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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Maududi
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Maududi rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 By those who range themselves in rows;
37:2 by those who reprove severely,
37:3 and those who recite the Exhortation;
37:4 surely your God is One,
37:5 the Lord of the heavens and the earth and of whatever lies between the two, the Lord of the Easts.
37:6 We have adorned the lower heaven with the adornment of the stars
37:7 and have protected it from every rebellious satan.
37:8 These satans cannot listen to what transpires in the High Council for they are pelted away from every side
37:9 and are repelled. Theirs is an unceasing chastisement.
37:10 And if any is able to snatch a fragment, he is pursued by a piercing flame.
37:11 So ask them (that is, human beings): "Were they harder to create than the objects We created?" We created them from sticky clay.
37:12 You marvel (at the wondrous creations of Allah) and they scoff at it,
37:13 and when they are admonished, they pay no heed;
37:14 and if they see any Sign, they laugh it away
37:15 and say: "This is nothing but plain sorcery.
37:16 Is it ever possible that after we die and are reduced to dust and (a skeleton of) bones, we will be raised to life?
37:17 And so also shall our forefathers of yore be raised to life?"
37:18 Tell them: "Yes; and you are utterly helpless (against Allah)."
37:19 There will be a single stern rebuff and lo, they will be observing with their own eyes (all that they had been warned against).
37:20 They will then say: "Woe for us. This is the Day of Judgement."
37:21 "Yes, this is the Day of Final Decision that you used to deny as a lie."
37:22 (Then will the command be given): "Muster all the wrong-doers and their spouses and the deities whom they used to serve
37:23 apart from Allah, and direct them to the path of Hell,
37:24 and detain them there; they will be called to account.
37:25 How is it that you are not helping one another?
37:26 Indeed, today they are surrendering themselves completely."
37:27 They will then turn towards each other (and start wrangling).
37:28 (The followers will say to their leaders): "You used to come to us from the right hand."
37:29 They will say: "Nay, you yourselves were not the ones who would believe.
37:30 We had no power over you. You were a rebellious people,
37:31 and so we became deserving of the Word of our Lord that we shall be made to suffer chastisement.
37:32 So we led you astray; we ourselves were strayed."
37:33 On that Day, they will all share the chastisement.
37:34 Thus do We treat the culprits.
37:35 Whenever it was said to them: "There is no true deity apart from Allah," they waxed proud
37:36 and said: "Shall we forsake our deities for the sake of a distracted poet?"
37:37 (They say so although) he brought the Truth and confirmed the veracity of the Messengers.
37:38 (They will be told): "You shall taste the grievous chastisement.
37:39 You will only be recompensed according to your deeds."
37:40 But Allah´s chosen servants (shall be spared this woeful end).
37:41 For them awaits a known provision,
37:42 a variety of delicious fruits; and they shall be honoured
37:43 in the Gardens of Bliss.
37:44 They will be seated upon couches set face to face;
37:45 a cup filled with wine from its springs, will be passed around to them;
37:46 white, sparkling (wine), a delight to the drinkers.
37:47 There will neither be any harm in it for their body nor will it intoxicate their mind.
37:48 Theirs shall be wide-eyed maidens with bashful, restrained glances,
37:49 so delicate as the hidden peel under an egg´s shell.
37:50 Then some of them will turn to others, and will ask each other.
37:51 One of them will say: "I had a companion in the world
37:52 who used to say: ?Are you also one of those who confirm the Truth (of life after death)?
37:53 After we are dead and have become all dust and bones shall we still be requited?´
37:54 He will say: ?Do you wish to know where he is now?´
37:55 Then he will look downwards, and will see him in the depths of Hell.
37:56 He will say to him: ?By Allah, you almost ruined me.
37:57 But for Allah´s favour, I should be one of those who have been mustered here.
37:58 So, are we not going to die,
37:59 except for our first death? And shall we suffer no chastisement?´"
37:60 Surely this is the supreme triumph.
37:61 For the like of it should the workers work.
37:62 Is this a better hospitality or the tree of al-Zaqqum?
37:63 We have made this tree a trial for the wrong-doers.
37:64 It is a tree that grows in the nethermost part of Hell.
37:65 Its spathes are like the heads of satans.
37:66 (The people of Hell) will surely eat of it, filling their bellies with it.
37:67 Then on top of it they will have a brew of boiling water.
37:68 Then their return will be to the same blazing Hell.
37:69 These are the ones who found their fathers steeped in error,
37:70 and they are running in their footsteps.
37:71 Before them a multitude of people of olden times had erred,
37:72 and We had sent among them Messengers to warn them.
37:73 Observe, then, what was the end of those that had been warned,
37:74 except for the chosen servants of Allah?
37:75 Noah had called upon Us (earlier). See, how excellent We were in answering him!
37:76 We delivered him and his household from the great calamity;
37:77 and made his offspring the only ones to survive,
37:78 and We established for him a good name among posterity.
37:79 Peace be upon Noah among all the nations.
37:80 Thus do We reward all those who do good.
37:81 Surely he was one of Our truly believing servants.
37:82 Thereafter We caused the others to be drowned.
37:83 Abraham was on the self-same way (as Noah).
37:84 When he came to his Lord with a pure heart,
37:85 and said to his father and his people: "Whom do you worship?
37:86 Is it false deities that you want to serve rather than Allah?
37:87 What do you think of the Lord of the whole Universe?"
37:88 Then he looked carefully at the stars
37:89 and said: "I am sick."
