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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Ali Quli Qara'i
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Ali Quli Qara'i rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 By the [angels] ranged in ranks,
37:2 by the ones who drive vigorously,
37:3 by the ones who recite the reminder:
37:4 indeed your God is certainly One,
37:5 the Lord of the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them, and the Lord of the easts.
37:6 Indeed We have adorned the lowest heaven with the finery of the stars,
37:7 and to guard from any froward devil.
37:8 They do not eavesdrop on the Supernal Elite but are shot at from every side,
37:9 to drive them away, and for them there is a constant mortification,
37:10 except him who snatches a snatch, whereat there pursues him a piercing flame.
37:11 Ask them, is their creation more prodigious or [that of other creatures] that We have created? Indeed We created them from a viscous clay.
37:12 Indeed you wonder, while they engage in ridicule,
37:13 and [even] when admonished do not take admonition,
37:14 and when they see a sign they make it an object of ridicule,
37:15 and say, ‘This is nothing but plain magic!’
37:16 ‘What! When we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we be resurrected?
37:17 And our forefathers too?!’
37:18 Say, ‘Yes! And you will be utterly humble.’
37:19 It will be only a single shout and, behold, they will look on,
37:20 and say, ‘Woe to us! This is the Day of Retribution!’
37:21 ‘This is the Day of Judgement that you used to deny!’
37:22 ‘Muster the wrongdoers and their mates and what they used to worship
37:23 besides Allah, and show them the way to hell!
37:24 [But first] stop them! For they must be questioned.’
37:25 ‘Why is it that you do not support one another [today]?’
37:26 Rather today they are [meek and] submissive!
37:27 Some of them will turn to others, questioning each other.
37:28 They will say, ‘Indeed you used to accost us peremptorily.’
37:29 They will answer, ‘Rather you [yourselves] had no faith.
37:30 We had no authority over you. Rather you [yourselves] were a rebellious lot.
37:31 So our Lord’s word became due against us that we shall indeed taste [the punishment].
37:32 So we perverted you, for we were perverse [ourselves].’
37:33 So that day they will share in the punishment.
37:34 Indeed that is how We deal with the guilty.
37:35 Indeed it was they who, when they were told, ‘There is no god except Allah,’ used to be disdainful,
37:36 and [they would] say, ‘Shall we abandon our gods for a crazy poet?’
37:37 Rather he has brought [them] the truth, and confirmed the [earlier] apostles.
37:38 Indeed you will taste the painful punishment,
37:39 and you will be requited only for what you used to do
37:40 —[all] except Allah’s exclusive servants.
37:41 For such there is a known provision
37:42 —fruits—and they will be held in honour,
37:43 in the gardens of bliss,
37:44 [reclining] on couches, facing one another,
37:45 served around with a cup from a clear fountain,
37:46 snow-white, delicious to the drinkers,
37:47 wherein there will be neither headache nor will it cause them stupefaction,
37:48 and with them will be maidens of restrained glances with big [beautiful] eyes,
37:49 as if they were hidden ostrich eggs.
37:50 Some of them will turn to others, questioning each other.
37:51 One of them will say, ‘Indeed I had a companion
37:52 who used to say, ‘‘Are you really among those who affirm
37:53 [that] when we are dead and have become dust and bones, we shall indeed be brought to retribution?’’ ’
37:54 He will say, ‘Will you have a look?’
37:55 Then he will take a look and sight him in the middle of hell.
37:56 He will say, ‘By Allah, you had almost ruined me!
37:57 And had it not been for my Lord’s blessing, I too would have been among the arraigned!’
37:58 ‘Is it [true] that we shall not die [anymore],
37:59 aside from our first death, and that we shall not be punished?
37:60 This is indeed the great success!
37:61 Let all the workers work for the like of this!’
37:62 Is this a better hospitality, or the Zaqqum tree?
37:63 Indeed We have made it a punishment for the wrongdoers.
37:64 Indeed it is a tree that emerges from the depths of hell.
37:65 Its spathes are as if they were devils’ heads.
37:66 Indeed they will eat from it and gorge with it their bellies.
37:67 Indeed, on top of that they will take a solution of scalding water.
37:68 Then indeed their retreat will be toward hell.
37:69 Indeed they had found their fathers astray,
37:70 yet they press on in their footsteps.
37:71 Certainly most of the ancients went astray before them,
37:72 and certainly We had sent warners among them.
37:73 So observe how was the fate of those who were warned
37:74 —[all] except Allah’s exclusive servants!
37:75 Certainly Noah called out to Us, and how well We responded!
37:76 We delivered him and his family from the great agony,
37:77 and made his descendants the survivors,
37:78 and left for him a good name among posterity:
37:79 ‘Peace to Noah, throughout the nations!’
37:80 Thus indeed do We reward the virtuous.
37:81 He is indeed one of Our faithful servants.
37:82 Then We drowned the others.
37:83 Indeed Abraham was among his followers,
37:84 when he came to his Lord with a sound heart,
37:85 when he said to his father and his people, ‘What is it that you are worshiping?
37:86 Is it a lie, gods other than Allah, that you desire?
37:87 Then what is your idea about the Lord of all the worlds?’
37:88 Then he made an observation of the stars
37:89 and said, ‘Indeed I am sick!’
37:90 So they went away leaving him behind.
37:91 Then he stole away to their gods and said, ‘Will you not eat?
