SAFFAT ( THE RANK MAKERS)
(Revealed at Mecca – contains 182 verses, 5 sections)
Allah - beginning with the name of - the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
[Saffat 37:1] By oath of those who establish proper ranks.
[Saffat 37:2] And by oath of those who herd with a stern warning.
[Saffat 37:3] And by oath of the groups that read the Qur’an.
[Saffat 37:4] Indeed your God is surely only One.
[Saffat 37:5] Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them - and the Lord of the sun’s rising points.
[Saffat 37:6] We have indeed adorned the lowest heaven with stars as ornaments.
[Saffat 37:7] And to protect it from every rebellious devil.
[Saffat 37:8] They cannot listen to the speech of those on higher elevations and they are targeted from every side.
[Saffat 37:9] To make them flee, and for them is a never-ending punishment.
[Saffat 37:10] Except one who sometimes steals a part, so a blazing flame goes after him.
[Saffat 37:11] Therefore ask them (O dear Prophet Mohammed - peace and blessings be upon him), “Are they a stronger creation, or are other things of our creation, (the angels, the heavens etc.)?” We have indeed created them from sticky clay.
[Saffat 37:12] Rather you are surprised, whereas they keep mocking.
[Saffat 37:13] And they do not understand, when explained to.
[Saffat 37:14] And whenever they see a sign, they mock at it.
[Saffat 37:15] And they say, “This is nothing but clear magic.”
[Saffat 37:16] “When we are dead and have turned into dust and bones, will we certainly be raised again?”
[Saffat 37:17] “And also our forefathers?”
[Saffat 37:18] Proclaim, “Yes, and with disgrace.”
[Saffat 37:19] So that is just a single jolt, thereupon they will begin staring.
[Saffat 37:20] And will say, “O our misfortune!” It will be said to them, “This is the Day of Justice.”
[Saffat 37:21] “This is the Day of Judgement, which you used to deny!”
[Saffat 37:22] “Gather all the unjust persons and their spouses, and all that they used to worship!” -
[Saffat 37:23] “Instead of Allah - and herd them to the path leading to hell.”
[Saffat 37:24] “And stop them - they are to be questioned.”
[Saffat 37:25] “What is the matter with you, that you do not help one another?”
[Saffat 37:26] In fact this day they have all surrendered.
[Saffat 37:27] And some of them inclined towards others, mutually questioning.
[Saffat 37:28] They said, “It is you who used to come to us from our right, in order to sway.”
[Saffat 37:29] They will answer, “You yourselves did not have faith!”
[Saffat 37:30] “And we did not have any control over you; but in fact you yourselves were rebellious.”
[Saffat 37:31] “So the Word of our Lord has proved true upon us; we will surely have to taste (the punishment).”
[Saffat 37:32] “We therefore led you astray, for we ourselves were astray!”
[Saffat 37:33] So this day they all are partners in the punishment.
[Saffat 37:34] This is how We deal with the guilty.
[Saffat 37:35] Indeed, when it was said to them, “There is no God except Allah”, they were haughty.
[Saffat 37:36] And used to say, “Shall we forsake our Gods upon the sayings of a mad poet?”
[Saffat 37:37] In fact he has brought the Truth, and testified for the Noble Messengers!
[Saffat 37:38] “You surely have to taste the painful punishment.”
[Saffat 37:39] “And you will not be compensated except for your deeds.”
[Saffat 37:40] Except the chosen bondmen of Allah.
[Saffat 37:41] For them is the sustenance known to Us.
[Saffat 37:42] Fruits; and they will be honoured.
[Saffat 37:43] In Gardens of peace.
[Saffat 37:44] Facing one another on thrones.
[Saffat 37:45] Cups of wine will be presented to them in rounds, from a spring flowing in front of them.
[Saffat 37:46] White, delicious for the drinkers.
[Saffat 37:47] Neither does it intoxicate, nor give a headache.
[Saffat 37:48] And with them are those who do not set gaze upon men except their husbands, the maidens with gorgeous eyes.
[Saffat 37:49] As if they were eggs, safely hidden.
[Saffat 37:50] So one among them turns to the other, questioning. -
[Saffat 37:51] The speaker among them said, “I had a companion.” -
[Saffat 37:52] “Who used to tell me, ‘Do you believe it is true?’ -
[Saffat 37:53] ‘That when we are dead and have turned into dust and bones, that we will either be rewarded or punished?’ ”
[Saffat 37:54] He said (to others on the thrones), “Will you take a glimpse (into hell) below?”
[Saffat 37:55] He therefore looked down and saw him amidst the blazing fire.
[Saffat 37:56] He said, “By Allah, you had nearly ruined me!”
[Saffat 37:57] “And were it not for the munificence of my Lord, I too would have been seized and brought forth (captive)!”
[Saffat 37:58] “So are we never to die?” (The people of Paradise will ask the angels, with delight, after the announcement of everlasting life.)
