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Faridul Haque




as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Faridul Haque
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Faridul Haque rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
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37:1 By oath of those who establish proper ranks.
37:2 And by oath of those who herd with a stern warning.
37:3 And by oath of the groups that read the Qur’an.
37:4 Indeed your God is surely only One.
37:5 Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them - and the Lord of the sun’s rising points.
37:6 We have indeed adorned the lowest heaven with stars as ornaments.
37:7 And to protect it from every rebellious devil.
37:8 They cannot listen to the speech of those on higher elevations and they are targeted from every side.
37:9 To make them flee, and for them is a never-ending punishment.
37:10 Except one who sometimes steals a part, so a blazing flame goes after him.
37:11 Therefore ask them (O dear Prophet Mohammed - peace and blessings be upon him), “Are they a stronger creation, or are other things of our creation, (the angels, the heavens etc.)?” We have indeed created them from sticky clay.
37:12 Rather you are surprised, whereas they keep mocking.
37:13 And they do not understand, when explained to.
37:14 And whenever they see a sign, they mock at it.
37:15 And they say, “This is nothing but clear magic.”
37:16 “When we are dead and have turned into dust and bones, will we certainly be raised again?”
37:17 “And also our forefathers?”
37:18 Proclaim, “Yes, and with disgrace.”
37:19 So that is just a single jolt, thereupon they will begin staring.
37:20 And will say, “O our misfortune!” It will be said to them, “This is the Day of Justice.”
37:21 “This is the Day of Judgement, which you used to deny!”
37:22 “Gather all the unjust persons and their spouses, and all that they used to worship!” -
37:23 “Instead of Allah - and herd them to the path leading to hell.”
37:24 “And stop them - they are to be questioned.”
37:25 “What is the matter with you, that you do not help one another?”
37:26 In fact this day they have all surrendered.
37:27 And some of them inclined towards others, mutually questioning.
37:28 They said, “It is you who used to come to us from our right, in order to sway.”
37:29 They will answer, “You yourselves did not have faith!”
37:30 “And we did not have any control over you; but in fact you yourselves were rebellious.”
37:31 “So the Word of our Lord has proved true upon us; we will surely have to taste (the punishment).”
37:32 “We therefore led you astray, for we ourselves were astray!”
37:33 So this day they all are partners in the punishment.
37:34 This is how We deal with the guilty.
37:35 Indeed, when it was said to them, “There is no God except Allah”, they were haughty.
37:36 And they used to say, “Shall we forsake our gods upon the sayings of a mad poet?”
37:37 In fact he has brought the Truth, and testified for the Noble Messengers!
37:38 “You surely have to taste the painful punishment.”
37:39 “And you will not be compensated except for your deeds.”
37:40 Except the chosen bondmen of Allah.
37:41 For them is the sustenance known to Us.
37:42 Fruits; and they will be honoured.
37:43 In Gardens of peace.
37:44 Facing one another on thrones.
37:45 Cups of wine will be presented to them in rounds, from a spring flowing in front of them.
37:46 White, delicious for the drinkers.
37:47 Neither does it intoxicate, nor give a headache.
37:48 And with them are those who do not set gaze upon men except their husbands, the maidens with gorgeous eyes.
37:49 As if they were eggs, safely hidden.
37:50 So one among them turns to the other, questioning. -
37:51 The speaker among them said, “I had a companion.” -
37:52 “Who used to tell me, ‘Do you believe it is true?’ -
37:53 ‘That when we are dead and have turned into dust and bones, that we will either be rewarded or punished?’ ”
37:54 He said (to others on the thrones), “Will you take a glimpse (into hell) below?”
37:55 He therefore looked down and saw him amidst the blazing fire.
37:56 He said, “By Allah, you had nearly ruined me!”
37:57 “And were it not for the munificence of my Lord, I too would have been seized and brought forth (captive)!”
37:58 “So are we never to die?” (The people of Paradise will ask the angels, with delight, after the announcement of everlasting life.)
