In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.[38.1] Suad, I swear by the Quran, full of admonition.
[38.2] Nay! those who disbelieve are in self-exaltation and opposition.
[38.3] How many did We destroy before them of the generations, then they cried while the time of escaping had passed away.
[38.4] And they wonder that there has come to them a warner from among themselves, and the disbelievers say: This IS an enchanter, a liar.
[38.5] What! makes he the gods a single God? A strange thing is this, to be sure!
[38.6] And the chief persons of them break forth, saying: Go and steadily adhere to your gods; this is most surely a thing sought after.
[38.7] We never heard of this in the former faith; this is nothing but a forgery:
[38.8] Has the reminder been revealed to him from among us? Nay! they are in doubt as to My reminder. Nay! they have not yet tasted My chastisement!
[38.9] Or is it that they have the treasures of the mercy of your Lord, the Mighty, the great Giver?
[38.10] Or is it that theirs is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and what is between them? Then let them ascend by any
[38.11] A host of deserters of the allies shall be here put to flight.
[38.12] The people of Nuh and Ad, and Firon, the lord of spikes, rejected (apostles) before them.
[38.13] And Samood and the people of Lut and the dwellers of the thicket; these were the parties.
[38.14] There was none of them but called the apostles liars, so just was My retribution.
[38.15] Nor do these await aught but a single cry, there being no delay in it.
[38.16] And they say: O our Lord! hasten on to us our portion before the day of reckoning.
[38.17] Bear patiently what they say, and remember Our servant Dawood, the possessor of power; surely he was frequent m returning (to Allah).
[38.18] Surely We made the mountains to sing the glory (of Allah) in unison with him at the evening and the sunrise,
[38.19] And the birds gathered together; all joined in singing with him.
[38.20] And We strengthened his kingdom and We gave him wisdom and a clear judgment.
[38.21] And has there come to you the story of the litigants, when they made an entry into the private chamber by ascending over the walls?
[38.22] When they entered in upon Dawood and he was frightened at them, they said: Fear not; two litigants, of whom one has acted wrongfully towards the other, therefore decide between us with justice, and do not act unjustly, and guide us to the right way.
[38.23] Surely this is my brother; he has ninety-nine ewes and I have a single ewe; but he said: Make it over to me, and he has prevailed against me in discourse.
[38.24] He said: Surely he has been unjust to you in demanding your ewe (to add) to his own ewes; and most surely most of the partners act wrongfully towards one another, save those who believe and do good, and very few are they; and Dawood was sure that We had tried him, so he sought the protection of his Lord and he fell down bowing and turned time after time (to Him).
[38.25] Therefore We rectified for him this, and most surely he had a nearness to Us and an excellent resort.
[38.26] o Dawood ! surely We have made you a ruler in the land; so judge between men with justice and do not follow desire, lest it should lead you astray from the path of Allah; (as for) those who go astray from the path of Allah, they shall surely have a severe punishment because they forgot the day of reckoning.
[38.27] And We did not create the heaven and the earth and what is between them in vain; that is the opinion of those who disbelieve then woe to those who disbelieve on account of the fire.
[38.28] Shall We treat those who believe and do good like the mischief-makers in the earth? Or shall We make those who guard (against evil) like the wicked?
[38.29] (It is) a Book We have revealed to you abounding in good that they may ponder over its verses, and that those endowed with understanding may be mindful.
[38.30] And We gave to Dawood Sulaiman, most excellent the servant! Surely he was frequent in returning (to Allah).
[38.31] When there were brought to him in the evening (horses) still when standing, swift when running--
[38.32] Then he said: Surely I preferred the good things to the remembrance of my Lord-- until the sun set and time for Asr prayer was over, (he said):
[38.33] Bring them back to me; so he began to slash (their) legs and necks.
[38.34] And certainly We tried Sulaiman, and We put on his throne a (mere) body, so he turned (to Allah).
[38.35] He said: My Lord! do Thou forgive me and grant me a kingdom which is not fit for (being inherited by) anyone after me;
[38.36] Then We made the wind subservient to him; it made his command to run gently wherever he desired,
[38.37] And the shaitans, every builder and diver,
[38.38] And others fettered in chains.
