The Rangers

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

[37.1] I swear by those who draw themselves out in ranks
[37.2] Then those who drive away with reproof,
[37.3] Then those who recite, being mindful,
[37.4] Most surely your God is One:
[37.5] The Lord of the heavens and the earth and what is between them, and Lord of the easts.
[37.6] Surely We have adorned the nearest heaven with an adornment, the stars,
[37.7] And (there is) a safeguard against every rebellious Shaitan.
[37.8] They cannot listen to the exalted assembly and they are thrown at from every side,
[37.9] Being driven off, and for them is a perpetual chastisement,
[37.10] Except him who snatches off but once, then there follows him a brightly shining flame.
[37.11] Then ask them whether they are stronger in creation or those (others) whom We have created. Surely We created them of firm clay.
[37.12] Nay! you wonder while they mock,
[37.13] And when they are reminded, they mind not,
[37.14] And when they see a sign they incite one another to scoff,
[37.15] And they say: This is nothing but clear magic:
[37.16] What! when we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we then certainly be raised,
[37.17] Or our fathers of yore?
[37.18] Say: Aye! and you shall be abject.
[37.19] So it shall only be a single cry, when lo! they shall see.
[37.20] And they shall say: O woe to us! this is the day of requital.
[37.21] This is the day of the judgment which you called a lie.
[37.22] Gather together those who were unjust and their associates, and what they used to worship
[37.23] Besides Allah, then lead them to the way to hell.
[37.24] And stop them, for they shall be questioned:
[37.25] What is the matter with you that you do not help each other?
[37.26] Nay! on that day they shall be submissive.
[37.27] And some of them shall advance towards others, questioning each other.
[37.28] They shall say: Surely you used to come to us from the right side.
[37.29] They shall say: Nay, you (yourselves) were not believers;
[37.30] And we had no authority over you, but you were an inordinate people;
[37.31] So the sentence of our Lord has come to pass against us: (now) we shall surely taste;
[37.32] So we led you astray, for we ourselves were erring.
[37.33] So they shall on that day be sharers in the chastisement one with another.
[37.34] Surely thus do We deal with the guilty.
[37.35] Surely they used to behave proudly when it was said to them: There is no god but Allah;
[37.36] And to say: What! shall we indeed give up our gods for the sake of a mad poet?
[37.37] Nay: he has come with the truth and verified the apostles.
[37.38] Most surely you will taste the painful punishment.
[37.39] And you shall not be rewarded except (for) what you did.
[37.40] Save the servants of Allah, the purified ones.
[37.41] For them is a known sustenance,
[37.42] Fruits, and they shall be highly honored,
[37.43] In gardens of pleasure,
[37.44] On thrones, facing each other.
[37.45] A bowl shall be made to go round them from water running out of springs,
[37.46] White, delicious to those who drink.
[37.47] There shall be no trouble in it, nor shall they be exhausted therewith.
[37.48] And with them shall be those who restrain the eyes, having beautiful eyes;
[37.49] As if they were eggs carefully protected.
[37.50] Then shall some of them advance to others, questioning each other.
[37.51] A speaker from among them shall say: Surely I had a comrade of mine,
[37.52] Who said: What! are you indeed of those who accept (the truth)?
[37.53] What! when we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we then be certainly brought to judgment?
[37.54] He shall say: Will you look on?
[37.55] Then he looked down and saw him in the midst of hell.
[37.56] He shall say: By Allah! you had almost caused me to perish;
[37.57] And had it not been for the favor of my Lord, I would certainly have been among those brought up.
[37.58] Is it then that we are not going to die,
[37.59] Except our previous death? And we shall not be chastised?
[37.60] Most surely this is the mighty achievement.
[37.61] For the like of this then let the workers work.
[37.62] Is this better as an entertainment or the tree of Zaqqum?
[37.63] Surely We have made it to be a trial to the unjust.
[37.64] Surely it is a tree that-grows in the bottom of the hell;
[37.65] Its produce is as it were the heads of the serpents.
[37.66] Then most surely they shall eat of it and fill (their) bellies with it.
[37.67] Then most surely they shall have after it to drink of a mixture prepared in boiling water.
[37.68] Then most surely their return shall be to hell.
[37.69] Surely they found their fathers going astray,
[37.70] So in their footsteps they are being hastened on.
[37.71] And certainly most of the ancients went astray before them,
[37.72] And certainly We sent among them warners.
[37.73] Then see how was the end of those warned,
[37.74] Except the servants of Allah, the purified ones.
[37.75] And Nuh did certainly call upon Us, and most excellent answerer of prayer are We.
[37.76] And We delivered him and his followers from the mighty distress.
[37.77] And We made his offspring the survivors.
[37.78] And We perpetuated to him (praise) among the later generations.
[37.79] Peace and salutation to Nuh among the nations.
[37.80] Thus do We surely reward the doers of good.
[37.81] Surely he was of Our believing servants.
[37.82] Then We drowned the others
[37.83] And most surely Ibrahim followed his way.
[37.84] When he came to his Lord with a free heart,
[37.85] When he said to his father and his people: What is it that you worship?
[37.86] A lie-- gods besides Allah-- do you desire?
[37.87] What is then your idea about the Lord of the worlds?
[37.88] Then he looked at the stars, looking up once,
[37.89] Then he said: Surely I am sick (of your worshipping these).
[37.90] So they went away from him, turning back.
[37.91] Then he turned aside to their gods secretly and said: What! do you not eat?
