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37:1  The arrangers in columns.
37:2  The blamers of those to be blamed.
37:3  The reciters of the messages.
37:4  Your god is only one.
37:5  The Lord of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them, and Lord of the easts.
37:6  We have adorned the lowest heaven with adorning planets.
37:7  We guarded it from every evil devil.
37:8  They cannot spy on the High Society; they get bombarded from every side.
37:9  They have been condemned; they have incurred an eternal retribution.
37:10  If any of them ventures to charge the outer limits, he gets struck with a fierce projectile.
37:11  Ask them, "Are they more difficult to create, or the other creations?" We created them from wet mud.
37:12  While you are awed, they mock.
37:13  When reminded, they take no heed.
37:14  When they see proof, they ridicule it.
37:15  They say, "This is obviously magic!
37:16  "After we die and become dust and bones, do we get resurrected?
37:17  "Even our ancient ancestors?"
37:18  Say, "Yes, you will be forcibly summoned."
37:19  All it takes is one nudge, whereupon they (stand up) looking.
37:20  They will say, "Woe to us; this is the Day of Judgment."
37:21  This is the day of decision that you used to disbelieve in.
37:22  Summon the transgressors, and their spouses, and the idols they worshiped
37:23  beside GOD, and guide them to the path of Hell.
37:24  Stop them, and ask them:
37:25  "Why do you not help one another?"
37:26  They will be, on that day, totally submitting.
37:27  They will come to each other, questioning and blaming one another.
37:28  They will say (to their leaders), "You used to come to us from the right side."
37:29  They will respond, "It is you who were not believers.
37:30  "We never had any power over you; it is you who were wicked.
37:31  "We justly incurred our Lord's judgment; now we have to suffer.
37:32  "We misled you, only because we were astray."
37:33  Thus, together they will all partake of the retribution on that day.
37:34  This is how we requite the guilty.
37:35  When they were told, "Laa Elaaha Ella Allah [There is no other god beside GOD]," they turned arrogant.
37:36  They said, "Shall we leave our gods for the sake of a crazy poet?"
37:37  In fact, he has brought the truth, and has confirmed the messengers.
37:38  Most assuredly, you will taste the most painful retribution.
37:39  You are requited only for what you have done.
37:40  Only GOD's servants who are absolutely devoted to Him alone (will be saved).
37:41  They have deserved provisions that are reserved specifically for them.
37:42  All kinds of fruits. They will be honored.
37:43  In the gardens of bliss.
37:44  On furnishings close to one another.
37:45  Cups of pure drinks will be offered to them.
37:46  Clear and delicious for the drinkers.
37:47  Never polluted, and never exhausted.
37:48  With them will be wonderful companions.
37:49  Protected like fragile eggs.
37:50  They will come to each other, and confer with one another.
37:51  One of them will say, "I used to have a friend.
37:52  "He used to mock: `Do you believe all this?
37:53  " `After we die and turn into dust and bones, do we get called to account?' "
37:54  He will say, "Just take a look!"
37:55  When he looks, he will see his friend in the heart of Hell.
37:56  He (will go to him and) say, "By GOD, you almost ruined me.
37:57  "If it were not for my Lord's blessing, I would have been with you now.
37:58  "(Do you still believe) that we die,
37:59  "only the first death, and we never receive any requital?"
37:60  Such is the greatest triumph.
37:61  This is what every worker should work for.
37:62  Is this a better destiny, or the tree of bitterness?
37:63  We have rendered it a punishment for the transgressors.
37:64  It is a tree that grows in the heart of Hell.
37:65  Its flowers look like the devils' heads.
37:66  They will eat from it until their bellies are filled up.
37:67  Then they will top it with a hellish drink.
37:68  Then they will return to Hell.
37:69  They found their parents astray.
37:70  And they blindly followed in their footsteps.
37:71  Most of the previous generations have strayed in the same manner.
37:72  We have sent to them warners.
37:73  Note the consequences for those who have been warned.
37:74  Only GOD's servants who are absolutely devoted to Him alone (are saved).
37:75  Thus, Noah called upon us, and we were the best responders.
37:76  We saved him and his family from the great disaster.
37:77  We made his companions the survivors.
37:78  And we preserved his history for subsequent generations.
37:79  Peace be upon Noah among the peoples.
37:80  We thus reward the righteous.
37:81  He is one of our believing servants.
37:82  We drowned all the others.
37:83  Among his followers was Abraham.
37:84  He came to his Lord wholeheartedly.
37:85  He said to his father and his people, "What are you worshiping?
37:86  "Is it these fabricated gods, instead of GOD, that you want?
37:87  "What do you think of the Lord of the universe?"
37:88  He looked carefully at the stars.
37:89  Then he gave up and said, "I am tired of this!"
37:90  They turned away from him.