37:90 So turning their backs, they went away from him.
37:91 Then he went quietly to the (temple of the deities) and said: "What is the matter with you, why do you not eat?
37:92 What is the matter with you, why do you not speak?"
37:93 Then he turned upon them, striking them with his right hand,
37:94 whereupon people came to him running.
37:95 Abraham said to them: "Do you worship what you yourselves have carved with your own hands
37:96 while it is Allah Who has created you and all that you make?"
37:97 They spoke among themselves: "Build him a pyre and then throw him into the furnace."
37:98 They had contrived an evil plan against him, but We abased them all.
37:99 Abraham said: "I am going to my Lord; He will guide me.
37:100 Lord, grant me a righteous son."
37:101 (In response to this prayer) We gave him the good news of a prudent boy;
37:102 and when he was old enough to go about and work with him, (one day) Abraham said to him: "My son, I see in my dream that I am slaughtering you. So consider (and tell me) what you think." He said: "Do as you are bidden. You will find me, if Allah so wills, among the steadfast."
37:103 When both surrendered (to Allah´s command) and Abraham flung the son down on his forehead,
37:104 We cried out: "O Abraham,
37:105 you have indeed fulfilled your dream. Thus do We reward the good-doers."
37:106 This was indeed a plain trial.
37:107 And We ransomed him with a mighty sacrifice,
37:108 and We preserved for him a good name among posterity.
37:109 Peace be upon Abraham.
37:110 Thus do We reward the good-doers.
37:111 Surely he was one of Our believing servants.
37:112 And We gave him the good news of Isaac, a Prophet and among the righteous ones.
37:113 And We blessed him and Isaac. Among the offspring of the two some did good and some plainly wronged themselves.
37:114 Verily We bestowed Our favours on Moses and Aaron
37:115 and We delivered both of them and their people from the great calamity.
37:116 We succoured them, and they gained the upper hand (against their enemies).
37:117 We granted them a Clear Book,
37:118 and showed them the Straight Way,
37:119 and preserved for them a good name among posterity.
37:120 Peace be upon Moses and Aaron.
37:121 Thus do We reward the good-doers.
37:122 Surely both of them were among Our believing servants.
37:123 Surely, Elias too was among the Messengers.
37:124 (Call to mind) when he said to his people: "Will you not fear Allah?
37:125 Do you call upon Baal and forsake the Best of the Creators?
37:126 Allah is your Lord and the Lord of your ancestors of yore."
37:127 But they denounced him as a liar, so they will surely be arraigned (for punishment),
37:128 except Allah´s chosen servants.
37:129 We preserved a good name for him among posterity.
37:130 Peace be upon Elias.
37:131 Thus do We reward the good-doers.
37:132 He was one of Our believing servants.
37:133 And Lot too was one of the Messengers.
37:134 (Call to mind) when We delivered him and all his kinsfolk,
37:135 except for an old woman who was among those that stayed behind.
37:136 Then We utterly destroyed the rest of them.
37:137 You pass by their desolate habitations in the morning
37:138 and at night. Do you still not understand?
37:139 And Jonah too was one of the Messengers.
37:140 Call to mind when he fled to the laden ship,
37:141 cast lots, and was among the losers.
37:142 Then a fish swallowed him, and he was blameworthy.
37:143 Had he not been one of those who glorify Allah,
37:144 he would certainly have remained in its belly till the Day of Resurrection.
37:145 But We threw him on a wide bare tract of land while he was ill;
37:146 and caused a gourd tree to grow over him,
37:147 and We sent him forth to a nation of a hundred thousand or more,
37:148 and they believed. So We let them enjoy life for a while.
37:149 So ask their opinion: "(Are you convinced) that your Lord should have daughters and you should have sons?
37:150 Did We create the angels as females the while they witnessed?"
37:151 Behold, it is one of their fabrications that they say:
37:152 "Allah has begotten." They are liars!
37:153 Did He choose daughters rather than sons?
37:154 What is the matter with you that you make such strange judgements?
37:155 Will you then not take heed?
37:156 Do you have any clear authority for such claims?
37:157 Bring your Book, if you are truthful.
37:158 They have established a kinship between Allah and the angels; and the angels know well that these people will be arraigned (as culprits).
37:159 (They say): "Exalted be Allah above what they attribute to Him,
37:160 all of them except the chosen servants of Allah.
37:161 So you and your deities
37:162 shall not be able to tempt anyone away from Allah
37:163 except him who shall roast in the Blazing Fire.
37:164 As for us, there is none but has an appointed station.
37:165 Verily we range ourselves in rows (as humble servants)
37:166 and we are of those who glorify Allah."
37:167 They used to say before:
37:168 "If only we had the Reminder which had been granted to the people of yore
37:169 we would surely have been Allah´s chosen servants."
37:170 But when it came to them, they rejected it. They shall soon come to know (the end of such an attitude).
37:171 We have already given Our promise to Our Messengers
37:172 that they shall certainly be succoured,
37:173 and that Our hosts shall triumph.
37:174 So, (O Prophet), leave them alone for a while,
37:175 and see, and soon they too shall see.
37:176 Do they seek to hasten Our chastisement?
37:177 When that chastisement will descend upon their courtyard, evil shall that Day be for those who had been warned.
37:178 Leave them alone for a while,
37:179 and see; and they too shall soon see.
37:180 Exalted be your Lord, the Lord of Glory, above what they attribute to Him,
37:181 and peace be upon the Messengers,
37:182 and all praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Universe.


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