Hamid S. Aziz - Sura: 37. As-Saffat - Those Ranging in Ranks

  1. I swear by those who draw themselves out in ranks.

  2. Then those who drive away (evil or the wicked) with reproof (or strength),

  3. Then those who recite (proclaim), with mindfulness,

  4. "Verily, verily your God is One:

  5. "The Lord of the heavens and the earth and what is between them, and Lord of the Easts (i.e. all the sun´s rising point)."

  6. Surely We have adorned the nearest heaven with an adornment, the stars,

  7. And (there is) a safeguard against every rebellious Satan.

  8. They cannot listen to the exalted assembly and they are thrown at from every side,

  9. Being driven off, and for them is a perpetual chastisement,

  10. Except him who snatches a fragment by stealth, then there follows him a brightly shining flame.

  11. Then ask them whether they are stronger in creation or those (others) whom We have created. Surely We created them of plastic (malleable) clay.

  12. Nay! You wonder while they mock,

  13. And when they are reminded, they mind (heed) not,

  14. And when they see a sign they incite one another to scoff,

  15. And they say, "This is nothing but clear magic.

  16. "What! When we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we then certainly be raised,

  17. "Or our fathers of past times (ancestors)?"

  18. Say, "Aye! And you shall be abject (humiliated)."

  19. So it shall only be a single Shout, when lo! They shall see.

  20. And they shall say, "O woe to us! This is the Day of Judgment."

  21. (A voice will say,) "This is the Day of the Judgment which you called a lie.

  22. "Gather together those who were unjust and their associates, and what they used to worship

  23. "Besides Allah, then lead them to the way to hell.

  24. "And stop them, for they must be questioned:

  25. "What ails you that you do not help each other?"

  26. Nay! On that day they shall be submissive.

  27. And some of them shall advance towards others, questioning each other.

  28. They shall say, "Surely you used to come to us from the right hand side."

  29. They shall say, "Nay, you (yourselves) were not believers;

  30. "And we had no authority over you, but you were a wayward people;

  31. "So the sentence of our Lord has come to pass against us: we shall surely taste (punishment);

  32. "We led you astray, for we were ourselves erring."

  33. So they shall on that day be sharers in the chastisement one with another.

  34. Surely thus do We deal with the guilty.

  35. Surely they used to behave arrogantly when it was said to them, "There is no God but Allah."

  36. And said, "What! Shall we indeed give up our gods for the sake of a mad poet?"

  37. Nay, he has come with the truth and verified the (messages of) the Messengers sent before him.

  38. Most surely you will taste the painful punishment.

  39. And you shall not be punished except for what you did.

  40. Save the servants of Allah, the purified ones.

  41. For them is a determined sustenance,

  42. Fruits, and they shall be highly honoured,

  43. In Gardens of Felicity,

  44. On Thrones (of Dignity), facing each other.

  45. A bowl shall be made to go round them from water running out of clear springs,

  46. Crystal-white, delicious to those who drink.

  47. There shall be no distress in it, nor shall they be exhausted therewith.

  48. And with them shall be those of modest gaze with large beautiful eyes;

  49. As if they were delicate eggs carefully protected.

  50. Then shall some of them turn to others, questioning each other.

  51. A speaker from among them shall say, "Surely I had a comrade on earth,

  52. "Who said, ´What! are you indeed of those who bear witness to (the truth)?

  53. "´What! When we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we then, indeed, be brought to judgment?´"

  54. (A voice) Will say, "Will you look down?"

  55. Then he looked down and saw him in the midst of hell.

  56. He shall say (to the sceptic), "By Allah! You had almost caused me to perish;

  57. "And had it not been for the grace of my Lord, I would certainly have been among those brought there.

  58. "Is it then true that we shall not die,

  59. "Except our previous death? And that we shall not be chastised?"

  60. Most surely this is the supreme achievement.

  61. For the like of this then let the workers work.

  62. Is this better as an entertainment or the tree of Zaqqum (having bitter fruit)?

  63. Surely We have made it to be a trial to the unjust.

  64. Surely it is a tree that grows in the bottom of hell;

  65. Its produce is as it were the heads of the serpents (or devils).

  66. Then verily, they shall eat of it and fill (their) bellies with it.

  67. Then afterwards they shall drink a mixture prepared in boiling water.

  68. Then most surely their return shall be to hell.

  69. Certainly, they found their fathers going astray,

  70. So in their footsteps they hasten on.

  71. And certainly most of the ancients went astray before them,

  72. And certainly We sent among them Warners.

  73. Then see what was the end of those who were warned,

  74. Except the servants of Allah, the purified ones.

  75. And Noah did certainly call upon Us, and the most gracious of Hearer of prayer are We.

  76. And We delivered him and his followers from the mighty distress.

  77. And We made his offspring the survivors.

  78. And We perpetuated to him praise among the later generations,

  79. (This blessing) "Peace and salutation to Noah among the nations".

  80. Thus do We surely reward the doers of good.

  81. Surely he was of Our believing servants.

  82. Then did We drown the others

  83. And most surely Abraham followed his way.

  84. When he came to his Lord with a whole (sound, pure) heart,

  85. When he said to his father and his people, " What is it that you worship?"

  86. "Is it lies - gods besides Allah - that you desire?

  87. "What is then your idea about the Lord of the Worlds?"

