37b. As-Saffat (51 to 100)
A speaker of them saith : Lo! I had a comrade, Who used to say : Art thou in truth of those who put faith , Can we , when we are dead and have become mere dust …
A speaker of them saith : Lo! I had a comrade
Who used to say : Art thou in truth of those who put faith ( in his words ) ?
Can we , when we are dead and have become mere dust and bones , can we ( then ) verily be brought to book?
He saith : Will ye look?
Then looketh he and seeth him in the depth of hell .
He saith : By Allah , thou verily didst all but cause my ruin ,
And had it not been for the favor of my Lord , I too had been of those haled forth ( to doom ) .
Are we then not to die
Saving our former death , and are we not to he punished?
Lo! this is the supreme triumph .
For the like of this , then , let the workers work .
Is this better as a welcome , or the tree of Zaqqam?
Lo! We have appointed it a torment for wrong doers .
Lo! it is a tree that springeth in the heart of hell
Its crop is as it were the heads of devils
And lo! they verily must eat thereof , and fill ( their ) bellies therewith .
And afterward , lo! thereupon they have a drink of boiling water
And afterward , lo! their return is surely unto hell .
They indeed found their fathers astray ,
But they make haste ( to follow ) in their footsteps .
And verily most of the men of old went astray before them ,
And verily We sent among them warners .
Then see the nature of the consequence for those warned ,
Save singled minded slaves of Allah .
And Noah verily prayed unto Us , and gracious was the Hearer of his prayer
And We saved him and his household from the great distress ,
And made his seed the survivors ,
And left for him among the later folk ( the salutation ) :
Peace be unto Noah among the peoples!
Lo! thus do We reward the good .
Lo! he is one of Our believing slaves .
Then We did drown the others .
And lo! of his persuasion verily was Abraham
When he came unto his Lord with a whole heart ;
When he said unto his father and his folk : What is it that ye worship?
Is it a falsehood gods beside Allah that ye desire?
What then is your opinion of the Lord of the Worlds?
And he glanced a glance at the stars
Then said : Lo! I feel sick!
And they turned their backs and went away from him
Then turned he to their gods and said : Will ye not eat?
What aileth you that ye speak not?
Then he attacked them , striking with his right hand .
And ( his people ) came toward him , hastening .
He said : Worship ye that which ye yourselves do carve
When Allah hath created you and what ye make?
They said : Build for him a building and fling him in the red hot fire .
And they designed a snare for him , but We made them the undermost .
And he said : Lo! I am going unto my Lord Who will guide me
My Lord! Vouchsafe me of the righteous .