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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Bilal Muhammad 2018
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A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 By those who line themselves in ranks,
37:2 And so are strong in repelling harm,
37:3 And so proclaim the message.
37:4 Indeed your God is one.
37:5 Lord of the heavens and of the earth, and all between them, and Lord of every point at the rising of the Sun.
37:6 We have indeed decked the lower heaven with beauty in the stars,
37:7 For beauty and to guard against all rebellious devils,
37:8 They should not strain their ears in the direction of the exalted assembly, but shall be cast away from every side,
37:9 Repulsed, for they are under a perpetual penalty.
37:10 Except those that snatch away something by stealth, and they are pursued by a flaming fire of piercing brightness.
37:11 Just ask their opinion. Are they more difficult to create, or the other beings We have created? We have created them out of wet clay.
37:12 Indeed you marvel while they ridicule,
37:13 And though they are advised, they pay no heed.
37:14 And when they see a sign, they turn it into mockery,
37:15 And say, “This is nothing but evident deception.
37:16 “What, when we die and become dust and bones, will we be raised up,
37:17 “And also our ancestors?”
37:18 Say, “Yes, and you will then be humiliated.”
37:19 Then there will be a single cry, and behold, they will begin to see.
37:20 They will say, “Woe to us, this is the Day of Accountability!”
37:21 This is the day of sorting out, the truth you once denied.
37:22 “Bring up,” it will be said, “The wrongdoers and their partners, and the things they worshipped-
37:23 “Besides God, and lead them to the way of the fire.
37:24 “But stop them, for they must be asked,
37:25 “What is the matter with you that you did not help each other?”
37:26 No, but that day they will submit,
37:27 And they will turn to one another, and question each other.
37:28 They will say, “It was you who used to come to us from the right.”
37:29 They will reply, “No, you yourselves had no faith,
37:30 “Nor had we any authority over you. No, it was you who were a people in obstinate rebellion.
37:31 “So now has been proved true against us, the word of our Lord, so we will indeed taste it.
37:32 “We led you astray, for indeed we were ourselves astray.”
37:33 Indeed that day, they will all share in the penalty.
37:34 Indeed that is how We will deal with the wrong-doers.
37:35 For they, when they were told that there is no god except God, would puff themselves up with pride–
37:36 And say, “What, will we give up our gods for the sake of a poet possessed?”
37:37 No, he has come with the truth, and he confirms the messengers.
37:38 You will indeed taste the terrible penalty.
37:39 But it will be no more than retribution for what you did.
37:40 But the sincere servants of God,
37:41 For them is sustenance determined.
37:42 They will enjoy fruits, and honor and dignity,
37:43 In gardens of felicity,
37:44 Facing each other on thrones.
37:45 Round will be passed to them a cup from a clear-flowing fountain,
37:46 White, of a taste delicious to those who drink of it,
37:47 Free from harm, nor will they suffer intoxication from it.
37:48 And with them will be companions of modest gaze and beautiful eyes.
37:49 Like delicate eggs closely guarded.
37:50 Then they will turn to one another and question each other.
37:51 One of them will start the conversation by saying, “I had a friend-
37:52 “Who used to say, ‘What, are you among those who bear witness to the truth?
37:53 “When we die and become dust and bones, will we indeed receive rewards and punishments?”
37:54 A voice said, “Would you like to look down?”
37:55 He looked down and saw him in the middle of the fire.
37:56 He said, “By God, you were just short of bringing me to perdition.
37:57 “Had it not been for the grace of my Lord, I would certainly have been among those sent there.
37:58 “Is it the case that we will not die?
37:59 “Except our first death, and that we will not be punished?”
37:60 Indeed this is the greatest achievement.
37:61 For the like of this let all strive who wish to strive.
37:62 Is that the better entertainment or the Tree of Zaqqum?
37:63 For We have truly made it a trial for the wrongdoers.
37:64 For it is a tree that springs out of the bottom of hellfire.
37:65 The shoots of its fruit-stalks are like the heads of devils.
37:66 Truly they will eat of it and fill their stomachs.
37:67 Then indeed on top of that they will be given a mixture made of boiling water.
37:68 Then their return will be to the fire.
37:69 Truly they found their parents on the wrong path,
37:70 So they were rushed down on their footsteps.
37:71 And truly before them, many of the ancients went astray.
37:72 But We sent among them, people to advise them.
37:73 Then see what was the end of those who were advised?
37:74 Except the sincere servants of God.
37:75 Noah called to Us, and We are the best to hear prayers.
37:76 And We delivered him and his people from the Great Calamity,
37:77 And made his progeny to endure,
37:78 And We left for him generations to come in later times.
37:79 Peace and salutation to Noah among the nations.
37:80 Indeed we reward those who do right.
37:81 For he was one of our believing servants.
37:82 Then the rest we overwhelmed in the flood.
37:83 Indeed among those who followed his way was Abraham.
37:84 Behold, he approached his Lord with a pure heart.
37:85 Behold, he said to his father and to his people, “What is it you worship?
37:86 “Is it false gods instead of God that you desire?
37:87 “Then what is your idea about the Lord of the worlds?”
37:88 Then he cast a glance at the stars.
