The Translation Of The Holy Quran


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  • The Translation Of The Holy Quran




  • 37. THOSE WHO SET THE RANKS
    DRAWN UP IN RANKS

    Revealed before the Hijrah. This chapter has 182 verses.


    In the name of God,
    Most Gracious, Most Merciful

    37:1 By those who range themselves in ranks,
    37:2 And so are strong in repelling (evil),
    37:3 And thus proclaim the Message (of God)!
    37:4 Verily, verily, your God is one!-
    37:5 Lord of the heavens and of the earth and all between them, and Lord of every point at the rising of the sun!
    37:6 We have indeed decked the lower heaven with beauty (in) the stars,-
    37:7 (For beauty) and for guard against all obstinate rebellious evil spirits,
    37:8 (So) they should not strain their ears in the direction of the Exalted Assembly but be cast away from every side,
    37:9 Repulsed, for they are under a perpetual penalty,
    37:10 Except such as snatch away something by stealth, and they are pursued by a flaming fire, of piercing brightness.
    37:11 Just ask their opinion: are they the more difficult to create, or the (other) beings We have created? Them have We created out of a sticky clay!
    37:12 Truly dost thou marvel, while they ridicule,
    37:13 And, when they are admonished, pay no heed,-
    37:14 And, when they see a Sign, turn it to mockery,
    37:15 And say, "This is nothing but evident sorcery!
    37:16 "What! when we die, and become dust and bones, shall we (then) be raised up (again)
    37:17 "And also our fathers of old?"
    37:18 Say thou: "Yea, and ye shall then be humiliated (on account of your evil)."
    37:19 Then it will be a single (compelling) cry; and behold, they will begin to see!
    37:20 They will say, "Ah! Woe to us! This is the Day of Judgment!"
    37:21 (A voice will say,) "This is the Day of Sorting Out, whose truth ye (once) denied!"
    37:22 "Bring ye up", it shall be said, "The wrong-doers and their wives, and the things they worshipped-
    37:23 "Besides God, and lead them to the Way to the (Fierce) Fire!
    37:24 "But stop them, for they must be asked:
    37:25 "'What is the matter with you that ye help not each other?'"
    37:26 Nay, but that day they shall submit (to Judgment);
    37:27 And they will turn to one another, and question one another.
    37:28 They will say: "It was ye who used to come to us from the right hand (of power and authority)!"
    37:29 They will reply: "Nay, ye yourselves had no Faith!
    37:30 "Nor had we any authority over you. Nay, it was ye who were a people in obstinate rebellion!
    37:31 "So now has been proved true, against us, the word of our Lord that we shall indeed (have to) taste (the punishment of our sins).
    37:32 "We led you astray: for truly we were ourselves astray."
    37:33 Truly, that Day, they will (all) share in the Penalty.
    37:34 Verily that is how We shall deal with Sinners.
    37:35 For they, when they were told that there is no god except God, would puff themselves up with Pride,
    37:36 And say: "What! shall we give up our gods for the sake of a Poet possessed?"
    37:37 Nay! he has come with the (very) Truth, and he confirms (the Message of) the apostles (before him).
    37:38 Ye shall indeed taste of the Grievous Penalty;-
    37:39 But it will be no more than the retribution of (the Evil) that ye have wrought;-
    37:40 But the sincere (and devoted) Servants of God,-
    37:41 For them is a Sustenance determined,
    37:42 Fruits (Delights); and they (shall enjoy) honour and dignity,
    37:43 In Gardens of Felicity,
    37:44 Facing each other on Thrones (of Dignity):
    37:45 Round will be passed to them a Cup from a clear-flowing fountain,
    37:46 Crystal-white, of a taste delicious to those who drink (thereof),
    37:47 Free from headiness; nor will they suffer intoxication therefrom.
    37:48 And besides them will be chaste women, restraining their glances, with big eyes (of wonder and beauty).
    37:49 As if they were (delicate) eggs closely guarded.
    37:50 Then they will turn to one another and question one another.
    37:51 One of them will start the talk and say: "I had an intimate companion (on the earth),
    37:52 "Who used to say, 'what! art thou amongst those who bear witness to the Truth (of the Message)?
    37:53 "'When we die and become dust and bones, shall we indeed receive rewards and punishments?'"
    37:54 (A voice) said: "Would ye like to look down?"
    37:55 He looked down and saw him in the midst of the Fire.