37:91  He then turned on their idols, saying, "Would you like to eat?
37:92  "Why do you not speak?"
37:93  He then destroyed them.
37:94  They went to him in a great rage.
37:95  He said, "How can you worship what you carve?
37:96  "When GOD has created you, and everything you make!"
37:97  They said, "Let us build a great fire, and throw him into it."
37:98  They schemed against him, but we made them the losers.
37:99  He said, "I am going to my Lord; He will guide me."
37:100  "My Lord, grant me righteous children."
37:101  We gave him good news of a good child.
37:102  When he grew enough to work with him, he said, "My son, I see in a dream that I am sacrificing you. What do you think?" He said, "O my father, do what you are commanded to do. You will find me, GOD willing, patient."
37:103  They both submitted, and he put his forehead down (to sacrifice him).
37:104  We called him: "O Abraham.
37:105  "You have believed the dream." We thus reward the righteous.
37:106  That was an exacting test indeed.
37:107  We ransomed (Ismail) by substituting an animal sacrifice.
37:108  And we preserved his history for subsequent generations.
37:109  Peace be upon Abraham.
37:110  We thus reward the righteous.
37:111  He is one of our believing servants.
37:112  Then we gave him the good news about the birth of Isaac, to be one of the righteous prophets.
37:113  We blessed him and Isaac. Among their descendants, some are righteous, and some are wicked transgressors.
37:114  We also blessed Moses and Aaron.
37:115  We delivered them and their people from the great disaster.
37:116  We supported them, until they became the winners.
37:117  We gave both of them the profound scripture.
37:118  We guided them in the right path.
37:119  We preserved their history for subsequent generations.
37:120  Peace be upon Moses and Aaron.
37:121  We thus reward the righteous.
37:122  Both of them were among our righteous servants.
37:123  Elias was one of the messengers.
37:124  He said to his people, "Would you not work righteousness?
37:125  "Do you worship a statue, instead of the Supreme Creator?
37:126  "GOD; your Lord, and the Lord of your forefathers!"
37:127  They disbelieved him. Consequently, they had to be called to account.
37:128  Only GOD's servants who are absolutely devoted to Him alone (are saved).
37:129  We preserved his history for subsequent generations.
37:130  Peace be upon Elias, and all those like Elias.
37:131  We thus reward the righteous.
37:132  He was one of our believing servants.
37:133  Lot was one of the messengers.
37:134  We saved him and all his family.
37:135  Only the old woman was doomed.
37:136  We annihilated all the others.
37:137  You still pass by their ruins by day.
37:138  And by night. Would you understand?
37:139  Jonah was one of the messengers.
37:140  He escaped to the loaded ship.
37:141  He rebelled and thus, he joined the losers.
37:142  Consequently, the fish swallowed him, and he was the one to blame.
37:143  If it were not that he resorted to meditation (on God),
37:144  he would have stayed in its belly until the Day of Resurrection.
37:145  We had him thrown up into the desert, exhausted.
37:146  We had a tree of edible fruit grown for him.
37:147  Then we sent him to a hundred thousand, or more.
37:148  They did believe, and we let them enjoy this life.
37:149  Ask them if your Lord have daughters, while they have sons!
37:150  Did we create the angels to be females? Did they witness that?
37:151  Indeed, they grossly blaspheme when they say -
37:152  "GOD has begotten a son." Indeed, they are liars.
37:153  Did He choose the girls over the boys?
37:154  What is wrong with your logic?
37:155  Why do you not take heed?
37:156  Do you have any proof?
37:157  Show us your book, if you are truthful.
37:158  They even invented a special relationship between Him and the jinns. The jinns themselves know that they are subservient.
37:159  GOD be glorified; far above their claims.
37:160  Only GOD's servants who are devoted to Him alone (are saved).
37:161  Indeed, you and what you worship.
37:162  Cannot impose anything on Him.
37:163  Only you will burn in Hell.
37:164  Each one of us has a specific job.
37:165  We are the arrangers.
37:166  We have duly glorified (our Lord).
37:167  They used to say,
37:168  "Had we received the correct instructions from our parents,
37:169  "we would have been worshipers; devoted to GOD alone."
37:170  But they disbelieved, and they will surely find out.
37:171  Our decision is already decreed for our servants the messengers.
37:172  They are surely the victors.
37:173  Our soldiers are the winners.
37:174  So disregard them for awhile.
37:175  Watch them; they too will watch.
37:176  Do they challenge our retribution?
37:177  When it hits them one day, it will be a miserable day; they have been sufficiently warned.
37:178  Disregard them for awhile.
37:179  Watch them; they too will watch.
37:180  Glory be to your Lord, the great Lord; far above their claims.
37:181  Peace be upon the messengers.
37:182  Praise be to GOD, Lord of the universe.