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Chapter 37
In the name of God, the Almighty, the Merciful.
37:1 By the columns in formation.
37:2 By the callers as they call.
37:3 By the remembrance which follows.
37:4 Your god is indeed One.
37:5 The Lord of the heavens and the earth, and what lies between them, and the Lord of the sunrises.
37:6 We have adorned the lower heaven with the decoration of planets.
37:7 And to guard against every rebellious devil.
37:8 They cannot listen to the command up high; and they are bombarded from every side.
37:9 Outcasts; they will have an eternal retribution.
37:10 Any of them who snatches a part, he is pursued by a piercing flame.
37:11 So ask them: "Are they the more powerful creation, or the others We created?" We have created them from a clay that is sticky.
37:12 While you were awed, they simply mocked.
37:13 And when they are reminded, they do not care.
37:14 And when they see a sign, they make fun of it.
37:15 And they said: "This is nothing except evident magic!"
37:16 "Can it be that after we die and become dust and bones, that we are resurrected?"
37:17 "What about our fathers of old?"
37:18 Say: "Yes, and you will be humbled."
37:19 All it takes is one call, then they will be staring.
37:20 And they said: "Woe to us, this is the Day of Judgment!"
37:21 This is the Day of decisiveness that you used to deny.
37:22 Gather the transgressors, and their mates, and all they worshiped.
37:23 Beside God, and guide them to the path of Hell.
37:24 And let them stand and be questioned:
37:25 "Why do you not support one another?"
37:26 No, for today they have totally given up.
37:27 And some of them came to each other, questioning.
37:28 They said: "You used to entice us from the right side."
37:29 They replied: "No, it was you who were not believers."
37:30 "And we never had any power over you, but you were a wicked people."
37:31 "So the sentence of our Lord is now upon us, that we will suffer."
37:32 "We misled you, because we were astray."
37:33 Then, on that Day they will all share in the retribution.
37:34 This is how We deal with the criminals.
37:35 When it was said to them: "There is no god except God," they would be arrogant.
37:36 And they would say: "Shall we leave our gods for a crazy poet?"
37:37 No, he has come with the truth and he has confirmed the messengers.
37:38 You will taste the greatest of retribution.
37:39 And you are only recompensed for what you have done.
37:40 Except for the servants of God who are faithful.
37:41 For them will be known provisions.
37:42 Fruits, and they will be honored.
37:43 In gardens of bliss.
37:44 On beds which are opposite one another.
37:45 They will be served with a cup of pure drink.
37:46 White, delicious for the drinkers.
37:47 There is no bitterness therein, nor do they tire from it.
37:48 And with them are those with a modest gaze, with lovely eyes.
37:49 They are like fragile eggs.
37:50 So then they approached one another, questioning.
37:51 One of them said: "I used to have a friend."
37:52 "Who used to say: "Are you among those who believe in this?'
37:53 "That if we die and turn into dust and bones, that we would be called to account?'"
37:54 He said: "Can anyone find him?"
37:55 So when he looked, he saw him in the midst of Hell.
37:56 He said: "By God, you nearly ruined me!"
37:57 "And had it not been for the blessing of my Lord, I would have been with you."
37:58 "Are we then not going to die,"
37:59 "Except for our first death, and we will not be punished?"
37:60 Such is the great triumph.
37:61 For this let those who will work endeavor.
37:62 Is that a better destination, or the tree of Bitterness?
37:63 We have made it a punishment for the transgressors.
37:64 It is a tree that grows in the midst of Hell.
37:65 Its shoots are like the devils' heads.
37:66 They will eat from it, so that their bellies are filled up.
37:67 Then they will have with it a drink of boiling liquid.
37:68 Then they will be returned to Hell.
37:69 They had found their parents astray.
37:70 So they too have hastened in their footsteps.
37:71 Most of the previous generations have strayed before them.
37:72 And We had sent to them warners.
37:73 Thus note the consequences for those who were warned.
37:74 Except for the servants of God who are faithful.
37:75 And Noah had called upon Us, for We are the best to respond.
37:76 And We saved him and his family from the great disaster.
37:77 And We made his progeny the one that remained.
37:78 And We kept his history for those who came later.
37:79 Peace be upon Noah among the worlds.
37:80 It is such that We reward the righteous.
37:81 He is of Our believing servants.
37:82 Then We drowned the others.
37:83 And from his clan was Abraham.
37:84 For he came to his Lord with a pure heart.
37:85 When he said to his father and his people: "What are you worshiping?"
37:86 "Is it fabricated gods, instead of God, that you want?"
37:87 "What do you say of the Lord of the worlds?"
37:88 Then he looked towards the stars.
37:89 And he said: "I am ill!"
37:90 So they turned away from him and departed.
37:91 He then went to their gods and said: "Can you not eat?"
