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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Sher Ali
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Sher Ali rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 By those who range themselves in close ranks,
37:2 And those who repel evil vigorously,
37:3 And those who recite the Reminder - the Qur'an,
37:4 Surely, your God is One,
37:5 Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them and the Lord of the places from which light spreads forth.
37:6 WE have adorned the lowest heaven with an adornment - the planets;
37:7 And have guarded it against all rebellious satans.
37:8 They cannot listen to anything from the Exalted Assembly of angels - and they are pelted from every side,
37:9 Repulsed, and for them is a perpetual punishment -
37:10 But if any of them snatches away something by stealth, he is pursued by a piecing flame.
37:11 So ask them whether it is they who are harder to create, or those others whom WE have created? Them WE have created of cohesive clay.
37:12 Nay, thou dost wonder at what they say, and they ridicule what thou sayest.
37:13 And when they are admonished, they pay no heed.
37:14 And when they see a Sign, they mock at it.
37:15 And they say, this is nothing but plain sorcery,
37:16 `What ! when we are dead and have become dust and broken bones, shall we then be raised up again?
37:17 `And our fathers of yore also?'
37:18 Say, `Yea; and you will, then, be abased.'
37:19 It will be but one stern call, and lo ! they will be up and seeing;
37:20 And they will say, `Alas for us ! this is the Day of Requital.'
37:21 ALLAH will say, `This is the day of the final Decision which you used to deny.'
37:22 The angels will be commanded: `Assemble those who acted wrongfully along with their companions and what they used to worship
37:23 `Beside ALLAH; and lead them along the path of Hell.
37:24 `And stop them, for they shall be questioned.'
37:25 They will be asked, `What is the matter with you that you help not one another?'
37:26 Nay, on that day they will surrender themselves completely.
37:27 And some of them will address others, questioning one another.
37:28 They will say, `Verily you used to come to us from the right.'
37:29 The others will answer, `Nay, you yourselves were not believers,
37:30 `And we had no power over you; but you yourselves were a transgressing people;
37:31 `Now the word of our Lord has been fulfilled against us that we must taste the punishment;
37:32 `And we caused you to go astray for we ourselves had gone astray.'
37:33 Truly, on that day they will all be sharers in the punishment.
37:34 Surely, thus do WE deal with the guilty.
37:35 For when it was said to them, `There is no god but ALLAH, they behaved arrogantly,
37:36 And said, `Shall we give up our gods for a mad poet?'
37:37 Nay, he has brought the truth and has testified to the truth of all the Messengers.
37:38 You shall, surely, taste the painful punishment;
37:39 And you will be requited only for what you have wrought -
37:40 Save the chosen servants of ALLAH;
37:41 They will have a known provision:
37:42 Fruits; and they shall be honoured,
37:43 In the Gardens of Bliss,
37:44 Seated on thrones, facing one another;
37:45 They will be served round with a cup from a flowing fountain,
37:46 Sparkling white, delicious to the drinkers;
37:47 Wherein there will be no intoxication, nor will they be exhausted thereby.
37:48 And with them will be chaste women, with restrained looks and large beautiful eyes;
37:49 As though they were sheltered eggs.
37:50 Then some of them will address the others, questioning one another.
37:51 A speaker from among them will say, `I had an intimate companion,
37:52 `Who used to say, `Art thou, indeed, among those who believe the Resurrection to be true?
37:53 `When we are dead, and have become dust and broken bones, shall we indeed, be requited?'
37:54 The speaker will then ask those around him, `Will you have a look and find out about him?'
37:55 Then he will look himself and see him in the midst of the Fire,
37:56 And will say to him, `By ALLAH, thou hadst almost caused my ruin,
37:57 But for the grace of my Lord, I should, surely, have been of those who are called up before Hell;
37:58 `Tell me, is it not so that we are not going to suffer death again?
37:59 `Save our first death, and that we are not to be punished?
37:60 Surely, this is the supreme triumph.'
37:61 For the like of this, then, let the workers work.
37:62 Is that better as an entertainment, of the tree of Zaqqhm?'
37:63 Verily, WE have made it a trial for the wrongdoers.
37:64 It is a tree that springs forth in the bottom of Hell;
37:65 The fruit thereof is as though it were the heads of serpents.
37:66 And they shall eat of it and fill their bellies therewith.
37:67 Then will they have in addition to it a mixture of boiling water to drink.
37:68 Then, surely, their return shall be Hell.
37:69 They found their fathers erring.
37:70 And they hurried on in their footsteps.
37:71 And most of the ancient peoples had erred before them.
37:72 And WE had sent Warners among them.
37:73 Behold, then, how evil was the end of those who were warned,
37:74 Save the chosen servants of ALLAH.
37:75 And Noah, indeed, did cry unto US, and how excellent Answerer of Prayers are WE !
37:76 And WE saved him and his family from the great distress;
37:77 And WE made his offspring the only survivors.
37:78 And WE left for him a good name among the later generations.
37:79 Peace be upon Noah among the peoples !
37:80 Thus, indeed, do WE reward those who do good.
37:81 He was, surely, one of our believing servants.
37:82 Then WE drowned the others.
37:83 And, verily, of his party was Abraham;
37:84 When he came to his Lord with a pure heart;
37:85 When he said to his father and to his people, `What is it that you worship?
37:86 `A lie - false gods beside ALLAH do you desire?
37:87 `What think ye of the Lord of the worlds?'
37:88 Then he cast a glance at the stars,
37:89 And said, `I am feeling unwell.'
37:90 So they went away from him, turning their backs.
37:91 The he went quietly to their gods and addressing them said, `Will you not eat?
37:92 `What is the matter with you that you speak not?'
