[Yusufali 38:1] Sad: By the Qur’an, Full of Admonition: (This is the Truth).
[Yusufali 38:2] But the Unbelievers (are steeped) in self-glory and Separatism.
[Yusufali 38:3] How many generations before them did We destroy? In the end they cried (for mercy)- when there was no longer time for being saved!
[Yusufali 38:4] So they wonder that a Warner has come to them from among themselves! and the Unbelievers say, “This is a sorcerer telling lies!
[Yusufali 38:5] “Has he made the gods (all) into one Allah? Truly this is a wonderful thing!”
[Yusufali 38:6] And the leader among them go away (impatiently), (saying), “Walk ye away, and remain constant to your gods! For this is truly a thing designed (against you)!
[Yusufali 38:7] “We never heard (the like) of this among the people of these latter days: this is nothing but a made-up tale!”
[Yusufali 38:8] “What! has the Message been sent to him – (Of all persons) among us?”…but they are in doubt concerning My (Own) Message! Nay, they have not yet tasted My Punishment!
[Yusufali 38:9] Or have they the treasures of the mercy of thy Lord,- the Exalted in Power, the Grantor of Bounties without measure?
[Yusufali 38:10] Or have they the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all between? If so, let them mount up with the ropes and means (to reach that end)!
[Yusufali 38:11] But there – will be put to flight even a host of confederates.
[Yusufali 38:12] Before them (were many who) rejected messengers,- the people of Noah, and ‘Ad, and Pharaoh, the Lord of Stakes,
[Yusufali 38:13] And Thamud, and the people of Lut, and the Companions of the Wood; – such were the Confederates.
[Yusufali 38:14] Not one (of them) but rejected the messengers, but My punishment came justly and inevitably (on them).
[Yusufali 38:15] These (today) only wait for a single mighty Blast, which (when it comes) will brook no delay.
[Yusufali 38:16] They say: “Our Lord! hasten to us our sentence (even) before the Day of Account!”
[Yusufali 38:17] Have patience at what they say, and remember our servant David, the man of strength: for he ever turned (to Allah).
[Yusufali 38:18] It was We that made the hills declare, in unison with him, Our Praises, at eventide and at break of day,
[Yusufali 38:19] And the birds gathered (in assemblies): all with him did turn (to Allah).
[Yusufali 38:20] We strengthened his kingdom, and gave him wisdom and sound judgment in speech and decision.
[Yusufali 38:21] Has the Story of the Disputants reached thee? Behold, they climbed over the wall of the private chamber;
[Yusufali 38:22] When they entered the presence of David, and he was terrified of them, they said: “Fear not: we are two disputants, one of whom has wronged the other: Decide now between us with truth, and treat us not with injustice, but guide us to the even Path..
[Yusufali 38:23] “This man is my brother: He has nine and ninety ewes, and I have (but) one: Yet he says, ‘commit her to my care,’ and is (moreover) harsh to me in speech.”
[Yusufali 38:24] (David) said: “He has undoubtedly wronged thee in demanding thy (single) ewe to be added to his (flock of) ewes: truly many are the partners (in business) who wrong each other: Not so do those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, and how few are they?”…and David gathered that We had tried him: he asked forgiveness of his Lord, fell down, bowing (in prostration), and turned (to Allah in repentance).
[Yusufali 38:25] So We forgave him this (lapse): he enjoyed, indeed, a Near Approach to Us, and a beautiful place of (Final) Return.
[Yusufali 38:26] O David! We did indeed make thee a vicegerent on earth: so judge thou between men in truth (and justice): Nor follow thou the lusts (of thy heart), for they will mislead thee from the Path of Allah: for those who wander astray from the Path of Allah, is a Penalty Grievous, for that they forget the Day of Account.
[Yusufali 38:27] Not without purpose did We create heaven and earth and all between! that were the thought of Unbelievers! but woe to the Unbelievers because of the Fire (of Hell)!
[Yusufali 38:28] Shall We treat those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, the same as those who do mischief on earth? Shall We treat those who guard against evil, the same as those who turn aside from the right?
[Yusufali 38:29] (Here is) a Book which We have sent down unto thee, full of blessings, that they may mediate on its Signs, and that men of understanding may receive admonition.
[Yusufali 38:30] To David We gave Solomon (for a son),- How excellent in Our service! Ever did he turn (to Us)!
[Yusufali 38:31] Behold, there were brought before him, at eventide coursers of the highest breeding, and swift of foot;
[Yusufali 38:32] And he said, “Truly do I love the love of good, with a view to the glory of my Lord,”- until (the sun) was hidden in the veil (of night):
[Yusufali 38:33] “Bring them back to me.” then began he to pass his hand over (their) legs and their necks.
[Yusufali 38:34] And We did try Solomon: We placed on his throne a body (without life); but he did turn (to Us in true devotion):
[Yusufali 38:35] He said, “O my Lord! Forgive me, and grant me a kingdom which, (it may be), suits not another after me: for Thou art the Grantor of Bounties (without measure).
[Yusufali 38:36] Then We subjected the wind to his power, to flow gently to his order, Whithersoever he willed,-
[Yusufali 38:37] As also the evil ones, (including) every kind of builder and diver,-
[Yusufali 38:38] As also others bound together in fetters.
[Yusufali 38:39] “Such are Our Bounties: whether thou bestow them (on others) or withhold them, no account will be asked.”
[Yusufali 38:40] And he enjoyed, indeed, a Near Approach to Us, and a beautiful Place of (Final) Return.
