Holy Quran 37

1I CALL TO witness those who stand arrayed in rows,
2And those who restrain by reprimanding,
3And those who recite the Reminder,
4Verily your God is One,
5The Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them, and the Lord of the Easts.
6He decked the nearest heavens with ornaments of stars,
7Protecting them against every wayward devil,
8So that they are not able to listen to the angels of higher (echelons), and are pelted from all sides
9And kept far away. There is perpetual punishment for them,
10Except those who eavesdrop and are pursued by a shooting flame.
11So ask them if they are more difficult to create, or the rest We have created? Indeed (man) We created from fermented clay.
12Yet while you are filled with wonder, they just scoff;
13And when they are warned they pay no heed.
14When they see a sign, they laugh at it,
15And say: "This is only magic.
16When we are dead and turned to dust and bones, how can we be raised again,
17And our fathers too?"
18You say: "Yes; and you will be lowly made."
19There will only be a single jerk, and they will gape,
20And say: "Ah woe! This is the Day of Reckoning."
21"(Yes,) this is the Day of Judgement you had called a lie."
22Gather all the wicked together and their comrades, and those they had worshipped
23Other than God," (the angels will be told), "then show them the way to Hell,
24And detain them, for they will be questioned."
25"What is the matter with you that you do not help each other?"
26They will submit to questioning then,
27And some of them will confront the others,
28Saying: "It were you who imposed yourselves upon us."
29They will say: "No, you were the ones who would not believe.
30We had no power over you. In fact, you were a people rebellious.
31The sentence of our Lord has come true for us. We have certainly to taste (the punishment),
32For we had led you astray. In fact we ourselves were astray."
33So, they will become partners in punishment.
34That is how We deal with sinners.
35They were those who, when it was said to them, "There is no god but God," behaved with insolence,
36And said: "Should we abandon our gods for the sake of an insane poet?"
37Not in the least. He has brought the truth and confirmed the other messengers.
38You will indeed taste a painful punishment,
39And be rewarded but only for what you had done,
40Except the chosen creatures of God,
41Whose provision is predetermined --
42Fruits of every kind, and they will be honoured
43In gardens of delight,
44(Sitting) on couches, face to face,
45With cups from a flowing stream being passed around,
46Clear, delicious to drink,
47Neither dulling the senses nor intoxicating,
48And with them maidens of modest look and large lustrous eyes,
49Like sheltered eggs in a nest.
50Then one turned to the other in an enquiry.
51Said one of the speakers: "I had a friend
52Who used to say: 'Are you one of those who can testify to the truth?
53(Do you think) we would be paid back our due when we are dead and reduced to dust and bones?'
54He said: 'Will you look down?'
55He looked down and saw (his friend) in the midst of Hell.
56'By God', he said, 'you had almost ruined me.
57Had it not been for the grace of my Lord I too would have been there (in Hell).
58(Another will say:)"Is it true, we are not going to die
59Other than our first death, and we shall not be punished?
60This will indeed be great happiness.
61For this the toilers should strive."
62Is this better or the tree of Zaqqum
63Which We have reserved as punishment for evil-doers?
64It is a tree that grows at the bottom of Hell.
65Its spathes are like the prickly pear.
66They will eat and fill their bellies with it,
67Washing it down with boiling water.
68Then to Hell they will surely be returned.
69They had found their fathers astray,
70Yet they hasten to follow in their footsteps.
71So had many an earlier people gone astray,
72And We had sent admonishers to them.
73Look, then how was the end of those who had been warned,
74Other than the chosen creatures of God.
75Noah had verily called to Us. And how gracious was He who answered (him).
76We saved him and his family from the great affliction,
77And made his progeny survive,
78And left (his name) for posterity.
79Peace on Noah among all men.
80That is how We reward those who do good.
81Surely he was among Our faithful creatures.
82Afterwards We drowned the others.
83And Abraham indeed was of his inducement,
84When he came to his Lord with a heart compliant,
85When he said to his father and his people: "What is this you worship?
86Why do you solicit false gods instead of God?
87What do you imagine the Lord of the worlds to be?"
88Then he looked up at the stars (they worshipped),
89And said: "I am sick (of what you worship)!"
90But they turned their backs on him and went away.
91Then he turned towards their gods and said: "Why do you not eat (of these offerings)?
