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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Bilal Muhammad 2018
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A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 By those who line themselves in ranks
37:2 And so are strong in repelling harm
37:3 And so proclaim the message
37:4 Indeed your God is one
37:5 Lord of the heavens and of the earth, and all between them, and Lord of every point at the rising of the Sun
37:6 We have indeed decked the lower heaven with beauty in the stars
37:7 For beauty and to guard against all rebellious devils
37:8 They should not strain their ears in the direction of the exalted assembly, but shall be cast away from every side
37:9 Repulsed, for they are under a perpetual penalty
37:10 Except those that snatch away something by stealth, and they are pursued by a flaming fire of piercing brightness
37:11 Just ask their opinion. Are they more difficult to create, or the other beings We have created? We have created them out of wet clay
37:12 Indeed you marvel while they ridicule
37:13 And though they are advised, they pay no heed
37:14 And when they see a sign, they turn it into mockery
37:15 And say, “This is nothing but evident deception
37:16 “What, when we die and become dust and bones, will we be raised up
37:17 “And also our ancestors?
37:18 Say, “Yes, and you will then be humiliated.
37:19 Then there will be a single cry, and behold, they will begin to see
37:20 They will say, “Woe to us, this is the Day of Accountability!
37:21 This is the day of sorting out, the truth you once denied
37:22 “Bring up,” it will be said, “The wrongdoers and their partners, and the things they worshipped
37:23 “Besides God, and lead them to the way of the fire
37:24 “But stop them, for they must be asked
37:25 “What is the matter with you that you did not help each other?
37:26 No, but that day they will submit
37:27 And they will turn to one another, and question each other
37:28 They will say, “It was you who used to come to us from the right.
37:29 They will reply, “No, you yourselves had no faith
37:30 “Nor had we any authority over you. No, it was you who were a people in obstinate rebellion
37:31 “So now has been proved true against us, the word of our Lord, so we will indeed taste it
37:32 “We led you astray, for indeed we were ourselves astray.
37:33 Indeed that day, they will all share in the penalty
37:34 Indeed that is how We will deal with the wrong-doers
37:35 For they, when they were told that there is no god except God, would puff themselves up with pride
37:36 And say, “What, will we give up our gods for the sake of a poet possessed?
37:37 No, he has come with the truth, and he confirms the messengers
37:38 You will indeed taste the terrible penalty
37:39 But it will be no more than retribution for what you did
37:40 But the sincere servants of God
37:41 For them is sustenance determined
37:42 They will enjoy fruits, and honor and dignity
37:43 In gardens of felicity
37:44 Facing each other on thrones
37:45 Round will be passed to them a cup from a clear-flowing fountain
37:46 White, of a taste delicious to those who drink of it
37:47 Free from harm, nor will they suffer intoxication from it
37:48 And with them will be companions of modest gaze and beautiful eyes
37:49 Like delicate eggs closely guarded
37:50 Then they will turn to one another and question each other
37:51 One of them will start the conversation by saying, “I had a friend
37:52 “Who used to say, ‘What, are you among those who bear witness to the truth
37:53 “When we die and become dust and bones, will we indeed receive rewards and punishments?
37:54 A voice said, “Would you like to look down?
37:55 He looked down and saw him in the middle of the fire
37:56 He said, “By God, you were just short of bringing me to perdition
37:57 “Had it not been for the grace of my Lord, I would certainly have been among those sent there
37:58 “Is it the case that we will not die
37:59 “Except our first death, and that we will not be punished?
37:60 Indeed this is the greatest achievement
37:61 For the like of this let all strive who wish to strive
37:62 Is that the better entertainment or the Tree of Zaqqum
37:63 For We have truly made it a trial for the wrongdoers
37:64 For it is a tree that springs out of the bottom of hellfire
37:65 The shoots of its fruit-stalks are like the heads of devils
37:66 Truly they will eat of it and fill their stomachs
37:67 Then indeed on top of that they will be given a mixture made of boiling water
37:68 Then their return will be to the fire
37:69 Truly they found their parents on the wrong path
37:70 So they were rushed down on their footsteps
37:71 And truly before them, many of the ancients went astray
37:72 But We sent among them, people to advise them
37:73 Then see what was the end of those who were advised
37:74 Except the sincere servants of God
37:75 Noah called to Us, and We are the best to hear prayers
37:76 And We delivered him and his people from the Great Calamity
37:77 And made his progeny to endure
37:78 And We left for him generations to come in later times
37:79 Peace and salutation to Noah among the nations
37:80 Indeed we reward those who do right
37:81 For he was one of our believing servants
37:82 Then the rest we overwhelmed in the flood
37:83 Indeed among those who followed his way was Abraham
37:84 Behold, he approached his Lord with a pure heart
37:85 Behold, he said to his father and to his people, “What is it you worship
37:86 “Is it false gods instead of God that you desire
37:87 “Then what is your idea about the Lord of the worlds?