37:59 “Except our earlier death, and nor will we be punished?”
37:60 “This is, most certainly, the supreme success.”
37:61 For such a reward should the workers perform.
37:62 So is this welcome better, or the tree of Zaqqum?
37:63 We have indeed made that a punishment for the unjust.
37:64 Indeed it is a tree that sprouts from the base of hell.
37:65 Its fruit like the heads of demons.
37:66 So indeed they will eat from it, and fill their bellies with it.
37:67 Then after it, indeed for them is the drink of boiling hot water.
37:68 Then surely their return is towards hell.
37:69 They had indeed found their forefathers astray.
37:70 So they hastily follow their footsteps!
37:71 And indeed before them, most of the former people went astray.
37:72 And indeed We had sent Heralds of warnings among them.
37:73 Therefore see what sort of fate befell those who were warned!
37:74 Except the chosen bondmen of Allah.
37:75 And indeed Nooh prayed to Us – so what an excellent Acceptor of Prayer We are!
37:76 And We rescued him and his household from the great calamity.
37:77 And We preserved his descendants.
37:78 And We kept his praise among the latter generations.
37:79 Peace be upon Nooh, among the entire people.
37:80 This is how We reward the virtuous.
37:81 He is indeed one of Our high ranking, firmly believing bondmen.
37:82 We then drowned the others.
37:83 And indeed Ibrahim is from his (Nooh’s) group.
37:84 When he came to his Lord, with a sound heart. (Free from falsehood).
37:85 When he said to his father (paternal uncle) and his people, “What do you worship?”
37:86 “What! You desire, through fabrication, gods other than Allah?”
37:87 “So what do you assume regarding the Lord Of The Creation?” (That He will not punish you?)
37:88 He then shot a glance at the stars.
37:89 He then said, “I feel sick (of you)!”
37:90 And they turned their backs on him and went away. (The pagans thought he would transmit the disease).
37:91 He then sneaked upon their deities and said, “Do you not eat?”
37:92 “What is the matter with you, that you do not say anything?”
37:93 He then began striking them with his right hand, unseen by the people.
37:94 So the disbelievers came running towards him.
37:95 He said, “What! You worship what you yourselves have sculpted?”
37:96 “Whereas Allah has created you and your actions?”
37:97 They said, “Construct a building (furnace) for him, and then cast him in the blazing fire!”
37:98 So they tried to execute their evil scheme upon him – We therefore degraded them. (Allah saved him, by commanding the fire to turn cool).
37:99 And he said, “Indeed I shall go to my Lord Who will guide me.”
37:100 “My Lord! Give me a meritorious child.”
37:101 We therefore gave him the glad tidings of an intelligent son.
37:102 And when he became capable of working with him, Ibrahim said, “O my son, I dreamt that I am sacrificing you - therefore now consider what is your opinion”; he said, “O my father! Do what you are commanded! Allah willing, you will soon find me patiently enduring!”
37:103 Then (remember) when they both submitted to Allah’s command, and Ibrahim lay his son facing downwards. (The knife did not hurt Ismail)
37:104 And We called out to him, “O Ibrahim!”
37:105 “You have indeed made the dream come true”; and this is how We reward the virtuous.
37:106 Indeed this was a clear test.
37:107 And We rescued him in exchange of a great sacrifice. (The sacrifice of Ibrahim and Ismail – peace be upon them – is commemorated every year on 10,11 and 12 Zil Haj).
37:108 And We kept his praise among the latter generations.
37:109 Peace be upon Ibrahim!
37:110 This is how We reward the virtuous.
37:111 He is indeed one of Our high ranking, firmly believing bondmen.
37:112 And We gave him the glad tidings of Ishaq, a Herald of the Hidden, from among those who deserve Our proximity.
37:113 And We sent blessings upon him and Ishaq; and among their descendants - some who do good deeds, and some who clearly wrong themselves.
37:114 And We indeed did a great favour to Moosa and Haroon.