[Saffat 37:59] “Except our earlier death, and nor will we be punished?”
[Saffat 37:60] “This is, most certainly, the supreme success.”
[Saffat 37:61] For such a reward should the workers perform.
[Saffat 37:62] So is this welcome better, or the tree of Zaqqum?
[Saffat 37:63] We have indeed made that a punishment for the unjust.
[Saffat 37:64] Indeed it is a tree that sprouts from the base of hell.
[Saffat 37:65] Its fruit like the heads of demons.
[Saffat 37:66] So indeed they will eat from it, and fill their bellies with it.
[Saffat 37:67] Then after it, indeed for them is the drink of boiling hot water.
[Saffat 37:68] Then surely their return is towards hell.
[Saffat 37:69] They had indeed found their forefathers astray.
[Saffat 37:70] So they hastily follow their footsteps!
[Saffat 37:71] And indeed before them, most of the former people went astray.
[Saffat 37:72] And indeed We had sent Heralds of warnings among them.
[Saffat 37:73] Therefore see what sort of fate befell those who were warned!
[Saffat 37:74] Except the chosen bondmen of Allah.
[Saffat 37:75] And indeed Nooh prayed to Us – so what an excellent Acceptor of Prayer We are!
[Saffat 37:76] And We rescued him and his household from the great calamity.
[Saffat 37:77] And We preserved his descendants.
[Saffat 37:78] And We kept his praise among the latter generations.
[Saffat 37:79] Peace be upon Nooh, among the entire people.
[Saffat 37:80] This is how We reward the virtuous.
[Saffat 37:81] He is indeed one of Our high ranking, firmly believing bondmen.
[Saffat 37:82] We then drowned the others.
[Saffat 37:83] And indeed Ibrahim is from his (Nooh’s) group.
[Saffat 37:84] When he came to his Lord, with a sound heart. (Free from falsehood).
[Saffat 37:85] When he said to his father (paternal uncle) and his people, “What do you worship?”
[Saffat 37:86] “What! You desire, through fabrication, Gods other than Allah?”
[Saffat 37:87] “So what do you assume regarding the Lord Of The Creation?” (That He will not punish you?)
[Saffat 37:88] He then shot a glance at the stars.
[Saffat 37:89] He then said, “I feel sick (of you)!”
[Saffat 37:90] And they turned their backs on him and went away. (The pagans thought he would transmit the disease).
[Saffat 37:91] He then sneaked upon their deities and said, “Do you not eat?”
[Saffat 37:92] “What is the matter with you, that you do not say anything?”
[Saffat 37:93] He then began striking them with his right hand, unseen by the people.
[Saffat 37:94] So the disbelievers came running towards him.
[Saffat 37:95] He said, “What! You worship what you yourselves have sculpted?”
[Saffat 37:96] “Whereas Allah has created you and your actions?”
[Saffat 37:97] They said, “Construct a building (furnace) for him, and then cast him in the blazing fire!”
[Saffat 37:98] So they tried to execute their evil scheme upon him – We therefore degraded them. (Allah saved him, by commanding the fire to turn cool).
[Saffat 37:99] And he said, “Indeed I shall go to my Lord Who will guide me.”
[Saffat 37:100] “My Lord! Give me a meritorious child.”
[Saffat 37:101] We therefore gave him the glad tidings of an intelligent son.
[Saffat 37:102] And when he became capable of working with him, Ibrahim said, “O my son, I dreamt that I am sacrificing you - therefore now consider what is your opinion”; he said, “O my father! Do what you are commanded! Allah willing, you will soon find me patiently enduring!”
[Saffat 37:103] Then (remember) when they both submitted to Allah’s command, and Ibrahim lay his son facing downwards. (The knife did not hurt Ismail)
[Saffat 37:104] And We called out to him, “O Ibrahim!”
[Saffat 37:105] “You have indeed made the dream come true”; and this is how We reward the virtuous.
[Saffat 37:106] Indeed this was a clear test.
[Saffat 37:107] And We rescued him in exchange of a great sacrifice. (The sacrifice of Ibrahim and Ismail – peace be upon them – is commemorated every year on 10,11 and 12 Zil Haj).
[Saffat 37:108] And We kept his praise among the latter generations.
[Saffat 37:109] Peace be upon Ibrahim!
[Saffat 37:110] This is how We reward the virtuous.
[Saffat 37:111] He is indeed one of Our high ranking, firmly believing bondmen.
[Saffat 37:112] And We gave him the glad tidings of Ishaq, a Herald of the Hidden, from among those who deserve Our proximity.
[Saffat 37:113] And We sent blessings upon him and Ishaq; and among their descendants - some who do good deeds, and some who clearly wrong themselves.
[Saffat 37:114] And We indeed did a great favour to Moosa and Haroon.
[Saffat 37:115] And rescued them and their people from the great calamity.
[Saffat 37:116] And We helped them, so they were victorious.
