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(As-Saffat) (182 Verses)

# 37 The Rangers (As-Saffat) Explanation of # 37 The Rangers (As-Saffat)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

[37.1] By those who set the ranks in battle order
[37.2] And those who drive away (the wicked) with reproof
[37.3] And those who read (the Word) for a reminder,
[37.4] Lo! thy Lord is surely One;
[37.5] Lord of the heavens and of the earth and all that is between them, and Lord of the sun's risings.
[37.6] Lo! We have adorned the lowest heaven with an ornament, the planets;
[37.7] With security from every froward devil.
[37.8] They cannot listen to the Highest Chiefs for they are pelted from every side,
[37.9] Outcast, and theirs is a perpetual torment;
[37.10] Save him who snatcheth a fragment, and there pursueth him a piercing flame.
[37.11] 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.
[37.12] Nay, but thou dost marvel when they mock
[37.13] And heed not when they are reminded,
[37.14] And seek to scoff when they behold a portent.
[37.15] And they say: Lo! this is mere magic;
[37.16] When we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we then, forsooth, be raised (again) ?
[37.17] And our forefathers ?
[37.18] Say (O Muhammad): Ye, in truth; and ye will be brought low.
[37.19] There is but one Shout, and lo! they behold,
[37.20] And say: Ah, woe for us! This is the Day of Judgment.
[37.21] This is the Day of Separation, which ye used to deny.
[37.22] (And it is said unto the angels): Assemble those who did wrong, together with their wives and what they used to worship
[37.23] Instead of Allah, and lead them to the path to hell;
[37.24] And stop them, for they must be questioned.
[37.25] What aileth you that ye help not one another ?
[37.26] Nay, but this day they make full submission.
[37.27] And some of them draw near unto others, mutually questioning.
[37.28] They say: Lo! ye used to come unto us, imposing, (swearing that ye spoke the truth).
[37.29] They answer: Nay, but ye (yourselves) were not believers.
[37.30] We had no power over you, but ye were wayward folk.
[37.31] Now the Word of our Lord hath been fulfilled concerning us. Lo! we are about to taste (the doom).
[37.32] Thus we misled you. Lo! we were (ourselves) astray.
[37.33] Then lo! this day they (both) are sharers in the doom.
[37.34] Lo! thus deal We with the guilty.
[37.35] For when it was said unto them, There is no God save Allah, they were scornful
[37.36] And said: Shall we forsake our gods for a mad poet ?
[37.37] Nay, but he brought the Truth, and he confirmed those sent (before him).
[37.38] Lo! (now) verily ye taste the painful doom -
[37.39] Ye are requited naught save what ye did -
[37.40] Save single-minded slaves of Allah;
[37.41] For them there is a known provision,
[37.42] Fruits. And they will be honoured
[37.43] In the Gardens of delight,
[37.44] On couches facing one another;
[37.45] A cup from a gushing spring is brought round for them,
[37.46] White, delicious to the drinkers,
[37.47] Wherein there is no headache nor are they made mad thereby.
[37.48] And with them are those of modest gaze, with lovely eyes,
[37.49] (Pure) as they were hidden eggs (of the ostrich).
[37.50] And some of them draw near unto others, mutually questioning.
[37.51] A speaker of them saith: Lo! I had a comrade
[37.52] Who used to say: Art thou in truth of those who put faith (in his words) ?
[37.53] Can we, when we are dead and have become mere dust and bones - can we (then) verily be brought to book ?
[37.54] He saith: Will ye look ?
[37.55] Then looketh he and seeth him in the depth of hell.
[37.56] He saith: By Allah, thou verily didst all but cause my ruin,
[37.57] And had it not been for the favour of my Lord, I too had been of those haled forth (to doom).
[37.58] Are we then not to die
[37.59] Saving our former death, and are we not to be punished ?
[37.60] Lo! this is the supreme triumph.
[37.61] For the like of this, then, let the workers work.
[37.62] Is this better as a welcome, or the tree of Zaqqum ?
