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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by Sher Ali
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Sher Ali rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 When the Inevitable event comes to pass
56:2 There is no denying its coming to pass
56:3 Some it will bring low, others it will exalt
56:4 When the earth will be shaken with a terrible shaking
56:5 And mountains will be scattered - a complete scattering
56:6 They shall all become like dust particles scattered about
56:7 And you shall be divided into three groups
56:8 Those on the right hand - how lucky are those on the right hand
56:9 And those on the left hand - how unlucky are those on the left hand
56:10 And the foremost; they are truly the foremost
56:11 They will be those near to God
56:12 And will be in the Gardens of Bliss
56:13 A large party from among the first believers
56:14 And a few from among the later ones
56:15 Seated on couches inwrought with gold and jewels
56:16 Reclining thereon, facing each other
56:17 There will wait on them youths who will not age
56:18 Carrying goblets and ewers and cups filled out of a flowing spring
56:19 No headache will they get therefrom, nor will they be intoxicated
56:20 And carrying such fruits as they choose
56:21 And flesh of birds as they may desire
56:22 And there will be fair maidens with wide, lovely eyes
56:23 Like pearls well-preserved
56:24 As a reward for what they did
56:25 They will not hear therein any vain or sinful talk
56:26 Except only the word of salutation - `Peace, peace.
56:27 Those on the right hand - how lucky are those on the right hand !
56:28 They will be amidst thornless lote-trees
56:29 And clustered bananas
56:30 And extended shade
56:31 And flowing water
56:32 And abundant fruit
56:33 Neither failing, nor forbidden
56:34 And they will have noble spouses
56:35 Verily, WE have created them a good creation
56:36 And made them virgins
56:37 Loving, of equal age
56:38 For those on the right hand
56:39 A large party from among the first believers
56:40 And a large party from among the later ones
56:41 And those on the left hand - how unlucky are those on the left hand !
56:42 They will be in the midst of scorching winds and scalding water
56:43 And under the shadow of pitch-black smoke
56:44 Neither cool nor wholesome
56:45 Before this they lived in a life of ease and plenty
56:46 And persisted in extreme sinfulness
56:47 And they were wont to say, `What ! when we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we, indeed, be raised again
56:48 `And our fathers of yore too?
56:49 Say, `Yes, the earlier ones and the later ones
56:50 `Will all be gathered together unto the fixed time of an appointed day
56:51 `Then, O ye that have gone astray and have rejected the truth
56:52 `You will, surely, eat of the tree of Zaqqhm
56:53 And will fill your bellies therewith
56:54 `And will drink boiling water, on top of that
56:55 `Drinking as the insatiable thirsty camels drink.
56:56 This will be their entertainment on the Day of Judgment
56:57 WE have created you. Why, then do you not accept the truth
56:58 What think ye of the sperm-drop that you emit
56:59 Is it you who have created it, or are WE the Creator
56:60 WE have ordained death for all of you; and WE cannot be hindered
56:61 From bringing in your place others like you, and from developing you into a form which you know not
56:62 And you have, certainly, known the first creation. Why, then, do you not reflect
56:63 Do you see what you sow
56:64 Is it you who cause it to grow, or are WE the grower
56:65 If WE so pleased, WE could reduce it all to withered stubble, then you would keep lamenting
56:66 `We are laden with debt
56:67 `Nay, we are totally deprived of everything.
56:68 Have you considered the water which you drink
56:69 Do you send it down from the clouds, or are WE the Sender
56:70 If WE so pleased, WE could make it bitter. Why, then, do you not give thanks
56:71 Have you considered the fire which you kindle
56:72 Is it you who produce the tree for it, or are WE the Producer
56:73 WE have made it a reminder and benefit for the wayfarers
56:74 So glorify the name of thy Lord, the Great
56:75 Nay, I cite as proof the shooting of the stars
56:76 And, indeed, that is a grand testimony, if you only knew
56:77 This is, indeed, a noble Qur'an
56:78 In a well-preserved Book
56:79 Which none shall touch except those who are purified
56:80 It is a revelation from the Lord of the worlds
56:81 Is it this divine discourse that you would reject
56:82 And do you make the denial thereof your means of livelihood
56:83 Why, then, when the soul of the dying man reaches the throat
56:84 And you are at that moment looking on
56:85 And WE are nearer to him than you, but you see not
56:86 Why, then, if you are not to be called to account
56:87 You cannot bring it back if you are truthful
56:88 Now if he be of those who are near to God
56:89 Then for him is comfort and fragrance of happiness and Garden of bliss
56:90 And if he be of those of the right hand
56:91 Then, `Peace be ever on thee, O thou, of those of the right hand !
56:92 But if he be of those who reject the truth and are in error
56:93 Then for him will be an entertainment of boiling water
56:94 And burning in Hell
56:95 Verily, this is the certain truth
56:96 So glorify the name of thy Lord, the Incomparably Great


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