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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
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Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 By the parties ranged in close ranks,
37:2 And by those who drive away the clouds or by those parties who severely reprimand evils,
37:3 Then by those parties that remember Allah (or) recite (the Holy Qur’an),
37:4 Surely, your God is One,
37:5 The Lord of the heavens and the earth and whatever (creation) is between them, and the Lord of every point of sunrise.
37:6 Surely, We have adorned the world’s heaven (the first heavenly sphere) with the adornment of stars and planets,
37:7 And made (them) secure from every rebellious satan.
37:8 They (satans) cannot listen to the celestial world. And (burning brands) are thrown on them from every side,
37:9 To repulse them. And for them there is eternal torment.
37:10 But that (satan) who snatches away (something from angels), a burning brand follows it in chase.
37:11 Ask them: ‘Are they harder (and more difficult) to create, or those things which We have created (in the heavenly universe)? Surely, We have created them from a sticky clay.’
37:12 But you express your wonder whilst they make fun.
37:13 And when they are given advice, they do not accept it.
37:14 And when they see some sign, they mock it,
37:15 And say: ‘This is but obvious magic.
37:16 What! When we are dead and turned to dust and bones, shall we certainly be raised (alive again)?
37:17 And shall our forefathers too (be raised)?’
37:18 Say: ‘Yes, (of course,) and you will be disgraced and humiliated (as well).’
37:19 So, it will be merely a single dreadful shout (of a stern call). Then all will suddenly (rise and) begin to stare.
37:20 And they will say: ‘Woe to us! This is the Day of Requital.’
37:21 (It will be said: ‘Yes,) this is the same Day of Judgment which you used to reject.
37:22 Assemble all those who committed injustice as well as their companions and followers and those (false gods) that they used to worship,
37:23 Besides Allah. Then take them to the path of Hell.
37:24 And halt them (near the passage); they shall be interrogated.’
37:25 (It will be said to them:) ‘What has happened to you that you do not help one another?’
37:26 (What help can they provide?) For, in truth, they will be standing bending their necks Today.
37:27 And turning to one another, they will mutually question.
37:28 They will say: ‘Surely, it is you who used to come to us from the right side (i.e., asserting on oath of being right).’
37:29 (Their misleading leaders) will say: ‘The truth is that it was you yourselves who did not believe.
37:30 Nor did we have any authority (and control) over you. But you yourselves were a rebellious people.
37:31 So the command of our Lord has been proved against us. (Now) we are about to taste (the torment).
37:32 So we led you astray. Surely, we ourselves had gone astray.’
37:33 So on that Day, they (all) will share the torment.
37:34 No doubt, this is how We deal with the sinners.
37:35 Surely, they were such people that when it was said to them: ‘There is none worthy of worship except Allah,’ they used to show arrogance,
37:36 And used to say: ‘Are we going to forsake our gods for the sake of an insane poet?’
37:37 (He is neither an insane person nor a poet.) He has rather brought the truth (Din [Religion]) and confirmed the Messengers (of Allah).
37:38 Verily, you are about to taste the painful torment.
37:39 And you will not be given (any) reward but for what you used to do.
37:40 (Yes,) but those (exalted and chosen) servants of Allah who have divested themselves of (their ill-commanding selves and its pursuits),
37:41 It is they for whom a special provision is appointed (morning and evening),
37:42 Fruits (of every kind). And they will be honoured and venerated,
37:43 (Abiding) in Gardens of bliss and bounty,
37:44 (Making spiritual disclosures) face to face on raised couches.
37:45 Round them will be passed cups of (sacred) overflowing drink.
37:46 It will be sparkling white and superbly delicious, a treat for those who drink.
37:47 It will not cause any harm or giddiness; nor will they lose balance (after drinking it).
37:48 And beside them will be (sitting chaste women) with lowered gazes and wide beautiful eyes,
37:49 (Fair, charming complexion, they will look) as if they were eggs protected from dust.
37:50 Then those (residents of Paradise) will turn to one another and mutually inquire (about their well-being).
37:51 One (of the participants in conversation) will say (to the other): ‘There was an acquaintance of mine (who disbelieved in the Hereafter).
37:52 He used to say (to me): Are you (also) of those who confirm and firmly believe (in these things)?
37:53 (That) when we are dead and have become dust and bones, so shall we be requited (in that condition)?’
37:54 Then he (the dweller of Paradise) will say: ‘Will you peer down to see (him in which plight he is)?’
37:55 Then on peering down, he will find him (right) in the middle of Hell.
37:56 (He) will say (to him): ‘By my Lord, you had nearly ruined me.
37:57 And had it not been the favour of my Lord, I (too) would have joined those who are brought (for torment with you).’
37:58 So (the dwellers of Paradise will gladly ask:) ‘Shall we not die now?
37:59 Except for the first death (which we have passed through and have reached here) and shall we not be ever tormented?’