[37.63] Lo! We have appointed it a torment for wrong-doers.
[37.64] Lo! it is a tree that springeth in the heart of hell.
[37.65] Its crop is as it were the heads of devils
[37.66] And lo! they verily must eat thereof, and fill (their) bellies therewith.
[37.67] And afterward, lo! thereupon they have a drink of boiling water
[37.68] And afterward, lo! their return is surely unto hell.
[37.69] They indeed found their fathers astray,
[37.70] But they make haste (to follow) in their footsteps.
[37.71] And verily most of the men of old went astray before them,
[37.72] And verily We sent among them warners.
[37.73] Then see the nature of the consequence for those warned,
[37.74] Save single-minded slaves of Allah.
[37.75] And Noah verily prayed unto Us, and gracious was the Hearer of his prayer
[37.76] And We saved him and his household from the great distress,
[37.77] And made his seed the survivors,
[37.78] And left for him among the later folk (the salutation):
[37.79] Peace be unto Noah among the peoples!
[37.80] Lo! thus do We reward the good.
[37.81] Lo! he is one of Our believing slaves.
[37.82] Then We did drown the others.
[37.83] And lo! of his persuasion verily was Abraham
[37.84] When he came unto his Lord with a whole heart;
[37.85] When he said unto his father and his folk: What is it that ye worship ?
[37.86] Is it a falsehood - gods beside Allah - that ye desire ?
[37.87] What then is your opinion of the Lord of the Worlds ?
[37.88] And he glanced a glance at the stars
[37.89] Then said: Lo! I feel sick!
[37.90] And they turned their backs and went away from him.
[37.91] Then turned he to their gods and said: Will ye not eat ?
[37.92] What aileth you that ye speak not ?
[37.93] Then he attacked them, striking with his right hand.
[37.94] And (his people) came toward him, hastening.
[37.95] He said: Worship ye that which ye yourselves do carve
[37.96] When Allah hath created you and what ye make ?
[37.97] They said: Build for him a building and fling him in the red-hotfire.
[37.98] And they designed a snare for him, but We made them the undermost.
[37.99] And he said: Lo! I am going unto my Lord Who will guide me.
[37.100] My Lord! Vouchsafe me of the righteous.
[37.101] So We gave him tidings of a gentle son.
[37.102] 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 thee. So look, what thinkest thou ? He said: O my father! Do that which thou art commanded. Allah willing, thou shalt find me of the steadfast.
[37.103] Then, when they had both surrendered (to Allah), and he had flung him down upon his face,
[37.104] We called unto him: O Abraham!
[37.105] Thou hast already fulfilled the vision. Lo! thus do We reward the good.
[37.106] Lo! that verily was a clear test.
[37.107] Then We ransomed him with a tremendous victim.
[37.108] And We left for him among the later folk (the salutation):
[37.109] Peace be unto Abraham!
[37.110] Thus do We reward the good.
[37.111] Lo! he is one of Our believing slaves.
[37.112] And we gave him tidings of the birth of Isaac, a prophet of the righteous.
[37.113] And We blessed him and Isaac. And of their seed are some who do good, and some who plainly wrong themselves.
[37.114] And We verily gave grace unto Moses and Aaron,
[37.115] And saved them and their people from the great distress,
[37.116] And helped them so that they became the victors.
[37.117] And We gave them the clear Scripture
[37.118] And showed them the right path.
[37.119] And We left for them among the later folk (the salutation):
[37.120] Peace be unto Moses and Aaron!
[37.121] Lo! thus do We reward the good.
[37.122] Lo! they are two of Our believing slaves.
[37.123] And lo! Elias was of those sent (to warn),
[37.124] When he said unto his folk: Will ye not ward off (evil) ?
[37.125] Will ye cry unto Baal and forsake the Best of creators,
[37.126] Allah, your Lord and Lord of your forefathers ?
[37.127] But they denied him, so they surely will be haled forth (to the doom)
[37.128] Save single-minded slaves of Allah.
[37.129] And we left for him among the later folk (the salutation):
[37.130] Peace be unto Elias!