[Saffat 37:117] And We bestowed the clear Book to both of them.
[Saffat 37:118] And guided them to the Straight Path.
[Saffat 37:119] And We kept their praise among the latter generations.
[Saffat 37:120] Peace be upon Moosa and Haroon!
[Saffat 37:121] This is how We reward the virtuous.
[Saffat 37:122] Indeed they are two of Our high ranking, firmly believing bondmen.
[Saffat 37:123] And indeed Ilyas is one of the Noble Messengers.
[Saffat 37:124] When he said to his people, “Do you not fear?”
[Saffat 37:125] “What! You worship Baal (an idol) and leave the Best Creator?” -
[Saffat 37:126] “Allah, Who is, your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers?”
[Saffat 37:127] In response they denied him, so they will surely be brought forth as captives.
[Saffat 37:128] Except the chosen bondmen of Allah.
[Saffat 37:129] And We kept his praise among the latter generations.
[Saffat 37:130] Peace be upon Ilyas!
[Saffat 37:131] This is how We reward the virtuous.
[Saffat 37:132] He is indeed one of Our high ranking, firmly believing bondmen.
[Saffat 37:133] And indeed Lut is one of the Noble Messengers.
[Saffat 37:134] When We rescued him and his entire household.
[Saffat 37:135] Except an old woman, who became of those who stayed behind.
[Saffat 37:136] We then destroyed the others.
[Saffat 37:137] And indeed you pass over them in the morning. -
[Saffat 37:138] And during the night; so do you not have sense?
[Saffat 37:139] And indeed Yunus is one of the Noble Messengers.
[Saffat 37:140] When he left towards the laden ship.
[Saffat 37:141] Then lots were drawn and he became of those who were pushed into the sea.
[Saffat 37:142] The fish then swallowed him and he blamed himself. (For not waiting for Allah’s command.)
[Saffat 37:143] And were he not one of those who praise. -
[Saffat 37:144] He would have remained in its belly till the day when all will be raised.
[Saffat 37:145] We then put him ashore on a plain, and he was sick.
[Saffat 37:146] And We grew a tree of gourd (as a shelter) above him.
[Saffat 37:147] And We sent him towards a hundred thousand people, in fact more.
[Saffat 37:148] So they accepted faith - We therefore gave them usage for a while.
[Saffat 37:149] Therefore ask them (O dear Prophet Mohammed - peace and blessings be upon him), whether the daughters are for your Lord and the sons for them!
[Saffat 37:150] Or that have We created the angels as females, while they were present?
[Saffat 37:151] Pay heed! It is their slander that they say. –
[Saffat 37:152] That “Allah has offspring”; and indeed, surely, they are liars.
[Saffat 37:153] “Has he chosen daughters instead of sons?”
[Saffat 37:154] “What is the matter with you? What sort of a judgement you impose!”
[Saffat 37:155] “So do you not ponder?”
[Saffat 37:156] “Or do you have some clear proof?”
[Saffat 37:157] “Then bring forth your Book, if you are truthful!”
[Saffat 37:158] And they have appointed a relationship between Him and the jinns; and indeed the jinns surely know that they will be brought forth.
[Saffat 37:159] Purity is to Allah from the matters they fabricate.
[Saffat 37:160] Except the chosen bondmen of Allah.
[Saffat 37:161] Therefore you and all what you worship. (The disbelievers and their deities.)
[Saffat 37:162] You cannot make anyone rebel against Him.
[Saffat 37:163] Except the one who will go into the blazing fire.
[Saffat 37:164] And the angels say, “Each one of us has an appointed known position.”
[Saffat 37:165] “And indeed we, with our wings spread, await the command.”
[Saffat 37:166] “And indeed we are those who say His purity.”
[Saffat 37:167] And indeed the disbelievers used to say, -
[Saffat 37:168] “If we had some advice from the earlier generations,” -
[Saffat 37:169] “We would certainly be the chosen bondmen of Allah.”
[Saffat 37:170] They therefore denied it, so they will soon come to know.
[Saffat 37:171] And indeed Our Word has already gone forth for Our bondmen who were sent.
[Saffat 37:172] That undoubtedly, only they would be helped.
[Saffat 37:173] And surely, only Our army would be victorious.
[Saffat 37:174] Therefore turn away from them for some time.
[Saffat 37:175] And watch them, for they will soon see.
[Saffat 37:176] So are they being impatient for Our punishment?
[Saffat 37:177] So when it does descend in their courtyards – so what an evil morning it will be for those who were warned!
[Saffat 37:178] And turn away from them for some time.
[Saffat 37:179] And wait, for they will soon see.
[Saffat 37:180] Purity is to your Lord, the Lord of Honour, from all what they say.
[Saffat 37:181] And peace is upon the Noble Messengers.
[Saffat 37:182] And all praise is to Allah, the Lord Of The Creation.
END OF SURAH