Sura As-Saffaat (Those Ranged in Ranks)
Sheikh / Mishary AlAfasy

  • In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

    37:1-5 By those who set the ranks in battle order, and those who drive away (the wicked) with reproof, and those who read (the Word) for a reminder, lo! Your Lord is surely One. Lord of the heavens and of the earth and all that is between them, and Lord of the sun's risings.

    37:6-10 Lo! We have adorned the lowest heaven with an ornament, the planets: With security from every froward devil. They cannot listen to the Highest Chiefs for they are pelted from every side, outcast, and theirs is a perpetual torment; except him who snatches a fragment, and there pursues him a piercing flame.

    37:11-17 Then ask them (O Muhammad): Are they stronger as a creation, or those (others) whom We have created? Lo! We created them of plastic clay. Nay, but you do marvel when they mock, and heed not when they are reminded, and seek to scoff when they behold a sign. And they say: lo! This is mere magic; when we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we then, forsooth, be raised (again)? And our forefathers?

    37:18 Say (O Muhammad): Yes, in truth; and you will be brought low.

    37:19-21 There is but one shout, and lo! They behold and say: Ah, woe for us! This is the Day of Judgment. This is the Day of Separation, which you used to deny.

    37:22-27 (And it is said to the angels:) Assemble those who did wrong, together with their wives and what they used to worship instead of God, and lead them to the path to Hell; and stop them, for they must be questioned. What ails you that you help not one another? Nay, but this Day they make full submission. And some of them draw near to others, mutually questioning.

    37:28-32 They say: Lo! You used to come to us, imposing, (swearing that you spoke the truth). They answer: Nay, but you (yourselves) were not believers. We had no power over you, but you were wayward folk. Now the Word of our Lord has been fulfilled concerning us. Lo! We are about to taste (the punishment). Thus we misled you. Lo! We were (ourselves) astray.

    37:33-36 Then lo! This Day they (both) are sharers in the punishment. Lo! Thus deal We with the guilty. For when it was said to them, none should be worshipped but God alone, they were arrogant. And said: Shall we forsake our gods for a mad poet?

    37:37-49 Nay, but he brought the Truth, and he confirmed those sent (before him). Lo! (Now) verily you taste the painful punishment – You are requited nothing except what you did – except single-minded slaves of God; for them there is a known provision, fruits. And they will be honored in the Gardens of Delight, on couches facing one another; a cup from a gushing spring is brought round for them, white, delicious to the drinkers, wherein there is no headache nor are they made mad thereby. And with them are those of modest gaze, with lovely eyes, (pure) as they were hidden eggs (of the ostrich).

    37:50-57 And some of them draw near to others, mutually questioning. A speaker of them says: Lo! I had a comrade who used to say: Are you in truth of those who put faith (in his words)? Can we, when we are dead and have become mere dust and bones. can we (then) verily be brought to book? He says: Will you look? Then looks he and sees him in the depth of Hell. He says: By God, you verily did all but cause my ruin, and had it not been for the favor of my Lord, I too had been of those haled forth (to punishment).

    37:58-61 Are we then not to die except our former death, and are we not to be punished? Lo! This is the supreme triumph. For the like of this, then, let the workers work.

    37:62-68 Is this better as a welcome, or the tree of Zaqqum? Lo! We have appointed it a torment for wrongdoers. Lo! It is a tree that springs in the heart of Hell ; its crop is as it were the heads of devils. And lo! They verily must eat thereof , and fill (their) bellies therewith. And afterward, lo! Thereupon they have a drink of boiling water. And afterward, lo! Their return is surely to Hell.

    37:69-74 They indeed found their fathers astray, but they make haste (to follow) in their footsteps. And verily most of the men of old went astray before them, and verily We sent among them warners. Then see the nature of the consequence for those warned, except singled-minded slaves of God.

    37:75-82 And Noah verily prayed to Us, and gracious was the Hearer of his prayer. And We saved him and his household from the great distress, and made his seed the survivors, and left for him among the later folk (the salutation): Peace be to Noah among the peoples! Lo! Thus do We reward the good. Lo! He is one of Our believing slaves. Then We did drown the others.

