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37:1  BY THOSE who range themselves in ranks
37:2  by those who cast out demons;¹
37:3  and by those who recite an Admonition
37:4  your God is One
37:5  the Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them: the Lord of the Eastern Regions
37:6  We have decked the lower heaven with constellations
37:7  guarding it against every rebellious demon
37:8  so that they may not listen in to those on high. Meteors are hurled at them from every side
37:9  then, driven away, they are consigned to an eternal scourge
37:10  Eavesdroppers are pursued by fiery comets
37:11  Ask them if they deem themselves of a nobler make than the rest of Our creation. Of coarse clay We created them
37:12  You marvel, while they scoff
37:13  When they are warned they heed no warning
37:14  When they are shown a sign they mock at i
37:15  and say: ‘This is but sorcery manifest
37:16  What! When we have died and turned to dust and bones, shall we be raised to life
37:17  we and our forefathers?‘
37:18  Say: ‘Yes. And you shall be utterly humbled.‘
37:19  One blast will sound, and they shall see it all
37:20  Woe betide us!‘ they will say. ‘This is the Day of Reckoning
37:21  this is the Judgement-day which you denied.‘
37:22  But We shall say: ‘Herd up the sinners, their spouses, and the deities they worshippe
37:23  besides God, and lead them to the path of Hell
37:24  Hold them there for questioning
37:25  What has come over you that you cannot help each other?‘
37:26  But on that day they will submit
37:27  They will reproach each other
37:28  saying: ‘You have imposed upon us!‘―
37:29  ‘No! It was you who would not be believers
37:30  We had no power over you: you were sinners all
37:31  Just is the verdict Our Lord has passed upon us; we shall surely taste the scourge
37:32  We seduced you, but we ourselves have been seduced.‘
37:33  On that day they will all share in the torment
37:34  Thus shall We deal with the wrongdoers
37:35  for when they were told: ‘There is no deity but God,‘ they said with scorn
37:36  ‘Are we to renounce our gods for the sake of a mad poet?‘
37:37  Surely he has brought the Truth, confirming those who were sent before
37:38  You shall all taste the grievous torment
37:39  you shall be requited only according to your deeds
37:40  But God‘s true servant
37:41  shall be well provided for
37:42  feasting on fruit, and honoure
37:43  in the Gardens of Delight
37:44  Reclining face to face upon soft couches
37:45  there shall be passed among them a goblet filled at a gushing fountain
37:46  white, and delicious to those who drink it
37:47  It will neither dull their senses nor befuddle them
37:48  They shall sit with bashful, dark-eyed virgins
37:49  as chaste as hidden pearls.¹
37:50  With questions they will approach each other
37:51  One will say: ‘I had a friend who used to say
37:52  "Do you really believe
37:53  When we have died and turned to dust and bones, shall we ever be brought to judgement?"‘
37:54  And he will say: ‘Come, will you look down.‘
37:55  He will look down and see his friend in the very midst of Hell
37:56  By the Lord,‘ he will say, ‘you almost ruined me
37:57  But for the grace of my Lord I should have surely been summoned myself
37:58  Shall we never die again
37:59  having died once, and shall we never be scourged at all?‘
37:60  Surely that is the supreme triumph
37:61  To this end let everyone labour
37:62  Is this not a better welcome than the Zaqqūm tree
37:63  We have made this tree a scourge for the unjust
37:64  It grows in the nethermost part of Hell
37:65  bearing fruit like demons‘ heads
37:66  on it they shall feed, and with it they shall cram their bellies
37:67  together with draughts of scalding water
37:68  Then to Hell shall they surely return
37:69  They found their fathers erring
37:70  yet they eagerly followed in their footsteps
37:71  Most of the ancients went astray before them
37:72  though We had sent emissaries to give them warning
37:73  So consider the fate of those who had been warned
37:74  except God‘s true servants
37:75  Noah called to Us, and he was graciously answered
37:76  We delivered him, and his household, from the great calamity
37:77  and made his descendants the sole survivors
37:78  We bestowed on him the praise of later generations
37:79  Peace be on Noah among all mankind!‘
37:80  Thus do We reward the righteous
37:81  he was one of Our believing servants
37:82  The others We peremptorily drowned
37:83  Of the self-same faith was Abraham
37:84  who came to his Lord with a pure heart
37:85  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 think you of the Lord of the Universe?‘
37:88  He lifted up his eyes to the star
37:89  and said: ‘I am sick!‘
37:90  And his people turned their backs and went off
37:91  He stole away to their idols and said: ‘Will you not eat
37:92  Why do you not speak?‘
37:93  With that he fell upon them, striking them down with his right hand