    37:56 He said: "By God! thou wast little short of bringing me to perdition!
    37:57 "Had it not been for the Grace of my Lord, I should certainly have been among those brought (there)!
    37:58 "Is it (the case) that we shall not die,
    37:59 "Except our first death, and that we shall not be punished?"
    37:60 Verily this is the supreme achievement!
    37:61 For the like of this let all strive, who wish to strive.
    37:62 Is that the better entertainment or the Tree of Zaqqum?
    37:63 For We have truly made it (as) a trial for the wrong-doers.
    37:64 For it is a tree that springs out of the bottom of Hell-Fire:
    37:65 The shoots of its fruit-stalks are like the heads of devils:
    37:66 Truly they will eat thereof and fill their bellies therewith.
    37:67 Then on top of that they will be given a mixture made of boiling water.
    37:68 Then shall their return be to the (Blazing) Fire.
    37:69 Truly they found their fathers on the wrong Path;
    37:70 So they (too) were rushed down on their footsteps!
    37:71 And truly before them, many of the ancients went astray;-
    37:72 But We sent aforetime, among them, (apostles) to admonish them;-
    37:73 Then see what was the end of those who were admonished (but heeded not),-
    37:74 Except the sincere (and devoted) Servants of God.
    37:75 (In the days of old), Noah cried to Us, and We are the best to hear prayer.
    37:76 And We delivered him and his people from the Great Calamity,
    37:77 And made his progeny to endure (on this earth);
    37:78 And We left (this blessing) for him among generations to come in later times:
    37:79 "Peace and salutation to Noah among the nations!"
    37:80 Thus indeed do we reward those who do right.
    37:81 For he was one of our believing Servants.
    37:82 Then the rest we overwhelmed in the Flood.
    37:83 Verily among those who followed his Way was Abraham.
    37:84 Behold! he approached his Lord with a sound heart.
    37:85 Behold! he said to his father and to his people, "What is that which ye worship?
    37:86 "Is it a falsehood- gods other than God- that ye desire?
    37:87 "Then what is your idea about the Lord of the worlds?"
    37:88 Then did he cast a glance at the Stars.
    37:89 And he said, "I am indeed sick (at heart)!"
    37:90 So they turned away from him, and departed.
    37:91 Then did he turn to their gods and said, "will ye not eat (of the offerings before you)?...
    37:92 "What is the matter with you that ye speak not (intelligently)?"
    37:93 Then did he turn upon them, striking (them) with the right hand.
    37:94 Then came (the worshippers) with hurried steps, and faced (him).
    37:95 He said: "Worship ye that which ye have (yourselves) carved?
    37:96 "But God has created you and your handwork!"
    37:97 They said, "Build him a furnace, and throw him into the blazing fire!"
    37:98 (This failing), they then sought a stratagem against him, but We made them the ones most humiliated!
    37:99 He said: "I will go to my Lord! He will surely guide me!
    37:100 "O my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!"
    37:101 So We gave him the good news of a boy ready to suffer and forbear.
    37:102 Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: "O my son! I see in vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see what is thy view!" (The son) said: "O my father! Do as thou art commanded: thou will find me, if God so wills one practising Patience and Constancy!"
    37:103 So when they had both submitted their wills (to God), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice),
    37:104 We called out to him "O Abraham!
    37:105 "Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!" - thus indeed do We reward those who do right.
    37:106 For this was obviously a trial-
    37:107 And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice:
    37:108 And We left (this blessing) for him among generations (to come) in later times:
    37:109 "Peace and salutation to Abraham!"
    37:110 Thus indeed do We reward those who do right.
    37:111 For he was one of our believing Servants.
    37:112 And We gave him the good news of Isaac - a prophet,- one of the Righteous.
    37:113 We blessed him and Isaac: but of their progeny are (some) that do right, and (some) that obviously do wrong, to their own souls.
    37:114 Again (of old) We bestowed Our favour on Moses and Aaron,
    37:115 And We delivered them and their people from (their) Great Calamity;
    37:116 And We helped them, so they overcame (their troubles);
    37:117 And We gave them the Book which helps to make things clear;
