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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Mustafa Khattab 2018
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The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 By those ˹angels˺ lined up in ranks,
37:2 and those who diligently drive ˹the clouds˺,
37:3 and those who recite the Reminder!
37:4 Surely your God is One!
37:5 ˹He is˺ the Lord of the heavens and the earth and everything in between, and the Lord of all points of sunrise.
37:6 Indeed, We have adorned the lowest heaven with the stars for decoration
37:7 and ˹for˺ protection from every rebellious devil.
37:8 They cannot listen to the highest assembly ˹of angels˺ for they are pelted from every side,
37:9 ˹fiercely˺ driven away. And they will suffer an everlasting torment.
37:10 But whoever manages to stealthily eavesdrop is ˹instantly˺ pursued by a piercing flare.
37:11 So ask them ˹O Prophet˺, which is harder to create: them or other marvels of Our creation? Indeed, We created them from a sticky clay.
37:12 In fact, you are astonished ˹by their denial˺, while they ridicule ˹you˺.
37:13 When they are reminded, they are never mindful.
37:14 And whenever they see a sign, they make fun of it,
37:15 saying, “This is nothing but pure magic.
37:16 When we are dead and reduced to dust and bones, will we really be resurrected?
37:17 And our forefathers as well?”
37:18 Say, “Yes! And you will be fully humbled.”
37:19 It will only take one Blast, then at once they will see ˹it all˺.
37:20 They will cry, “Oh, woe to us! This is the Day of Judgment!”
37:21 ˹They will be told,˺ “This is the Day of ˹Final˺ Decision which you used to deny.”
37:22 ˹Allah will say to the angels,˺ “Gather ˹all˺ the wrongdoers along with their peers, and whatever they used to worship
37:23 instead of Allah, then lead them ˹all˺ to the path of Hell.
37:24 And detain them, for they must be questioned.”
37:25 ˹Then they will be asked,˺ “What is the matter with you that you can no longer help each other?”
37:26 In fact, on that Day they will be ˹fully˺ submissive.
37:27 They will turn on each other, throwing blame.
37:28 The misled will say, “It was you who deluded us away from what is right.”
37:29 The misleaders will reply, “No! You disbelieved on your own.
37:30 We had no authority over you. In fact, you yourselves were a transgressing people.
37:31 The decree of our Lord has come to pass against us ˹all˺: we will certainly taste ˹the punishment˺.
37:32 We caused you to deviate, for we ourselves were deviant.”
37:33 Surely on that Day they will ˹all˺ share in the punishment.
37:34 That is certainly how We deal with the wicked.
37:35 For whenever it was said to them ˹in the world˺, “There is no god ˹worthy of worship˺ except Allah,” they acted arrogantly
37:36 and argued, “Should we really abandon our gods for a mad poet?”
37:37 In fact, he came with the truth, confirming ˹earlier˺ messengers.
37:38 You will certainly taste the painful torment,
37:39 and will only be rewarded for what you used to do.
37:40 But not the chosen servants of Allah.
37:41 They will have a known provision:
37:42 fruits ˹of every type˺. And they will be honoured
37:43 in the Gardens of Bliss,
37:44 facing each other on thrones.
37:45 A drink ˹of pure wine˺ will be passed around to them from a flowing stream:
37:46 crystal-white, delicious to drink.
37:47 It will neither harm ˹them˺, nor will they be intoxicated by it.
37:48 And with them will be maidens of modest gaze and gorgeous eyes,
37:49 as if they were pristine pearls.
37:50 Then they will turn to one another inquisitively.
37:51 One of them will say, “I once had a companion ˹in the world˺
37:52 who used to ask ˹me˺, ‘Do you actually believe ˹in resurrection˺?
37:53 When we are dead and reduced to dust and bones, will we really be brought to judgment?’”
37:54 He will ˹then˺ ask, “Would you care to see ˹his fate˺?”
37:55 Then he ˹and the others˺ will look and spot him in the midst of the Hellfire.
37:56 He will ˹then˺ say, “By Allah! You nearly ruined me.
37:57 Had it not been for the grace of my Lord, I ˹too˺ would have certainly been among those brought ˹to Hell˺.”
