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Sad (The Letter Sad)
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The Study Quran rendition of Surah The Letter Sad(Sad)
38:1 ?ad. By the Quran possessed of remembrance.
38:2 Nay, but those who disbelieve are in vainglory and schism.
38:3 How many a generation before them have We destroyed? And they called out when the time for escape had passed.
38:4 Now they marvel that a warner from among themselves has come unto them, and the disbelievers say, “This is a lying sorcerer.
38:5 Has he made the gods one God? Truly this is an astounding thing!”
38:6 And the notables among them set out, [saying], “Go! Be steadfast to your gods. Truly this is a thing desired.
38:7 We did not hear of this in the creed of latter days. This is naught but an invention.
38:8 Has the Reminder been sent down upon him among all of us?” Nay, but they are in doubt regarding My Reminder! Nay, they have not yet tasted My Punishment!
38:9 Or have they the treasuries of thy Lord’s Mercy, the Mighty, the Bestower?
38:10 Or have they sovereignty over the heavens and the earth and whatsoever is between them? Then let them ascend by some means;
38:11 a host among the parties yonder routed.
38:12 The people of Noah denied before them, as did ?Ad and Pharaoh of the tent poles,
38:13 Thamud, the people of Lot, and the inhabitants of the thicket; they are the parties.
38:14 Each of them did naught but deny the messengers; so My Retribution came due.
38:15 They await naught but a single cry for which there is no delay.
38:16 And they say, “Our Lord, hasten our share unto us before the Day of Reckoning.”
38:17 Bear patiently that which they say, and remember Our servant David, possessed of might; truly he turned oft [unto God].
38:18 Truly We compelled the mountains to join him in glorifying at eventide and at the break of day.
38:19 And the birds gathered, each turning oft unto Him.
38:20 And We strengthened his sovereignty and gave him wisdom and decisive speech.
38:21 Has the report of the dispute come unto thee, when they scaled the sanctuary?
38:22 When they entered upon David, he was frightened of them. They said, “Fear not! We are two disputants: one of us has transgressed against the other; so judge between us with truth. Be not unjust, and guide us unto the right path.
38:23 Behold, this, my brother, has ninety-nine ewes, and I have one ewe. Yet he has said, ‘Place her under my care,’ and has overpowered me in speech.”
38:24 He said, “He has indeed wronged you in asking that your ewe be added to his ewes. Truly many associates transgress against one another, save those who believe and perform righteous deeds. Yet how few are they!” And David understood that We had tried him; so he sought forgiveness from his Lord, fell down kneeling, and repented.
38:25 Thus did We forgive him that. Truly nearness unto Us shall be his, and a beautiful return.
38:26 O David! Truly We have appointed thee as a vicegerent upon the earth; so judge among the people with truth and follow not caprice, lest it lead thee astray from the way of God. Truly those who stray from the way of God, theirs shall be a severe punishment for having forgotten the Day of Reckoning.
38:27 And We did not create Heaven and earth and whatsoever is between them in vain; that is the conjecture of those who disbelieve. So woe unto those who disbelieve in the Fire!
38:28 Or shall We make those who believe and perform righteous deeds like those who work corruption upon the earth? Or shall We make the reverent like the profligate?
38:29 A blessed Book that We have sent down upon thee, that they may contemplate His signs and that those possessed of intellect may reflect.
38:30 And We bestowed Solomon upon David; how excellent a servant! Truly he turned oft [unto God].
38:31 When at eventide noble steeds swift of foot were displayed before him,
38:32 he said, “I have loved the love of good things over the remembrance of my Lord, until [the sun] was taken behind the veil.
38:33 Bring them back unto me!” Then he began to stroke their legs and necks.
38:34 And We did indeed try Solomon, and We cast a corpse upon his throne. He then repented,
38:35 saying, “My Lord, forgive me and bestow a kingdom upon me such as shall not befit anyone after me. Truly Thou art the Bestower.”
38:36 So We made the wind subservient unto him, coursing gently by his command whither he wished,
38:37 as well as the satans, every builder and diver,
38:38 and others, bound together in fetters:
38:39 “This is Our Gift; so bestow graciously or withhold without reckoning.”
38:40 Truly nearness unto Us shall be his, and a beautiful return.
38:41 And remember Our servant Job, when he called upon his Lord, “Truly Satan has afflicted me with weariness and punishment.”
38:42 “Strike with thy foot; this is cool water wherewith to wash and to drink.”
38:43 And We bestowed upon him his family and their like along with them as a mercy from Us and a reminder for possessors of intellect.
38:44 And, “Take with thy hand a bundle of rushes and strike therewith, and break not thine oath.” Truly We found him to be steadfast. What an excellent servant! Truly he turned oft [unto God].
38:45 And remember Our servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, possessed of strength and sight.
38:46 Truly We purified them with that which is pure—remembrance of the Abode.
38:47 And truly in Our Sight they are among the chosen, the elect.
38:48 And remember Ishmael, Elisha, and Dhu’l-Kifl; each is among the excellent.
38:49 This is a reminder. And for the reverent there will surely be a beautiful return,
38:50 Gardens of Eden, the gates whereof are open unto them,
38:51 reclining therein, they call therein for abundant fruit and drink.
38:52 And theirs shall be maidens of modest gaze, of like age.
38:53 This is that which you are promised for the Day of Reckoning.
38:54 This indeed is Our provision which shall never be spent.
38:55 This it shall be! Yet for the rebellious there will surely be a most evil return,
38:56 Hell, wherein they will burn. What an evil resting place!
38:57 This it shall be! So let them taste it, a boiling liquid and a cold, murky fluid,
38:58 coupled with other [punishments] similar in kind.
38:59 This troop rushing in with you—no greeting for them! They will surely burn in the Fire.
38:60 They will say, “Nay, but no greeting for you! You have sent it forth for us. What an evil dwelling place!”
38:61 They will say, “O Lord! Whosoever has sent this forth for us, increase him twofold in punishment in the Fire.”
38:62 And they will say, “How is that we do not see men here whom we had counted among the evil?
38:63 Did we take them in mockery? Or have our eyes swerved away from them?”
38:64 Surely that is true: the disputing of the people of the Fire.
38:65 Say, “I am only a warner, and there is no god but God, the One, the Paramount,
38:66 Lord of the heavens and the earth and whatsoever is between them, the Mighty, the Forgiving.”
38:67 Say, “It is a great tiding
38:68 from which you turn away.
38:69 I have no knowledge of the Highest Assembly, when they dispute.
38:70 Naught is revealed unto me but that I am only a clear warner.”
38:71 [Remember] when thy Lord said unto the angels, “Behold! I am creating a human being from clay.
38:72 When I have proportioned him and breathed into him of My Spirit, fall down before him prostrating.”
38:73 Then the angels prostrated, all of them together.
38:74 Not so Iblis. He waxed arrogant, and was among the disbelievers.
38:75 [God] said, “O Iblis! What has prevented thee from prostrating unto that which I created with My two Hands? Dost thou wax arrogant, or art thou among the exalted?”
38:76 He said, “I am better than him. Thou hast created me from fire, while Thou hast created him from clay.”
38:77 He said, “Go forth from it! Surely thou art outcast!
38:78 And surely My Curse shall be upon thee till the Day of Judgment.”
38:79 He said, “My Lord! Grant me respite till the Day they are resurrected.”
38:80 He said, “Then verily thou art among those granted respite
38:81 till the Day of the Moment Known.”
38:82 He said, “Then, by Thy Might, I shall cause them to err all together,
38:83 save Thy sincere servants among them.”
38:84 He said, “This is the truth, and the truth I speak,
38:85 ‘I shall surely fill Hell with thee and with such of them as follow thee, all together.’”
38:86 Say, “I ask not of you any reward for it, nor am I among the pretenders.
38:87 It is naught but a reminder for the worlds,
38:88 and you will certainly know its tiding after a time.”


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