  88. Then he looked at the stars, looking up once,

  89. Then he said, "Verily, I am sick (at heart of your worshipping these)."

  90. So they turned their backs and went away.

  91. Then he turned to their gods secretly and said, "What! Do you not eat?

  92. "What is the matter with you that you do not speak?"

  93. Then he attacked them, smiting them with his right hand.

  94. So they (people) advanced towards him, hastening.

  95. Said he, "Worship you what you yourselves carve out,

  96. "When Allah has created you and what you make?"

  97. They said, "Build for him a furnace, then cast him into the burning fire."

  98. And they designed a plot against him, but We brought them low.

  99. And he said, "Surely I flee to my lord; He will guide me.

  100. "My Lord! Grant me those who do good deeds."

  101. So We gave him the good news of a gentle son.

  102. And when his son was old enough to work with him, he said, "O my son! Surely I have seen in a dream that I should sacrifice you; consider then what do you think." He said. "O my father! Do what you are commanded; if Allah wills, you will find me of the patient (constant) ones.

  103. So when they had both Surrendered (unto Allah in Islam) and he threw him down upon his face,

  104. And We called out to him saying, "O Abraham!

  105. You have indeed fulfiled the vision; surely thus do We reward the doers of good:

  106. Most surely this is a manifest trial.

  107. And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice.

  108. And We perpetuated to him among the later generations,

  109. (This blessing) "Peace be on Abraham".

  110. Thus do We reward the doers of good.

  111. Surely he was one of Our believing servants.

  112. And We gave him the good news of Isaac, a prophet among the righteous.

  113. And We showered Our blessings on him and on Isaac; and of their offspring are some who do good, and also some who are clearly unjust to their own souls.

  114. And certainly We conferred a favour on Moses and Aaron.

  115. And We delivered them both and their people from the mighty distress.

  116. And We helped them, so they became the victors.

  117. And We gave them both the Book that clarifies.

  118. And We guided them both on the Straight Way.

  119. And We perpetuated to them among the later generations,

  120. (This blessing) "Peace be on Moses and Aaron".

  121. Even thus do We reward the doers of good.

  122. Surely they were both of Our believing servants.

  123. And Elias was most surely one of those sent.

  124. When he said to his people, "Do you not guard (against evil)?

  125. "What! Do you call upon Baal and forsake the best of Creators,

  126. "Allah, your Lord and the Lord of your fathers of past times (ancestors)?"

  127. But they called him a liar, therefore they shall most surely be brought forth (to the doom).

  128. But not the servants of Allah, the purified ones.

  129. And We perpetuated to him among the later generations,

  130. (This blessing) "Peace be on Elias".

  131. Even thus do We reward the doers of good.

  132. Surely he was one of Our believing servants.

  133. And Lot was most surely one of those sent.

  134. When We delivered him and his followers, everyone

  135. Except an old woman who was amongst those who lingered behind.

  136. Then We destroyed the others.

  137. And most surely you pass by their (ruins) in the morning,

  138. And at night; do you not then understand?

  139. And Jonah was most surely of those sent.

  140. When he ran away to a ship completely laden,

  141. Then he drew lots, but was of those rejected.

  142. And the fish swallowed him while he was blameworthy,

  143. But had it not been that he was of those who glorify (Us),

  144. He would certainly have tarried in its belly to the day when they are raised.

  145. Then We cast him on to the desert shore while he was sick.

  146. And We caused a gourd plant to grow above him.

  147. And We sent him to a hundred thousand folk or more.

  148. And they believed; therefore, We gave them provision for a time.

  149. Now ask them (O Muhammad) has your Lord daughters while they have sons?

  150. Or did We create the angels females while they were witnesses?

  151. Verily, it is of their own lies that they say,

  152. "Allah has begotten"; and most surely they are liars.

  153. Has He chosen daughters in preference to sons?

  154. What ails you, how is it that you judge?

  155. Will you not then reflect?

  156. Or have you a clear authority?

  157. Then bring your book (writ, record), if you are truthful.

  158. And they assert a relationship between Him and the Jinn; and certainly the Jinn do know that they shall surely be brought forth;

  159. Glory be to Allah from all that they attribute (unto Him);

  160. But not so the servants of Allah, the purified ones.

  161. So surely you and what you worship,

  162. Cannot lead into temptation anyone against Him,

  163. Save him who will go to hell.

  164. (The angels or those who are ranged in ranks say,) "And there is none of us but has an assigned place,

  165. "Verily, we, even we, are they who draw out in ranks,

  166. "Verily, we, even we, are they who declare the glory (of Allah)."

  167. And there are those who used to say,

  168. "Had we a reminder from those of yore,

  169. "We would certainly have been the single-minded servants of Allah.

  170. But (now that it is come) they disbelieve in it; but they will come to know.

  171. And certainly Our word has already gone forth before this unto Our servants sent

  172. That most surely they shall be helped

  173. And most surely Our host alone shall be the victorious ones.

  174. Therefore, turn away from them till a time,

  175. And watch, for they will soon come to see.

  176. What! Would they then hasten Our chastisement?

  177. But when it descends on them, evil will then be the morning for those who have been warned.

  178. And turn away from them for a time

  179. And watch, for they will soon come to see.

  180. Glorified be your Lord, the Lord of Majesty, above all that which they attribute (unto Him).

  181. And peace be unto those who are sent.

  182. And all praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.


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