37:58 ˹Then he will ask his fellow believers,˺ “Can you imagine that we will never die,
37:59 except our first death, nor be punished ˹like the others˺?”
37:60 This is truly the ultimate triumph.
37:61 For such ˹honour˺ all should strive.
37:62 Is this ˹bliss˺ a better accommodation or the tree of Zaqqûm?
37:63 We have surely made it a test for the wrongdoers.
37:64 Indeed, it is a tree that grows in the depths of Hell,
37:65 bearing fruit like devils’ heads.
37:66 The evildoers will certainly ˹be left to˺ eat from it, filling up their bellies with it.
37:67 Then on top of that they will be given a blend of boiling drink.
37:68 Then they will ultimately return to ˹their place in˺ Hell.
37:69 Indeed, they found their forefathers astray,
37:70 so they rushed in their footsteps!
37:71 And surely most of the earlier generations had strayed before them,
37:72 although We had certainly sent warners among them.
37:73 See then what was the end of those who had been warned.
37:74 But not the chosen servants of Allah.
37:75 Indeed, Noah cried out to Us, and how excellent are We in responding!
37:76 We delivered him and his family from the great distress,
37:77 and made his descendants the sole survivors.
37:78 And We blessed him ˹with honourable mention˺ among later generations:
37:79 “Peace be upon Noah among all peoples.”
37:80 Indeed, this is how We reward the good-doers.
37:81 ˹For˺ he was truly one of Our faithful servants.
37:82 Then We drowned the others.
37:83 And indeed, one of those who followed his way was Abraham.
37:84 ˹Remember˺ when he came to his Lord with a pure heart,
37:85 and said to his father and his people, “What are you worshipping?
37:86 Is it false gods that you desire instead of Allah?
37:87 What then do you expect from the Lord of all worlds?”
37:88 He later looked up to the stars ˹in contemplation˺,
37:89 then said, “I am really sick.”
37:90 So they turned their backs on him and went away.
37:91 Then he ˹stealthily˺ advanced towards their gods, and said ˹mockingly˺, “Will you not eat ˹your offerings˺?
37:92 What is wrong with you that you cannot speak?”
37:93 Then he swiftly turned on them, striking ˹them˺ with his right hand.
37:94 Later, his people came rushing towards him ˹furiously˺.
37:95 He argued, “How can you worship what you carve ˹with your own hands˺,
37:96 when it is Allah Who created you and whatever you do?”
37:97 They said ˹to one another˺, “Build him a furnace and cast him into the blazing fire.”
37:98 And so they sought to harm him, but We made them inferior.
37:99 He later said, “I am leaving ˹in obedience˺ to my Lord. He will guide me.
37:100 My Lord! Bless me with righteous offspring.”
37:101 So We gave him good news of a forbearing son.
37:102 Then when the boy reached the age to work with him, Abraham said, “O my dear son! I have seen in a dream that I ˹must˺ sacrifice you. So tell me what you think.” He replied, “O my dear father! Do as you are commanded. Allah willing, you will find me steadfast.”
37:103 Then when they submitted ˹to Allah’s Will˺, and Abraham laid him on his forehead ˹for sacrifice˺,
37:104 We called out to him, “O Abraham!
37:105 You have already fulfilled the vision.” Indeed, this is how We reward the good-doers.
37:106 That was truly a revealing test.
37:107 And We ransomed his son with a great sacrifice,
37:108 and blessed Abraham ˹with honourable mention˺ among later generations:
37:109 “Peace be upon Abraham.”
37:110 This is how We reward the good-doers.
37:111 He was truly one of Our faithful servants.
37:112 We ˹later˺ gave him good news of Isaac—a prophet, and one of the righteous.
37:113 We blessed him and Isaac as well. Some of their descendants did good, while others clearly wronged themselves.
37:114 And We certainly showed favour to Moses and Aaron,
37:115 and delivered them and their people from the great distress.
37:116 We helped them so it was they who prevailed.
37:117 We gave them the clear Scripture,
37:118 and guided them to the Straight Path.
37:119 And We blessed them ˹with honourable mention˺ among later generations:
37:120 “Peace be upon Moses and Aaron.”