37:92 Why do you not speak?’
37:93 Then he attacked them, striking forcefully.
37:94 They came running towards him.
37:95 He said, ‘Do you worship what you have yourselves carved,
37:96 when Allah has created you and whatever you make?’
37:97 They said, ‘Build a structure for him and cast him into a huge fire.’
37:98 So they sought to outwit him, but We made them the lowermost.
37:99 He said, ‘Indeed I am going toward my Lord, who will guide me.’
37:100 ‘My Lord! Give me [an heir], one of the righteous.’
37:101 So We gave him the good news of a forbearing son.
37:102 When he was old enough to assist in his endeavour, he said, ‘My son! I see in a dream that I am sacrificing you. See what you think.’ He said, ‘Father! Do whatever you have been commanded. If Allah wishes, you will find me to be patient.’
37:103 So when they had both submitted [to Allah’s will], and he had laid him down on his forehead,
37:104 We called out to him, ‘O Abraham!
37:105 You have indeed fulfilled the vision! Thus indeed do We reward the virtuous!
37:106 This was indeed a manifest test.’
37:107 Then We ransomed him with a great sacrifice,
37:108 and left for him a good name in posterity:
37:109 ‘Peace be to Abraham!’
37:110 Thus do We reward the virtuous.
37:111 He is indeed one of Our faithful servants.
37:112 And We gave him the good news of [the birth of] Isaac, a prophet, one of the righteous.
37:113 And We blessed him and Isaac. Among their descendants [some] are virtuous, and [some] who manifestly wrong themselves.
37:114 Certainly We favoured Moses and Aaron,
37:115 and delivered them and their people from the great agony,
37:116 and We helped them so that they became the victors.
37:117 We gave them the illuminating scripture
37:118 and guided them to the straight path,
37:119 and left for them a good name in posterity.
37:120 ‘Peace be to Moses and Aaron!’
37:121 Thus indeed do We reward the virtuous.
37:122 They are indeed among Our faithful servants.
37:123 And indeed Ilyas was one of the apostles,
37:124 when he said to his people, ‘Will you not be Godwary?
37:125 Do you invoke Baal and abandon the best of creators,
37:126 Allah, your Lord and Lord of your forefathers?’
37:127 But they impugned him. So they will indeed be arraigned [before Him]
37:128 —[all] except Allah’s exclusive servants.
37:129 We left for him a good name in posterity.
37:130 ‘Peace be to Ilyas!’
37:131 Thus indeed do We reward the virtuous.
37:132 He is indeed one of Our faithful servants.
37:133 And indeed Lot was one of the apostles,
37:134 when We delivered him and all his family,
37:135 except an old woman among those who remained behind.
37:136 Then We destroyed [all] the others.
37:137 And indeed you pass by them at dawn
37:138 and at night. So do you not apply reason?
37:139 And indeed Jonah was one of the apostles,
37:140 when he absconded toward the laden ship.
37:141 Then he drew lots with them and he was the one to be refuted.
37:142 Then the fish swallowed him while he was blameworthy.
37:143 And had he not been one of those who celebrate Allah’s glory,
37:144 he would have surely remained in its belly till the day they will be resurrected.
37:145 Then We cast him on a bare shore, and he was sick.
37:146 So We made a gourd plant grow above him.
37:147 We sent him to a [community of] hundred thousand or more,
37:148 and they believed [in him]. So We provided for them for a while.
37:149 Ask them, are daughters to be for your Lord while sons are to be for them?
37:150 Did We create the angels females while they were present?
37:151 Look! It is indeed out of their mendacity that they say,
37:152 ‘Allah has begotten,’ and they indeed speak a falsehood.
37:153 Has he preferred daughters to sons?
37:154 What is the matter with you? How do you judge?
37:155 Will you not then take admonition?
37:156 Do you have a manifest authority?
37:157 Then produce your scripture, should you be truthful.
37:158 And they have set up a kinship between Him and the jinn, while the jinn certainly know that they will indeed be presented [before Him].
37:159 Clear is Allah of whatever they allege [about Him],
37:160 —[all] except Allah’s exclusive servants.
37:161 Indeed you and what you worship
37:162 —you cannot mislead [anyone] about Him,
37:163 except someone who is bound for hell.
37:164 ‘There is none among us but has a known place.
37:165 Indeed it is we who are the ranged ones .
37:166 Indeed it is we who are those who celebrate Allah’s glory.’
37:167 Indeed they used to say,
37:168 ‘Had we possessed a reminder from the ancients,
37:169 we would surely have been Allah’s exclusive servants.’
37:170 But they disbelieved it [when it came to them]. Soon they will know.
37:171 Certainly Our decree has gone beforehand in favour of Our servants, the apostles,
37:172 that they will indeed receive [Allah’s] help,
37:173 and indeed Our hosts will be the victors.
37:174 So leave them alone for a while,
37:175 and watch them; soon they will see [the truth of the matter].
37:176 Do they seek to hasten Our punishment?
37:177 But when it descends in their courtyard it will be a dismal dawn for those who had been warned.
37:178 So leave them alone for a while,
37:179 and watch; soon they will see.
37:180 Clear is your Lord, the Lord of Might, of whatever they allege [concerning Him].
37:181 Peace be to the apostles!
37:182 All praise belongs to Allah, Lord of all the worlds.


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