Sura Saffat

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The Aligners

 In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful.

1  By the aligners aligning.

2  And the drivers driving.

3  And the reciters of the Reminder.

4  Your God is indeed One.

5  Lord of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them; and Lord of the Easts.

6  We have adorned the lower heaven with the beauty of the planets.

7  And guarded it against every defiant devil.

8  They cannot eavesdrop on the Supernal Elite, for they get bombarded from every side.

9  Repelled—they will have a lingering torment.

10  Except for him who snatches a fragment—he gets pursued by a piercing projectile.

11  Inquire of them, “Are they more difficult to create, or the others We created?” We created them from sticky clay.

12  But you wonder, and they ridicule.

13  And when reminded, they pay no attention.

14  And when they see a sign, they ridicule.

15  And they say, “This is nothing but plain magic.

16  When we have died and become dust and bones, shall we be resurrected?

17  And our ancestors of old?”

18  Say, “Yes indeed, and you will be totally subdued.”

19  It will be a single nudge, and they will be staring.

20  They will say, “Woe to us. This is the Day of Judgment.”

21  “This is the Day of Separation which you used to deny.

22  Gather those who did wrong, and their mates, and what they used to worship.

23  Besides God, and lead them to the way to Hell.

24  And stop them. They are to be questioned.”

25  What is the matter with you? Why do you not help one another?

26  In fact, on that Day, they will be submissive.

27  They will come to one another, questioning one another.

28  They will say, “You used to come at us from the right.”

29  They will say, “You yourselves were not believers.

30  We had no authority over you. You yourselves were rebellious people.

31  The Word of our Lord has been realized against us. We are tasting it.

32  We seduced you. We were seducers.”

33  On that Day, they will share in the punishment.

34  Thus We deal with the sinners.

35  When it was said to them, “There is no god except God,” they grew arrogant.

36  And said, “Are we to abandon our gods for a mad poet?”

37  In fact, he came with the truth, and he confirmed the messengers.

38  Most assuredly, you will taste the painful punishment.

39  And you will be repaid only for what you used to do.

40  Except for God’s sincere servants.

41  For them is a known provision.

42  Fruits; and they will be honored.

43  In the Gardens of Bliss.

44  On furnishings, facing one another.

45  They will be offered a cup of pure drink.

46  White; a delight to those who drink.

47  Never polluted, and never intoxicating.

48  With them will be bashful women with lovely eyes.

49  As if they were closely guarded pearls.

50  Then they will approach one another, questioning.

51  One of them will say, “I used to have a friend.

52  Who used to say, “Are you of those who believe?

53  That after we die and become dust and bones, we will be called to account?”

54  He will say, “Will you have a look?”

55  He will look, and will see him in the pit of Hell.

56  He will say, “By God, you almost ruined me.

57  Were it not for the grace of my Lord, I would have been among the arraigned.”

58  “We will not die.

59  Except for our first death, and we will not be punished.”

60  This is the supreme triumph.

61  For the like of this let the workers work.

62  Is this a better hospitality, or the Tree of Bitterness?

63  We made it an ordeal for the unjust.

64  It is a tree that grows from the bottom of Hell.

65  Its fruits are like the devils’ heads.

66  They will eat from it, and fill their bellies with it.

67  Then, on top of it, they will have a brew of boiling liquid.

68  Then their return will be to the Blaze.

69  They had found their parents astray.

70  And rushed along in their footsteps.

71  And most of the ancients before them went astray.

72  Even though We sent messengers to warn them.

73  So observe the end of those who were warned.

74  Except for the sincere servants of God.

75  And Noah called out to Us, and We are the Best of responders.

76  And We saved him and his family from the great calamity.

77  And We made his descendants the survivors.

78  And We left mention of him among those who succeeded.

79  Peace be upon Noah among all people.

80  We thus reward the righteous.

81  He was one of Our believing servants.

82  Then We drowned the others.

83  Of his kind was Abraham.

84  When he came to his Lord with a sound heart.

85  He said to his father and his people, “What are you worshiping?

86  Is it falsified gods, instead of God, that you want?

87  So what is your opinion about the Lord of the Worlds?”

88  Then he took a glance at the stars.

89  And said, “I am sick.”

90  But they turned their backs on him, and went away.

91  Then he turned to their gods, and said, “will you not eat?

92  What is it with you, that you do not speak?”

93  Then he turned on them, striking with his right hand.

94  And they came running towards him.

95  He said, “Do you worship what you carve?

96  When God created you, and what you manufacture?”

97  They said, “Build a pyre for him, and throw him into the furnace.”

98  They wished him ill, but We made them the losers.

99   He said, “I am going towards my Lord, and He will guide me.”

100  “My Lord, give me one of the righteous.”