37:60 This is surely the supreme success.
37:61 For such (a success) the doers should do work.
37:62 Is the hospitality (of Paradise) better or the tree of Zaqqum?
37:63 Undoubtedly, We have made this (tree) a torment for the wrongdoers.
37:64 Truly, this is a tree that springs out from the bottom of Hell.
37:65 The spikes of its fruit are as if heads of (ugly) satans.
37:66 So the inmates of Hell have to eat of it alone and have to fill their bellies with the same.
37:67 Then for sure there will be scalding water mixed (with pus) for them after (eating, which will cut through their guts).
37:68 Then (after eating) surely they will return to Hell (again).
37:69 Surely, they found their ancestors misguided.
37:70 So they are made to rush on in their footsteps.
37:71 And in fact, most of the former people (also) lost the straight path.
37:72 And surely, We sent the Warners amongst them as well.
37:73 So see how was the end of those who were warned,
37:74 Except for the chosen and exalted servants of Allah.
37:75 And, verily, Nuh (Noah) cried to Us. So how excellent We are to respond to the prayers!
37:76 And We delivered him and his family from the ordeal.
37:77 And We made his offspring the only survivors.
37:78 And We made his virtuous remembrance endure amongst the successors (i.e., the Messengers and their people).
37:79 Peace be on Nuh (Noah) in all the worlds!
37:80 Surely, We requite the pious the same way.
37:81 He was indeed of Our servants blessed with (perfect) faith.
37:82 Then We drowned the others.
37:83 And verily, of his party was Ibrahim ([Abraham] as well, on him be peace).
37:84 When he appeared before his Lord with a purified and submissive heart,
37:85 He said to his father (who was in fact his uncle, and he used to call him father, for he had brought him up) and his people: ‘What is it that you worship?
37:86 Do you go for false gods besides Allah, inventing a false allegation?
37:87 Well! What do you think of the Lord of all the worlds?’
37:88 Then Ibrahim (Abraham) cast a look at the stars (to put them in doubt),
37:89 And said: ‘I am not well (so cannot accompany you to the festival).’
37:90 At that they turned their backs on him and left (for the festival).
37:91 Then Ibrahim (Abraham) went up to their gods (idols) quietly and said to them: ‘Do you not eat?
37:92 What is the matter with you that you do not speak?’
37:93 Then Ibrahim (Abraham) began striking (and breaking) them with full force.
37:94 Then the people came to him running (on returning from the festival).
37:95 Ibrahim (Abraham) said (to them): ‘Do you worship these (inanimate stones) which you yourselves carve out,
37:96 Whilst Allah has created you and (all) your doings?’
37:97 They said: ‘Raise for him a building (to burn him), then cast him into the blazing fire (in it).’
37:98 So they attempted to play a trick against Ibrahim (Abraham), but We humiliated them (when the fire eventually turned into a flower garden).
37:99 Then Ibrahim (Abraham) said: ‘(Migrating,) I am going to my Lord. He will certainly guide me.’ (He migrated to Syria).
37:100 (Reaching the sacred land, he prayed:) ‘O my Lord, bless me with (a son,) one of the pious.’
37:101 So We gave him the good news of a very forbearing son (Isma‘il [Ishmael]).
37:102 Then when (Isma‘il [Ishmael]) reached (the age of) the ability to run about with him, Ibrahim (Abraham) said: ‘O my son, I have seen in a dream that I am sacrificing you. So think, what is your opinion?’ Isma‘il (Ishmael) said: ‘O my father, do that (immediately) which you are being commanded. If Allah wills, you will find me amongst the patient (and steadfast).’
37:103 So when both submitted (to the will of Allah i.e., both surrendered to Allah’s command), and Ibrahim (Abraham) laid him down on his forehead—(the subsequent sight has not been described;)
37:104 And We called out to him: ‘O Ibrahim (Abraham)!
37:105 (How wonderfully) have you made your dream really true!’ Surely, We pay back the spiritually excellent the same way. (So you are blessed with the prominence of Our closest friend.)
37:106 It was by far a great open trial.
37:107 And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice.
37:108 And We preserved his virtuous remembrance (i.e., praise) amongst the succeeding generations.
37:109 Peace be upon Ibrahim (Abraham)!
37:110 That is how We pay back those who are committed to spiritual excellence.
37:111 Surely, he was of Our servants with (perfect faith).
37:112 And (after Isma‘il [Ishmael]) We gave him the good news of Ishaq (Isaac). He was (also) a Prophet, one of the most pious.
37:113 And We bestowed blessings on him and on Ishaq (Isaac). And amongst their descendants are both the virtuous as well as those who expressly wrong themselves.
37:114 And surely, We blessed Musa (Moses) and Harun (Aaron) as well with Our favours.
37:115 And We delivered them and their people from the ordeal.
