Surah 38 Sad - Sad, 88 verses (Makka)
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
- Sad: By the Qur'an, Full of Admonition: (This is
- But the Unbelievers (are steeped) in self-glory and
- How many generations before them did We destroy? In
the end they cried (for mercy)- when there was no
longer time for being saved!
- So they wonder that a Warner has come to them from
among themselves! and the Unbelievers say, "This is a
sorcerer telling lies!
- "Has he made the gods (all) into one God? Truly
this is a wonderful thing!"
- 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)!
- "We never heard (the like) of this among the people
of these latter days: this is nothing but a made-up
- "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
- Or have they the treasures of the mercy of thy
Lord,- the Exalted in Power, the Grantor of Bounties
- 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)!
- But there - will be put to flight even a host of
- Before them (were many who) rejected apostles,- the
people of Noah, and 'Ad, and Pharaoh, the Lord of
- And Thamud, and the people of Lut, and the
Companions of the Wood; - such were the Confederates.
- Not one (of them) but rejected the apostles, but My
punishment came justly and inevitably (on them).
- These (today) only wait for a single mighty Blast,
which (when it comes) will brook no delay.
- They say: "Our Lord! hasten to us our sentence
(even) before the Day of Account!"
- Have patience at what they say, and remember our
servant David, the man of strength: for he ever turned
- It was We that made the hills declare, in unison
with him, Our Praises, at eventide and at break of day,
- And the birds gathered (in assemblies): all with
him did turn (to God).
- We strengthened his kingdom, and gave him wisdom
and sound judgment in speech and decision.
- Has the Story of the Disputants reached thee?
Behold, they climbed over the wall of the private
- 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..
- "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."
- (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 God in repentance).
- So We forgave him this (lapse): he enjoyed, indeed,
a Near Approach to Us, and a beautiful place of (Final)
- 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 God: for those
who wander astray from the Path of God, is a Penalty
Grievous, for that they forget the Day of Account.
- 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
- 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?
- (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.
- To David We gave Solomon (for a son),- How
excellent in Our service! Ever did he turn (to Us)!
- Behold, there were brought before him, at eventide
coursers of the highest breeding, and swift of foot;
- 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):
- "Bring them back to me." then began he to pass his
hand over (their) legs and their necks.
- And We did try Solomon: We placed on his throne a
body (without life); but he did turn (to Us in true
- 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).
- Then We subjected the wind to his power, to flow
gently to his order, Whithersoever he willed,-
- As also the evil ones, (including) every kind of
builder and diver,-
- As also others bound together in fetters.
- "Such are Our Bounties: whether thou bestow them
(on others) or withhold them, no account will be
- And he enjoyed, indeed, a Near Approach to Us, and
a beautiful Place of (Final) Return.
- Commemorate Our Servant Job. Behold he cried to his
Lord: "The Evil One has afflicted me with distress and
- (The command was given:) "Strike with thy foot:
here is (water) wherein to wash, cool and refreshing,
and (water) to drink."
- 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.
- "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)!
- And commemorate Our Servants Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob, possessors of Power and Vision.
- Verily We did choose them for a special (purpose)-
proclaiming the Message of the Hereafter.
- They were, in Our sight, truly, of the company of
the Elect and the Good.
- And commemorate Isma'il, Elisha, and Zul-Kifl: Each
of them was of the Company of the Good.
- This is a Message (of admonition): and verily, for
the righteous, is a beautiful Place of (Final) Return,-
- Gardens of Eternity, whose doors will (ever) be
open to them;
- Therein will they recline (at ease): Therein can
they call (at pleasure) for fruit in abundance, and
- And beside them will be chaste women restraining
their glances, (companions) of equal age.
- Such is the Promise made, to you for the Day of
- Truly such will be Our Bounty (to you); it will
- Yea, such! but - for the wrong-doers will be an
evil place of (Final) Return!-
- Hell!- they will burn therein, - an evil bed
(indeed, to lie on)!-
- Yea, such! - then shall they taste it,- a boiling
fluid, and a fluid dark, murky, intensely cold!-
- And other Penalties of a similar kind, to match
- Here is a troop rushing headlong with you! No
welcome for them! truly, they shall burn in the Fire!
- (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!"
- They will say: "Our Lord! whoever brought this upon
us,- Add to him a double Penalty in the Fire!"
- And they will say: "What has happened to us that we
see not men whom we used to number among the bad ones?
- "Did we treat them (as such) in ridicule, or have
(our) eyes failed to perceive them?"
- Truly that is just and fitting,- the mutual
recriminations of the People of the Fire!
- Say: "Truly am I a Warner: no god is there but the
one God, Supreme and Irresistible,-
- "The Lord of the heavens and the earth, and all
between,- Exalted in Might, able to enforce His Will,
forgiving again and again."
- Say: "That is a Message Supreme (above all),-
- "From which ye do turn away!
- "No knowledge have I of the Chiefs on high, when
they discuss (matters) among themselves.
- 'Only this has been revealed to me: that I am to
give warning plainly and publicly."
- Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: "I am about to
create man from clay:
- "When I have fashioned him (in due proportion) and
breathed into him of My spirit, fall ye down in
obeisance unto him."
- So the angels prostrated themselves, all of them
- Not so Iblis: he was haughty, and became one of
those who reject Faith.
- (God) 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?"
- (Iblis) said: "I am better than he: thou createdst
me from fire, and him thou createdst from clay."
- (God) said: "Then get thee out from here: for thou
art rejected, accursed.
- "And My curse shall be on thee till the Day of
- (Iblis) said: "O my Lord! Give me then respite till
the Day the (dead) are raised."
- (God) said: "Respite then is granted thee-
- "Till the Day of the Time Appointed."
- (Iblis) said: "Then, by Thy power, I will put them
all in the wrong,-
- "Except Thy Servants amongst them, sincere and
purified (by Thy Grace)."
- (God) said: "Then it is just and fitting- and I say
what is just and fitting-
- "That I will certainly fill Hell with thee and
those that follow thee,- every one."
- Say: "No reward do I ask of you for this (Qur'an),
nor am I a pretender.
- "This is no less than a Message to (all) the
- "And ye shall certainly know the truth of it (all)
after a while."
Surah 37 Those Who Set the Ranks
Surah 38 Sad
Surah 39 The Troops