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Sad (The Letter Sad)
as rendered by Syed Vickar Ahamed
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Syed Vickar Ahamed rendition of Surah The Letter Sad(Sad)
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38:1 Sad: And the Quran, full of Guidance and Reminding (and Warning, this is the Truth).
38:2 No! Those who disbelieve are in arrogance and opposition (and think only about self-glory and separatism).
38:3 How many generations before them did We destroy? In the end, they cried but there was no more time (for them) to be saved!
38:4 And they (pagans) are surprised that a warner (the Prophet) has come to them from themselves! And the unbelievers say: "This is a magician (with unusual powers and) telling lies!
38:5 "Has he (the warner) made (all) the gods into one god? Truly, this is a wonderful thing!"
38:6 And their leaders (the unbelievers) hurry away, (saying:) "You (also) walk away, and remain with your gods! Truly, this is a thing meant to be (against you)!
38:7 "We have never heard (anything like this) from the people of these latter days: This is nothing but an invention (made up story)!"
38:8 "What!" (they say in anger), "Has a Message been sent to him (of all the persons) from us?"... But they are in doubt about Me (and My Message); No, but they have not yet tasted My punishment!
38:9 Or do they have the wealth of the Mercy of your Lord- The Supreme in Power (Al-Aziz), the Bestower of Bounties without measure (Al-Wahhab)?
38:10 Or have they the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and all between? If so, let them reach up with the ropes and means (to get there)!
38:11 But there- Even a large number of (their) allies will be defeated.
38:12 Before them (there were many who rejected messengers of Allah)— The people of Nuh (Noah), and Ad, and Firon (Pharaoh), the lord of (wooden) poles, (to mark his empire.)
38:13 And Samood (Thamud), and the people of Lut (Lot), and the companions of the Wood— Like this were the Confederates (the allies of unbelievers)
38:14 Not one (of them did anything) but denied the messengers, but My punishment came justly and surely (to them).
38:15 And these (people) only wait for a single Blast, which (is blown by Angel Israfil) will tolerate no delay.
38:16 They (the unbelievers will) say: "Our Lord! Hasten our sentence (of punishment, even) before the Day of Reckoning (and account)!"
38:17 Have patience at what they say, and remember Our servant Dawood (David), the man of (great) strength; Verily, he always came back in repentance (to Allah) .
38:18 Verily, We made the hills recite Our Praises together with him, in evening and at break of day,
38:19 And all the birds gathered (in flocks), did turn (to Allah) with him (Dawood).
38:20 We made his kingdom strong and gave him wisdom, and good judgment in what he talked and what he decided.
38:21 And, has the story of the (two) who disagreed reached you? When they climbed over the wall of the private room (where he prayed);
38:22 When they entered in presence of Dawood (David), and he was frightened of them, they said: "Fear not: We are two litigant (who disagree), one of us has wronged the other: Therefore, decide between us now with truth, and do not treat us with injustice, and guide us to the Right way.
38:23 "Verily, this man is my brother (in religion): He has ninety and nine ewes (female sheep), and I have (only) one: Yet he says; 'Leave her (the one sheep) to me,' and (also he) is rude to me when he talks."
38:24 (Dawood) said: "Without a doubt he has done wrong to you by asking you for (the single) sheep to add to his (flock of) sheep: And truly, there are many partners (in business) who do wrong to each other, except those who believe and work deeds of righteousness do not act like that, and how few are they?"... And Dawood (David) gathered that We had tried him, and he asked forgiveness from his Lord, and he fell down, bowing (in prostration), and turned (to Allah in repentance).
38:25 So, We forgave him (for) this: And he really enjoyed an extreme closeness to Us, and a Beautiful Place of (final) Return.
38:26 Oh Dawood (David)! Verily, We truly made you a successor and leader on earth: So you judge between men in truth (and justice): And do not follow the (idle) desires (of your heart), for they will take you away from the Path of Allah: Verily, those who go away from the Path of Allah, (there) is a painful penalty, because they forget the Day of Reckoning (and Account).
38:27 And We did not create the heavens and the earth and all that is between (them) without purpose. That is what the unbelievers thought. But warning (and sorrow) to the unbelievers because of the Fire (of Hell)!
38:28 Shall We treat those who believe and do righteous good deeds in the same (way) as those who make (evil) mischief on earth? Or shall We treat those who are the pious and righteous, in the same (way) as those who turn away from right?
38:29 (This is the Quran) a Book that We have sent to you full of blessings, so that they may (carefully) think about its Signs, and so that men of understanding may be remember.
38:30 And to Dawood (David), We gave (his son) Sulaiman (Solomon)— Verily, he always turned (to Us) very well in Our service!
38:31 When, in the evening, horses of the finest breeding, and quick in running, were brought before him;
38:32 And he (Sulaiman) said: "Truly, I love the good things, in order to see the Glory of my Lord," until (the sun) was hidden behind the curtain of (dusk). [During this late Asr—Maghrib time (i.e., early—mid evening), Sulaiman used to pray to Allah.]
38:33 (Then, he said:) "Bring them (the horses) back to me." Then he began to pass his hand over (their) legs and their necks.
38:34 And, indeed We did try Sulaiman (Solomon): We placed a body (without life) on his throne: (Like giving him power without giving him a soul) but he turned (to Us in true devotion):
38:35 He said: "O my Lord! Forgive me, and grant me a kingdom which may not suit another (king) after me: Verily, You are the Bestower (Al-Wahhab) of good things (without measure)."
