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Sad (The Letter Sad)
as rendered by Sher Ali
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Sher Ali rendition of Surah The Letter Sad(Sad)
38:1 Sad, WE cite as proof the Qur'an, which is full of exhortation, that it is Our revealed Word.
38:2 But those who disbelieve are steeped in false pride and enmity.
38:3 How many a generation have WE destroyed before them ! they cried out for help, but it was no longer the time for escape.
38:4 And they wonder that a Warner has come to them from among themselves; and the disbelievers say, `This is a sorcerer, a great liar.
38:5 `What ! has he made all the gods into one God? This is, indeed, an astounding thing.'
38:6 And the leaders among them went about saying `Go and stick to your gods. This is a thing to be desired;
38:7 `We have not heard of anything like this in any previous creed. This is nothing but a forgery;
38:8 `Has the reminder been sent down to him alone out of us all?' Nay, they are in doubt concerning MY Reminder. Nay, they have not yet tasted MY punishment.
38:9 Do they possess the treasures of the mercy of thy Lord, the Mighty, the Great Bestower?
38:10 Or, is theirs the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them? Then let them ascend with the means at their disposal.
38:11 They are a host of the confederates which shall be routed here.
38:12 Before them too the people of Noah, and the tribe of Ad and Pharaoh, the Lord of stakes, rejected the Messengers as liars;
38:13 And the tribe of Thamud, and the People of Lot, and the dwellers of the Wood - these were the confederates too.
38:14 Not one of them but treated their Messengers as liars, so MY punishment justly overtook them.
38:15 And these now wait only for a single blast, and there shall be no delaying it.
38:16 They say, `O Lord, hasten to us our portion of the punishment before the Day of Reckoning.'
38:17 Bear patiently what they say, and remember Our servant David, the man of might; surely he was always turning to God.
38:18 WE subjected to him the mountains - they celebrated God's praises with him at nightfall and sunrise.
38:19 And WE subjected to him the birds gathered together; all constantly turned to him.
38:20 And WE strengthened his kingdom, and gave him wisdom and decisive judgment.
38:21 And has the story of the disputants reached thee when they climbed over the wall of his private chamber? -
38:22 When they entered in upon David, and he was afraid of them. They said, `Fear not. We are two disputants; one of us has transgressed against the other; so judge between us with justice, and deviate not from the right course and guide us to the right way.'
38:23 `Now this my brother has ninety-nine ewes, and I have only one ewe. Yet he says, `Give it to me,' and he has been overbearing to me in his address.'
38:24 David said, `Surely, he has wronged thee in asking for thy ewe to add to his own ewes. And certainly many partners transgress against one another, except those who believe in ALLAH and act righteously; and these are but few.' And David thought that WE had tried him; so he asked forgiveness of his Lord, and fell down bowing in worship and turned to HIM.
38:25 So WE forgave him his default; and, indeed, he had a position of nearness with US and an excellent resort.
38:26 Then WE said to him, `O David, WE have made thee a viceregent in the earth; so judge between men with justice, and follow not vain desire, lest it should lead thee astray from the way of ALLAH.' Surely, those, who go astray from the way of ALLAH, will have a severe punishment, because they forgot the Day of Reckoning.
38:27 And WE have not created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in vain. That is the view of those who disbelieve. Woe, then, to the disbelievers because of the punishment of the Fire that shall overtake them.
38:28 Shall WE treat those who believe and do good works like those who act corruptly in the earth? Shall WE treat the righteous like the wicked?
38:29 This is a Book which WE have revealed to thee, full of excellences, that they may reflect over its verses, and that those gifted with understanding may take heed.
38:30 And WE bestowed on David Solomon who was an excellent servant of Ours. He was always turning to US.
38:31 When there were brought before him at eventide steeds of noblest breed and swift of foot,
38:32 He said, `I love the love of good things because they remind me of my Lord.' And when they were hidden behind the veil,
38:33 He said, `Bring them back to me.' Then he started stroking their legs and their necks.
38:34 Certainly, WE tried Solomon and WE placed on his throne a mere body. Then he turned to God, seeking his mercy.
38:35 He said, `O my Lord, grant me forgiveness and bestow on me a kingdom that may not be inherited by anyone after me; surely, Thou art the Great Bestower.'
