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38:1  Sād! By the 'Qur’ān', (which is) full of enlightenment and awakening.
38:2  Nay, but those who excessively indulge in disbelief (in Allâh) are in excessive pride and schism.
38:3  So many generations We have destroyed before them, (the Pagan Arabs). (When they beheld the doom approaching them), they cried out (for help) but it was too late.
38:4  They, (-the Pagan Arabs-), wonder that a warner has come to them from among themselves. Those who excessively indulge in disbelief (in Allâh) say: “This (man) is a sorcerer and a charlatan.
38:5  What! Does he claim that all the gods are but one God? This is absolutely an astonishing thing (to claim).”
38:6  Their chiefs among them went forth (saying): "Go on, and remain faithful to your gods. This is certainly a thing intended.
38:7  We never heard of this in the latest religion. This is certainly nothing but an invention.
38:8  What! Has the Reminder, 'Revealer of Truth', been revealed unto him out of us all?" Nay, they are skeptical about My ‘Reminder’. Nay, they haven't tasted yet My chastisement!
38:9  Or do they have the treasures of mercy of your Lord, the All-Mighty, the Great Benefactor (God)?
38:10  Or is theirs the sovereignty of the heavens and earth and all that is between them? If so, let them (first) ascend with means (to the heavens and then decide to whom the revelations should be sent down).
38:11  They are but despicable opponents who will be defeated like the confederates of the old times.
38:12  Before them, the people of ‘Noah’ refused to admit (the truth of the Oneness of Allâh), and (so did the tribe of) ‘A'ad’, and ‘Pharaoh’, the owner of stakes,
38:13  And (the tribe of) ‘Thamūd’, the people of ‘Lot’, and the ‘companions of the thicket’. These were the (sinful) confederates.
38:14  Not one of them but denied the ‘Messengers’. Thus, My divine retribution was fully justified.
38:15  These, (-ungodly sinners-), await not but a single cry, wherein there will be no delay.
38:16  They say: “Our Lord, hasten to us our share (of the punishment) before the ‘Day of Reckoning’.”
38:17  Persist in patience and constancy, (O’ ‘Muhammad’), over what they say, and remember Our servant, ‘David’, who was endued with impressive strength. Indeed, he was one who constantly sought forgiveness from Allâh.
38:18  We made the mountains to sing praises (to Allâh) with him at nightfall and sunrise,
38:19  And the birds assembled; all joined in singing with him.
38:20  We strengthened his kingdom, and We gave him wisdom and decisive aphorism.
38:21  Has the anecdote of the antagonists come to you? When they climbed over the wall of his Sanctuary,
38:22  When they entered upon ‘David’, and he was afraid of them, they said: "Fear not. We are two litigants, one of whom has wronged the other, thus, judge between us with truth, deal fairly, and guide us into the right path.
38:23  Well, this my brother has ninety-nine ewes, and I have one ewe. Then he said: "Entrust it to me. Thus, he overpowered me in speech."
38:24  (‘David’) said: “He has absolutely wronged you in demanding your ewe in addition to his ewes. Indeed, many partners do oppress one another, except for those who place their Faith in Allâh and do righteous acts, and how few they are!” Afterwards, ‘David’ presumed that We had tried him, and he sought forgiveness from his Lord, knelt down and repented.
38:25  Thus, We forgave him that. Indeed, he has a place near Our Presence and an exquisite abode.
38:26  O’ ‘David’, indeed, We have appointed you a vicegerent on the earth, therefore, judge between the people equitably and take not in the self-deceived beliefs for the epistemic as they will mislead you from the path of Allâh. verily, severe chastisement awaits those who stray from the Path of Allah, because they forget the ‘Day of Reckoning’.
38:27  We created not the heavens and earth and all that is between them without a reason. That is the speculation of those who keep on falling into disbelief (in Allah). Then woe unto those who keep on falling into disbelief from the Inferno!
38:28  Or shall We treat those who attain Faith in Allâh and do righteous acts same as those who spread corruption on the earth? Or shall We treat the Pious as the lecherous?
38:29  It is a Blessed ‘Book’ that We have sent down to you so that they may contemplate its (Holy) ‘Verses’, and those who have high self-awareness may celebrate the praise of Allâh and declare His glory.
38:30  To ‘David’ we granted ‘Solomon’. How excellent a servant he was! He was always returning to Allâh.
38:31  When there were displayed before him amazing galloping horses at eventide,
38:32  He then said: “Indeed, I opted the love of good things, (-horses-,) because they make me celebrate the praise of my Lord - until the sun was hidden behind the veil.
38:33  Bring them back, (-the horses-), to me." Then he began to rub their legs and necks.
38:34  We certainly tried ‘Solomon’, and We cast upon his throne a mere body. Thus, he (rushed and) turned unto Us in repentance.
38:35  He said: "My Lord, forgive me and grant me a kingdom such as may not belong to any other after me: Indeed, You are the Greatest Benefactor."
