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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by T.B.Irving
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T.B.Irving rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 As the Ranks are drawn up,
37:2 rebuking with restraint
37:3 and reciting a Reminder,
37:4 your God is One [Alone],
37:5 Lord of Heaven and Earth and whatever lies between them, plus Lord of the Eastern parts!
37:6 We have beautified the worldly sky with the splendor of stars
37:7 plus a safeguard against every stubborn devil
37:8 so they may not listen to the supreme council and are hurled forth on every side.
37:9 Driven away, they will have lingering torment
37:10 except for someone who tries to eavesdrop so that a blazing meteor follows him.
37:11 Ask their opinion whether they or someone We created have been created stronger. We created them from sticky clay.
37:12 Rather you have been surprised as they sneered;
37:13 yet whenever they are reminded, they do not recall anything.
37:14 Whenever they see some sign, they make fun of it
37:15 and say: "This is just sheer magic!
37:16 When we have died and become dust and bones, will we be raised up again?
37:17 Along with our earliest forefathers.
37:18 SAY: "Yes, and you yourselves abashed."
37:19 There will only be a single rebuke and then, they shall see!
37:20 They will say: ´How awful it is for us; this is the Day for Repayment!
37:21 This is the day for sorting things out which you have been denying."
37:22 Summon the ones who have done wrong plus their spouses, and anything they have been worshipping
37:23 instead of God; lead them along the road towards Hades.
37:24 Stop them! They must be questioned:
37:25 "What´s wrong with you that you do not support each other?"
37:26 Rather today they are surrendering.
37:27 Some of them will step forth to question one another.
37:28 They will say: "You used to come at us from the right."
37:29 They will say: "Rather, you were not believers!
37:30 We have no authority over you. Instead you have been such arrogant folk.
37:31 Our Lord´s sentence has been confirmed against us; we are indeed tasting it!
37:32 We lured you on, we were seducers."
37:33 They will become partners in torment on that day.
37:34 Thus We deal with criminals!
37:35 They have acted so proudly whenever: "There is no deity except God [Alone]" was said to them,
37:36 and they were saying: ´Should we abandon our gods for a crazy poet?"
37:37 Rather he has brought the Truth and vouches for the emissaries.
37:38 Yet you will taste painful torment
37:39 and only be rewarded for what you have been doing,
37:40 except for God´s sincere servants.
37:41 Those will have an acknowledged provision
37:42 of fruit, and will be honored
37:43 in gardens of Bliss
37:44 facing one another on couches.
37:45 A cup will he passed around for them from a clear spring
37:46 [which will be] delicious for anyone who drinks from it!
37:47 There will be no hangover from it nor will they feel exhausted by it.
37:48 With them will be bashful women whose eyes still sparkle
37:49 as if they were hidden [like hatching] eggs.
37:50 Some of them will step forward to question one another.
37:51 Someone among them will speak up and say: "Once there was a soulmate of mine
37:52 who used to say: ´Have you become convinced?
37:53 When we have, died and become dust and bones, will we he called to account?"
37:54 He will say: "Will you (all) just take a look?"
37:55 "So he did look down and saw he was [standing] in the midst of Hades!
37:56 He said: "By God, you have almost ruined me!
37:57 If it were not for my Lord´s favor, I´d have been made to appear.
37:58 Aren´t we mortal
37:59 except for our first death? Will we not be punished?
37:60 This is the splendid Achievement!´"
37:61 For such as this let workers toil.
37:62 Is that a better welcome or is the Infernal Tree?
37:63 We have placed it as a trial for wrongdoers.
37:64 It is a tree that rises from the depths of Hades.
37:65 Its cluster [of fruit] looks like devils´ heads;
37:66 they will eat some of it and fill their stomachs with it.
37:67 Then on top of it, they will have a concoction made from bathwater [to drink].
37:68 Then their return must be to Hades.
37:69 They discovered their forefathers had been misled
37:70 and yet they went scurrying along in their footsteps.
37:71 Most primitive men went astray before them,
37:72 even though We had sent warners out among them;
37:73 yet see what the outcome was for those who were warned
37:74 except for God´s sincere servants.
37:75 Noah called out to Us, and how favored are those [like him] who respond!
37:76 We saved him and his family from serious grief,
37:77 and set his offspring up as survivors.
37:78 We left [mention] of him among later men:
37:79 Peace be upon Noah throughout the Universe!
37:80 Thus We reward those who act kindly:
37:81 he was one of Our believing servants.
37:82 Then We let the rest drown.
37:83 To his sect belonged Abraham
37:84 when he came to his Lord with a sound heart
37:85 as he said to his father and his people: "What are you worshipping?
37:86 Is it some sham; do you want (other) gods instead of God [Himself].
37:87 What is your opinion concerning the Lord of the Universe?"
37:88 So he took a glance at the stars
37:89 and said: "I feel heartsick!"