37:94  The people came running to the scene
37:95  ‘Would you worship that which you have carved with your own hands,‘ he said
37:96  ‘when it was God who created you and all that you have made?‘
37:97  They said: ‘Build up a pyre and cast him into the blazing hell.‘
37:98  Thus did they scheme against him: but We abased them all
37:99  He said: ‘I will take refuge with my Lord; He will give me guidance
37:100  Lord, grant me a righteous son.‘
37:101  We gave him joyful tidings of a gentle son
37:102  And when he reached the age when he could work with him, his father said to him: ‘My son, I dreamt that I was sacrificing you. Tell me what you think.‘ He said: ‘Father, do as you are bidden. God willing, you shall find me steadfast.‘
37:103  And when they had both submitted, and he had laid him down upon his brow
37:104  We called out to him, saying: ‘Abraham
37:105  you have confirmed the vision.‘ Thus do We reward the righteous
37:106  That was indeed the veritable test
37:107  We ransomed him with a noble sacrific
37:108  and left for him the praise of later generations
37:109  ‘Peace be on Abraham!‘
37:110  Thus do We reward the righteous
37:111  He was one of Our believing servants
37:112  We gladdened him with news of Isaac, a saintly prophet
37:113  and blessed him and Isaac. Among their descendants were some who did good works and some who clearly sinned against their souls
37:114  We showed favour to Moses and to Aaro
37:115  and delivered them both, with their people, from the great calamity
37:116  We succoured them, and it was they who were the victors
37:117  We gave them the Illuminating Boo
37:118  and guided them to the straight path
37:119  We left for them both the praise of later generations
37:120  Peace be on Moses and Aaron!‘
37:121  Thus do We reward the righteous
37:122  They were two of Our believing servants
37:123  Elias¹ also was one of those sent forth
37:124  He said to his people: ‘Have you no fear
37:125  Have you no fear? Would you invoke Baal and forsake the most gracious of creators
37:126  God is your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers.‘
37:127  But they rejected him, and will thus be called to account
37:128  Not so God‘s true servants
37:129  We bestowed on him the praise of later generations
37:130  Peace be on Elias!‘
37:131  Thus do We reward the righteous
37:132  He was one of Our believing servants
37:133  Lot also was one of those sent forth
37:134  We delivered him and his kindred all
37:135  except for an old woman who stayed behind
37:136  and utterly destroyed the others
37:137  You pass by their ruins in the mornin
37:138  and at night: have you no sense
37:139  Jonah was also one of those sent forth
37:140  He fled to the laden ship
37:141  cast lots, and was condemned
37:142  The whale swallowed him, for he had sinned
37:143  and had he not devoutly praised the Lor
37:144  he would have stayed in its belly till the Day of Resurrection
37:145  We cast him, gravely ill, upon a desolate shor
37:146  and caused a gourd-tree to grow over him
37:147  We sent him to a hundred thousand, or even more
37:148  they believed in him, and We let them live in ease for a certain time
37:149  Ask them if it be true that your Lord has daughters, and they sons
37:150  Or did We create the angels females; and were they witnesses
37:151  Surely they lie when they assert
37:152  God has given birth.‘
37:153  Would He choose daughters, rather than sons
37:154  What has come over you that you should so judge
37:155  Will you not take thought
37:156  Have you a veritable proof
37:157  Bring us your scripture, if what you say be true
37:158  They assert kinship between Him and the jinn. But the jinn well know that they will be called up to account
37:159  Exalted be God above their imputations
37:160  Not so God‘s true servants
37:161  Neither you nor your idol
37:162  shall deceive any about Go
37:163  save him who is destined to be burnt in Hell
37:164  We¹ each have our appointed place
37:165  It is we who range ourselves in ranks
37:166  and we are they that give glory
37:167  And they say
37:168  Had we received an Admonition from the ancients
37:169  we would have become God‘s true servants.‘
37:170  Yet they disbelieve; and they shall learn
37:171  Before then We promised Our servants who were sent fort
37:172  they would be helpe
37:173  and Our armies would surely be the victors
37:174  So pay no heed to them awhile
37:175  you will surely see their downfall as they shall see your triumph
37:176  Do they wish to hurry on Our scourge
37:177  Evil shall be that morning when it smites them in their courtyards, forewarned though they have been
37:178  So pay no heed to them awhile
37:179  You will surely see their downfall as they shall see your triumph
37:180  Exalted be your Lord, the Lord of Glory, above their imputations
37:181  And peace be on those who were sent forth
37:182  and praise to God, Lord of the Universe