101  So We gave him good news of a clement boy.

102  Then, when he was old enough to accompany him, he said, “O My son, I see in a dream that I am sacrificing you; see what you think.” He said, “O my Father, do as you are commanded; you will find me, God willing, one of the steadfast.”

103  Then, when they had submitted, and he put his forehead down.

104  We called out to him, “O Abraham!

105  You have fulfilled the vision.” Thus We reward the doers of good.

106  This was certainly an evident test.

107  And We redeemed him with a great sacrifice.

108  And We left with him for later generations.

109  Peace be upon Abraham.

110  Thus We reward the doers of good.

111  He was one of Our believing servants.

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

113  And We blessed him, and Isaac. But among their descendants are some who are righteous, and some who are clearly unjust to themselves.

114  And We blessed Moses and Aaron.

115  And We delivered them and their people from the terrible disaster.

116  And We supported them, and so they were the victors.

117  And We gave them the Clarifying Scripture.

118  And We guided them upon the straight path.

119  And We left with them for later generations.

120  Peace be upon Moses and Aaron.

121  Thus We reward the righteous.

122  They were of Our believing servants.

123  Also Elijah was one of the messengers.

124  He said to his people, “Do you not fear?

125  Do you call on Baal, and forsake the Best of creators?

126  God is your Lord, and the Lord of your ancestors.”

127  But they called him a liar, and thus they will be brought forward.

128  Except for God’s sincere servants.

129  And We left with him for later generations.

130  Peace be upon the House of Elijah.

131  Thus We reward the virtuous.

132  He was one of Our believing servants.

133  And Lot was one of the messengers.

134  We saved him and his family, all of them.

135  Except for an old woman who lagged behind.

136  Then We annihilated the others.

137  You pass by them in the morning.

138  And at night. Do you not understand?

139  And Jonah was one of the messengers.

140  When he fled to the laden boat.

141  He gambled and lost.

142  Then the fish swallowed him, and he was to blame.

143  Had he not been one of those who praised.

144  He would have stayed in its belly until the Day they are raised.

145  Then We threw him into the wilderness, and he was sick.

146  And We made a gourd tree grow over him.

147  Then We sent him to a hundred thousand, or more.

148  And they believed, so We gave them enjoyment for a while.

149  Ask them, “Are the daughters for your Lord, while for them the sons?”

150  Or did We create the angels females, as they witnessed?”

151  No indeed! It is one of their lies when they say.

152  “God has begotten.” They are indeed lying.

153  So He preferred girls over boys?

154  What is the matter with you? How do you judge?

155  Will you not reflect?

156  Or do you have some clear proof?

157  Then bring your book, if you are telling the truth.

158  And they invented a relationship between Him and the jinn. But the jinn know that they will be arraigned.

159  God be glorified, far above what they allege.

160  Except for God’s sincere servants.

161  Surely, you and what you serve.

162  Cannot seduce away from Him.

163  Except for he who will be roasting in Hell.

164  “There is not one of us but has an assigned position.

165  And we are the arrangers.

166  And we are the glorifiers.”

167  Even though they used to say.

168  “Had we received advice from the ancients.

169  We would have been God’s faithful servants.”

170  But they rejected it, so they will find out.

171  Our Word has already gone out to our servant messengers.

172  It is they who will be supported.

173  And Our troops will be the victors.

174  So disregard them for a while.

175  And watch them—they will soon see.

176  Are they seeking to hasten Our punishment?

177  When it descends into their yard, miserable will be the morning of those forewarned.

178  So avoid them for a while.

179  And watch—they will soon see.

180  Exalted be your Lord, the Lord of Glory, beyond their allegations.

181  And peace be upon the messengers.

182  And praise be to God, the Lord of the Worlds.

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