37:90 They turned their backs on him:
37:91 so he shifted [his attention] to their (false) gods, and said: "Don´t you eat?
37:92 What is wrong with you that you don´t utter a word?"
37:93 He aimed a blow at them with his right hand.
37:94 They quickly pounced on him.
37:95 He said: "Do you worship something you have been carving,
37:96 while God created you and whatever you make?"
37:97 They said: "Build him a pyre and cast him into Hades!"
37:98 They wanted to plot against him, so We made them come out on the shorter end of things.
37:99 He said; "I am going away to [meet] my Lord; He will guide me!
37:100 My Lord, bestow some honorable men on me!"
37:101 So We gave him news about an even-tempered boy.
37:102 When [the son] reached the stage of working alongside him, he said: "My son, I saw in my sleep that I must sacrifice you. Look for whatever you may see [in it]." He said: "My father, do anything you are ordered to; you will find me to be patient, if God so wishes."
37:103 When they both had committed themselves peacefully [to God] and he had placed him face down,
37:104 We called out to him: "Abraham,
37:105 you have already confirmed the dream!" Thus We reward those who act kindly.
37:106 This was an obvious test.
37:107 We ransomed him by means of a Splendid victim,
37:108 and left [him to be mentioned] among later men:
37:109 Peace be upon Abraham!
37:110 Thus We reward those who act kindly.
37:111 He was one of Our believing servants.
37:112 We announced to him that Isaac would become a prophet who was honorable.
37:113 We blessed both him and Isaac; some of their offspring have acted kindly while others have clearly wronged themselves.
37:114 We endowed Moses and Aaron
37:115 and saved both them and their people from serious distress.
37:116 We supported them and they became victorious;
37:117 and We gave them both the clarifying Book.
37:118 We guided them along the Straight Road
37:119 and left [mention] of them among later men;
37:120 "Peace be upon Moses and Aaron!"
37:121 Thus We reward those who act kindly.
37:122 They were both Our believing servants.
37:123 Elijah was an emissary
37:124 when he told his folk: "Will you not do your duty?
37:125 Do you appeal to Baal and ignore the Best Creator,
37:126 God your Lord, and your earliest forefathers´ Lord?"
37:127 They rejected him, yet they were made to appear,
37:128 except for God´s sincere servants.
37:129 We left [mention] of him among later men:
37:130 "Peace be upon Elijah!"
37:131 Thus We reward those who act kindly;
37:132 he was one of Our believing servants.
37:133 Lot was an emissary
37:134 when We saved him and his entire family
37:135 except for an old woman who lagged behind.
37:136 Then We annihilated the rest;
37:137 You still pass by them in the morning
37:138 and at night. Will you not use your reason?
37:139 Jonah was an emissary
37:140 when he deserted to the laden ship,
37:141 gambled and was one of those who lost out.
37:142 The fish swallowed him while he was still to blame.
37:143 If he had not been someone who glorified [God],
37:144 he would have lingered on in its belly until the day when they will be raised up again.
37:145 We flung him up on the empty shore and he [felt] heartsick.
37:146 We made a gourd tree grow up over him
37:147 and sent him off to a hundred thousand [people] or even more.
37:148 They believed so We let them enjoy themselves for a while.
37:149 Ask their opinion as to whether your Lord has daughters while they have sons;
37:150 or did We create the angels as females while they were looking on?
37:151 Are they not saying something they have trumped up with [the statement that]:
37:152 "God has fathered something!"
37:153 Would He select daughters ahead of sons?
37:154 What is wrong with you? How do you make decisions?
37:155 Will you not be reminded?
37:156 Or do you have some clear authority?
37:157 Bring on your scripture if you are so truthful!
37:158 They have even placed a tie of kinship between Him and the sprites. Yet the sprites well know that they too will be made to appear.
37:159 Glory be to God over whatever they describe
37:160 except for God´s loyal servants!
37:161 You and anything you serve
37:162 cannot incite anyone against Him
37:163 except for someone who will roast in Hades.
37:164 There is none of us but he has an acknowledged status.
37:165 We are drawn up in ranks.
37:166 We are those who glorify [God].
37:167 There were some [people] saying:
37:168 If we only had a reminder from early men
37:169 we should have become God´s loyal servants."
37:170 They have disbelieved in Him so they soon shall know!
37:171 Our word has already gone on ahead to Our servants who were sent forth;
37:172 they will indeed be supported.
37:173 Our army will be victorious over them!
37:174 Turn aside from them for a while;
37:175 watch them, for they too will be made to watch.
37:176 Do they seek to hasten Our torment?
37:177 Whenever it settles down into their courtyard, how dismal will be the morning for those who have been forewarned!
37:178 Turn aside from them for a while;
37:179 watch, for they too will have to watch.
37:180 Glory be to your Lord, the Lord of Grandeur, beyond what they describe!
37:181 Peace be on the emissaries!
37:182 Praise be to God,


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