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Sad (The Letter Sad)
as rendered by Maulana Muhammad Ali
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Maulana Muhammad Ali rendition of Surah The Letter Sad(Sad)
38:1 Truthful God! By the Qur’an, possessing eminence
38:2 Nay, those who disbelieve are in self-exaltation and opposition
38:3 How many a generation We destroyed before them, then they cried when there was no longer time for escape
38:4 And they wonder that a warner from among themselves has come to them, and the disbelievers say: This is an enchanter, a liar
38:5 Makes he the gods a single God? Surely this is a strange thing
38:6 And the chiefs among them say: Go and steadily adhere to your gods: surely this is a thing intended
38:7 We never heard of this in the former faith: this is nothing but a forgery
38:8 Has the Reminder been revealed to him from among us? Nay, they are in doubt as to My Reminder. Nay, they have not yet tasted My chastisement
38:9 Or, have they the treasures of the mercy of thy Lord, the Mighty, the Great Giver
38:10 Or is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and what is between them theirs? Then let them rise higher in means
38:11 What an army of the allies is here put to flight
38:12 The people of Noah, and ‘Ad, and Pharaoh, the lord of hosts, rejected (prophets) before them
38:13 And Thamud and the people of Lot and the dwellers of the thicket. These were the parties (opposing Truth)
38:14 Not one of them but rejected the messengers, so just was My retribution
38:15 And these wait but for one cry, wherein there is no delay
38:16 And they say: Our Lord, hasten on for us our portion before the day of Reckoning
38:17 Bear patiently what they say, and remember Our servant David, the possessor power. He ever turned (to Allah)
38:18 Truly We made the mountains subject to him, glorifying (Allah) at nightfall and sunrise
38:19 And the birds gathered together. All were obedient to him
38:20 And We strengthened his kingdom and We gave him wisdom and a clear judgment
38:21 And has the story of the adversaries come to thee? When they made an entry into the private chamber by climbing the wall -
38:22 When they came upon David so he was afraid of them. They said: Fear not; two litigants, of whom one has wronged the other, so decide between us with justice, and act not unjustly, and guide us to the right way
38:23 This is my brother. He has ninety-nine ewes and I have a single ewe. Then he said, Make it over to me, and he has prevailed against me in dispute
38:24 He said: Surely he has wronged thee in demanding thy ewe (to add) to his own ewes. And surely many partners wrong one another save those who believe and do good, and very few are they! And David knew that We had tried him, so he asked his Lord for protection, and he fell down bowing and turned (to God)
38:25 So We gave him this protection, and he had a nearness to Us and an excellent resort
38:26 O David, surely We have made thee a ruler in the land; so judge between men justly and follow not desire, lest it lead thee astray from the path of Allah. Those who go astray from the path of Allah, for them is surely a severe chastisement because they forgot the day of Reckoning
38:27 And We created not the heaven and the earth and what is between them in vain. That is the opinion of those who disbelieve. So woe to those who disbelieve on account of the Fire
38:28 Shall We treat those who believe and do good like the mischief-makers in the earth? Or shall We make the dutiful like the wicked
38:29 (This is) a Book that We have revealed to thee abounding in good, that they may ponder over its verses, and that the men of understanding may mind
38:30 And We gave to David Solomon. Most excellent the servant! Surely he ever turned (to Allah)
38:31 When well-bred, swift (horses) were brought to him at evening -
38:32 So he said, I love the good things on account of the remembrance of my Lord -- until they were hidden behind the veil
38:33 (He said): Bring them back to me. So he began to stroke (their) legs and necks
38:34 And certainly we tried Solomon, and We put on his throne a (mere) body, so he turned (to Allah)
38:35 He said: My Lord, forgive me and grant me a kingdom which is not fit for any one after me; surely Thou art the Great Giver
38:36 So We made the wind subservient to him; it made his command to run gently wherever he desired
38:37 And the devils, every builder and diver
38:38 And others fettered in chains
38:39 This is Our free gift, so give freely or withhold, without reckoning
38:40 And surely he had a nearness to Us and an excellent resort
38:41 And remember Our servant Job. When he cried to his Lord: The devil has afflicted me with toil and torment
38:42 Urge with thy foot; here is a cool washing-place and a drink
38:43 And We gave him his people and the like of them with them, a mercy from Us, and a reminder for men of understanding
38:44 And take in thy hand few worldly goods and earn goodness therewith and incline not to falsehood. Surely We found him patient; most excellent the servant! Surely he (ever) turned (to Us)
38:45 And remember Our servants Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, men of power and insight
38:46 We indeed purified them by a pure quality, the keeping in mind of the (final) abode
38:47 And surely they were with Us, of the elect, the best
38:48 And remember Ishmael and Elisha and Dhu-l-Kifl; and they were all of the best
38:49 This is a reminder and surely there is an excellent resort for the dutiful
38:50 Gardens of perpetuity -- the doors are opened for them
38:51 Reclining therein, calling therein for many fruits and drink
38:52 And with them are those modest in gaze, equals in age
38:53 This is what you are promised for the day of Reckoning
38:54 Surely this is Our sustenance; it will never come to an end -
38:55 This (is for the good)! And surely there is an evil resort for the inordinate -
38:56 Hell. They will enter it. So evil is the resting-place
38:57 This -- so let them taste it, boiling and intensely cold (drink)
38:58 And other similar (punishment), of various sorts
38:59 This is an army rushing headlong with you -- no welcome for them! Surely they will burn in fire
38:60 They say: Nay! you -- no welcome to you! You prepared it for us, so evil is the resting-place
38:61 They say: Our Lord, whoever prepared it for us, give him more, a double, punishment in the Fire
38:62 And they say: What is the matter with us? -- we see not men whom we used to count among the vicious
38:63 Did we (only) take them in scorn, or do our eyes miss them
38:64 That surely is the truth -- the contending one with another of the inmates of the Fire
38:65 Say: I am only a warner; and there is no God but Allah, the One, the Subduer (of all) -
38:66 The Lord of the heavens and the earth and what is between them, the Mighty, the Forgiving
38:67 Say: It is a message of importance
38:68 From which you turn away
38:69 I have no knowledge of the exalted chiefs when they contend
38:70 Only this is revealed to me that I am a plain warner
38:71 When thy Lord said to the angels: Surely I am going to create a mortal from dust
38:72 So when I have made him complete and breathed into him of My spirit, fall down submitting to him
38:73 And the angels submitted, all of them
38:74 But not Iblis. He was proud and he was one of the disbelievers
38:75 He said: O Iblis, what prevented thee from submitting to him whom I created with both My hands? Art thou proud or art thou of the exalted ones
38:76 He said: I am better than he; Thou hast created me of fire, and him Thou didst create of dust
38:77 He said: Go forth from hence! surely thou art driven away
38:78 And surely My curse is on thee to the day of Judgment
38:79 He said: My Lord, respite me to the day that they are raised
38:80 He said: Surely thou art of the respited ones
38:81 Till the day of the time made known
38:82 He said: Then by Thy Might! I will surely lead them all astray
38:83 Except Thy servants from among them, the purified ones
38:84 He said: The Truth is, and the truth I speak -
38:85 That I shall fill hell with thee and with all those among them who follow thee
38:86 Say: I ask you no reward for it; nor am I of the impostors
38:87 It is naught but a Reminder to the nations
38:88 And certainly you will come to know about it after a time


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