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38:1  Sād! I swear by the Qur’ān, (which is) full of Beneficial Proverbs.
38:2  In fact, those who have no tendency to live by Faith are in excessive pride and schism.
38:3  So many generations We have destroyed before them- (When they had to face the doom), they cried out (for help) but it was too late for them to escape .
38:4  They -(the Pagan Arabs)- wonder that a Messenger has come to them from their own race. Those who have no tendency to live by Faith say: “He is only a lying sorcerer."
38:5  What! Does he claim that all the gods are but one God? This is entirely unusual.
38:6  And the chiefs among them went forth (saying): "Go, adhere firmly to your gods. This is certainly a plot devised against us.
38:7  (Actually) we never heard of this in the former religion. Verily this is no more than fabrication.
38:8  What! Has the Scripture been revealed to him out of us all? Nay! But they harbour doubts about My Scripture. Nay! but they haven't tasted yet My punishment!
38:9  Or do they have the treasures of Mercy of your Lord, the Almighty, the Great Benefactor (God)?
38:10  Or do they have the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and whatsoever is between them? If so, let them then ascend by means.
38:11  (They are sinful) soldiers who are bound to be defeated like the confederates (of the old times).
38:12  Before them, the people of Noah were inclined to deny the Truth, and (so did those of) ‘Ād and Pharaoh, the lord of spikes,
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 Truth. So My retribution was justified.
38:15  These await aught but a single Cry for which 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  Bear patiently whatever they say and remember Our servant, David, the man of fortitude. He constantly sought forgiveness from Allâh.
38:18  Surely We subjected the mountains to join him in celebrating the praise of Allâh and declaring His glory at nightfall and sunrise
38:19  The birds assembled around him and joined in singing with him.
38:20  We strengthened his kingdom and gave him wisdom and decisive aphorism.
38:21  Has the story of the litigants reached you, when they scaled the sanctuary?
38:22  When they entered upon David, and he was terrified at their presence. And they said: "You don't need to fear. We are only two litigants, one of us has been unfair to the other. So judge fairly between us and don't transgress and guide us to the right path.
38:23  “Well, this is my brother. He has ninety-nine ewes, and I have only one ewe. He asked me to entrust it to him. So he convinced me with his speech.”
38:24  (David) said: “He has certainly been unfair to you in demanding your ewe in addition to his ewes. Surely many partners transgress against each other except those who live by Faith and strive to do righteous acts-- and how few they are!” And David presumed that We had tried him, so he sought forgiveness of his Lord, fell down in prostration, and turned to Him in repentance.
38:25  So We forgave him that. Indeed, he has a near place in Our Presence and an exquisite abode.
38:26  O’ David, indeed, We have appointed you a vicegerent on the earth. Now, therefore, judge fairly between the people and don't yield to your own whims lest you deviate from the path of Allâh. Most surely, those who deviate from the Path of Allah will be subjected to a severe punishment because they forget the Day of Reckoning.
38:27  We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in vain. That is the speculation of those who have no tendency to live by Faith. So woe betide those who have no tendency to live by Faith.
38:28  Or shall We treat those who live by Faith and strive to do righteous acts as those who spread corruption on the earth? Or shall We treat the Pious as the debauchee?
38:29  It is a Blessed Book that We have revealed to you so that they may contemplate Its Verses, and those who are highly intelligent people may take close heed.
38:30  To David We gave Solomon. How excellent 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 over celebrating the praise of my Lord, until the sun has disappeared behind a veil.”
38:33  (He Said): “Bring them back to me." Then he began to cut off their legs and necks.
38:34  And We certainly tried Solomon and cast upon his throne a mere body. So he (rushed and) turned to 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  Then We made the wind subservient to him. It blew gently to his command wherever he willed,
38:37  And also the devils, every builder and diver,
38:38  And also others bound together in chains.
38:39  (We said): “This is Our free gift so you may give generously, or withhold, without reckoning.”
38:40  Surely he has a place near Our presence and an exquisite abode.
38:41  And commemorate also Our Servant Job, when he called upon his Lord, “Surely Satan has afflicted me with distress and suffering."
38:42  (We inspired him): ”Strike the ground with your foot. Here is a cool water for you to bathe and to drink.”
38:43  And We gave him back his family and therewith the likes thereof a Mercy from Us, and a remembrance for those who have high intelligence and great illumination.
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. Surely he was one who constantly sought Forgiveness of Allâh.
38:45  And commemorate Our servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, men of strength and prudence!
38:46  Verily 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, among the chosen ones and men of integrity!
38:48  And commemorate Ishmael, Elisha and Dhu'l-Kifl. Each of them was among the men of integrity.
38:49  This is a Scripture, and most surely 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  And with them maidens restraining their glances of equal age.
38:53  This is what you are promised for the Day of Reckoning.
38:54  And most surely this is Our sustenance which is inexhaustible.
38:55  This (is for the Pious). And most surely the evil place of return is for the transgressors.
38:56  Gehenna, wherein they will burn. Evil indeed is the cradle.
38:57  This (shall be so). So let them taste its boiling fluid and purulence.
38:58  And other anguishes of similar kind, all together!
38:59  (The Denizens of Hell will be told): “This is a troop bursting in with you. No word of greeting for them! Verily, they will burn in the Fire.”
38:60  They shall say: “In fact, it is you who should be blamed. It was you who led us into this dreadful abode.”
38:61  They will say: "Our Lord, whoever led us into this, give him double the punishment of the Fire!"
38:62  They will say: "What is wrong with us? We don’t see men whom we used to count among the wicked people?
38:63  Have we treated them (wrongly) with abuse and scorn? or have we not set our sights on them?
38:64  Most assuredly this is an invariable truth that Denizens of Hell will be quarreling (with each other) .
38:65  Say: "I am only a (true) Messenger (of Allâh) to give sufficient warning (about how to avoid Hellfire), and to affirm that there is no other god beside Allâh, the One true God, the Omnipotent,
38:66  The Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, the Almighty, the Oft-Forgiving."
38:67  Say: "It is the most severe news
38:68  From which you are turning aside.
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 to me except that I am a true Messenger (of Allâh) to give sufficient warning (about how to avoid Hellfire)
38:71  And (mention) when your Lord said to the Angels: "Verily, I am going to create a mortal from wet clay.
38:72  When I have fashioned him and breathed into him of My Spirit, then fall down to him in prostration."
38:73  So the Angels prostrated, all of them together
38:74  Except ‘Iblīs -(Satan)- who showed an arrogant attitude. There he proved himself to be a fierce enemy of Man.
38:75  (Allâh) said: "O’ ‘Iblīs, what prevented you from prostrating before what I have created with My Own Hands? Are you arrogant? Or are you of the exalted ones?
38:76  ‘Iblīs said: "I am far better than him. You created me from Fire, whereas You created him from wet clay."
38:77  (He) said: "Then get out of here, for verily, you are accursed, outcast.
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: “Surely, you are of those who are given respite
38:81  Until the day of the known time."
38:82  He said: "Then, by Your might, I will certainly seduce them all
38:83  Except Your faithful servants among them.”
38:84  He said: " So the Truth is- and the Truth I speak:
38:85  I shall certainly fill Gehenna with you and with everyone who yields to your temptation among them.”
38:86  Say: “I don’t ask you for any reward for (my preaching), neither am I one of the pretentious.
38:87  This Qur’ān is only a Scripture for all the beings.
38:88  And most surely you will come to know the Truth of it after a while."