    37:83-113 And lo! Of his persuasion verily was Abraham. When he came to his Lord with a whole heart; when he said to his father and his folk: What is it that you worship? Is it a falsehood – gods beside God – that you desire? What then is your opinion of the Lord of the Worlds? And he glanced a glance at the stars. Then said: Lo! I feel sick! And they turned their backs and went away from him. Then turned he to their gods and said: Will you not eat? What ails you that you speak not? Then he attacked them, striking with his right hand. And (his people) came toward him, hastening. He said: Worship you that which you yourselves do carve when God has created you and what you make? They said: Build for him a building and fling him in the red hot fire. And they designed a snare for him, but We made them the undermost. And he said: Lo! I am going to my Lord Who will guide me. My Lord! Give me of the righteous. So We gave him tidings of a gentle son – And when (his son) was old enough to walk with him, (Abraham) said: O my dear son, I have seen in a dream that I must sacrifice you. So look, what think you? He said: O my father! Do that which you are commanded. God willing, you shall find me of the patient. Then, when they had both surrendered (to God), and he had flung him down upon his face, We called to him: O Abraham: You have already fulfilled the vision. Lo! Thus do We reward the good. Lo! That verily was a clear test. Then We ransomed him with a tremendous victim. And We left for him among the later folk (the salutation): Peace be to Abraham! Thus do We reward the good. Lo! He is one of Our believing slaves. And We gave him tidings of the birth of Isaac, a Prophet of the righteous. And We blessed him and Isaac. And of their seed are some who do good, and some who plainly wrong themselves.

    37:114-122 And We verily gave grace to Moses and Aaron, and saved them and their people from the great distress, and helped them so that they became the victors. And We gave them the clear Scripture, and showed them the right path. And We left for them, among the later folk (the salutation): Peace be to Moses and Aaron! Lo! Thus do We reward the good. Lo! They are two of our believing slaves.

    37:123-132 And lo! Elias was of those sent (to warn), when he said to his folk: Will you not fear (God)? Will you cry to Baal and forsake the Best of Creators, God, your Lord and Lord of your forefathers? But they denied him, so they surely will be haled forth (to the punishment) except single-minded slaves of God. And we left for him among the later folk (the salutation): Peace be to Elias! Lo! Thus do We reward the good. Lo! He is one of our believing slaves.

    37:133-138 And lo! Lot verily was of those sent (to warn), when We saved him and his household, every one, except an old woman among those who stayed behind; then We destroyed the others. And Lo! You verily pass by (the ruin of) them in the morning and at night time; have you then no sense?

    37:139-148 And lo! Jonah verily was of those sent (to warn) when he fled to the laden ship, and then drew lots and was of those rejected; and the fish swallowed him while he was blameworthy; and had he not been one of those who glorify (God), he would have tarried in its belly till the Day when they are raised; then We cast him on a desert shore while he was sick; and We caused a tree of gourd to grow above him; and We sent him to a hundred thousand (folk) or more and they believed, therefore We gave them comfort for a while.

    37:149-157 Now ask them (O Muhammad): Has your Lord daughters whereas they have sons? Or created We the angels females while they were present? Lo! It is of their falsehood that they say: God has begotten. And lo! Verily they tell a lie. (And again of their falsehood): He has preferred daughters to sons. What ails you? How judge you? Will you not then reflect? Or have you a clear warrant? Then produce your writ, if you are truthful.

    37:158-163 And they imagine kinship between him and the jinn, whereas the jinn know well that they will be brought before (Him). Glorified be God from that which they attribute (to Him), except single-minded slaves of God. Lo! Verily, you and that which you worship, you cannot excite (anyone) against Him except him who is to burn in Hell.

    37:164-166 There is not one of us but has his known position. Lo! We, even we are they who set the ranks. Lo! We, even we are they who hymn His praise.

    37:167-173 And indeed they used to say: If we had but a reminder from the men of old, we would be single-minded slaves of God. Yet (now that it has come) they disbelieve therein: but they will come to know. And verily Our Word went forth of old to Our bondsmen sent (to warn) that they verily would be helped, and that Our host, they verily would be the victors.

    37:174-177 So withdraw from them (O Muhammad) awhile and watch, for they will (soon) see. Would they hasten on Our punishment? But when it comes home to them, then it will be an evil morn for those who have been warned.

    37:178-182 Withdraw from them awhile and watch, for they will (soon) see. Glorified be your Lord, the Lord of majesty, from that which they attribute (to Him). And peace be to those sent (to warn). And praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds!