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SURA XXXVII (37) - THE RANKS (Mecca - 182 Verses) (L - 79
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
37:1 By the angels ranged in order for Songs of Praise,And by those who repel demons,
Lord of the Heavens and of the Earth, and of all that is between them,and Lord of the East.
We have adorned the lower heaven with the adornment of the stars.
They serve also as a guard against every rebellious Satan,
That they overhear not what passeth in the assembly on high, for theyare darted at from every side,
37:10 While, if one steal a word by stealth, a glistening flame pursueth him.
Ask the Meccans then, Are they, or the angels whom we have made, the
stronger creation? Aye, of coarse clay have we created them.But while thou marvellest they mock;
What! when dead, and turned to dust and bones, shall we indeed beraised?
For, one blast only, and lo! they shall gaze around them,
37:20 And shall say, "Oh! woe to us! this is the day of reckoning;
This is the day of decision which ye gainsaid as an untruth."
Gather together those who have acted unjustly, and their consorts, andthe gods whom they adored
But on this day they shall submit themselves to God,
And shall address one another with mutual reproaches.
They shall say, "In sooth, ye came to us in well-omened sort:"
But they will answer, "Nay, it was ye who would not believe; and we had
no power whatever over you. Nay, ye were people given to transgress;
37:30 Just, therefore, is the doom which are Lord hath passed upon us. Weshall surely taste it:
Partners therefore shall be in punishment on that day.Truly, thus will we deal with the wicked,
Because when it was said to them, There is no God but God, they swelledwith pride,
And said, "Shall we then abandon our gods for a crazed poet?"
Nay, he cometh with truth and confirmeth the Sent Ones of old.Ye shall surely taste the painful punishment,
And ye shall not be rewarded but as ye have wrought,Save the sincere servants of God!
A cup shall be borne round among them from a fountain,Limpid, delicious to those who drink;
It shall not oppress the sense, nor shall they therewith be drunken.
And with them are the large-eyed ones with modest refraining glances,fair like the sheltered egg.
And they shall address one another with mutual questions.Saith one of them, "I truly had a bosom friend,
37:50 Who said, 'Art thou of those who credit it?
What! when we shall have died, and become dust and bones, shall weindeed be judged?'"
And he shall look and see him in the midst of Hell.
And he shall say to him, "By God, thou hadst almost caused me to perish;
And, but for the favour of my Lord, I had surely been of those who havebeen brought with thee into torment."
"Any other than our first death? and have we escaped the torment?"This truly is the great felicity!
For the like of this should the travailers travail!
37:60 Is this the better repast or the tree Ez-zakkoum?
Verily, we have made it for a subject of discord to the wicked.
It is a tree which cometh up from the bottom of hell;Its fruits is as it were the heads of Satans;
And, lo! the damned shall surely eat of it and fill their bellies withit:
Then shall they have, thereon, a mixture of boiling water:Then shall they return to hell.
Also before them the greater number of the ancients had erred,37:70 Though we had sent warners among them.
Noah call on us of old, and right prompt were we to hear him,
And we saved him and his family out of the great distress,And we made his offspring the survivors;
When he said to his father and to his people, "What is this ye worship?Prefer ye with falsehood gods to God?
He went aside to their gods and said, "Do ye not eat?37:90 What aileth you that ye do not speak?"
He broke out upon them, with the right hand striking:
When his tribesmen came back to him with hasty steps -He said, "Worship ye what ye carve,
They said, "Build up a pyre for him and cast him into the glowingflame."
Fain would they plot against him, but we brought them low.
And he said, "Verily, I repair to my Lord who will guide me:O Lord give me a son, of the righteous."
His father said to him, "My son, I have seen in a dream that I should
sacrifice thee; therefore, consider what thou seest right."
He said, "My father, do what thou art bidden; of the patient, if Godplease, shalt thou find me."
And when they had surrendered them to the will of God, he laid him downupon his forehead:
Now hast thou satisfied the vision,." See how we recompense therighteous.
And we announced Isaac to him - a righteous Prophet -
And on him and on Isaac we bestowed our blessing. And among their
offspring were well-doers, and others, to their own hurt undoubted sinners.
And of old, to Moses and to Aaron shewed we favours:
And both of them, and their people, we rescued from the great distress:
And we succoured them, and they became the conquerors:
And we gave them (Moses and Aaron) each the lucid book:And we guided them each into the right way:
Invoke ye Baal and forsake ye the most skilful Creator?
God is your Lord, and the Lord of your sires of old?"
But they treated him as a liar, and shall therefore be consigned topunishment,
And ye indeed pass by their ruined dwellings at mornAnd night: will ye not then reflect?
And the fish swallowed him, for he was blameworthy.But had he not been of those who praise Us,
In its belly had he surely remained, till the day of resurrection.
And we cast him on the bare shore - and he was sick; -And we caused a gourd-plant to grow up over him,
And we sent him to a hundred thousand persons, or even more,
And because they believed, we continued their enjoyments for a season.
Inquire then of the Meccans whether thy Lord hath daughters, and they,sons?
37:150 Have we created the angels females? and did they witness it?
Is it not a falsehood of their own devising, when they say,,"God hath begotten"? They are indeed liars.
And they make him to be of kin with the Djinn: but the Djinn have long
known that these idolaters shall be brought up before God.
Far be the glory of God from what they impute to him.37:160 "His faithful servants do not thus.
And verily each one of us hath his appointed place,And we range ourselves in order,
"Had we a revelation transmitted to us from those of old,We had surely been God's faithful servants."
37:170 Yet they believe not the Koran. But they shall know its truth at last.
Our word came of old to our servants the apostles,That they should surely be the succoured,
And that our armies should procure the victory for them.Turn aside therefore from them for a time,
And behold them, for they too shall in the end behold their doom.Would they then hasten our vengeance?
But when it shall come down into their courts, an evil morning shall itbe to those who have had their warning.
And behold; for they too shall in the end behold their doom.
37:180 Far be the glory of thy Lord, the Lord of all greatness, from what theyimpute to him,