38:36 So, We made the Wind obey his power, to flow gently by his order, where ever he wanted—
38:37 And like this did (others obey his order); The Evil ones (Satans and jinns') of every kind of builder and diver—
38:38 As also others (obeyed his order those) tied together in chains
38:39 (Allah addressed Sulaiman and said:) "These are Our many gifts (of good things): Whether you (O Sulaiman!) give them (to others) or do not give them, no account will be asked."
38:40 And truly, he enjoyed, an extreme closeness to Us, and (it is) a Beautiful Place of (final) Return.
38:41 And remember (with honor) Our Servant Ayub (Job). When he cried to his Lord and said: "The Satan has hurt me with pain and suffering!"
38:42 (An order from Us was given:) "Strike your foot: This is where (water) is to wash, to cool, to refresh, and to drink."
38:43 And We gave him (back) his people and doubled their number— As a Favor from Ourselves, and a thing to remember for all who have understanding.
38:44 "And take in your hand a little (bunch of thin) grass, and strike (your wife with) it: And do not break your promise." Truly, We found him (Ayub or Job) full of patience and constancy. How well in Our service did he ever return (to Us)!
38:45 And remember (with honor) Our Servants Ibrahim (Abraham), Ishaq (Isaac), and Yaqoub (Jacob), those who had power and vision.
38:46 Surely, We did choose them for a special (purpose)— Restating the Message of the Hereafter.
38:47 And (in Our sight,) they truly were of the company of the chosen and of the Good.
38:48 And remember (with honor) Ismail (Ishmael), Al-Yasa (Elisha), and Zul-kifl: Each of them was of the company of the Good.
38:49 This is a Remainder (with guidance and warning): And surely, for the Righteous, is a Beautiful Place of (final) Return—
38:50 Paradise, (Gardens of Eternity), whose doors will (forever) be open to them;
38:51 In there they will rest (in comfort) in there they can call for fruit in plenty, and (for delicious) drink;
38:52 And beside them will be modest (and noble) women withholding their looks, (and companions) of equal age.
38:53 This is the Promise made to you for the Day of Reckoning (and Account)!
38:54 Truly like this will be Our Rewards (to you,) it (the Promise) will never fail—
38:55 Yes like this! And for those who do wrong the place of (their final) Return will be evil!
38:56 Hell, is where they will burn in there, an evil bed (to lie on)!
38:57 Yes like this! (And) then they shall taste it— A boiling fluid, and the murky discharge of dirty wounds!
38:58 And other similar penalties of the same kind!
38:59 (When they are taken to Hell)— Here is a group going straight with you! (There will be) no welcome (even in the Hell) for them! Truly, they shall burn in the Fire!
38:60 (The followers of evil will cry out to their leaders:) No, you (too)! (There is) no welcome for you! It is you who have made this happen to us! Now, (this) place to stay-in is evil!
38:61 They (the followers) will say: "Our Lord! Whoever has made this happen to us— Add a double penalty of Fire upon him!"
38:62 And they will (also) say: "What has happened to us that we see not men whom we used to count among the bad ones?
38:63 "Did we treat them with mockery, or have (our) eyes failed to see them?"
38:64 Truly, that is just and fitting— The charges made upon each other by the people of the Fire!
38:65 (O Prophet) Say: "Truly, I am a warner: There is no god except Allah, the One and Only (Al-Wah'id), the Irresistible (Al-Qahhar)—
38:66 The Lord of the heavens and of the earth, and all that is between,— The Exalted in Might, (Al-Aziz), the Often Forgiving (Al-Ghafa’r)."
38:67 Say: "That is a Message Supreme (above all),
38:68 "From which you turn away!
38:69 "I have no knowledge about the high chiefs (angels), of the Exalted Assembly when they discuss (things) by themselves.
38:70 "Only this has been revealed to me: That I am to give (this) warning plainly and publicly."
38:71 (Remember), your Lord said to the angels: "I am about to create man from clay:
38:72 "So, when I have fashioned him and breathed into him, his soul, from My Spirit, then you (angels should) fall down (and prostrate) in respect for him."
38:73 So, the angels prostrated themselves, all of them together:
38:74 Except the Chief Satan: He was haughty, and became one of those who reject Faith.
38:75 (Allah) said: "O Satan! What prevents you from prostrating yourself to the one whom I have created with Both My Hands? Are you proud (and haughty)? Or are you one of the high (and mighty) ones?"
38:76 (Satan) said: "I am better than him (Adam): You created me from fire, and You created him from clay."
38:77 (Allah) said: "Then get yourself out from here: For verily, you are an outcast, rejected and accursed.
38:78 "And surely, My Curse shall be on you till the Day of Recompense (Judgment)."
38:79 (Satan) said: "O my Lord! Then give me time (of relief) till the Day when the (dead) are Resurrected."
38:80 (Allah) said: "Surely, then time is given to you—
38:81 "Till the Day of the Time (which has been) appointed."
38:82 (Satan) said: "Then by Your Power (and Permission) I will mislead them (men) all in the wrong (path)—
38:83 "Except (those of) Your Servants amongst them (the men who are) sincere and purified (by Your Grace)."
38:84 (Allah) said: "Then it is just and fitting— And I say what is just and fitting—
38:85 "That I will surely fill Hell with you and those (men) who follow you, together."
38:86 (O Prophet) say: "I do not want any reward from you for this (Quran), and I am not a pretender.
38:87 "This (Quran) is not less than a Remainder to (all) the Worlds.
38:88 "And you will surely know the truth of it (all) after a while."


   


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