37:121 Indeed, this is how We reward the good-doers.
37:122 They were truly ˹two˺ of Our faithful servants.
37:123 And Elias was indeed one of the messengers.
37:124 ˹Remember˺ when he said to his people, “Will you not fear ˹Allah˺?
37:125 Do you call upon ˹the idol of˺ Ba’l and abandon the Best of Creators—
37:126 Allah, your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers?”
37:127 But they rejected him, so they will certainly be brought ˹for punishment˺.
37:128 But not the chosen servants of Allah.
37:129 We blessed him ˹with honourable mention˺ among later generations:
37:130 “Peace be upon Elias.”
37:131 Indeed, this is how We reward the good-doers.
37:132 He was truly one of Our faithful servants.
37:133 And Lot was indeed one of the messengers.
37:134 ˹Remember˺ when We delivered him and all of his family,
37:135 except an old woman, who was one of the doomed.
37:136 Then We ˹utterly˺ destroyed the rest.
37:137 You ˹Meccans˺ certainly pass by their ruins day
37:138 and night. Will you not then understand?
37:139 And Jonah was indeed one of the messengers.
37:140 ˹Remember˺ when he fled to the overloaded ship.
37:141 Then ˹to save it from sinking,˺ he drew straws ˹with other passengers˺. He lost ˹and was thrown overboard˺.
37:142 Then the whale engulfed him while he was blameworthy.
37:143 Had he not ˹constantly˺ glorified ˹Allah˺,
37:144 he would have certainly remained in its belly until the Day of Resurrection.
37:145 But We cast him onto the open ˹shore˺, ˹totally˺ worn out,
37:146 and caused a squash plant to grow over him.
37:147 We ˹later˺ sent him ˹back˺ to ˹his city of˺ at least one hundred thousand people,
37:148 who then believed ˹in him˺, so We allowed them enjoyment for a while.
37:149 Ask them ˹O Prophet˺ if your Lord has daughters, while the pagans ˹prefer to˺ have sons.
37:150 Or ˹ask them˺ if We created the angels as females right before their eyes.
37:151 Indeed, it is one of their ˹outrageous˺ fabrications to say,
37:152 “Allah has children.” They are simply liars.
37:153 Has He chosen daughters over sons?
37:154 What is the matter with you? How do you judge?
37:155 Will you not then be mindful?
37:156 Or do you have ˹any˺ compelling proof?
37:157 Then bring ˹us˺ your scripture, if what you say is true!
37:158 They have also established a ˹marital˺ relationship between Him and the jinn. Yet the jinn ˹themselves˺ know well that such people will certainly be brought ˹for punishment˺.
37:159 Glorified is Allah far above what they claim!
37:160 But not the chosen servants of Allah.
37:161 Surely you ˹pagans˺ and whatever ˹idols˺ you worship
37:162 can never lure ˹anyone˺ away from Him
37:163 except those ˹destined˺ to burn in Hell.
37:164 ˹The angels respond,˺ “There is not one of us without an assigned station ˹of worship˺.
37:165 We are indeed the ones lined up in ranks ˹for Allah˺.
37:166 And we are indeed the ones ˹constantly˺ glorifying ˹His praise˺.”
37:167 They certainly used to say,
37:168 “If only we had a Reminder like ˹those of˺ earlier peoples,
37:169 we would have truly been Allah’s devoted servants.”
37:170 But ˹now˺ they reject it, so they will soon know.
37:171 Our Word has already gone forth to Our servants, the messengers,
37:172 that they would surely be helped,
37:173 and that Our forces will certainly prevail.
37:174 So turn away from the deniers for a while ˹O Prophet˺.
37:175 You will see ˹what will happen to˺ them, and they too will see!
37:176 Do they ˹really˺ wish to hasten Our punishment?
37:177 Yet when it descends upon them: how evil will that morning be for those who had been warned!
37:178 And turn away from them for a while.
37:179 You will see, and they too will see!
37:180 Glorified is your Lord—the Lord of Honour and Power—above what they claim!
37:181 Peace be upon the messengers.
37:182 And praise be to Allah—Lord of all worlds.


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