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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Wahiduddin Khan
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Wahiduddin Khan rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 By those [angels] who range themselves in close ranks
37:2 and those who drive away [the wicked] with reproof
37:3 and by the reciters of the Reminder:
37:4 your God is One,
37:5 Lord of the heavens and the earth and everything between them; Lord of the Easts.
37:6 We have adorned the lowest heaven with the beauty of the planets;
37:7 and guarded it against all rebellious devils:
37:8 they cannot overhear the Higher Assembly for they are pelted from every side,
37:9 driven away, and will suffer eternal punishment.
37:10 But if anyone does succeed in snatching a glimpse [of such knowledge], he shall be pursued by a piercing flame.
37:11 So, ask those who deny the truth if it was harder to create them than all the other things We have created? We created them from sticky clay.
37:12 No wonder you are surprised as they laugh with scorn.
37:13 When they are reminded, they do not pay heed,
37:14 and whenever they see some sign, they ridicule it,
37:15 saying, This is plain sorcery!
37:16 What! When we have died and become dust and bones, will we be brought back to life again,
37:17 along with our forefathers?
37:18 Say, Yes indeed, and you will be brought low.
37:19 There will be but a single blast and then their eyes will open.
37:20 They will say, Woe to us! This is the Day of Reckoning.
37:21 [It will be said], This is the Day of Judgement which you have been denying.
37:22 But We shall say, Assemble those who did wrong together with their associates and what they worshipped
37:23 besides God, and lead them to the path of the Fire;
37:24 and stop them there for questioning:
37:25 But what is the matter with you that you cannot help one another?
37:26 indeed, on that Day they will surrender themselves.
37:27 They will turn upon one another, and question one another.
37:28 They will say, You used to come at us from the right.
37:29 They will say, No! It was you who would not believe
37:30 we had no power over you; but you yourselves were a rebellious people.
37:31 But now our Lords word has come true against us: truly, we are bound to taste [the punishment].
37:32 We led you astray as we were ourselves astray.
37:33 On that Day they will all share the punishment:
37:34 that is how We deal with evil-doers.
37:35 When they were told, There is no deity but God, they turned away with disdain,
37:36 and replied, Shall we then give up our deities at the bidding of a mad poet?
37:37 Surely, he has brought the truth, confirming those who were sent before;
37:38 you shall surely taste the painful punishment,
37:39 and be rewarded only according to your deeds.
37:40 But the chosen servants of God;
37:41 shall have a known provision
37:42 fruits of various kinds; and they shall be honoured,
37:43 in the Gardens of Bliss,
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 and delicious to those who drink it,
37:47 causing no headiness or intoxication.
37:48 With them will be spousesmodest of gaze and beautiful of eye
37:49 like closely guarded pearls.
37:50 They will turn to one another with questions:
37:51 one of them will say, I had a friend,
37:52 who used to ask, Do you really believe that
37:53 after we die and become dust and bones, we shall be brought to judgement?
37:54 Then he will say, Shall we look for him?
37:55 Then he will look and see him in the midst of the Fire.
37:56 He will say, By God! You almost brought me to ruin!
37:57 If it had not been for the blessing of my Lord, I would also have been taken to Hell.
37:58 Then he will say [to his blessed companions], Are we not going to die,
37:59 except for our first death? Are we not going to be punished?
37:60 Truly, this is a great victory!
37:61 It is for the like of this that all should strive.
37:62 Is that better by way of hospitality or the Zaqqum tree,
37:63 which We have made as a test for the wrongdoers.
37:64 For it is a tree that springs out of the bottom of Hellfire:
37:65 and its fruits are like devils heads.
37:66 They will eat from it and fill their bellies with it;
37:67 then in addition to it they shall have a draught of boiling water to drink;
37:68 then surely they shall return to Hell.
37:69 They found their fathers had gone astray;
37:70 so they are rushing to follow in their footsteps.
37:71 And assuredly many of the ancients went astray before them,
37:72 though We had sent warners among them.
37:73 See how those who were warned met their end!
37:74 Not so the chosen 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 and We made his offspring the only survivors.
37:78 We left mention of him among later generations.
37:79 Peace be upon Noah among all the peoples!
37:80 That is how We recompense the righteous:
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 sound heart.
