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37:1  By the rangers rangin
37:2  and the scarers scarin
37:3  and the reciters of a Remembrance
37:4  surely your God is One
37:5  Lord of the heavens and the earth, and of what between them is Lord of the Easts
37:6  We have adorned the lower heaven with the adornment of the star
37:7  and to preserve against every rebel Satan
37:8  they listen not to the High Council, for they are pelted from every side
37:9  rejected, and theirs is an everlasting chastisement
37:10  except such as snatches a fragment, and he is pursued by a piercing flame
37:11  So ask them for a pronouncement -- Are they stronger in constitution, or those We created? We created them of clinging clay
37:12  Nay, thou marvellest; and they scof
37:13  and, when reminded, do not remembe
37:14  and, when they see a sign, would scoff
37:15  and they say, 'This is nothing but manifest sorcery
37:16  What, when we are dead and become dust and bones, shall we indeed be raised up
37:17  What, and our fathers, the ancients?
37:18  Say: 'Yes, and in all lowliness.
37:19  For it is only a single scaring, then behold, they are watchin
37:20  and they say, 'Woe, alas for us! This is the Day of Doom.
37:21  'This is the Day of Decision, even that you cried lies to
37:22  Muster those who did evil, their wives, and that they were serving
37:23  apart from God, and guide them unto the path of Hell
37:24  And halt them, to be questioned
37:25  "Why help you not one another?"
37:26  No indeed; but today they resign themselves in submissio
37:27  and advance one upon another, asking each other questions
37:28  These say, 'Why, you of old would come to us from the right hand.
37:29  Those say, 'No; on the contrary, you were not believers
37:30  we had no authority over you; no, you were an insolent people
37:31  So our Lord's Word is realised against us; we are tasting it
37:32  Therefore we perverted you, and we ourselves were perverts.
37:33  So all of them on that day are sharers in the chastisement
37:34  Even so We do with the sinners
37:35  for when it was said to them, 'There is no god but God,' they were ever waxing proud
37:36  saying, 'What, shall we forsake our gods for a poet possessed?
37:37  'No indeed; but he brought the truth, and confirmed the Envoys
37:38  Now certainly you shall be tasting the painful chastisement
37:39  and not be recompensed, except according to what you were doing.
37:40  Except for God's sincere servants
37:41  for them awaits a known provision
37:42  fruits -- and they high-honoure
37:43  in the Gardens of Blis
37:44  upon couches, set face to face
37:45  a cup from a spring being passed round to them
37:46  white, a delight to the drinkers
37:47  wherein no sickness is, neither intoxication
37:48  and with them wide-eyed maidens restraining their glance
37:49  as if they were hidden pearls
37:50  They advance one upon another, asking each other questions
37:51  One of them says, 'I had a comrad
37:52  who would say, "Are you a confirmer
37:53  What, when we are dead and become dust and bones, shall we indeed be requited?"
37:54  He says, 'Are you looking down?
37:55  Then he looks, and sees him in the midst of Hell
37:56  He says, 'By God, wellnigh thou didst destroy me
37:57  But for my Lord's blessing, I were one of the arraigned
37:58  What, do we then not di
37:59  except for our first death, and are we not chastised
37:60  This is indeed the mighty triumph
37:61  for the like of this let the workers work.
37:62  Is that better as a hospitality, or the Tree of Ez-Zakkoum
37:63  We have appointed it as a trial for the evildoers
37:64  It is a tree that comes forth in the root of Hell
37:65  its spathes are as the heads of Satans
37:66  and they eat of it, and of it fill their bellies
37:67  then on top of it they have a brew of boiling water
37:68  then their return is unto Hell
37:69  They found their fathers erring
37:70  and they run in their footsteps
37:71  Before them erred most of the ancients
37:72  and We sent among them warners
37:73  and behold, how was the end of them that were warned
37:74  except for God's sincere servants
37:75  Noah called to Us; and how excellent were the Answerers
37:76  And We delivered him and his people from the great distress
37:77  and We made his seed the survivors
37:78  and left for him among the later fol
37:79  'Peace be upon Noah among all beings!
37:80  Even so We recompense the good-doers
37:81  he was among Our believing servants
37:82  Then afterwards We drowned the rest
37:83  Of his party was also Abraham
37:84  when he came unto his Lord with a pure heart
37:85  when he said to his father and his folk, 'What do you serve
37:86  Is it a calumny, gods apart from God, that you desire
37:87  What think you then of the Lord of all Being?
37:88  And he cast a glance at the stars
37:89  and he said, 'Surely I am sick.
