38. Saad (The letter Saad)

Meccan, 88 verses

In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

  1. S. (Saad). By the Quran, having reminders.

  2. Yet those who disbelieve are in self-admiration and opposition.

  3. How many of a generation did We destroy before them, and they called out (for help) and it was too late to escape?

  4. And they are surprised that a warner has come to them from them, and the disbelievers say: “This is a lying magician.

  5. Has he made the gods into one god? This is certainly a strange thing.”

  6. And the leaders of them went off (saying:) “Go on and persevere about your gods, indeed this is certainly something wanted (and expected from you).

  7. We did not hear this in the previous faith, this is only an invention.

  8. Was the reminder (only) sent down to him among us?” No, they are in doubt about My reminder, rather they have not tasted My punishment.

  9. Or the treasures of mercy of your Lord the powerful and the giver are with them?

  10. Or do they have the rule of the skies and the earth and whatever between them? (If they do,) then they should go up by the means (that they have).

  11. They are an army of the parties defeated in there.

  12. People of Noah and Aad and Pharaoh, the owners of the stakes (pyramids), denied before them.

  13. And Thamud and people of Lot and the inhabitants of the woods (people of Shu'aib/Jethro), they were the parties (that denied the messengers).

  14. They all denied the messengers, so they deserved My punishment.

  15. And these are only awaiting a single awful blast, which there would not be any delay for it (or any comeback).

  16. And they say: “Our Lord, rush us our share (of punishment) before the day of reckoning.”

  17. Be patient about what they say, and remember Our servant David having the power, indeed he was repentant.

  18. Indeed We controlled the mountains to glorify (Us) with him in the evening and the sunrise.

  19. And the birds gathering, all returning to him (to glorify God).

  20. And We strengthened his kingdom and We gave him wisdom and the decisive (and expressive) speech.

  21. And did the news of the (two) adversaries come to you when they climbed the chamber?

  22. When they entered upon David and he was afraid of them, they said: “Do not fear, we are two adversaries, one of us has wronged the other, so judge between us with the truth and do not be unfair, and guide us to the even (and right) path.

  23. Indeed this is my brother, and he has ninety nine female sheep and I have a single female sheep and he says put her in my care, and he overpowers me in the speech.”

  24. He (David) said: “He has certainly wronged you by asking (to add) your female sheep to his female sheep, and indeed most partners do wrong to one another, except those who believe and do good, and they are few.” And David assumed that We have tested him, so he asked forgiveness of his Lord, and fell down humbly and repented.

  25. So We forgave him that, and indeed he has closeness with Us and a good place of return.

  26. David, indeed We made you a successor on the earth, so judge between people with truth and do not follow the desire, for it misguides you from God's way. Indeed those who lose God's way have a severe punishment because they forgot the day of reckoning.

  27. And We did not create the sky and the earth and whatever is between them without purpose. That is the thinking of those who disbelieve. So woe to those who disbelieve, from the fire.

  28. Or should We place those who believe and do good the same as the corruptors on the earth, or should We place those who are cautious (of God) the same as the immoral ones!?

  29. (This is) a blessed book that We have sent it down to you, so that they think about its verses, and so that people of understanding (reasonable people) take notice.

  30. And We gave David, Solomon, an excellent servant, indeed he was repentant.

  31. When he was presented with the stallions of excellent breed in the evening,

  32. he said: “Indeed I liked the love of good (things) over remembrance of my Lord” until they disappeared behind the partition.

  33. (He said:)”Bring them back to me.” and he rubbed the legs and the necks (of the horses).

  34. And We certainly tested Solomon by throwing a (dead) body on his chair, then he repented.

  35. He said: “My Lord, forgive me, and give me a kingdom that is not likely for anyone after me, indeed you are the giver.”

  36. Then We brought the wind under his control to blow gently by his command wherever he wanted,

  37. and the devils, every builder and diver

  38. and others, tied together in chains.

  39. (We told him:) “This is Our gift, so give or keep without any limit.”

  40. And indeed he had closeness with Us and a good place of return.

  41. And remember Our servant Job, when he called his Lord: “Indeed Satan has touched me with pain and suffering.”

  42. (We told him:) “Stomp with your foot, this is cool water to wash and to drink.”

  43. And We gave him his family and the like of them with them (doubled his family) as a mercy from Us and as a reminder for people of understanding (reasonable people).

  44. (We told him:) “Take a bunch (of hay) in your hand and strike with it and do not break your oath.” Indeed We found him patient, an excellent servant, indeed he was repentant.

  45. And remember Our servants, Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, men of power and insight.

  46. And We made them devoted (to Us) through a pure (trait of) remembering the home (of the Hereafter).

  47. And indeed they are among the chosen and the good ones in Our view.

  48. And remember Ishmael and Al-Yasa'a (Elisha) and Zul-kifl (man of the responsibility), all among the good ones.

  49. This (Quran) is a reminder, and indeed those who are cautious (of God) have a good place of return.

  50. Eternal gardens, with the doors open for them,

  51. reclining (and relaxing) in there, they call for many fruits and drinks in there,

  52. and there are girls of equal age and restrained glances with them.

  53. This is what you are promised for the day of reckoning.

  54. Indeed this is Our provision, which there is no end to it.

  55. This (is for the believers) and for the rebellious there is a bad place of return.

  56. Hell, a miserable resting place, they will enter (and burn in) there.

  57. This is what they should taste it, boiling water and pus,

  58. and other kinds of that type.

  59. This is a group rushing (and pushing) with you (rebellious ones), there is no welcome for them, indeed they enter (and burn in) the fire.

  60. They will say: “No, there is no welcome for you (either), you brought it upon us, and it is the miserable place to stay.”

  61. They (will continue to) say: “Our Lord, whoever brought this upon us, then double/multiply his punishment in the fire.

  62. And they (the rebellious ones) will say: “What is with us, we do not see men whom we used to count among the bad ones?

  63. Did we make fun of them (by mistake), or did the eyes overlook (and missed) them?”

  64. Indeed this dispute of the people of fire is true.

  65. Say: “I am only a warner, and there is no god except God, the One, the supreme (and dominant),

  66. the Lord of the skies and the earth and whatever is between them, the powerful, the forgiver.”

  67. Say: “It is a great news,

  68. that you turn away from it,

  69. I have no knowledge of the high assembly (angels) when they disputed,

  70. it is only revealed to me that I am a clear warner.”

  71. When your Lord said to the angels: “I am creator of a human being from clay,

  72. so when I shape him and blow My breath of life (or spirit) into him, then fall down prostrating (and humbly) before him.”

  73. So the angels, all of them together, prostrated (and showed humbleness),

  74. except Iblis (Satan) who was arrogant and became one of the disbelievers.

  75. He (God) said: “Iblis, what prevented you from prostrating (and being humble) before what I created with My hands (and My power), are you arrogant or are you among the supreme ones?”

  76. He said: “I am better than him, You created me from fire and You created him from clay.”

  77. He (God) said: “Then, get out of here, indeed you are expelled,

  78. and indeed My curse is upon you until the Judgment Day.”

  79. He said: “Give me time until the day that they are raised.”

  80. He (God) said: “Indeed you are of those given a delay,

  81. until the known time.”

  82. He said: “By Your honor (and power) I shall mislead them all,

  83. except your devoted servants among them.”

  84. He (God) said: “This is the truth and I say the truth,

  85. I shall fill hell from you and from those of them who follow you, altogether.”

  86. Say: “I do not ask you for any wage for it (delivering the message) and I am not of the pretenders (and the fake ones).

  87. This (Quran) is only a reminder for humankind.

  88. And you shall know its news after a while.”