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Sad (The Letter Sad)
as rendered by Shakir
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Shakir rendition of Surah The Letter Sad(Sad)
38:1 Suad, I swear by the Quran, full of admonition.
38:2 Nay! those who disbelieve are in self-exaltation and opposition.
38:3 How many did We destroy before them of the generations, then they cried while the time of escaping had passed away.
38:4 And they wonder that there has come to them a warner from among themselves, and the disbelievers say: This is an enchanter, a liar.
38:5 What! makes he the gods a single Allah? A strange thing is this, to be sure!
38:6 And the chief persons of them break forth, saying: Go and steadily adhere to your gods; this is most surely a thing sought after.
38:7 We never heard of this in the former faith; this is nothing but a forgery:
38:8 Has the reminder been revealed to him from among us? Nay! they are in doubt as to My reminder. Nay! they have not yet tasted My chastisement!
38:9 Or is it that they have the treasures of the mercy of your Lord, the Mighty, the great Giver?
38:10 Or is it that theirs is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and what is between them? Then let them ascend by any
38:11 A host of deserters of the allies shall be here put to flight.
38:12 The people of Nuh and Ad, and Firon, the lord of spikes, rejected (messengers) before them.
38:13 And Samood and the people of Lut and the dwellers of the thicket; these were the parties.
38:14 There was none of them but called the messengers liars, so just was My retribution.
38:15 Nor do these await aught but a single cry, there being no delay in it.
38:16 And they say: O our Lord! hasten on to us our portion before the day of reckoning.
38:17 Bear patiently what they say, and remember Our servant Dawood, the possessor of power; surely he was frequent in returning (to Allah).
38:18 Surely We made the mountains to sing the glory (of Allah) in unison with him at the evening and the sunrise,
38:19 And the birds gathered together; all joined in singing with him.
38:20 And We strengthened his kingdom and We gave him wisdom and a clear judgment.
38:21 And has there come to you the story of the litigants, when they made an entry into the private chamber by ascending over the walls?
38:22 When they entered in upon Dawood and he was frightened at them, they said: Fear not; two litigants, of whom one has acted wrongfully towards the other, therefore decide between us with justice, and do not act unjustly, and guide us to the right way.
38:23 Surely this is my brother; he has ninety-nine ewes and I have a single ewe; but he said: Make it over to me, and he has prevailed against me in discourse.
38:24 He said: Surely he has been unjust to you in demanding your ewe (to add) to his own ewes; and most surely most of the partners act wrongfully towards one another, save those who believe and do good, and very few are they; and Dawood was sure that We had tried him, so he sought the protection of his Lord and he fell down bowing and turned time after time (to Him).
38:25 Therefore We rectified for him this, and most surely he had a nearness to Us and an excellent resort.
38:26 o Dawood! surely We have made you a ruler in the land; so judge between men with justice and do not follow desire, lest it should lead you astray from the path of Allah; (as for) those who go astray from the path of Allah, they shall surely have a severe punishment because they forgot the day of reckoning.
38:27 And We did not create the heaven and the earth and what is between them in vain; that is the opinion of those who disbelieve then woe to those who disbelieve on account of the fire.
38:28 Shall We treat those who believe and do good like the mischief-makers in the earth? Or shall We make those who guard (against evil) like the wicked?
38:29 (It is) a Book We have revealed to you abounding in good that they may ponder over its verses, and that those endowed with understanding may be mindful.
38:30 And We gave to Dawood Sulaiman, most excellent the servant! Surely he was frequent in returning (to Allah).
38:31 When there were brought to him in the evening (horses) still when standing, swift when running--
38:32 Then he said: Surely I preferred the good things to the remembrance of my Lord-- until the sun set and time for Asr prayer was over, (he said):
38:33 Bring them back to me; so he began to slash (their) legs and necks.
38:34 And certainly We tried Sulaiman, and We put on his throne a (mere) body, so he turned (to Allah).