[38.39] This is Our free gift, therefore give freely or withhold, without reckoning.
[38.40] And most surely he had a nearness to Us and an excellent resort.
[38.41] And remember Our servant Ayyub, when he called upon his Lord: The Shaitan has afflicted me with toil and torment.
[38.42] Urge with your foot; here is a cool washing-place and a drink.
[38.43] And We gave him his family and the like of them with them, as a mercy from Us, and as a reminder to those possessed of understanding.
[38.44] And take in your hand a green branch and beat her with It and do not break your oath; surely We found him patient; most excellent the servant! Surely he was frequent m returning (to Allah).
[38.45] And remember Our servants Ibrahim and Ishaq and Yaqoub, men of power and insight.
[38.46] Surely We purified them by a pure quality, the keeping m mind of the (final) abode.
[38.47] And most surely they were with Us, of the elect, the best.
[38.48] And remember Ismail and Al-Yasha and Zulkifl; and they were all of the best.
[38.49] This is a reminder; and most surely there is an excellent resort for those who guard (against evil),
[38.50] The gardens of perpetuity, the doors are opened for them.
[38.51] Reclining therein, calling therein for many fruits and drink.
[38.52] And with them shall be those restraining their eyes, equals in age.
[38.53] This is what you are promised for the day of reckoning.
[38.54] Most surely this is Our sustenance; it shall never come to an end;
[38.55] This (shall be so); and most surely there is an evil resort for the inordinate ones;
[38.56] Hell; they shall enter it, so evil is the resting-place.
[38.57] This (shall be so); so let them taste it, boiling and intensely cold (drink).
[38.58] And other (punishment) of the same kind-- of various sorts.
[38.59] This is an army plunging in without consideration along with you; no welcome for them, surely they shall enter fire.
[38.60] They shall say: Nay! you-- no welcome to you: you did proffer it to us, so evil is the resting-place.
[38.61] They shall say: Our Lord! whoever prepared it first for us, add Thou to him a double chastisement in the fire.
[38.62] And they shall say: What is the matter with us that we do not see men whom we used to count among the vicious?
[38.63] Was it that we (only) took them in scorn, or have our eyes (now) turned aside from them?
[38.64] That most surely is the truth: the contending one with another of the inmates of the fire.
[38.65] Say: I am only a warner, and there is no god but Allah, the One, the Subduer (of all):
[38.66] The Lord of the heavens and the earth and what is between them, the Mighty, the most Forgiving.
[38.67] Say: It is a message of importance,
[38.68] (And) you are turning aside from it:
[38.69] 1 had no knowledge of the exalted chiefs when they contended:
[38.70] Naught is revealed to me save that I am a plain warner.
[38.71] When your Lord said to the angels; Surely I am going to create a mortal from dust:
[38.72] So when I have made him complete and breathed into him of My spirit, then fall down making obeisance to him.
[38.73] And the angels did obeisance, all of them,
[38.74] But not Iblis: he was proud and he was one of the unbelievers.
[38.75] He said: O Iblis! what prevented you that you should do obeisance to him whom I created with My two hands? Are you proud or are you of the exalted ones?
[38.76] He said: I am better than he; Thou hast created me of fire, and him Thou didst create of dust.
[38.77] He said: Then get out of it, for surely you are driven away:
[38.78] And surely My curse is on you to the day of judgment.
[38.79] He said: My Lord! then respite me to the day that they are raised.
[38.80] He said: Surely you are of the respited ones,
[38.81] Till the period of the time made known.
[38.82] He said: Then by Thy Might I will surely make them live an evil life, all,
[38.83] Except Thy servants from among them, the purified ones.
[38.84] He said: The truth then is and the truth do I speak:
[38.85] That I will most certainly fill hell with you and with those among them who follow you, all.
[38.86] Say: I do not ask you for any reward for it; nor am I of those who affect:
[38.87] It is nothing but a reminder to the nations;
[38.88] And most certainly you will come to know about it after a time.