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37:1  By those [angels] ranged in rows
37:2  who rebuke reproachfull
37:3  and recite God’s word
37:4  truly your God is One
37:5  Lord of the heavens and earth and everything between them, Lord of every sunrise
37:6  We have adorned the lowest heaven with stars
37:7  and made them a safeguard against every rebellious devil
37:8  they cannot eavesdrop on the Higher Assembly––pelted from every side
37:9  driven away, they will have perpetual torment–&ndash
37:10  if any [of them] stealthily snatches away a fragment, he will be pursued by a piercing flame
37:11  So [Prophet], ask the disbelievers: is it harder to create them than other beings We have created? We created them from sticky clay
37:12  You marvel as they scoff
37:13  take no heed when they are warned
37:14  and resort to ridicule when they see a sign
37:15  saying, ‘This is no more than blatant sorcery.’
37:16  ‘What! After we have died and become dust and bones, shall we really be raised up again
37:17  along with our forefathers?’
37:18  Say, ‘Yes indeed, and you will be humiliated.’
37:19  Just one blast and––lo and behold!––they will loo
37:20  and say, ‘Woe to us! This is the Day of Judgement.’
37:21  [It will be said], ‘This is the Day of Decision, which you used to deny
37:22  [Angels], gather together those who did wrong, and others like them, as well as whatever they worshippe
37:23  beside God, lead them all to the path of Hell
37:24  and halt them for questioning
37:25  “Why do you not support each other now?” ’–&ndash
37:26  no indeed! They will be in complete submission on that Day–&ndash
37:27  and they will turn on one another accusingly
37:28  They will say, ‘You came to us from a position of power.’
37:29  They will say, ‘No! It was you who would not believe
37:30  we had no power over you- and you were already exceeding all limits
37:31  Our Lord’s sentence on us is just and we must all taste the punishment
37:32  We led you astray as we ourselves were astray.’
37:33  On that Day they will all share the torment
37:34  this is how We deal with the guilty
37:35  Whenever it was said to them, ‘There is no deity but God,’ they became arrogant
37:36  and said, ‘Are we to forsake our gods for a mad poet?’
37:37  ‘No: he brought the truth and confirmed the earlier messengers
37:38  you will taste the painful torment
37:39  and be repaid only according to your deeds.’
37:40  Not so God’s true servants
37:41  They will have familiar provisions–&ndash
37:42  fruits- and will be honoure
37:43  in gardens of delight
37:44  seated on couches, facing one another
37:45  A drink will be passed round among them from a flowing spring
37:46  white, delicious to those who taste it
37:47  causing no headiness or intoxication
37:48  With them will be spouses- modest of gaze and beautiful of eye
37:49  like protected eggs
37:50  They will turn to one another with questions
37:51  one will say, ‘I had a close companion on eart
37:52  who used to ask me, “Do you really believe tha
37:53  after we die and become dust and bone, we shall be brought for judgement?”&rsquo
37:54  Then he will say, ‘Shall we look for him?’
37:55  He will look down and see him in the midst of the Fire
37:56  and say to him, ‘By God, you almost brought me to ruin
37:57  Had it not been for the grace of my Lord, I too would have been taken to Hell.’
37:58  Then he will say [to his blessed companions], ‘Are we never to die again after our earlier death
37:59  Shall we never suffer
37:60  This truly is the supreme triumph!’
37:61  Everyone should strive to attain this
37:62  Is this the better welcome, or the tree of Zaqqum
37:63  which we have made a test for the evildoers
37:64  This tree grows in the heart of the blazing Fire
37:65  and its fruits are like devils’ heads
37:66  They will fill their bellies eating from it
37:67  then drink scalding water on top of it
37:68  then return to the blazing Fire
37:69  They found their forefathers astray
37:70  and rushed to follow in their footsteps- before the disbelievers [of Mecca]
37:71  most men in the past went astray
37:72  even though We sent messengers to warn them
37:73  See how those who were warned met their end
37:74  Not so the true servants of God
37:75  Noah cried to Us, and how excellent was Our response
37:76  We saved him and his people from great distress
37:77  We let his offspring remain on the earth
37:78  We let him be praised by later generations
37:79  ‘Peace be upon Noah among all the nations!’
37:80  This is how We reward those who do good
37:81  he was truly one of Our faithful servants
37:82  We drowned the rest
37:83  Abraham was of the same faith
37:84  he came to his Lord with a devoted heart
37:85  He said to his father and his people, ‘What are you worshipping
37:86  How can you choose false gods instead of the true God
37:87  So what is your opinion about the Lord of all the Worlds?’
37:88  then he looked up to the stars
37:89  He said, ‘I am sick,’
37:90  so [his people] turned away from him and left
37:91  He turned to their gods and said
37:92  ‘Do you not eat? Why do you not speak?’