38:36 So WE subjected to him the wind, blowing gently by his command withersoever he would go,
38:37 And the giants, all sorts of architects and builders, and divers,
38:38 And others bound in fetters.
38:39 `This is Our gift - so give freely or withhold - without reckoning.'
38:40 And certainly he had a position of nearness with US and an excellent resort.
38:41 And remember Our servant Job, when he cried unto his Lord; `Satan has afflicted me with toil and torment.'
38:42 WE directed him: `Urge thy riding beast with thy foot and depart swiftly. Yonder is cool water to wash with, and a drink.'
38:43 And WE bestowed on him, his family and as many more with them, by way of mercy from US, and as a reminder for men of understanding.
38:44 And WE commanded him: `Take in thy hand a handful of dry twigs and strike therewith, and incline not towards falsehood.' Indeed, WE found him steadfast. An excellent servant was he. Surely, he was constantly turning to God.
38:45 And remember Our servants Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, men of might and vision.
38:46 WE chose them for a special purpose - to remind people of the abode of the Hereafter.
38:47 And truly, they are in Our sight among the elect and the best.
38:48 And remember Ishmael and Elisha and Dhu'l-Kifl, they were all the best.
38:49 This is a reminder. And the righteous will, surely, have an excellent resort -
38:50 Gardens of Eternity, with their gates thrown open to them,
38:51 Reclining therein on cushions; they will therein call at pleasure for plenteous fruit and drink;
38:52 And with them will be chaste women with their eyes downcast, companions of equal age.
38:53 This is what you are promised for the Day of Reckoning.
38:54 Verily, this is Our provision which will never be exhausted.
38:55 This is for the believers. But for the rebellious there is an evil place of return -
38:56 Hell, wherein they will burn. What an evil resting place !
38:57 This is what they will have. So let them taste it - a boiling fluid, and an intensely cold and stinking drink.
38:58 And various kinds of other torments of a similar nature.
38:59 It will be said to the leaders of disbelief: `This is an army rushing headlong with you. No welcome for them. They shall burn in the Fire.
38:60 The followers will say, `Nay, it is you. No welcome for you either. It is you who prepared this for us by leading us astray.' What an evil resting place it is !
38:61 They will also say, `Our Lord, whosoever prepared this for us, do thou multiply manifold his punishment in the Fire.'
38:62 And the inmates of Hell will say, `What is the matter with us that we see not the men whom we used to reckon among the wicked?
38:63 `It is because we unjustly took them for a laughing stock, or have the eyes missed them?'
38:64 Surely, this is the truth - the disputing together of the dwellers in the Fire.
38:65 Say, I am only a Warner; and there is no God but ALLAH, the One, the Most Supreme;
38:66 The Lord of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between the two, the Mighty, the Great Forgiver.'
38:67 Say, `It is a big news,
38:68 From which you are turning away;
38:69 `I had no knowledge of the Exalted Assembly when they discussed the matter among themselves,
38:70 `But this that it has been revealed to me, that I am a plain Warner.'
38:71 Call to mind when thy Lord said to the angels, I am about to create man from clay;
38:72 `And so when I fashioned him in perfection, and have breathed into him of My Spirit, fall ye down into submission to him.'
38:73 So the angels submitted, all of them together.
38:74 But Iblis did not. He behaved proudly, and was of those who disbelieved.
38:75 God said, `O Iblis, what hindered thee from submitting to what I had created with MY two hands? Is it that thou art too proud, or art thou really above obeying my command?'
38:76 He said, `I am better than he. Thou hast created me of fire and him hast Thou created of clay.'
38:77 God said, `Then get out hence, for, surely, thou art rejected;
38:78 And, surely, on thee shall be MY curse till the Day of Judgment.'
38:79 He said, `My Lord, then grant me respite till the day when they shall be raised.'
38:80 God said, `Certainly, thou art of the respited ones,
38:81 `Till the day of the known time.'
38:82 He said, `So be Thy glory, I will surely, lead them all astray,
38:83 `Except thy chosen servants from among them.'
38:84 God said, `The truth is, and the truth alone I speak,
38:85 `That I will, certainly, fill Hell with thee and with those who follow thee, all together.'
38:86 Say, `I ask not of you any reward for it, nor am I of those who are given to affection.
38:87 `The Qur'an is nothing but a Reminder for all peoples.
38:88 `And you shall, surely, know the truth of it after a while,'


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