37:89 And he said, “I am indeed sick.”
37:90 So they turned away from him, and departed.
37:91 Then he turned to their gods and said, “Will you not eat?
37:92 “What is the matter with you that you do not speak?”
37:93 Then did he turn to them, striking them with the right hand.
37:94 Then they came with hurried steps, and faced him.
37:95 He said, “You worship that which you have carved?
37:96 “But God has created you and that which you make.”
37:97 They said, “Build him a furnace, and throw him into the blazing fire.”
37:98 They then sought another strategy against him, but We made them the ones most humiliated.
37:99 He said, “I will go to my Lord, He will surely guide me.
37:100 “O my Lord, grant me one from the righteous.”
37:101 So We gave him the good news of a child ready to sacrifice and forbear.
37:102 Then when he reached the age of work he said, “O my son, I see in a vision that I offer you in sacrifice. Now tell me what you see?” The son said, “O my father, do as you are asked. You will find me, God willing, one practicing patience and constancy.”
37:103 So when they both submitted their wills, and he laid him prostrate on his forehead,
37:104 We called out to him “O Abraham,”
37:105 “You have already fulfilled the vision.” Indeed We reward those who do right.
37:106 For this was a challenge.
37:107 And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice.
37:108 And We left this blessing for him among generations to come,
37:109 “Peace and salutation to Abraham.”
37:110 Indeed We reward those who do right.
37:111 For he was one of our believing servants.
37:112 And We gave him the good news of Isaac, a prophet, one of the righteous.
37:113 We blessed him and Isaac, but of their progeny are some who do right and some who do wrong, to their own souls.
37:114 Again We bestowed Our favor on Moses and Aaron,
37:115 And We delivered them and their people from great calamity,
37:116 And We helped them, so they overcame,
37:117 And We gave them the Clear Books,
37:118 And We guided them to the straight way.
37:119 And We left this blessing for them among generations to come,
37:120 “Peace and salutation to Moses and Aaron.”
37:121 So indeed We reward those who do right.
37:122 For they were two of our believing servants.
37:123 Elias was also among those sent by Us.
37:124 Behold, he said to his people, “Will you not be conscious?
37:125 “Will you call upon Baal and abandon the Best of Creators,
37:126 “Your Lord and the Lord of your ancestors?”
37:127 But they rejected him, and they will certainly be called up,
37:128 Except the sincere and devoted servants of God.
37:129 And We left this blessing for him among generations to come.
37:130 “Peace be upon Elias.”
37:131 Then indeed do We reward those who do right.
37:132 For he was one of our believing servants.
37:133 Lot was also among those sent by Us.
37:134 Behold, We delivered him and all his adherents,
37:135 Except an old woman who was among those who lagged behind.
37:136 Then We caused the rest to perish.
37:137 Indeed you pass by their sites, by day–
37:138 And by night. Then will you not use reason?
37:139 Jonah was also among those sent by Us.
37:140 When he ran away to the ship fully stocked,
37:141 He cast lots, and he was condemned.
37:142 Then the fish swallowed him. He had done things worthy of blame.
37:143 Had it not been that he glorified God,
37:144 He would certainly have remained inside the fish until the Day of Resurrection.
37:145 But We cast him up on the naked shore in a state of sickness,
37:146 And We caused to grow over him a spreading plant of the gourd kind.
37:147 And We sent him to a hundred thousand people or more,
37:148 And they believed. So We permitted them to enjoy their time.
37:149 Then ask them, do the females belong to God and the males to you?
37:150 Or did you see Us create the angels female?
37:151 Is it not that they say falsely,
37:152 “God has children”? But they are liars.
37:153 Did He choose daughters over sons?
37:154 What is the matter with you? How judge you?
37:155 Will you not then receive advice?
37:156 Or have you an authority manifest?
37:157 Then bring your book if you are truthful.
37:158 And they have created a blood relationship between Him and the jinn. But the jinn know that they have indeed to appear.
37:159 Glory be to God, He is free from the things they ascribe to Him.
37:160 Not so the servants of God, sincere and devoted.
37:161 Indeed neither you nor those you worship-
37:162 Can lead any into temptation concerning God,
37:163 Except those whom are themselves heading to the blazing fire.
37:164 “Not us, only for him is a place known,
37:165 “And indeed we are arranged in ranks,
37:166 “And we are indeed those who declare God's glory.”
37:167 And there were those who said,
37:168 “If only we had before us a message from those in the past,
37:169 “We would certainly have been servants of God, sincere.”
37:170 So they reject it, but soon will they know.
37:171 Our word has already been passed on before to Our servants sent by Us,
37:172 So that they would certainly be assisted,
37:173 And that Our forces surely must conquer.
37:174 So turn away from them for a little while,
37:175 And watch them, and they soon will see.
37:176 Do they wish to rush our punishment?
37:177 But when it descends into the open space before them, terrible will be the morning for those who were warned.
37:178 So turn away from them for a little while,
37:179 And watch and they soon will see.
37:180 Glory to your Lord, the Lord of Honor and Power, free from what they ascribe to Him.
37:181 And peace on the messengers.
37:182 And praise God, the Guardian Evolver of all the worlds.


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