[Yusufali 38:41] Commemorate Our Servant Job. Behold he cried to his Lord: “The Evil One has afflicted me with distress and suffering!”
[Yusufali 38:42] (The command was given:) “Strike with thy foot: here is (water) wherein to wash, cool and refreshing, and (water) to drink.”
[Yusufali 38:43] And We gave him (back) his people, and doubled their number,- as a Grace from Ourselves, and a thing for commemoration, for all who have Understanding.
[Yusufali 38:44] “And take in thy hand a little grass, and strike therewith: and break not (thy oath).” Truly We found him full of patience and constancy. How excellent in Our service! ever did he turn (to Us)!
[Yusufali 38:45] And commemorate Our Servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, possessors of Power and Vision.
[Yusufali 38:46] Verily We did choose them for a special (purpose)- proclaiming the Message of the Hereafter.
[Yusufali 38:47] They were, in Our sight, truly, of the company of the Elect and the Good.
[Yusufali 38:48] And commemorate Isma’il, Elisha, and Zul-Kifl: Each of them was of the Company of the Good.
[Yusufali 38:49] This is a Message (of admonition): and verily, for the righteous, is a beautiful Place of (Final) Return,-
[Yusufali 38:50] Gardens of Eternity, whose doors will (ever) be open to them;
[Yusufali 38:51] Therein will they recline (at ease): Therein can they call (at pleasure) for fruit in abundance, and (delicious) drink;
[Yusufali 38:52] And beside them will be chaste women restraining their glances, (companions) of equal age.
[Yusufali 38:53] Such is the Promise made, to you for the Day of Account!
[Yusufali 38:54] Truly such will be Our Bounty (to you); it will never fail;-
[Yusufali 38:55] Yea, such! but – for the wrong-doers will be an evil place of (Final) Return!-
[Yusufali 38:56] Hell!- they will burn therein, – an evil bed (indeed, to lie on)!-
[Yusufali 38:57] Yea, such! – then shall they taste it,- a boiling fluid, and a fluid dark, murky, intensely cold!-
[Yusufali 38:58] And other Penalties of a similar kind, to match them!
[Yusufali 38:59] Here is a troop rushing headlong with you! No welcome for them! truly, they shall burn in the Fire!
[Yusufali 38:60] (The followers shall cry to the misleaders:) “Nay, ye (too)! No welcome for you! It is ye who have brought this upon us! Now evil is (this) place to stay in!”
[Yusufali 38:61] They will say: “Our Lord! whoever brought this upon us,- Add to him a double Penalty in the Fire!”
[Yusufali 38:62] And they will say: “What has happened to us that we see not men whom we used to number among the bad ones?
[Yusufali 38:63] “Did we treat them (as such) in ridicule, or have (our) eyes failed to perceive them?”
[Yusufali 38:64] Truly that is just and fitting,- the mutual recriminations of the People of the Fire!
[Yusufali 38:65] Say: “Truly am I a Warner: no god is there but the one Allah, Supreme and Irresistible,-
[Yusufali 38:66] “The Lord of the heavens and the earth, and all between,- Exalted in Might, able to enforce His Will, forgiving again and again.”
[Yusufali 38:67] Say: “That is a Message Supreme (above all),-
[Yusufali 38:68] “From which ye do turn away!
[Yusufali 38:69] “No knowledge have I of the Chiefs on high, when they discuss (matters) among themselves.
[Yusufali 38:70] ‘Only this has been revealed to me: that I am to give warning plainly and publicly.”
[Yusufali 38:71] Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: “I am about to create man from clay:
[Yusufali 38:72] “When I have fashioned him (in due proportion) and breathed into him of My spirit, fall ye down in obeisance unto him.”
[Yusufali 38:73] So the angels prostrated themselves, all of them together:
[Yusufali 38:74] Not so Iblis: he was haughty, and became one of those who reject Faith.
[Yusufali 38:75] (Allah) said: “O Iblis! What prevents thee from prostrating thyself to one whom I have created with my hands? Art thou haughty? Or art thou one of the high (and mighty) ones?”
[Yusufali 38:76] (Iblis) said: “I am better than he: thou createdst me from fire, and him thou createdst from clay.”
[Yusufali 38:77] (Allah) said: “Then get thee out from here: for thou art rejected, accursed.
[Yusufali 38:78] “And My curse shall be on thee till the Day of Judgment.”
[Yusufali 38:79] (Iblis) said: “O my Lord! Give me then respite till the Day the (dead) are raised.”
[Yusufali 38:80] (Allah) said: “Respite then is granted thee-
[Yusufali 38:81] “Till the Day of the Time Appointed.”
[Yusufali 38:82] (Iblis) said: “Then, by Thy power, I will put them all in the wrong,-
[Yusufali 38:83] “Except Thy Servants amongst them, sincere and purified (by Thy Grace).”
[Yusufali 38:84] (Allah) said: “Then it is just and fitting- and I say what is just and fitting-
[Yusufali 38:85] “That I will certainly fill Hell with thee and those that follow thee,- every one.”
[Yusufali 38:86] Say: “No reward do I ask of you for this (Qur’an), nor am I a pretender.
[Yusufali 38:87] “This is no less than a Message to (all) the Worlds.
[Yusufali 38:88] “And ye shall certainly know the truth of it (all) after a while.”
[Yusufali 38:1] Sad: By the Qur’an, Full of Admonition: (This is the Truth).