As-Saaffat (The Rangers)

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(37:0) In the name of God, the Gracious, the Compassionate.

(37:1) By the arrangers in ranks.

(37:2) By the forces that repel.

(37:3) By the memory which follows.

(37:4) Your god is indeed One.

(37:5) The Lord of the heavens and the earth, and what lies between them, and Lord of the easts.

(37:6) We have adorned the lowest heaven with the decoration of planets.

(37:7) To guard against every rebellious devil.

(37:8) They cannot listen to the command up high; and they are bombarded from every side.

(37:9) Outcasts; they will have an eternal retribution.

(37:10) Any of them who snatches something away, he is pursued by a piercing flame.

(37:11) So ask them: "Are they the more powerful creation, or the others We created?" We have created them out of sticky clay. 1

(37:12) While you were awed, they simply mocked.

(37:13) When they are reminded, they do not care.

(37:14) When they see a sign, they make fun of it.

(37:15) They said, "This is nothing but evident magic!"

(37:16) "Can it be that after we die and become dust and bones, that we are resurrected?"

(37:17) "What about our fathers of old?"

(37:18) Say, "Yes, and then you will be humiliated."

(37:19) All it takes is one sound, then they will be staring.

(37:20) They said, "Woe to us, this is the day of Judgment!"

(37:21) This is the day of decisiveness that you used to deny.

(37:22) Gather the transgressors, their mates, and all they served,

(37:23) Beside God, and guide them to the path of hell.

(37:24) Let them stand and be questioned:

(37:25) "Why do you not support one another?"

(37:26) No, for today they have totally given up.

(37:27) Some of them came to each other, questioning.

(37:28) They said, "You used to entice us from the right side."

(37:29) They replied: "No, it was you who were not those who acknowledge."

(37:30) "We never had any power over you, but you were a wicked people."

(37:31) "So our Lord's decree is now upon us, that we will suffer."

(37:32) "We misled you, because we were astray."

(37:33) Then, on that day they will all share in the retribution.

(37:34) This is how We deal with the criminals.

(37:35) When it was said to them: "There is no god except God," they would be arrogant.

(37:36) They would say, "Shall we leave our gods because of a crazy poet?"

(37:37) No, he has come with the truth and he has confirmed the messengers.

(37:38) You will taste the greatest of retribution.

(37:39) You are only recompensed for what you have done.

(37:40) Except for God's servants who are faithful.

(37:41) For them will be known provisions.

(37:42) Fruits, and they will be honored.

(37:43) In the gardens of bliss.

(37:44) On furnishings which are opposite one another.

(37:45) They will be served with cups of pure drinks.

(37:46) Clear and tasty for the drinkers.

(37:47) There is no bitterness therein, nor will they tire from it.

(37:48) With them are attendants with wide eyes and a splendid look.

(37:49) They are like fragile eggs.

(37:50) So then they approached one another, questioning.

(37:51) One of them said, "I used to have a friend."

(37:52) "Who used to say, "Are you among those who acknowledge this?"

(37:53) "That if we die and turn into dust and bones, that we would be called to account?"

(37:54) He said, "Can anyone find him?"

(37:55) So when he looked, he saw him in the midst of hell.

(37:56) He said, "By God, you nearly ruined me!"

(37:57) "Had it not been for my Lord's blessing, I would have been with you."

(37:58) "Are we then not going to die,"

(37:59) "Except for our first death, and we will not be punished?"

(37:60) Such is the greatest triumph.

(37:61) For this let those who will work endeavor.

(37:62) Is that a better destination, or the tree of bitterness?

(37:63) We have made it a punishment for the transgressors.

(37:64) It is a tree that grows in the midst of hell.

(37:65) Its shoots are like the devils' heads.

(37:66) They will eat from it, so that their bellies are filled up.

(37:67) Then they will have with it a drink of boiling liquid.

(37:68) Then they will be returned to hell.

(37:69) They had found their parents astray.

(37:70) So they too have hastened in their footsteps.

(37:71) Most of the previous generations have strayed before them.

(37:72) We had sent to them warners.

(37:73) Thus note the consequences for those who were warned.

(37:74) Except for God's servants who are faithful.

(37:75) Noah had called upon Us, for We are the best to respond.

(37:76) We saved him and his family from the great disaster.

(37:77) We made his progeny the one that remained.

(37:78) We kept his history for those who came later.

(37:79) Peace be upon Noah among the worlds.

(37:80) It is such that We reward the righteous.

(37:81) He is of Our acknowledging servants.

(37:82) Then We drowned the others.

(37:83) From among his descendants was Abraham.

(37:84) For he came to his Lord with a pure heart.

(37:85) When he said to his father and his people: "What are you serving?"

(37:86) "Is it fabricated gods, instead of God, that you want?"

(37:87) "What do you say of the Lord of the worlds?"

(37:88) Then he looked towards the stars.

(37:89) He said, "I am ill!"

(37:90) So they turned away from him and departed.

