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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Talal A Itani
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Talal A. Itani (new translation) rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 By the aligners aligning.
37:2 And the drivers driving.
37:3 And the reciters of the Reminder.
37:4 Your God is indeed One.
37:5 Lord of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them; and Lord of the Easts.
37:6 We have adorned the lower heaven with the beauty of the planets.
37:7 And guarded it against every defiant devil.
37:8 They cannot eavesdrop on the Supernal Elite, for they get bombarded from every side.
37:9 Repelled—they will have a lingering torment.
37:10 Except for him who snatches a fragment—he gets pursued by a piercing projectile.
37:11 Inquire of them, 'Are they more difficult to create, or the others We created?' We created them from sticky clay.
37:12 But you wonder, and they ridicule.
37:13 And when reminded, they pay no attention.
37:14 And when they see a sign, they ridicule.
37:15 And they say, 'This is nothing but plain magic.
37:16 When we have died and become dust and bones, shall we be resurrected?
37:17 And our ancestors of old?'
37:18 Say, 'Yes indeed, and you will be totally subdued.'
37:19 It will be a single nudge, and they will be staring.
37:20 They will say, 'Woe to us. This is the Day of Judgment.'
37:21 'This is the Day of Separation which you used to deny.
37:22 Gather those who did wrong, and their mates, and what they used to worship.
37:23 Besides God, and lead them to the way to Hell.
37:24 And stop them. They are to be questioned.'
37:25 What is the matter with you? Why do you not help one another?
37:26 In fact, on that Day, they will be submissive.
37:27 They will come to one another, questioning one another.
37:28 They will say, 'You used to come at us from the right.'
37:29 They will say, 'You yourselves were not believers.
37:30 We had no authority over you. You yourselves were rebellious people.
37:31 The Word of our Lord has been realized against us. We are tasting it.
37:32 We seduced you. We were seducers.'
37:33 On that Day, they will share in the punishment.
37:34 Thus We deal with the sinners.
37:35 When it was said to them, 'There is no god except God,' they grew arrogant.
37:36 And said, 'Are we to abandon our gods for a mad poet?'
37:37 In fact, he came with the truth, and he confirmed the messengers.
37:38 Most assuredly, you will taste the painful punishment.
37:39 And you will be repaid only for what you used to do.
37:40 Except for God's sincere servants.
37:41 For them is a known provision.
37:42 Fruits; and they will be honored.
37:43 In the Gardens of Bliss.
37:44 On furnishings, facing one another.
37:45 They will be offered a cup of pure drink.
37:46 White; a delight to those who drink.
37:47 Never polluted, and never intoxicating.
37:48 With them will be bashful women with lovely eyes.
37:49 As if they were closely guarded pearls.
37:50 Then they will approach one another, questioning.
37:51 One of them will say, 'I used to have a friend.
37:52 Who used to say, 'Are you of those who believe?
37:53 That after we die and become dust and bones, we will be called to account?'
37:54 He will say, 'Will you have a look?'
37:55 He will look, and will see him in the pit of Hell.
37:56 He will say, 'By God, you almost ruined me.
37:57 Were it not for the grace of my Lord, I would have been among the arraigned.'
37:58 'We will not die.
37:59 Except for our first death, and we will not be punished.'
37:60 This is the supreme triumph.
37:61 For the like of this let the workers work.
37:62 Is this a better hospitality, or the Tree of Bitterness?
37:63 We made it an ordeal for the unjust.
37:64 It is a tree that grows from the bottom of Hell.
37:65 Its fruits are like the devils' heads.
37:66 They will eat from it, and fill their bellies with it.
37:67 Then, on top of it, they will have a brew of boiling liquid.
37:68 Then their return will be to the Blaze.
37:69 They had found their parents astray.
37:70 And rushed along in their footsteps.
37:71 And most of the ancients before them went astray.
37:72 Even though We sent messengers to warn them.
37:73 So observe the end of those who were warned.
37:74 Except for the sincere servants of God.
37:75 And Noah called out to Us, and We are the Best of responders.
37:76 And We saved him and his family from the great calamity.
37:77 And We made his descendants the survivors.
37:78 And We left mention of him among those who succeeded.
37:79 Peace be upon Noah among all people.
37:80 We thus reward the righteous.
37:81 He was one of Our believing servants.
37:82 Then We drowned the others.
37:83 Of his kind was Abraham.
37:84 When he came to his Lord with a sound heart.
37:85 He said to his father and his people, 'What are you worshiping?
37:86 Is it falsified gods, instead of God, that you want?
37:87 So what is your opinion about the Lord of the Worlds?'
37:88 Then he took a glance at the stars.
37:89 And said, 'I am sick.'
37:90 But they turned their backs on him, and went away.