[37.92] What is the matter with you that you do not speak?
[37.93] Then he turned against them secretly, smiting them with the right hand.
[37.94] So they (people) advanced towards him, hastening.
[37.95] Said he: What! do you worship what you hew out?
[37.96] And Allah has created you and what you make.
[37.97] They said: Build for him a furnace, then cast him into the burning fire.
[37.98] And they desired a war against him, but We brought them low.
[37.99] And he said: Surely I fly to my lord; He will guide me.
[37.100] My Lord! grant me of the doers of good deeds.
[37.101] So We gave him the good news of a boy, possessing forbearance.
[37.102] And when he attained to working with him, he said: O my son! surely I have seen in a dream that I should sacrifice you; consider then what you see. He said: O my father! do what you are commanded; if Allah please, you will find me of the patient ones.
[37.103] So when they both submitted and he threw him down upon his forehead,
[37.104] And We called out to him saying: O Ibrahim!
[37.105] You have indeed shown the truth of the vision; surely thus do We reward the doers of good:
[37.106] Most surely this is a manifest trial.
[37.107] And We ransomed him with a Feat sacrifice.
[37.108] And We perpetuated (praise) to him among the later generations.
[37.109] Peace be on Ibrahim.
[37.110] Thus do We reward the doers of good.
[37.111] Surely he was one of Our believing servants.
[37.112] And We gave him the good news of Ishaq, a prophet among the good ones.
[37.113] And We showered Our blessings on him and on Ishaq; and of their offspring are the doers of good, and (also) those who are clearly unjust to their own souls.
[37.114] And certainly We conferred a favor on Musa and Haroun.
[37.115] And We delivered them both and their people from the mighty distress.
[37.116] And We helped them, so they were the vanquishers.
[37.117] And We gave them both the Book that made (things) clear.
[37.118] And We guided them both on the right way.
[37.119] And We perpetuated (praise) to them among the later generations.
[37.120] Peace be on Musa and Haroun.
[37.121] Even thus do We reward the doers of good.
[37.122] Surely they were both of Our believing servants.
[37.123] And Ilyas was most surely of the apostles.
[37.124] When he said to his people: Do you not guard (against evil)?
[37.125] What! do you call upon Ba"l and forsake the best of the creators,
[37.126] Allah, your Lord and the Lord of your fathers of yore?
[37.127] But they called him a liar, therefore they shall most surely be brought up.
[37.128] But not the servants of Allah, the purified ones.
[37.129] And We perpetuated to him (praise) among the later generations.
[37.130] Peace be on Ilyas.
[37.131] Even thus do We reward the doers of good.
[37.132] Surely he was one of Our believing servants.
[37.133] And Lut was most surely of the apostles.
[37.134] When We delivered him and his followers, all--
[37.135] Except an old woman (who was) amongst those who tarried.
[37.136] Then We destroyed the others.
[37.137] And most surely you pass by them in the morning,
[37.138] And at night; do you not then understand?
[37.139] And Yunus was most surely of the apostles.
[37.140] When he ran away to a ship completely laden,
[37.141] So he shared (with them), but was of those who are cast off.
[37.142] So the fish swallowed him while he did that for which he blamed himself
[37.143] But had it not been that he was of those who glorify (Us),
[37.144] He would certainly have tarried in its belly to the day when they are raised.
[37.145] Then We cast him on to the vacant surface of the earth while he was sick.
[37.146] And We caused to grow up for him a gourdplant.
[37.147] And We sent him to a hundred thousand, rather they exceeded.
[37.148] And they believed, so We gave them provision till a time.
[37.149] Then ask them whether your Lord has daughters and they have sons.
[37.150] Or did We create the angels females while they were witnesses?
[37.151] Now surely it is of their own lie that they say:
[37.152] Allah has begotten; and most surely they are liars.
[37.153] Has He chosen daughters in preference to sons?
[37.154] What is the matter with you, how is it that you judge?
[37.155] Will you not then mind?
[37.156] Or have you a clear authority?
[37.157] Then bring your book, if you are truthful.
[37.158] And they assert a relationship between Him and the jinn; and certainly the jinn do know that they shall surely be brought up;
[37.159] Glory be to Allah (for freedom) from what they describe;
[37.160] But not so the servants of Allah, the purified ones.
[37.161] So surely you and what you worship,
[37.162] Not against Him can you cause (any) to fall into trial,
[37.163] Save him who will go to hell.
[37.164] And there is none of us but has an assigned place,
[37.165] And most surely we are they who draw themselves out in ranks,
[37.166] And we are most surely they who declare the glory (of Allah).
[37.167] And surely they used to say:
[37.168] Had we a reminder from those of yore,
[37.169] We would certainly have been the servants of Allah-- the purified ones.
[37.170] But (now) they disbelieve in it, so they will come to know.
[37.171] And certainly Our word has already gone forth in respect of Our servants, the apostles:
[37.172] Most surely they shall be the assisted ones
[37.173] And most surely Our host alone shall be the victorious ones.
[37.174] Therefore turn away from them till a time,
[37.175] And (then) see them, so they too shall see.
[37.176] What! would they then hasten on Our chastisement?
[37.177] But when it shall descend in their court, evil shall then be the morning of the warned ones.
[37.178] And turn away from them till a time
[37.179] And (then) see, for they too shall see.
[37.180] Glory be to your Lord, the Lord of Honor, above what they describe.
[37.181] And peace be on the apostles.
[37.182] And all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.