37:88 Then he cast a glance at the stars
37:89 And he said, “I am indeed sick.
37:90 So they turned away from him, and departed
37:91 Then he turned to their gods and said, “Will you not eat
37:92 “What is the matter with you that you do not speak?
37:93 Then did he turn to them, striking them with the right hand
37:94 Then they came with hurried steps, and faced him
37:95 He said, “You worship that which you have carved
37:96 “But God has created you and that which you make.
37:97 They said, “Build him a furnace, and throw him into the blazing fire.
37:98 They then sought another strategy against him, but We made them the ones most humiliated
37:99 He said, “I will go to my Lord, He will surely guide me
37:100 “O my Lord, grant me one from the righteous.
37:101 So We gave him the good news of a child ready to sacrifice and forbear
37:102 Then when he reached the age of work he said, “O my son, I see in a vision that I offer you in sacrifice. Now tell me what you see?” The son said, “O my father, do as you are asked. You will find me, God willing, one practicing patience and constancy.
37:103 So when they both submitted their wills, and he laid him prostrate on his forehead
37:104 We called out to him “O Abraham,
37:105 “You have already fulfilled the vision.” Indeed We reward those who do right
37:106 For this was a challenge
37:107 And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice
37:108 And We left this blessing for him among generations to come
37:109 “Peace and salutation to Abraham.
37:110 Indeed We reward those who do right
37:111 For he was one of our believing servants
37:112 And We gave him the good news of Isaac, a prophet, one of the righteous
37:113 We blessed him and Isaac, but of their progeny are some who do right and some who do wrong, to their own souls
37:114 Again We bestowed Our favor on Moses and Aaron
37:115 And We delivered them and their people from great calamity
37:116 And We helped them, so they overcame
37:117 And We gave them the Clear Books
37:118 And We guided them to the straight way
37:119 And We left this blessing for them among generations to come
37:120 “Peace and salutation to Moses and Aaron.
37:121 So indeed We reward those who do right
37:122 For they were two of our believing servants
37:123 Elias was also among those sent by Us
37:124 Behold, he said to his people, “Will you not be conscious
37:125 “Will you call upon Baal and abandon the Best of Creators
37:126 “Your Lord and the Lord of your ancestors?
37:127 But they rejected him, and they will certainly be called up
37:128 Except the sincere and devoted servants of God
37:129 And We left this blessing for him among generations to come
37:130 “Peace be upon Elias.
37:131 Then indeed do We reward those who do right
37:132 For he was one of our believing servants
37:133 Lot was also among those sent by Us
37:134 Behold, We delivered him and all his adherents
37:135 Except an old woman who was among those who lagged behind
37:136 Then We caused the rest to perish
37:137 Indeed you pass by their sites, by day
37:138 And by night. Then will you not use reason
37:139 Jonah was also among those sent by Us
37:140 When he ran away to the ship fully stocked
37:141 He cast lots, and he was condemned
37:142 Then the fish swallowed him. He had done things worthy of blame
37:143 Had it not been that he glorified God
37:144 He would certainly have remained inside the fish until the Day of Resurrection
37:145 But We cast him up on the naked shore in a state of sickness
37:146 And We caused to grow over him a spreading plant of the gourd kind
37:147 And We sent him to a hundred thousand people or more
37:148 And they believed. So We permitted them to enjoy their time
37:149 Then ask them, do the females belong to God and the males to you
37:150 Or did you see Us create the angels female
37:151 Is it not that they say falsely
37:152 “God has children”? But they are liars
37:153 Did He choose daughters over sons
37:154 What is the matter with you? How judge you
37:155 Will you not then receive advice
37:156 Or have you an authority manifest
37:157 Then bring your book if you are truthful
37:158 And they have created a blood relationship between Him and the jinn. But the jinn know that they have indeed to appear
37:159 Glory be to God, He is free from the things they ascribe to Him
37:160 Not so the servants of God, sincere and devoted
37:161 Indeed neither you nor those you worship
37:162 Can lead any into temptation concerning God
37:163 Except those whom are themselves heading to the blazing fire
37:164 “Not us, only for him is a place known
37:165 “And indeed we are arranged in ranks
37:166 “And we are indeed those who declare God's glory.
37:167 And there were those who said
37:168 “If only we had before us a message from those in the past
37:169 “We would certainly have been servants of God, sincere.
37:170 So they reject it, but soon will they know
37:171 Our word has already been passed on before to Our servants sent by Us
37:172 So that they would certainly be assisted
37:173 And that Our forces surely must conquer
37:174 So turn away from them for a little while
37:175 And watch them, and they soon will see
37:176 Do they wish to rush our punishment
37:177 But when it descends into the open space before them, terrible will be the morning for those who were warned
37:178 So turn away from them for a little while
37:179 And watch and they soon will see
37:180 Glory to your Lord, the Lord of Honor and Power, free from what they ascribe to Him
37:181 And peace on the messengers
37:182 And praise God, the Guardian Evolver of all the worlds


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