37:91 Then he turned to their gods, and said, 'will you not eat?
37:92 What is it with you, that you do not speak?'
37:93 Then he turned on them, striking with his right hand.
37:94 And they came running towards him.
37:95 He said, 'Do you worship what you carve?
37:96 When God created you, and what you manufacture?'
37:97 They said, 'Build a pyre for him, and throw him into the furnace.'
37:98 They wished him ill, but We made them the losers.
37:99  He said, 'I am going towards my Lord, and He will guide me.'
37:100 'My Lord, give me one of the righteous.'
37:101 So We gave him good news of a clement boy.
37:102 Then, when he was old enough to accompany him, he said, 'O My son, I see in a dream that I am sacrificing you; see what you think.' He said, 'O my Father, do as you are commanded; you will find me, God willing, one of the steadfast.'
37:103 Then, when they had submitted, and he put his forehead down.
37:104 We called out to him, 'O Abraham!
37:105 You have fulfilled the vision.' Thus We reward the doers of good.
37:106 This was certainly an evident test.
37:107 And We redeemed him with a great sacrifice.
37:108 And We left with him for later generations.
37:109 Peace be upon Abraham.
37:110 Thus We reward the doers of good.
37:111 He was one of Our believing servants.
37:112 And We gave him good news of Isaac, a prophet, one of the righteous.
37:113 And We blessed him, and Isaac. But among their descendants are some who are righteous, and some who are clearly unjust to themselves.
37:114 And We blessed Moses and Aaron.
37:115 And We delivered them and their people from the terrible disaster.
37:116 And We supported them, and so they were the victors.
37:117 And We gave them the Clarifying Scripture.
37:118 And We guided them upon the straight path.
37:119 And We left with them for later generations.
37:120 Peace be upon Moses and Aaron.
37:121 Thus We reward the righteous.
37:122 They were of Our believing servants.
37:123 Also Elijah was one of the messengers.
37:124 He said to his people, 'Do you not fear?
37:125 Do you call on Baal, and forsake the Best of creators?
37:126 God is your Lord, and the Lord of your ancestors.'
37:127 But they called him a liar, and thus they will be brought forward.
37:128 Except for God's sincere servants.
37:129 And We left with him for later generations.
37:130 Peace be upon the House of Elijah.
37:131 Thus We reward the virtuous.
37:132 He was one of Our believing servants.
37:133 And Lot was one of the messengers.
37:134 We saved him and his family, all of them.
37:135 Except for an old woman who lagged behind.
37:136 Then We annihilated the others.
37:137 You pass by them in the morning.
37:138 And at night. Do you not understand?
37:139 And Jonah was one of the messengers.
37:140 When he fled to the laden boat.
37:141 He gambled and lost.
37:142 Then the fish swallowed him, and he was to blame.
37:143 Had he not been one of those who praised.
37:144 He would have stayed in its belly until the Day they are raised.
37:145 Then We threw him into the wilderness, and he was sick.
37:146 And We made a gourd tree grow over him.
37:147 Then We sent him to a hundred thousand, or more.
37:148 And they believed, so We gave them enjoyment for a while.
37:149 Ask them, 'Are the daughters for your Lord, while for them the sons?'
37:150 Or did We create the angels females, as they witnessed?'
37:151 No indeed! It is one of their lies when they say.
37:152 'God has begotten.' They are indeed lying.
37:153 So He preferred girls over boys?
37:154 What is the matter with you? How do you judge?
37:155 Will you not reflect?
37:156 Or do you have some clear proof?
37:157 Then bring your book, if you are telling the truth.
37:158 And they invented a relationship between Him and the jinn. But the jinn know that they will be arraigned.
37:159 God be glorified, far above what they allege.
37:160 Except for God's sincere servants.
37:161 Surely, you and what you serve.
37:162 Cannot seduce away from Him.
37:163 Except for he who will be roasting in Hell.
37:164 'There is not one of us but has an assigned position.
37:165 And we are the arrangers.
37:166 And we are the glorifiers.'
37:167 Even though they used to say.
37:168 'Had we received advice from the ancients.
37:169 We would have been God's faithful servants.'
37:170 But they rejected it, so they will find out.
37:171 Our Word has already gone out to our servant messengers.
37:172 It is they who will be supported.
37:173 And Our troops will be the victors.
37:174 So disregard them for a while.
37:175 And watch them—they will soon see.
37:176 Are they seeking to hasten Our punishment?
37:177 When it descends into their yard, miserable will be the morning of those forewarned.
37:178 So avoid them for a while.
37:179 And watch—they will soon see.
37:180 Exalted be your Lord, the Lord of Glory, beyond their allegations.
37:181 And peace be upon the messengers.
37:182 And praise be to God, the Lord of the Worlds.


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