37:85 Behold! he said to his father and to his people, What are these that you worship?
37:86 Would you serve false deities instead of God?
37:87 What do you think of the Lord of the Worlds?
37:88 He looked up at the stars.
37:89 And said, I am sick,
37:90 so they turned their backs on him and went off.
37:91 He turned to their gods and said, Do you not eat?
37:92 What is the matter with you that you do not speak?
37:93 then he turned on them, striking them down with his right hand.
37:94 His people came rushing 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 for him and throw him into the blaze!
37:98 They wanted to harm him, but We humiliated them all.
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 We gave him the good news that he would have a patient, forbearing son.
37:102 And when he reached the age when he could work with him, he said, O my son, I have seen in a dream that I am sacrificing you. So tell me what you think of it! He replied, O my 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 his face,
37:104 We called out to him, Abraham,
37:105 you have fulfilled the dream. It is thus indeed that We reward those who do good
37:106 that surely was a manifest trial
37:107 We ransomed him with a great sacrifice,
37:108 and left him thus to be succeeded by a group [of followers] among later generations:
37:109 Peace and salutation to Abraham!
37:110 That is how We recompense the righteous:
37:111 truly, he was one of Our faithful servants.
37:112 We gave Abraham the good news of Isaaca prophet and a righteous man
37:113 and blessed him and Isaac too: some of their offspring were good, but some clearly sinned against their souls.
37:114 We also bestowed Our favour on Moses and Aaron:
37:115 We saved them and their people from great distress;
37:116 and We helped them, so that they were victorious;
37:117 and We gave them the Book which helps to make things clear;
37:118 and guided them to the straight path;
37:119 and We left them thus to be succeeded by a group [of followers] among later 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 Do you call on Baal and abandon the Best of Creators,
37:126 God your Lord and Lord of your forefathers?
37:127 but they rejected him, and thus will certainly be called to account;
37:128 except the chosen servants of God.
37:129 We left him thus to be succeeded by a group [of followers] among the following generations
37:130 Peace be on Elijah and his people!
37:131 It is thus indeed that We reward those who do good:
37:132 surely he was one of Our believing servants.
37:133 Lot was also one of the messengers.
37:134 We saved him and all his people
37:135 except for an old woman who stayed behind
37:136 and We destroyed the rest.
37:137 You pass by their ruins morning
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 And then they cast lots and he was the one who lost,
37:142 and the fish swallowed him while he was blaming himself.
37:143 Had he not been one of those who acknowledge the glory of God,
37:144 he would certainly have remained inside the fish till the Day of Resurrection.
37:145 But We caused him to be cast forth on to the beach, sick as he was,
37:146 and We caused a gourd tree to grow over him.
37:147 We sent him as a messenger to a hundred thousand people or more,
37:148 and they believed in him: so We let them live in ease for a while.
37:149 Now ask them whether your Lord has daughters, whereas they have sons.
37:150 Did We create the angels females, to which they were witnesses?
37:151 No indeed! It is one of their fabrications when they say:
37:152 God has begotten children.They are truly liars.
37:153 Has He chosen daughters over sons?
37:154 What is the matter with you? How do you form your judgement?
37:155 Will you not then reflect?
37:156 Or have you clear evidence?
37:157 Then produce 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 produced before Him [for judgement].
37:159 God is far above what they attribute to Him
37:160 but not so the true servants of God
37:161 neither you nor what you worship
37:162 can lure away from God any
37:163 except those who will burn in Hell.
37:164 [The angels say], Every single one of us has his place assigned:
37:165 we are those who stand ranged in ranks.
37:166 We glorify God.
37:167 They say,
37:168 If we had had with us a Book like that of the people of old,
37:169 we would surely have been God's chosen servants,
37:170 but they have rejected it, [the Quran] and they shall soon learn!
37:171 And surely Our word has gone forth respecting Our servants, the messengers:
37:172 that it is certainly they who will be helped;
37:173 and that it is Our host that would certainly triumph.
37:174 So turn away from them 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 terrible that morning will be for those who were warned!
37:178 So turn away from them for a while.
37:179 And watch, for they will soon see.
37:180 Glory be to your Lord: the Lord of Glory is far above what they attribute to Him.
37:181 Peace be upon the Messengers
37:182 and praise be to God, the Lord of all the Worlds.


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