37:93 The he turned upon them, striking them with the right hand.
37:94 Thereupon the people came towards him, hastening.
37:95 He said, `Do you worship that which you yourselves carve out,
37:96 `Whereas ALLAH has created you and also your handiwork?'
37:97 They said, `Build for him a structure and cast him into the fire.'
37:98 Thus they designed an evil design against him, but WE made them most humiliated.
37:99 And he said, `I am going to my Lord. HE will, surely, guide me.'
37:100 And he prayed, `My Lord, grant me a righteous son.
37:101 So WE gave him the glad tidings of a forbearing son.
37:102 And when he was old enough to run along with him, he said, `O my dear son, I have seen in a dream that I offer thee in sacrifice. So consider what thou thinkest of it !' He replied, `O my father, do as thou art commanded; thou wilt find me, if ALLAH please, steadfast in my faith.'
37:103 And when they both submitted to the will of God, and Abraham had thrown him down on his forehead,
37:104 WE called to him, `O Abraham,
37:105 `Thou hast, indeed, fulfilled the dream.' Thus, indeed, do WE reward those who do good.
37:106 That, surely, was a manifest trial.
37:107 And WE ransomed him with a mighty sacrifice.
37:108 And WE left for him a good name among the succeeding generations.
37:109 Peace be upon Abraham !
37:110 Thus do WE reward those who do good.
37:111 Surely, he was one of our believing servants.
37:112 And WE gave him the glad tidings of Isaac, a Prophet, and one of the righteous.
37:113 And WE bestowed blessings on him and on Isaac. And among their progeny are some who do good and others who clearly wrong themselves.
37:114 And, indeed, WE bestowed favours on Moses and Aaron.
37:115 And WE saved them both and their people from the great distress;
37:116 And WE helped them, and it was they who were victorious.
37:117 And WE gave them the Book that made everything clear;
37:118 And WE guided them to the right path.
37:119 And WE left for them a good name among the succeeding generations. -
37:120 Peace be on Moses and Aaron !
37:121 Thus, indeed, do WE reward those who do good.
37:122 Surely, they were both among Our believing servants.
37:123 And, assuredly, Elias also was one of the Messengers,
37:124 When he said to his people, `Will you not be God-fearing?
37:125 `Do you call on Ba`l and forsake the Best of creators -
37:126 ALLAH, your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers of old?'
37:127 But they rejected him, and they will, surely, be brought before God to render an account of their deeds;
37:128 Except the chosen servants of ALLAH.
37:129 And WE left for him a good name among the later generations. -
37:130 Peace be on Elias and his people !
37:131 Thus, indeed, do WE reward those who do good.
37:132 Surely, he was one of Our believing servants.
37:133 And assuredly, Lot, too, was one of the Messengers,
37:134 When WE delivered him and all his family,
37:135 Except an old women who was among those who stayed behind.
37:136 Then WE utterly destroyed the others.
37:137 And, surely, you pass by them in the morning,
37:138 And by night, Will you not understand?
37:139 And, surely, Jonah also was one of the Messengers,
37:140 When he fled to the laden ship;
37:141 And he cast lots with the crew of the ship and was of the losers.
37:142 And the fish swallowed him while he was reproaching himself.
37:143 And had he not been of those who glorify God,
37:144 He would, surely, have tarried in its belly till the Day of Resurrection.
37:145 Then WE cast him on a bare tract of land, and he was sick;
37:146 And WE caused a gourd plant to grow over him.
37:147 And WE sent him as a Messenger to a hundred thousand people or more,
37:148 And they all believed; so WE permitted them to enjoy life for a long while.
37:149 Now ask them whether thy Lord has daughters, whereas they have sons.
37:150 Did WE create the angels females while they were witnesses?
37:151 Now, surely, it is of their fabrications that they say,
37:152 `ALLAH has begotten children;' and they are certainly liars.
37:153 Has HE chosen daughters in preference to sons?
37:154 What is the matter with you? How judge ye?
37:155 Will you not take heed?
37:156 Or, have you a clear authority?
37:157 Then produce your book, if you are truthful.
37:158 And they assert a kinship between HIM and the jinn while the jinn themselves know well that they will be brought before ALLAH for judgment.
37:159 Holy is ALLAH and free from what they attribute to HIM !
37:160 But the chosen servants of ALLAH do not attribute anything derogatory to HIM.
37:161 Verily, you and what you worship -
37:162 None of you can mislead anyone against HIM,
37:163 Except only him who shall burn in Hell.
37:164 They say, `There is not one of us but has known a station;
37:165 `And, verily, we are those who stand ranged in rows,
37:166 And we, verily, are those who glorify ALLAH.'
37:167 And, surely, the Meccan disbelievers used to say,
37:168 `If we had with us a Reminder like that of the people of old,
37:169 `We would, surely, have been ALLAH's chosen servants.'
37:170 Yet when it has come to them they disbelieve therein, but they will soon come to know.
37:171 And, surely, Our word has gone forth to Our servants, the Messengers,
37:172 That it is, certainly, they who will be helped;
37:173 And that it is Our host that will, certainly, be victorious.
37:174 So turn thou away from them for a while.
37:175 And watch them, for they will soon see their own end.
37:176 Is it then Our punishment that they seek to hasten on?
37:177 But when it descends into their courtyard, it shall be an evil morning for those who were warned.
37:178 So turn thou away from them for a while.
37:179 And watch, for they will soon see their own end.
37:180 Holy is thy Lord, the Lord of Power, far above that which they assert.
37:181 And peace is ever upon the Messengers !
37:182 And all praise belongs to ALLAH, the Lord of the worlds.


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