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as-Saffat (Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers)
as rendered by Safi Kaskas
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Safi Kaskas rendition of Surah Those Who Set The Ranks, Drawn up in Ranks, The Rangers(as-Saffat)
37:1 By those lined up in ranks,
37:2 and those who warn, crying warnings,
37:3 and those who recite God's word,
37:4 your God is One,
37:5 Lord of the heavens and the earth and everything between them, Lord of every sunrise.
37:6 We have adorned the nearest heaven with planets
37:7 and protected them against every rebellious devil,
37:8 [so that the devils] may not listen to the highest assembly [of angels] but be repelled from every side,
37:9 driven away. For them there is a continuous punishment,
37:10 except for him who snatches a glimpse [of such knowledge], He will be pursued by a piercing flame. [:)
37:11 Then ask those who persist on denying the truth if they were more difficult to create than those other beings We have created, for We created them from sticky clay. [:)
37:12 No wonder you are surprised, to see them ridicule [the message], [:)
37:13 and when they are reminded [of the Truth], they don't want to remember, [:)
37:14 and when they see a sign, they ridicule it, [:)
37:15 saying, "This is mere magic. [:)
37:16 When We have died and become dust and bones, are we to be resurrected, [:)
37:17 and our forefathers too?" [:)
37:18 Say, "Yes, and [on that Day of Judgment] you will be humiliated."
37:19 [On that Day,] there will be only a single shout, and at once they will begin to see.
37:20 They will say, "How terrible for us! This is the Day of Judgment,"
37:21 and [They will be told], "This is the Day of separation [between the good and the bad], which you used to deny."
37:22 [The angels will be ordered], "Gather those who were unjust, all those like them, and the idols they used to worship
37:23 instead of God, and show them to the path of Hell
37:24 And stop them, for they are to be questioned:
37:25 "Why do you not help each other now?"
37:26 No, today they come in absolute submission,
37:27 and they will turn on one another, questioning each other.
37:28 [Some] will say, "You used to approach us from a position of power."
37:29 The others will say, "No, you [yourselves] were not believers,
37:30 and we had no authority over you, but you were exceedingly arrogant people.
37:31 Our Lord's Word has been carried out against us, and we will all taste punishment.
37:32 We misled you, and we were ourselves misled."
37:33 On that Day, they will share in the punishment,
37:34 for that is how We deal with those who forced others to reject Our messages.
37:35 Whenever they were told, "There is no god but God," they became arrogant,
37:36 and would say, "Are we to give up our gods for a mad poet?"
37:37 Rather, the Prophet has come with the Truth and confirmed the [previous] messengers.
37:38 You [who deny the truth] will taste the painful punishment,
37:39 and you will be repaid only for what you used to do.
37:40 Not so for God's devoted worshipers,
37:41 they will have recognizable provision,
37:42 of fruits, and they will be honored
37:43 in Gardens of delight,
37:44 [resting] on couches and facing one another.
37:45 A cup from a flowing spring will be passed among them,
37:46 white and delicious to the drinkers,
37:47 which will neither sicken nor intoxicate them.
37:48 With them are mates of modest gaze with beautiful eyes
37:49 just like closely guarded pearls.
37:50 They will turn to one another, inquiring
37:51 One of them says" I used to have a friend [on earth]
37:52 who used to say to me, are you of those who believe
37:53 that, when we have died and become dust and bones, we will be brought for judgment?'"
37:54 And he will add, "Shall we look for him?"
37:55 And he looks and sees [his former companion] in the midst of Hell.
37:56 He says to him, "By God, you almost ruined me.
37:57 Were It not for the grace of my Lord, I would have been with those taken [to Hell].
37:58 Then, [he says to those in paradise], "Will we really not die
37:59 except for our first death, and will we really not be punished?"
37:60 Truly, this is the ultimate success."
37:61 This is what everyone should strive to attain.
37:62 Is Paradise a better place to be, or the tree of Bitterness?
37:63 We have made [this tree] a punishment for the unjust.
37:64 It is a tree that grows in the heart of Hell,
37:65 Its fruit like devils' heads,
37:66 and [the people in Hell] will eat from it and fill their bellies with it.
37:67 On top of that, they will have a boiling brew to drink.
37:68 Then they will return to Hell,
37:69 for they found their fathers misguided,
37:70 so they rushed [to follow] in their footsteps.
37:71 Most of the earlier peoples went astray before them,
37:72 though We had already sent them someone to give warning.
37:73 Look, then, at the final fate of those who were warned,
37:74 except for the devout worshipers of God.
37:75 Noah called Us, and how excellent was Our response.
37:76 We saved him and his family from the great distress.
37:77 We made his descendants the survivors,
37:78 and left for him [favorable mention] among later generations:
37:79 "Peace upon Noah, among all people."
37:80 This is how we reward those who do good,
37:81 for he was among Our believing worshipers.
37:82 We drowned the rest.
37:83 Abraham was like him.
37:84 He came to his Lord with a faultless heart,
37:85 and said to his father and his people, "What are you worshiping?
37:86 Are you fooling yourselves by choosing false gods other than God?
37:87 What do you think about the Lord of the worlds?"