(37:91) He then went to their idols and said, "Can you not eat?"

(37:92) "What is the matter, you do not speak?"

(37:93) So he then turned on them, striking with his hand.

(37:94) Then they approached him outraged.

(37:95) He said, "Do you serve what you carve?"

(37:96) "While God has created you, and all that you make!"

(37:97) They said, "Build for him a structure, and then throw him into its fire."

(37:98) So they wanted to harm him, but We made them the losers.

(37:99) He said, "I am going to my Lord; He will guide me."

(37:100) "My Lord, grant me from among the righteous."

(37:101) So We gave him good news of a compassionate child.

(37:102) When he grew enough to work with him, he said, "My son, I am seeing in a dream that I am sacrificing you. What do you think?" He said, "O my father, do what you are commanded to do. You will find me, God willing, patient."

(37:103) So when they both had peacefully surrendered, and he put his forehead down.

(37:104) We called him: "O Abraham,"

(37:105) "You have acknowledged the vision." It was such that We rewarded the righteous.

(37:106) Surely, this was an exacting test.

(37:107) We ransomed him with a great animal sacrifice.

(37:108) We kept his history for those who came later.

(37:109) Peace be upon Abraham.

(37:110) It is thus that We reward the righteous.

(37:111) He was of Our acknowledging servants.

(37:112) We gave him the good news of the coming of Isaac, a prophet from among the righteous.

(37:113) We blessed him and Isaac. From among their progeny, some are righteous, and some are clearly wicked.

(37:114) Indeed, We have given Our grace to Moses and Aaron.

(37:115) We saved them and their people from the great disaster.

(37:116) We supported them, so that they became the winners.

(37:117) We gave both the clear book.

(37:118) We guided them to the straight path.

(37:119) We kept their history for those who came later.

(37:120) Peace be upon Moses and Aaron.

(37:121) We thus reward the righteous.

(37:122) Both of them were among Our acknowledging servants.

(37:123) And Elias was one of the messengers.

(37:124) When he said to his people: "Would you not be righteous?"

(37:125) "Would you call on Baal and forsake the best Creator?"

(37:126) "God is your Lord, and the Lord of your fathers of old!"

(37:127) But they denied him. Thus they were called to account.

(37:128) Except for God's devoted servants.

(37:129) We kept his history for those who came later.

(37:130) Peace be upon the family of Elias.

(37:131) We thus reward the righteous.

(37:132) He was one of our acknowledging servants.

(37:133) And Lot was one of the messengers.

(37:134) When We saved him and all his family.

(37:135) Except an old woman who remained.

(37:136) Then, We destroyed the rest.

(37:137) You pass by their ruins in the morning;

(37:138) In the night. Do you not understand?

(37:139) And Jonah was one of the messengers.

(37:140) When he escaped to the charged ship.

(37:141) He was guilty, so he became among the losers.

(37:142) Thus the fish swallowed him, and he was the one to blame.

(37:143) Had it not been that he was one of those who implored,

(37:144) He would have stayed in its belly until the day of resurrection.

(37:145) So We threw him on the shore while he was sick.

(37:146) We caused seaweed to grow on him.

(37:147) We sent him to a hundred thousand, or more.

(37:148) They acknowledged, so We gave them enjoyment for a time.

(37:149) So ask them: "Are the daughters for your Lord, while the sons are for them?"

(37:150) Or did We create the angels as females while they witnessed?

(37:151) Indeed, it is out of their falsehood that they say,

(37:152) "The God has begotten." Surely, they are liars.

(37:153) Has He chosen the daughters over the sons?

(37:154) What is wrong with you, how do you judge?

(37:155) Will you not remember?

(37:156) Or do you have a clear proof?

(37:157) Bring forth your book, if you are truthful.

(37:158) They invented a kinship between Him and the Jinn. But the Jinn know that they will be gathered.

(37:159) God be glorified from what they describe.

(37:160) Except for God's servants who are faithful.

(37:161) As for you and what you serve.

(37:162) You cannot lead away from Him.

(37:163) Except those who are destined to hell.

(37:164) Every one of us has a destined place.

(37:165) We are the ones who are in columns.

(37:166) We are the ones that glorify.

(37:167) They used to say,

(37:168) "If only we had received a reminder from the previous generations,"

(37:169) "We would have surely been God's loyal servants."

(37:170) But they rejected it. They will come to know.

(37:171) Our word had been decreed to Our servants who were sent.

(37:172) That they would be made victorious.

(37:173) That Our soldiers are the winners.

(37:174) So turn away from them for awhile.

(37:175) Observe them; for they will see.

(37:176) Do they seek to hasten Our retribution?

(37:177) Then, when it descends into their courtyard, evil will be the morning, for they have already been warned.

(37:178) Turn away from them for awhile.

(37:179) Observe; for they will see.

(37:180) Glory be to your Lord, the Lord of greatness, for what they have described.

(37:181) Peace be upon the messengers.

(37:182) Praise be to God, Lord of the worlds.