[37.131] Lo! thus do We reward the good.
[37.132] Lo! he is one of our believing slaves.
[37.133] And lo! Lot verily was of those sent (to warn).
[37.134] When We saved him and his household, every one,
[37.135] Save an old woman among those who stayed behind;
[37.136] Then We destroyed the others.
[37.137] And lo! ye verily pass by (the ruin of) them in the morning
[37.138] And at night-time; have ye then no sense ?
[37.139] And lo! Jonah verily was of those sent (to warn)
[37.140] When he fled unto the laden ship,
[37.141] And then drew lots and was of those rejected;
[37.142] And the fish swallowed him while he was blameworthy;
[37.143] And had he not been one of those who glorify (Allah)
[37.144] He would have tarried in its belly till the day when they are raised;
[37.145] Then We cast him on a desert shore while he was sick;
[37.146] And We caused a tree of gourd to grow above him;
[37.147] And We sent him to a hundred thousand (folk) or more
[37.148] And they believed, therefor We gave them comfort for a while.
[37.149] Now ask them (O Muhammad): Hath thy Lord daughters whereas they have sons ?
[37.150] Or created We the angels females while they were present ?
[37.151] Lo! it is of their falsehood that they say:
[37.152] Allah hath begotten. Allah! verily they tell a lie.
[37.153] (And again of their falsehood): He hath preferred daughters to sons.
[37.154] What aileth you ? How judge ye ?
[37.155] Will ye not then reflect ?
[37.156] Or have ye a clear warrant ?
[37.157] Then produce your writ, if ye are truthful.
[37.158] And they imagine kinship between him and the jinn, whereas the jinn know well that they will be brought before (Him).
[37.159] Glorified be Allah from that which they attribute (unto Him),
[37.160] Save single-minded slaves of Allah.
[37.161] Lo! verily, ye and that which ye worship,
[37.162] Ye cannot excite (anyone) against Him.
[37.163] Save him who is to burn in hell.
[37.164] There is not one of us but hath his known position.
[37.165] Lo! we, even we are they who set the ranks,
[37.166] Lo! we, even we are they who hymn His praise
[37.167] And indeed they used to say:
[37.168] If we had but a reminder from the men of old
[37.169] We would be single-minded slaves of Allah.
[37.170] Yet (now that it is come) they disbelieve therein; but they will come to know.
[37.171] And verily Our word went forth of old unto Our bondmen sent (to warn)
[37.172] That they verily would be helped,
[37.173] And that Our host, they verily would be the victors.
[37.174] So withdraw from them (O Muhammad) awhile,
[37.175] And watch, for they will (soon) see.
[37.176] Would they hasten on Our doom ?
[37.177] But when it cometh home to them, then it will be a hapless morn for those who have been warned.
[37.178] Withdraw from them awhile
[37.179] And watch, for they will (soon) see.
[37.180] Glorified be thy Lord, the Lord of Majesty, from that which they attribute (unto Him)
[37.181] And peace be unto those sent (to warn).
[37.182] And praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds!