38:36  We made the wind subservient unto him. It blew gently to his command whenever he willed,
38:37  And also the devils, every builder and diver,
38:38  And others bound together in manacles.
38:39  (We said): “This is Our free gift, and so you may give generously, or withhold, without reckoning.”
38:40  Indeed, he has a place near Our presence and an exquisite abode.
38:41  Commemorate Our Servant ‘Job’. When he implored and prayed to the Lord, “Indeed, ‘Satan’ has touched me with sufferance and anguish."
38:42  (He was told): ”Strike the ground with your foot. Here is a cool water to bathe and to drink.”
38:43  We gave him back his family and therewith the likes thereof, a mercy from Us, and a remembrance for the those who have highly-developed intellects.
38:44  Take in your hand a bunch of basil leaves and strike therewith (your wife), so that you may not break your oath. Indeed, We found him patient, an excellent servant. Indeed, he was one who constantly sought forgiveness from Allâh.
38:45  Commemorate Our servants ‘Abraham’, ‘Isaac’ and ‘Jacob’, men of strength and prudence!
38:46  We purified them with a pure thought, (instilling in their hearts) the remembrance of the Home (of the ‘Hereafter’).
38:47  Indeed, they are, in Our sight, of the chosen ones and the best!
38:48  Commemorate ‘Ishmael’, ‘Elisha’ and ‘Dhu'l-Kifl’. They were all of the best.
38:49  This is a ‘Revealer of Truth’. Indeed, the Pious will have the best place of return:
38:50  Gardens of Eden, whereof the doors are opened for them,
38:51  Reclining therein, calling for plenteous fruit and drink.
38:52  With them maidens restraining their glances of equal age.
38:53  This is what you are promised for the ‘Day of Reckoning’.
38:54  Absolutely, this is Our sustenance which is inexhaustible.
38:55  This (is for the virtuous) but for the oppressors will have the evil place of return:
38:56  ‘Gehenna’, wherein they will burn. Evil indeed is the cradle.
38:57  This (shall be so). Thus, let them taste its boiling fluid and purulence.
38:58  And other anguishes of similar kind, all together!
38:59  (The dwellers of the ‘Hellfire’ will say): “This is a troop bursting in with you. No word of greeting for them! Verily, they will burn in the Inferno.”
38:60  They shall say: Nay! No word of greeting for you! You, (our leaders), brought this upon us, and dreadful is the dwelling.”
38:61  They will say: "Our Lord, whoever led us into this, give him double doze of the torment of Fire."
38:62  They will say: "What is wrong with us? We see not men whom we used to count among the wicked people?
38:63  Did We take them as an object of contemptuous ridicule, or have our eyes swerved away from them?”
38:64  Indeed, that is very true: the quarreling of the inhabitants of the Fire.
38:65  Say, (O’ ‘Muhammad’): "I am only a warner, and there isn't any deity except Allâh, the One, the Omnipotent,
38:66  The Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, the All-Mighty, the Oft- Forgiving."
38:67  Say: "It is great news
38:68  From which you are turning aside from it.
38:69  I had no knowledge of the exalted assembly (of ‘Angels’) when they exchange views on (certain matters) among themselves.
38:70  It has not been revealed unto me except that I am a plain warner."
38:71  (Thus, mention) when your Lord said unto the ‘Angels’: "Verily, I am going to create a mortal from wet clay.
38:72  Therefore, when I have fashioned him and breathed into him of My Spirit, then fall down to him in prostration."
38:73  The ‘Angels’ prostrated, all of them together
38:74  Except ‘Iblīs’ (‘Satan’) who showed an arrogant attitude and became among the insubordinate.
38:75  (Allâh) said: "O’ Iblīs , what prevented you from prostrating before what I have created with My Own Hands? Are you supercilious or are you of the exalted ones?
38:76  He said: "I am far better than him. You created me from Fire while You created him from wet clay."
38:77  (The Lord) said: "Then get out of here, for verily, you are ostracized!
38:78  And verily, My curse will abide in you until the ‘Day of Judgment’."
38:79  He said: "My Lord, then reprieve me until the ‘Day’ they will be raised."
38:80  (The Lord) said: “Verily, you are of those who are given respite
38:81  Until the day of the time appointed."
38:82  He said: "Then, by Your might, I will certainly seduce them all
38:83  Except for Your faithful servants among them.”
38:84  He said: "The Truth is, and the Truth I speak,
38:85  I shall certainly fill ‘Gehenna’ with you and with everyone who follows you among them.”
38:86  Say, (O’ ‘Muhammad’): “I ask of you no reward for (my efforts to guide you into all the truth), neither am I one of the pretentious.
38:87  It, (this ‘Qur’ān’), is only a ‘ Revealer of Truth’ for all the Worlds.
38:88  You will come to know for sure the Truth of it after a while."