37:88 Then he took a look at the stars
37:89 and said, "I am sick [of you worshipping these],"
37:90 so they turned away from him and left.
37:91 Then he turned to their gods and said, "Will you not eat?
37:92 What is wrong with you that you do not speak?"
37:93 And he turned on them, striking them with his right hand.
37:94 His people came rushing back to him.
37:95 He said, "How can you worship that which you [yourselves] carve,
37:96 while God created you and everything you do?"
37:97 They said, "Construct a furnace and throw him into the burning fire."
37:98 They plotted against him, but We humiliated them.
37:99 [Abraham] said, "I will go away to my Lord, He will guide me.
37:100 My Lord, grant me a righteous son."
37:101 So We gave him the good news of a gentle boy.
37:102 And when [the boy] was old enough to work with him, he said, "My son, I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think." He said, "My father, do as you are ordered. You will find me, God willing, patient."
37:103 But as soon as they had both submitted to [what they thought to be] God's will, and [Abraham] had laid [his son] down on the side of his face,
37:104 We called to him, "Abraham,
37:105 you have fulfilled the vision." This is how we reward those who do good.
37:106 This was clearly a grave trial,
37:107 and We ransomed him with a great sacrifice,
37:108 and We left the later generations saying of him:
37:109 "Peace be upon Abraham."
37:110 This is how we reward those who do good,
37:111 for [Abraham] was among Our believing worshipers.
37:112 Then We gave him the good news of Isaac, a prophet from among the righteous,
37:113 and We blessed him and Isaac. Among their descendants are doers of good, and those who clearly wrong themselves.
37:114 We certainly showed great kindness to Moses and Aaron.
37:115 We saved them and their people from a terrible predicament,
37:116 and We supported them so that they prevailed,
37:117 and We gave them the clarifying Book,
37:118 and We guided them on the straight path,
37:119 and We left the later generations saying of them:
37:120 "Peace be upon Moses and Aaron."
37:121 This is how We reward those who do good,
37:122 for they were among Our believing worshipers.
37:123 Elijah was indeed one of the messengers.
37:124 When he said to his people, "Will you not remain mindful of God?
37:125 Do you call upon Baal and leave the best of creators,
37:126 God, your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers?"
37:127 But they denied him, so they will be brought [for punishment],
37:128 except for God's devout worshipers.
37:129 And We left the later generations saying of him:
37:130 "Peace be upon the House of Elijah."
37:131 This how we reward those who do good,
37:132 for he was among Our believing worshipers.
37:133 Lot was indeed one of the messengers.
37:134 We saved him and all of his family,
37:135 except an old woman who stayed behind.
37:136 Then We destroyed the others.
37:137 You pass by them morning
37:138 and night, so will you not use your reason?
37:139 Jonah was one of the messengers.
37:140 He ran away to an loaded ship,
37:141 but they cast lots, and he lost,
37:142 [so they threw him into the sea], and a great fish swallowed him, for He was blameworthy [for what he had done].
37:143 And had he not been one of those who glorify God's limitless glory,
37:144 he would have remained inside its belly until the Day they are resurrected.
37:145 But We cast him, ill, on an open shore,
37:146 and We made a gourd vine to grow over him,
37:147 and We sent him to a hundred thousand people or more.
37:148 They believed, so We let them enjoy their life.
37:149 So [Prophet] inquire [of the idolaters], "Why do they think their Lord has daughters while they have sons"?
37:150 Or, maybe they witnessed the creation of the angels as females?"
37:151 No indeed, It is out of their [invented] falsehood that they say,
37:152 "God has begotten," and they are liars.
37:153 Has He chosen daughters over sons?
37:154 What is [wrong] with you? How do you reach your judgments?
37:155 Will you not be reminded [of the warning against such thinking]?
37:156 Or do you have a clear authority [for what you allege]?
37:157 Then, produce your Book, if you are truthful.
37:158 They also claimed a lineage between Him and the jinn, but the jinn know that they will be brought before Him for [judgment].
37:159 May God be exalted in His glory above all they describe,
37:160 except for God's devout worshipers [who don't make such claims].
37:161 So you [who deny the truth] and whatever you worship,
37:162 cannot tempt [anyone] away from Him
37:163 except for him who will burn in Hell.
37:164 [All of God's creations will say], "Among us, too, there is none but has a known place.
37:165 We are ranged in ranks,
37:166 and we are those who glorify God."
37:167 The unbelievers used to say,
37:168 "If only we had a message from those who lived before us,
37:169 we would have been faithful worshipers of God."
37:170 But they rejected the message, so they will soon realize [the consequences].
37:171 Our word has already been given to Our worshiping Messengers
37:172 [that] they would indeed be victorious,
37:173 and [that] Our soldiers will be those who overcome.
37:174 So [Prophet], leave them for a time.
37:175 And watch them, for they will soon see.
37:176 Do they really want to hasten Our punishment?
37:177 When it descends on them, how terrible will that morning be for those who were warned.
37:178 Leave them for a time,
37:179 and watch them, for they will soon see.
37:180 May your Lord, the Lord of Might, be exalted in His glory above all they describe.
37:181 And Peace be on the Messengers,
37:182 and praise be to God, Lord of the worlds.


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