No Chapter (Surah)
1 The Opening (Al-Fatiha)
2 The Cow (Al-Baqrah)
3 The Family of Imran (Aal-Imran)
4 The Women (An-Nisah)
5 The Table (Al-Maeda)
6 The Cattle (Al-An'aam)
7 The Heights (Al-A'raf)
8 The Spoils of War (Al-Anfal)
9 The Repentance(At-Tawba)
10 Jonah (Yunus)
11 The Prophet Hud (Hud)
12 Joseph (Yusuf)
13 The Thunder (Al-Ra'd)
14 Abraham (Imbrahim)
15 The Rocky Tract (Al-Hijr)
16 The Bees (An-Nahl)
17 The Night Journey (Al-Isra)
18 The Cave (Al-Kahf)
19 Mary (Maryam)
20 Ta-Ha (Ta-Ha)
21 The Prophets (Al-Anbiya)
22 The Pilgrimage (Al-Hajj)
23 The Believers (Al-Muminun)
24 The Light (An-Nour)
25 The Criterion (Al-Furqan)
26 The Poets (Ash-Shu'ara)
27 The Ants (An-Naml)
28 The Narration (Al-Qasas)
29 The Spider (Al-Ankaboot)
30 The Romans (Al-Rum)
31 Luqman (Luqman)
32 The Prostration (As-Sajda)
33 The Confederates (Al-Ahzab)
34 Sheba (Saba)
35 The Originator of Creation (Fatir)
36 Ya-Seen (Ya Seen)
37 The Rangers (As-Saffat)
38 The Letter Sad (Sad)
39 The Groups (Az-Zumar)
40 The Forgiver (Ghafir)
41 Explained in Detail (Fussilat)
42 The Consultation (Ash-Shura)
43 Ornaments of Gold (Az-Zukruf)
44 The Smoke (Ad-Dukhan)
45 The Kneeling (Al-Jathiya)
46 The Curved Sand hills (Al-Ahqaf)
47 Muhammad
48 The Victory (Al-Fath)
49 The Dwellings (Al-Hujurat)
50 The Letter Qaf (Qaf)
51 The Winds that Scatter (Az-Zariyat)
52 The Mount (At-Tur)
53 The Star (An-Najm)
54 The Moon (Al-Qamar)
55 The Most Beneficent (Ar-Rahman)
56 The Event (Al-Waqi'a)
57 The Iron (Al-Hadid)
58 She That Dispute (Al-Mujidala)
59 The Gathering (Al-Hashr)
60 The Examined One (Al-Mumtahina)
61 The Row (As-Saff)
62 Friday (Al-Jumu'ah)
63 The Hypocrites (Al-Munafiqoon)
64 Loss and Gain (At-Taghabun)
65 The Divorce (At-Talaq)
66 Prohibition (At-Tahreem)
67 Dominion (Al-Mulk)
68 The Pen (Al-Qalam)
69 The Reality (Al-Haaqqa)
70 The Ways of Ascent (Al-Ma'arij)
71 Noah (Nuh)
72 The Jinn (Al-Jinn)
73 The Enshrouded One (Al-Muzzammil)
74 The Cloaked One (Al-Muddathir)
75 The-Resurrection (Al-Qiyamah)
76 Man (Al-Insan)
77 Those Sent Forth (Al-Mursalat)
78 The News (An-Naba)
79 Those Who Pull Out (An-Naziat)
80 He frowned (Abasa)
81 The Folding Up (At-Takwir)
82 The Cleaving (Al-Infitar)
83 Those Who Deal in Fraud (Al-Mutaffifin)
84 The Splitting Asunder (Al-Inshiqaq)
85 The Mansions of the Stars (Al-Burooj)
86 The Night Comer (At-Tariq)
87 The Most High (Al-A'la)
88 The Overwhelming (Al-Ghashiya)
89 The Dawn (Al-Fajr)
90 The City (Al-Balad)
91 The Sun (Ash-Shams)
92 The Night (Al-Layl)
93 The Morning Hours (Ad-Dhuha)
94 Relief  (Al-Inshirah)
95 The Figs (At-Teen)
96 The Clot (Al-Alaq)
97 The Night of Decree (Al-Qadr)
98 The Clear Proof (Al-Bayyina)
99 The Earthquake (Az-Zalzala)
100 The Courser (Al-Adiyat)
101 The Calamity (Al-Qariah)
102 Rivalry in world increase (At-Takathur)
103 The Declining Day (Al-Asr)
104 The Slanderer (Al-Humaza)
105 The Elephant (Al-Feel)
106 Quraish ( Quraish)
107 Small Kindnesses (Al-Maun)
108 Abundance (Al-Kawthar)
109 The Disbelievers (Al-Kafiroon)
110 Divine- Support (An-Nasr)
111 The Flame (Al-Masadd)
112 Sincerity (Al-Ikhlas)
113 The Daybreak (Al-Falaq)
114 The Mankind (An-Nas)

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