37:90  But they went away from him, turning their backs
37:91  Then he turned to their gods, and said, 'What do you eat
37:92  What ails you, that you speak not?
37:93  And he turned upon them smiting them with his right hand
37:94  Then came the others to him hastening
37:95  He said, 'Do you serve what you hew
37:96  and God created you and what you make?
37:97  They said, 'Build him a building, and cast him into the furnace!
37:98  They desired to outwit him; so We made them the lower ones
37:99  He said, 'I am going to my Lord; He will guide me
37:100  My Lord, give me one of the righteous.
37:101  Then We gave him the good tidings of a prudent boy
37:102  and when he had reached the age of running with him, he said, 'My son, I see in a dream that I shall sacrifice thee; consider, what thinkest thou?' He said, 'My father, do as thou art bidden; thou shalt find me, God willing, one of the steadfast.
37:103  When they had surrendered, and he flung him upon his brow
37:104  We called unto him, 'Abraham
37:105  thou hast confirmed the vision; even so We recompense the good-doers
37:106  This is indeed the manifest trial.
37:107  And We ransomed him with a mighty sacrifice
37:108  and left for him among the later fol
37:109  'Peace be upon Abraham!
37:110  Even so We recompense the good-doers
37:111  he was among Our believing servants
37:112  Then We gave him the good tidings of Isaac, a Prophet, one of the righteous
37:113  And We blessed him, and Isaac; and of their seed some are good-doers, and some manifest self-wrongers
37:114  We also favoured Moses and Aaron
37:115  and We delivered them and their people from the great distress
37:116  And We helped them, so that they were the victors
37:117  and We gave them the Manifesting Book
37:118  and guided them in the straight path
37:119  and left for them among the later fol
37:120  'Peace be upon Moses and, Aaron!
37:121  Even so We recompense the good-doers
37:122  they were among Our believing servants
37:123  Elias too was one of the Envoys
37:124  when he said to his people, 'Will you not be godfearing
37:125  Do you call on Baal, and abandon the Best of creators
37:126  God, your Lord, and the Lord of your fathers, the ancients?
37:127  But they cried him lies; so they will be among the arraigned
37:128  except for God's sincere servants
37:129  and We left for him among the later fol
37:130  'Peace be upon Elias!
37:131  Even so We recompense the good-doers
37:132  he was among Our believing servants
37:133  Lot too was one of the Envoys
37:134  when We delivered him and his people all together
37:135  save an old woman among those that tarried
37:136  then We destroyed the others
37:137  and you pass by them in the mornin
37:138  and in the night; will you not understand
37:139  Jonah too was one of the Envoys
37:140  when he ran away to the laden shi
37:141  and cast lots, and was of the rebutted
37:142  then the whale swallowed him down, and he blameworthy
37:143  Now had he not been of those that glorify God
37:144  he would have tarried in its belly until the day they shall be raised
37:145  but We cast him upon the wilderness, and he was sick
37:146  and We caused to grow over him a tree of gourds
37:147  Then We sent him unto a hundred thousand, or more
37:148  and they believed; so We gave them enjoyment for a while
37:149  So ask them for a pronouncement -- Has thy Lord daughters, and they sons
37:150  Or did We create the angels females, while they were witnesses
37:151  Is it not of their own calumny that they say
37:152  'God has begotten?' They are truly liars
37:153  Has He chosen daughters above sons
37:154  What ails you then, how you judge
37:155  What, and will you not remember
37:156  Or have you a clear authority
37:157  Bring your Book, if you speak truly
37:158  They have set up a kinship between Him and the jinn; and the jinn know that they shall be arraigned
37:159  Glory be to God above that they describe
37:160  except for God's sincere servants
37:161  But as for you, and that you serve
37:162  you shall not tempt any against Hi
37:163  except him who shall roast in Hell
37:164  None of us is there, but has a known station
37:165  we are the rangers
37:166  we are they that give glory
37:167  What though they would say
37:168  'If only we had had a Reminder from the ancients
37:169  then were we God's sincere servants.
37:170  But they disbelieved in it; soon they shall know
37:171  Already Our Word has preceded to Our servants, the Envoys
37:172  assuredly they shall be helped
37:173  and Our host -- they are the victors
37:174  So turn thou from them for a while
37:175  and see them; soon they shall see
37:176  What, do they seek to hasten Our chastisement
37:177  When it lights in their courtyard, how evil will be the morning of them that are warned
37:178  So turn thou from them for a while
37:179  and see; soon they shall see
37:180  Glory be to thy Lord, the Lord of Glory, above that they describe
37:181  And peace be upon the Envoys
37:182  and praise belongs to God, the Lord of all Being