37:93  then he turned and struck them with his right arm
37:94  His people hurried towards him
37:95  but he said, ‘How can you worship things you carve with your own hands
37:96  when it is God who has created you and all your handiwork?’
37:97  They said, ‘Build a pyre and throw him into the blazing fire.’
37:98  They wanted to harm him, but We humiliated them
37:99  He said, ‘I will go to my Lord: He is sure to guide me
37:100  Lord, grant me a righteous son,’
37:101  so We gave him the good news that he would have a patient son
37:102  When the boy was old enough to work with his father, Abraham said, ‘My son, I have seen myself sacrificing you in a dream. What do you think?’ He said, ‘Father, do as you are commanded and, God willing, you will find me steadfast.’
37:103  When they had both submitted to God, and he had laid his son down on the side of his face
37:104  We called out to him, ‘Abraham
37:105  you have fulfilled the dream.’ This is how We reward those who do good
37:106  it was a test to prove [their true characters]
37:107  We ransomed his son with a momentous sacrifice
37:108  and We let him be praised by succeeding generations
37:109  ‘Peace be upon Abraham!’
37:110  This is how We reward those who do good
37:111  truly he was one of Our faithful servants
37:112  We gave Abraham the good news of Isaac- a prophet and a righteous man
37:113  and blessed him and Isaac too: some of their offspring were good, but some clearly wronged themselves
37:114  We also bestowed Our favour on Moses and Aaron
37:115  We saved them and their people from great distress
37:116  We helped them, so they were the ones to succeed
37:117  We gave them the Scripture that makes things clear
37:118  We guided them to the right path
37:119  We let them be praised by succeeding generations
37:120  ‘Peace be upon Moses and Aaron!’
37:121  This is how We reward those who do good
37:122  truly they were among Our faithful servants
37:123  Elijah too was one of the messengers
37:124  He said to his people, ‘Have you no fear of God
37:125  How can you invoke Baal and forsake the Most Gracious Creator
37:126  God, your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers?’
37:127  but they rejected him. They will be brought to punishment as a consequence
37:128  not so the true servants of God
37:129  We let him be praised by succeeding generations
37:130  ‘Peace be to Elijah!’
37:131  This is how We reward those who do good
37:132  truly he was one of Our faithful servants
37:133  Lot was also one of the messengers
37:134  We saved him and all his family
37:135  except for an old woman who stayed behind
37:136  and We destroyed the rest
37:137  You [people] pass by their ruins mornin
37:138  and night: will you not take heed
37:139  Jonah too was one of the messengers
37:140  He fled to the overloaded ship
37:141  They cast lots, he suffered defeat
37:142  and a great fish swallowed him, for he had committed blameworthy acts
37:143  If he had not been one of those who glorified God
37:144  he would have stayed in its belly until the Day when all are raised up
37:145  but We cast him out, sick, on to a barren shore
37:146  and made a gourd tree grow above him
37:147  We sent him to a hundred thousand people or more
37:148  They believed, so We let them live out their lives
37:149  Now [Muhammad], ask the disbelievers: is it true that your Lord has daughters, while they choose sons for themselves
37:150  Did We create the angels as females while they were watching
37:151  No indeed! It is one of their lies when they say
37:152  ‘God has begotten.’ How they lie
37:153  Did He truly choose daughters in preference to sons
37:154  What is the matter with you? How do you form your judgements
37:155  Do you not reflect
37:156  Do you perhaps have clear authority
37:157  Bring your scriptures, if you are telling the truth
37:158  They claim that He has kinship with the jinn, yet the jinn themselves know that they will be brought before Him
37:159  God is far above what they attribute to Him
37:160  the true servants of God do not do such things
37:161  and neither you nor what you worshi
37:162  can lure away from God an
37:163  except those who will burn in Hell
37:164  [The angels say], ‘Every single one of us has his appointed place
37:165  we are ranged in ranks
37:166  We glorify God.’
37:167  [The disbelievers] used to say
37:168  ‘If only we had a scripture like previous people
37:169  we would be true servants of God,’
37:170  yet now they reject [the Quran]. They will soon realize
37:171  Our word has already been given to Our servants the messengers
37:172  it is they who will be helped
37:173  and the ones who support Our cause will be the winners
37:174  So [Prophet] turn away from the disbelievers for a while
37:175  Watch them: they will soon see
37:176  Do they really wish to hasten Our punishment
37:177  When it descends on their courtyards, how ter-rible that morning will be for those who were warned
37:178  [Prophet], turn away from the disbelievers for a while
37:179  Watch them: they will soon see
37:180  Your Lord, the Lord of Glory, is far above what they attribute to Him
37:181  Peace be upon the messenger
37:182  and praise be to God the Lord of all the Worlds