37:92 "What is the matter, do you not speak?"
37:93 So he then turned on them, striking with his hand.
37:94 Then they approached him outraged.
37:95 He said: "Do you worship what you carve?"
37:96 "While God has created you, and all that you make!"
37:97 They said: "Build for him a structure, and then cast him into its fire."
37:98 So they wanted to plan against him, but We made them the losers.
37:99 And he said: "I am going to my Lord; He will guide me."
37:100 "My Lord, grant me from among the righteous."
37:101 So We gave him good news of a compassionate boy.
37:102 And when he grew enough to work with him, he said: "My son, I am seeing in a dream that I am sacrificing you. What do you think?" He said: "O my father, do what you are commanded to do. You will find me, God willing, patient."
37:103 So when they both had submitted, and he was laid by his forehead.
37:104 And We called him: "O Abraham,"
37:105 "You have carried out the vision." It was such that We rewarded the righteous.
37:106 Surely, this was an exacting test.
37:107 And We ransomed him with a great animal sacrifice.
37:108 And We kept his history for those who came later.
37:109 Peace be upon Abraham.
37:110 It is thus that We reward the righteous.
37:111 He was of Our believing servants.
37:112 And We gave him the good news of the coming of Isaac, a prophet from among the righteous.
37:113 And We blessed him and Isaac. And from among their progeny, some are righteous, and some are clearly wicked.
37:114 And indeed, We have given Our grace to Moses and Aaron.
37:115 And We saved them and their people from the great disaster.
37:116 And We supported them, so that they became the winners.
37:117 And We gave both the clear Book.
37:118 And We guided them to the straight path.
37:119 And We kept their history for those who came later.
37:120 Peace be upon Moses and Aaron.
37:121 We thus reward the righteous.
37:122 Both of them were among Our believing servants.
37:123 And Elias was one of the messengers.
37:124 When he said to his people: "Would you not be righteous?"
37:125 "Would you call on Ba'al and forsake the best Creator?"
37:126 "God is your Lord, and the Lord of your fathers of old!"
37:127 But they denied him. Thus they were called to account.
37:128 Except for God's loyal servants.
37:129 And We kept his history for those who came later.
37:130 Peace be upon the family of Elias.
37:131 We thus reward the righteous.
37:132 He was one of our believing servants.
37:133 And Lot was one of the messengers.
37:134 When We saved him and all his family.
37:135 Except an old woman who remained.
37:136 Then, We destroyed the rest.
37:137 And you pass by them in the morning;
37:138 And in the night. Do you not comprehend?
37:139 And Jonah was one of the messengers.
37:140 When he escaped to the charged ship.
37:141 And he was guilty, so he became among the losers.
37:142 Thus a whale swallowed him, and he was the one to blame.
37:143 And had it not been that he was one of those who implored,
37:144 He would have stayed in its belly until the Day of Resurrection.
37:145 So We threw him on the shore while he was sick.
37:146 And We caused a pumpkin tree to grow on him.
37:147 And We sent him to a hundred thousand, or more.
37:148 And they believed, so We gave them enjoyment for a time.
37:149 So ask them: "Are the daughters for your Lord, while the sons are for them?"
37:150 Or did We create the angels as females while they witnessed?
37:151 Indeed, it is out of their falsehood that they say:
37:152 "The son of God." And they are liars.
37:153 Has He chosen the daughters over the sons?
37:154 What is wrong with you, how do you judge?
37:155 Will you not remember?
37:156 Or do you have a clear proof?
37:157 Bring forth your book, if you are truthful.
37:158 And they invented a kinship between Him and the Jinn. But the Jinn know that they will be gathered.
37:159 God be glorified from what they describe.
37:160 Except for the servants of God who are faithful.
37:161 "As for you and what you worship."
37:162 "You cannot lead away from Him."
37:163 "Except those who are destined to Hell."
37:164 "Every one of us has a destined station."
37:165 "And we are the ones who are in columns."
37:166 "And we are the ones that glorify."
37:167 And they used to say:
37:168 "If only we had received a reminder from the previous genera- tions,"
37:169 "We would have surely been loyal servants of God."
37:170 But they rejected it. They will come to know.
37:171 Our word had been decreed to Our servants who were sent.
37:172 That they would be made victorious.
37:173 And that Our soldiers are the winners.
37:174 So turn away from them for awhile.
37:175 And observe them; for they will see.
37:176 Do they seek to hasten Our retribution?
37:177 When it comes down to their courtyard, dire will be the morning for those who have been warned.
37:178 And turn away from them for awhile.
37:179 And observe; for they will see.
37:180 Glory be to your Lord, the Lord of greatness, for what they have described.
37:181 And peace be upon the messengers.
37:182 And praise be to God, Lord of the worlds.