    37:118 And We guided them to the Straight Way.
    37:119 And We left (this blessing) for them among generations (to come) in later times:
    37:120 "Peace and salutation to Moses and Aaron!"
    37:121 Thus indeed do We reward those who do right.
    37:122 For they were two of our believing Servants.
    37:123 So also was Elias among those sent (by Us).
    37:124 Behold, he said to his people, "Will ye not fear (God)?
    37:125 "Will ye call upon Baal and forsake the Best of Creators,-
    37:126 "God, your Lord and Cherisher and the Lord and Cherisher of your fathers of old?"
    37:127 But they rejected him, and they will certainly be called up (for punishment),-
    37:128 Except the sincere and devoted Servants of God (among them).
    37:129 And We left (this blessing) for him among generations (to come) in later times:
    37:130 "Peace and salutation to such as Elias!"
    37:131 Thus indeed do We reward those who do right.
    37:132 For he was one of our believing Servants.
    37:133 So also was Lut among those sent (by Us).
    37:134 Behold, We delivered him and his adherents, all
    37:135 Except an old woman who was among those who lagged behind:
    37:136 Then We destroyed the rest.
    37:137 Verily, ye pass by their (sites), by day-
    37:138 And by night: will ye not understand?
    37:139 So also was Jonah among those sent (by Us).
    37:140 When he ran away (like a slave from captivity) to the ship (fully) laden,
    37:141 He (agreed to) cast lots, and he was condemned:
    37:142 Then the big Fish did swallow him, and he had done acts worthy of blame.
    37:143 Had it not been that he (repented and) glorified God,
    37:144 He would certainly have remained inside the Fish till the Day of Resurrection.
    37:145 But We cast him forth on the naked shore in a state of sickness,
    37:146 And We caused to grow, over him, a spreading plant of the gourd kind.
    37:147 And We sent him (on a mission) to a hundred thousand (men) or more.
    37:148 And they believed; so We permitted them to enjoy (their life) for a while.
    37:149 Now ask them their opinion: Is it that thy Lord has (only) daughters, and they have sons?-
    37:150 Or that We created the angels female, and they are witnesses (thereto)?
    37:151 Is it not that they say, from their own invention,
    37:152 "God has begotten children"? but they are liars!
    37:153 Did He (then) choose daughters rather than sons?
    37:154 What is the matter with you? How judge ye?
    37:155 Will ye not then receive admonition?
    37:156 Or have ye an authority manifest?
    37:157 Then bring ye your Book (of authority) if ye be truthful!
    37:158 And they have invented a blood-relationship between Him and the Jinns: but the Jinns know (quite well) that they have indeed to appear (before his Judgment- Seat)!
    37:159 Glory to God! (He is free) from the things they ascribe (to Him)!
    37:160 Not (so do) the Servants of God, sincere and devoted.
    37:161 For, verily, neither ye nor those ye worship-
    37:162 Can lead (any) into temptation concerning God,
    37:163 Except such as are (themselves) going to the blazing Fire!
    37:164 (Those ranged in ranks say): "Not one of us but has a place appointed;
    37:165 "And we are verily ranged in ranks (for service);
    37:166 "And we are verily those who declare (God's) glory!"
    37:167 And there were those who said,
    37:168 "If only we had had before us a Message from those of old,
    37:169 "We should certainly have been Servants of God, sincere (and devoted)!"
    37:170 But (now that the Qur'an has come), they reject it: But soon will they know!
    37:171 Already has Our Word been passed before (this) to our Servants sent (by Us),
    37:172 That they would certainly be assisted,
    37:173 And that Our forces,- they surely must conquer.
    37:174 So turn thou away from them for a little while,
    37:175 And watch them (how they fare), and they soon shall see (how thou farest)!
    37:176 Do they wish (indeed) to hurry on our Punishment?
    37:177 But when it descends into the open space before them, evil will be the morning for those who were warned (and heeded not)!
    37:178 So turn thou away from them for a little while,
    37:179 And watch (how they fare) and they soon shall see (how thou farest)!
    37:180 Glory to thy Lord, the Lord of Honour and Power! (He is free) from what they ascribe (to Him)!
    37:181 And Peace on the apostles!
    37:182 And Praise to God, the Lord and Cherisher of the Worlds.
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