38:35 He said: My Lord! do Thou forgive me and grant me a kingdom which is not fit for (being inherited by) anyone after me;
38:36 Then We made the wind subservient to him; it made his command to run gently wherever he desired,
38:37 And the shaitans, every builder and diver,
38:38 And others fettered in chains.
38:39 This is Our free gift, therefore give freely or withhold, without reckoning.
38:40 And most surely he had a nearness to Us and an excellent resort.
38:41 And remember Our servant Ayyub, when he called upon his Lord: The Shaitan has afflicted me with toil and torment.
38:42 Urge with your foot; here is a cool washing-place and a drink.
38:43 And We gave him his family and the like of them with them, as a mercy from Us, and as a reminder to those possessed of understanding.
38:44 And take in your hand a green branch and beat her with It and do not break your oath; surely We found him patient; most excellent the servant! Surely he was frequent in returning (to Allah).
38:45 And remember Our servants Ibrahim and Ishaq and Yaqoub, men of power and insight.
38:46 Surely We purified them by a pure quality, the keeping in mind of the (final) abode.
38:47 And most surely they were with Us, of the elect, the best.
38:48 And remember Ismail and Al-Yasha and Zulkifl; and they were all of the best.
38:49 This is a reminder; and most surely there is an excellent resort for those who guard (against evil),
38:50 The gardens of perpetuity, the doors are opened for them.
38:51 Reclining therein, calling therein for many fruits and drink.
38:52 And with them shall be those restraining their eyes, equals in age.
38:53 This is what you are promised for the day of reckoning.
38:54 Most surely this is Our sustenance; it shall never come to an end;
38:55 This (shall be so); and most surely there is an evil resort for the inordinate ones;
38:56 Hell; they shall enter it, so evil is the resting-place.
38:57 This (shall be so); so let them taste it, boiling and intensely cold (drink).
38:58 And other (punishment) of the same kind-- of various sorts.
38:59 This is an army plunging in without consideration along with you; no welcome for them, surely they shall enter fire.
38:60 They shall say: Nay! you-- no welcome to you: you did proffer it to us, so evil is the resting-place.
38:61 They shall say: Our Lord! whoever prepared it first for us, add Thou to him a double chastisement in the fire.
38:62 And they shall say: What is the matter with us that we do not see men whom we used to count among the vicious?
38:63 Was it that we (only) took them in scorn, or have our eyes (now) turned aside from them?
38:64 That most surely is the truth: the contending one with another of the inmates of the fire.
38:65 Say: I am only a warner, and there is no god but Allah, the One, the Subduer (of all):
38:66 The Lord of the heavens and the earth and what is between them, the Mighty, the most Forgiving.
38:67 Say: It is a message of importance,
38:68 (And) you are turning aside from it:
38:69 I had no knowledge of the exalted chiefs when they contended:
38:70 Naught is revealed to me save that I am a plain warner.
38:71 When your Lord said to the angels; Surely I am going to create a mortal from dust:
38:72 So when I have made him complete and breathed into him of My spirit, then fall down making obeisance to him.
38:73 And the angels did obeisance, all of them,
38:74 But not Iblis: he was proud and he was one of the unbelievers.
38:75 He said: O Iblis! what prevented you that you should do obeisance to him whom I created with My two hands? Are you proud or are you of the exalted ones?
38:76 He said: I am better than he; Thou hast created me of fire, and him Thou didst create of dust.
38:77 He said: Then get out of it, for surely you are driven away:
38:78 And surely My curse is on you to the day of judgment.
38:79 He said: My Lord! then respite me to the day that they are raised.
38:80 He said: Surely you are of the respited ones,
38:81 Till the period of the time made known.
38:82 He said: Then by Thy Might I will surely make them live an evil life, all,
38:83 Except Thy servants from among them, the purified ones.
38:84 He said: The truth then is and the truth do I speak:
38:85 That I will most certainly fill hell with you and with those among them who follow you, all.
38:86 Say: I do not ask you for any reward for it; nor am I of those who affect:
38:87 It is nothing but a reminder to the nations;
38:88 And most certainly you will come to know about it after a time.


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