious spirit, nor shall they be drunk therewith;
37:48 and with them damsels, restraining their looks, large eyed;
37:49 as though they were a sheltered egg;
37:50 and some shall come forward to ask others;
37:51 and a speaker amongst them shall say, 'Verily, I had a mate,
37:52 who used to say, "Art thou verily of those who credit?
37:53 What! when we are dead, and have become earth and bones, shall we be surely judged?"'
37:54 He will say, 'Are ye looking down?'
37:55 and he shall look down and see him in the midst of hell.
37:56 He shall say, 'By God, thou didst nearly ruin me!
37:57 And had it not been for the favour of my Lord, I should have been among the arraigned.' -
37:58 'What! shall we not die save our first death?
37:59 and shall we not be tormented?-
37:60 Verily, this is mighty bliss!
37:61 for the like of this then let the workers work.'
37:62 Is that better as an entertainment, or the tree of Ez Zaqqum?
37:63 Verily, we have made it a trial to the unjust.
37:64 Verily, it is a tree that comes forth from the bottom of hell;
37:65 its spathe is as it were the heads of devils;
37:66 verily, they shall eat therefrom, and fill their bellies therefrom.
37:67 Then shall they have upon it a mixture of boiling water;
37:68 then, verily, their return shall be to hell.
37:69 Verily, they found their fathers erring,
37:70 and they hurried on in their tracks;
37:71 but there had erred before them most of those of yore,
37:72 and we had sent warners amongst them.
37:73 Behold, then, what was the end of those who were warned,
37:74 save God's sincere servants!
37:75 Noah did call upon us, and a gracious answer did we give;
37:76 and we saved him and his people from a mighty trouble;
37:77 and we made his seed to be the survivors;
37:78 and we left for him amongst posterity
37:79 'peace upon Noah in the worlds;
37:80 verily, thus do we reward those who do well;
37:81 verily, he was of our believing servants.'
37:82 Then we drowned the others.
37:83 And, verily, of his sect was Abraham;
37:84 when he came to his Lord with a sound heart;
37:85 when he said to his father and his people, 'What is it that ye serve?
37:86 with a lie do ye desire gods beside God?
37:87 What then is your thought respecting the Lord of the worlds?'
37:88 And he looked a look at the stars
37:89 and said, 'Verily, I am sick!'
37:90 and they turned their backs upon him fleeing.
37:91 And he went aside unto their gods and said, 'Will ye not eat?
37:92 What ails you that ye will not speak?'
37:93 And he went aside to them smiting with the right hand.
37:94 And they rushed towards him.
37:95 Said he, 'Do ye serve what ye hew out,
37:96 when God has created you, and what ye make?'
37:97 Said they, 'Build for him a pyre, and throw him into the flaming hell!'
37:98 They desired to plot against him, but we made them inferior.
37:99 Said he, 'Verily, I am going to my Lord, He will guide me.
37:100 My Lord! grant me (a son), one of the righteous;'
37:101 and we gave him glad tidings of a clement boy.
37:102 And when he reached the age to work with him, he said, 'O my boy! verily, I have seen in a dream that I should sacrifice thee, look then what thou seest right.' Said he, 'O my sire! do what thou art bidden; thou wilt find me, if it please God, one of the patient!'
37:103 And when they were resigned, and Abraham had thrown him down upon his forehead,
37:104 we called to him, 'O Abraham!
37:105 thou hast verified the vision; verily, thus do we reward those who do well.
37:106 This is surely an obvious trial.'
37:107 And we ransomed him with a mighty victim;
37:108 and we left for him amongst posterity,
37:109 'Peace upon Abraham;
37:110 thus do we reward those who do well;
37:111 verily, he was of our servants who believe!'
37:112 And we gave him glad tidings of Isaac, a prophet among the righteous;
37:113 and we blessed him and Isaac;- of their seed is one who does well, and one who obviously wrongs himself.
37:114 And we were gracious unto Moses and Aaron.
37:115 We saved them and their people from mighty trouble,
37:116 and we helped them and they had the upper hand;
37:117 and we gave them both the perspicuous Book;
37:118 and we guided them to the right way;
37:119 and we left for them amongst posterity,
37:120 'Peace upon Moses and Aaron;
37:121 verily, thus do we reward those who do well;
37:122 verily, they were both of our servants who believe!'
37:123 And verily Elyas was of the apostles;
37:124 when he said to his people, 'Will ye not fear?
37:125 do ye call upon Baal and leave the best of Creators,
37:126 God your Lord and the Lord of your fathers of yore?'
37:127 But they called him liar; verily, they shall surely be arraigned,
37:128 save God's sincere servants.
37:129 And we, left for him amongst posterity,
37:130 'Peace upon Elyasin;
37:131 verily, thus do we reward those who do well;
37:132 verily, he was of our servants who believe!'
37:133 And, verily, Lot was surely among the apostles;
37:134 when we saved him and his people altogether,
37:135 except an old woman amongst those who lingered;
37:136 then we destroyed the others;
37:137 verily, ye pass by them in the morning
37:138 and at night; have ye then no sense?
37:139 And, verily, Jonah was amongst the apostles
37:140 when he ran away into the laden ship;
37:141 and he cast lots and was of those who lost;
37:142 and a fish swallowed him, for he was to be blamed;
37:143 and had it not been that he was of those who celebrated God's praises
37:144 he would surely have tarried in the belly thereof to the day when men shall be raised.
37:145 But we cast him on to the barren shore; and he was sick;
37:146 and we made to grow over him a gourd tree;
37:147 and we sent him to a hundred thousand or more,
37:148 and they believed; and we gave them enjoyment for a season.
37:149 Ask them, 'Has thy Lord daughters while they have sons?
37:150 or have we created the angels females while they were witnesses?'
37:151 is it not of their lie that they say,
37:152 'God has begotten?' verily, they are liars.
37:153 Has he preferred daughters to sons?
37:154 what ails you? how ye judge!
37:155 will ye not be mindful,
37:156 or have ye obvious authority?
37:157 then bring your Book if ye do speak the truth.
37:158 And they made him to be related to the ginns, while the ginns know that they shall be arraigned;
37:159 celebrated be God's praises from what they attribute!-
37:160 save God's sincere servants.
37:161 'Verily, ye and what ye worship
37:162 shall not try any one concerning him,
37:163 save him who shall broil in hell;
37:164 there is none amongst us but has his appointed place, and,
37:165 verily, we are ranged, and,
37:166 verily, we celebrate His praises.
37:167 And yet they say,
37:168 'Had we a reminder from those of yore
37:169 we should surely have been of God's sincere servants.'
37:170 But they misbelieved in it; but soon shall they know.
37:171 But our word has been passed to our servants who were sent
37:172 that they should be helped;
37:173 that, verily, our hosts should gain mastery for them.
37:174 Then turn thou thy back upon them for a time,
37:175 and look upon them, for soon they too shall look.
37:176 Would they hasten on our torment?
37:177 but when it descends in their court, ill will the morning be of those who have been warned!
37:178 But turn thy back upon them for a time;
37:179 and look, for soon they too shall look.
37:180 Celebrated be the praises of thy Lord, the Lord of glory, above what they attribute!
37:181 and peace be upon the apostles
37:182 and praise be to God, the Lord of the worlds!


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