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37 THE RANGERS (1 – 38)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

By the rangers ranging and the scarers scaring and the reciters of a Remembrance, surely your God is One, 5Lord of the heavens and the earth, and of what between them is, Lord of the Easts. We have adorned the lower heaven with the adornment of the stars and to preserve against every rebel Satan; they listen not to the High Council, for they are pelted from every side, rejected, and theirs is an everlasting chastisement, 10except such as snatches a fragment, and he is pursued by a piercing flame.

So ask them for a pronouncement— Are they stronger in constitution, or those We created? We created them of clinging clay. Nay, thou marvellest; and they scoff and, when reminded, do not remember and, when they see a sign, would scoff; 15and they say, ‘This is nothing but manifest sorcery. What, when we are dead and become dust and bones, shall we indeed be raised up? What, and our fathers, the ancients?’ Say: ‘Yes, and in all lowliness.’

For it is only a single scaring, then behold, they are watching 20and they say, ‘Woe, alas for us! This is the Day of Doom.’ ‘This is the Day of Decision, even that you cried lies to. Muster those who did evil, their wives, and that they were serving, apart from God, and guide them unto the path of Hell! 25And halt them, to be questioned:“Why help you not one another?”’ No indeed; but today they resign themselves in submission and advance one upon another, asking each other questions. These say, ‘Why, you of old would come to us from the right hand.’ Those say, ‘No; on the contrary, you were not believers; we had no authority over you; no, you were an insolent people. 30So our Lord's Word is realised against us; we are tasting it. Therefore we perverted you, and we ourselves were perverts.’ So all of them on that day are sharers in the chastisement. Even so We do with the sinners; for when it was said to them, ‘There is no god but God,’ they were ever waxing proud, 35saying, ‘What, shall we forsake our gods for a poet possessed?’ ‘No indeed; but he brought the truth, and confirmed the Envoys. Now certainly you shall be tasting the painful chastisement, and not be recompensed, except according to what you were doing.’

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