37:116 And We helped them, so it was they who overmastered.
37:117 And We gave both of them the clear and enlightening Book (the Torah).
37:118 And We guided them both to the straight path.
37:119 And We preserved their virtuous remembrance (also) amongst the succeeding generations.
37:120 Peace be upon Musa (Moses) and Harun (Aaron)!
37:121 That is how We pay back those who are committed to spiritual excellence.
37:122 Surely, both of them were of Our servants blessed with (perfect faith).
37:123 And indeed, Ilyas (Elias too) was one of the Messengers.
37:124 When he said to his people: ‘Do you not fear (Allah)?
37:125 Do you worship (the idol named) Ba‘l and turn away from the Best of creators,
37:126 Allah, Who is your Lord and the Lord of your foregoing ancestors (as well)?’
37:127 But they (the people of Ba‘lbek) gave lie to Ilyas (Elias), so they will (also) be brought (to the torment of Hell),
37:128 Except the chosen servants of Allah.
37:129 And We preserved his virtuous remembrance (also) amongst the succeeding generations.
37:130 Peace be upon Ilyas (Elias)!
37:131 That is how We pay back those who are committed to spiritual excellence.
37:132 Surely, he was of Our servants blessed with (perfect faith).
37:133 And verily, Lut (Lot too) was one of the Messengers.
37:134 When We delivered him and the whole of his family,
37:135 Except that old woman who was of those who stayed behind;
37:136 Then We destroyed the others.
37:137 And surely, you pass by (the remains of their ruined towns whilst going from Mecca to Syria) in the morning,
37:138 And at night as well. Do you not even then understand?
37:139 And Yunus (Jonah too) was indeed one of the Messengers,
37:140 When he ran towards the full boat.
37:141 Then (when it was caught into a whirlpool) they cast lots, and (in the draws) he came to be the loser (i.e., his name was drawn and those in the boat cast him overboard into the river).
37:142 Then the fish swallowed him and he was a (self-condemning) repentant.
37:143 Then if he had not been of those who glorify (Allah),
37:144 He would have stayed in the belly (of the fish) till the Day when people will be resurrected (from the graves).
37:145 Then We cast him onto a wide plain (i.e., the beach) whilst he was sick.
37:146 And We caused a creeping (gourd) plant to grow over him.
37:147 And We sent him towards (the people of Nineveh in the land of Mosul,) a population of a hundred thousand or more.
37:148 (Seeing the signs of torment,) they believed. So We granted them prosperity for a time.
37:149 So ask these (disbelievers of Mecca): ‘Are there daughters for your Lord and sons for them?
37:150 Did We create the angels as females and were they present (on the occasion)?’
37:151 Listen! They assuredly say (this) out of their fabrications,
37:152 That Allah has begotten children and surely they are liars.
37:153 Has He chosen daughters instead of sons? (The creed of the disbelievers of Mecca is being refuted in the language of their logic and mentality.)
37:154 What is the matter with you? How do you judge?
37:155 Do you not ponder?
37:156 Do you have any clear proof (to establish your philosophy and ideology)?
37:157 Produce your book if you are truthful.
37:158 And they have fabricated a blood relationship between Allah and the jinn (as well), whereas the jinn know that they (too) will be made to appear (before the presence of Allah).
37:159 Holy is Allah, Transcendent of what they utter.
37:160 But the chosen and exalted servants of Allah (do not say such things; they are not amongst them).
37:161 So you and (the idols) which you worship,
37:162 You all cannot misguide (anyone against Allah),
37:163 Except the one who is bound to fall into Hell.
37:164 And (the angels say:) ‘Every one of us has an appointed station;
37:165 And surely, we ourselves are those who remain standing in rows;
37:166 And surely, we ourselves remain engaged in glorifying (Allah).’
37:167 And no doubt, these people used to say:
37:168 ‘If we (too) had some (Book) of direction and guidance from the bygone people,
37:169 Then, certainly, we (too) would have been Allah’s exalted servants.’
37:170 But (now) they have rejected this (Qur’an). So they will soon come to know (their end).
37:171 And verily, Our command has been put into effect in respect of the servants whom We sent (i.e., the Messengers),
37:172 That it is they who have been granted help,
37:173 And that essentially it is only Our army that shall dominate.
37:174 So turn your attention away from them for a time.
37:175 And keep watching them (constantly). So they will soon come to know (their end).
37:176 And do they want Our punishment to be hastened?
37:177 But when that (torment) descends before them, how evil will be the morning of those who were warned!
37:178 So turn your attention away from them for a while.
37:179 And keep watching them (constantly). So they will soon come to know (their end).
37:180 Holy is your Lord, the Lord of Honour, Transcendent above these (things) which they utter.
37:181 And peace be upon (all) the Messengers!
37:182 And all praise be to Allah alone, the Lord of all the worlds.


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