Quran Chapter 37


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.