92What is wrong with you that you do not speak?"
93Then he started striking them down with his right hand.
94So the people descended upon him.
95"Why do you worship these you carve yourselves," he asked,
96"When God has created you and what you make?"
97"Build a pyre for him and throw him into the raging fire."
98So they contrived a plot against him, but We made them abject.
99And he said: "I am going away to my Lord who will show me the way.
100(And he prayed:) "O Lord, grant me a righteous son."
101So We gave him the good news of a clement son.
102When he was old enough to go about with him, he said: "O my son, I dreamt that I was sacrificing you. Consider, what you think?" He replied: "Father, do as you are commanded. If God pleases you will find me firm."
103When they submitted to the will of God, and (Abraham) laid (his son) down prostrate on his temple,
104We called out: "O Abraham,
105You have fulfilled your dream." Thus do We reward the good.
106That was indeed a trying test.
107So We ransomed him for a great sacrifice,
108And left (his hallowed memory) for posterity.
109Peace be on Abraham.
110That is how We reward those who do good.
111He is truly among Our faithful creatures.
112So We gave him the good news of Isaac, apostle, who is among the righteous.
113And We blessed him and Isaac. Among their descendants are some who do good, but some who wrong themselves.
114We were indeed gracious to Moses and Aaron,
115And saved them and their people from great distress,
116And helped them, so they were victorious.
117We gave them the explicit Book,
118And showed them the straight path,
119And left (their remembrance) for posterity.
120Peace be on Moses and Aaron.
121That is how We reward those who do good.
122They are among Our faithful devotees.
123Verily Elias is one of the apostles.
124When he said to his people: "Will you not be mindful of God?
125Would you call on Baal and leave the best of creators,
126God, your Lord, and the Lord of your fathers?"
127They denied him, and will surely be brought to punishment,
128Except the chosen creatures of God.
129And We left his (memory) for posterity.
130Peace be on Elias.
131That is how We reward those who do good.
132He is truly among Our faithful devotees.
133Verily Lot was one of the apostles,
134Wherefore We saved him and his entire family
135Except an old woman who was one of those who stayed behind.
136Then We destroyed the others.
137You pass by (their habitations) in the morning
138Or at night. Then how is it you do not understand?
139Verily Jonah is one of the apostles.
140When he fled on the laden ship,
141And lots were cast (when a storm overtook them), he was rejected, (and thrown overboard).
142Then he was swallowed by a large fish as he was worthy of blame.
143Had he not been one of those who struggled hard,
144He would have stayed in its belly till the day the dead are raised.
145So We cast him, sick, on a barren shore,
146And We made a gourd tree grow over him.
147We sent him to a hundred thousand men or more,
148And they came to believe; so We allowed them to enjoy the good things of life for an age.
149Now ask them if their Lord has daughters, and they sons?
150Or did We make the angels females, and they witnessed it?
151Is it not a lie invented by them when they say:
152"God has begotten (children)?" They are liars indeed!
153Does He prefer sons to daughters?
154What ails you that you judge in such a wise?
155Why do you not reflect?
156Or have you received some clear authority?
157Then bring your scripture, if what you say is true.
158They link Him with jinns by lineage, yet the jinns know they will be brought before Him.
159God is too glorious for what they ascribe to Him
160Except His chosen creatures who do not.
161So neither you nor those you worship
162Can mislead anyone away from Him,
163Except one who is (destined) to burn in Hell.
164"There is not one of us who does not have his appointed place," (declare the angels.)
165"And we are truly those who stand in rows,
166And we are those who sing hallelujas to Him."
167They used to say:
168If we had the account of earlier people with us,
169We would have been the chosen creatures of God."
170Yet now (that it has come) they refuse to believe in it; but they will come to know soon.
171Our word had already been given before to Our votaries, the apostles, --
172That they would be helped,
173And that certainly Our armies will be victorious.
174So you ignore them for a time
175And wait; they will come to know soon.
176Do they want to hasten Our punishment?
177When it comes down on their plains, it will be an evil dawn for those who had been warned.
178So turn away from them for a time
179And watch; they will come to know soon.
180Too glorious is your Lord, the Lord of power, for what they ascribe to Him.
181So peace be on the messengers,
182And all praise to God, the Lord of all the worlds.