37:115 And rescued them and their people from the great calamity.
37:116 And We helped them, so they were victorious.
37:117 And We bestowed the clear Book to both of them.
37:118 And guided them to the Straight Path.
37:119 And We kept their praise among the latter generations.
37:120 Peace be upon Moosa and Haroon!
37:121 This is how We reward the virtuous.
37:122 Indeed they are two of Our high ranking, firmly believing bondmen.
37:123 And indeed Ilyas is one of the Noble Messengers.
37:124 When he said to his people, “Do you not fear?”
37:125 “What! You worship Baal (an idol) and leave the Best Creator?” -
37:126 “Allah, Who is, your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers?”
37:127 In response they denied him, so they will surely be brought forth as captives.
37:128 Except the chosen bondmen of Allah.
37:129 And We kept his praise among the latter generations.
37:130 Peace be upon Ilyas!
37:131 This is how We reward the virtuous.
37:132 He is indeed one of Our high ranking, firmly believing bondmen.
37:133 And indeed Lut is one of the Noble Messengers.
37:134 When We rescued him and his entire household.
37:135 Except an old woman, who became of those who stayed behind.
37:136 We then destroyed the others.
37:137 And indeed you pass over them in the morning. -
37:138 And during the night; so do you not have sense?
37:139 And indeed Yunus is one of the Noble Messengers.
37:140 When he left towards the laden ship.
37:141 Then lots were drawn and he became of those who were pushed into the sea.
37:142 The fish then swallowed him and he blamed himself. (For not waiting for Allah’s command.)
37:143 And were he not one of those who praise. -
37:144 He would have remained in its belly till the day when all will be raised.
37:145 We then put him ashore on a plain, and he was sick.
37:146 And We grew a tree of gourd (as a shelter) above him.
37:147 And We sent him towards a hundred thousand people, in fact more.
37:148 So they accepted faith - We therefore gave them usage for a while.
37:149 Therefore ask them (O dear Prophet Mohammed - peace and blessings be upon him), whether the daughters are for your Lord and the sons for them!
37:150 Or that have We created the angels as females, while they were present?
37:151 Pay heed! It is their slander that they say. –
37:152 That “Allah has offspring”; and indeed, surely, they are liars.
37:153 “Has he chosen daughters instead of sons?”
37:154 “What is the matter with you? What sort of a judgement you impose!”
37:155 “So do you not ponder?”
37:156 “Or do you have some clear proof?”
37:157 “Then bring forth your Book, if you are truthful!”
37:158 And they have appointed a relationship between Him and the jinns; and indeed the jinns surely know that they will be brought forth.
37:159 Purity is to Allah from the matters they fabricate.
37:160 Except the chosen bondmen of Allah.
37:161 Therefore you and all what you worship. (The disbelievers and their deities.)
37:162 You cannot make anyone rebel against Him.
37:163 Except the one who will go into the blazing fire.
37:164 And the angels say, “Each one of us has an appointed known position.”
37:165 “And indeed we, with our wings spread, await the command.”
37:166 “And indeed we are those who say His purity.”
37:167 And indeed the disbelievers used to say, -
37:168 “If we had some advice from the earlier generations,” -
37:169 “We would certainly be the chosen bondmen of Allah.”
37:170 They therefore denied it, so they will soon come to know.
37:171 And indeed Our Word has already gone forth for Our bondmen who were sent.
37:172 That undoubtedly, only they will be helped.
37:173 And surely, only Our army will be victorious.
37:174 Therefore turn away from them for some time.
37:175 And watch them, for they will soon see.
37:176 So are they being impatient for Our punishment?
37:177 So when it does descend in their courtyards – so what an evil morning it will be for those who were warned!
37:178 And turn away from them for some time.
37:179 And wait, for they will soon see.
37:180 Purity is to your Lord, the Lord of Honour, from all what they say.
37:181 And peace is upon the Noble Messengers.
37:182 And all praise is to Allah, the Lord Of The Creation.


   


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