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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by Rashad Khalifa
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Rashad Khalifa rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 When the inevitable comes to pass.
56:2 Nothing can stop it from happening.
56:3 It will lower some, and raise others.
56:4 The earth will be shaken up.
56:5 The mountains will be wiped out.
56:6 As if they never existed.
56:7 You will be stratified into three kinds.
56:8 Those who deserved bliss will be in bliss.
56:9 Those who deserved misery will be in misery.
56:10 Then there is the elite of the elite.
56:11 They are those who will be closest (to God).
56:12 In the gardens of bliss.
56:13 Many from the first generations.
56:14 Few from the later generations.
56:15 On luxurious furnishings.
56:16 Enjoying everything, they will be neighbors.
56:17 Serving them will be immortal servants.
56:18 With cups, pitchers and pure drinks.
56:19 They never run out, nor do they get bored.
56:20 Fruits of their choice.
56:21 Meat of birds that they desire.
56:22 Beautiful mates.
56:23 Like protected pearls.
56:24 Rewards for their works.
56:25 They never hear any nonsense therein, nor sinful utterances.
56:26 Only the utterance: "Peace, peace."
56:27 Those of the right side, will be on the right side.
56:28 In lush orchards
56:29 Fragrant fruits.
56:30 Extended shade.
56:31 Abundant water.
56:32 Many fruits.
56:33 Never ending; never forbidden.
56:34 Luxurious furnishings.
56:35 We create for them mates.
56:36 Never previously touched.
56:37 Perfectly matched.
56:38 For those on the right side.
56:39 Many from the early generations.
56:40 Many from the later generations.
56:41 Those of the left, will be on the left.
56:42 In misery and inferno.
56:43 Even their shade is hot.
56:44 Never cool, never tolerable.
56:45 They used to be rich.
56:46 They insisted on the great blasphemy.
56:47 They said, "After we die and turn to dust and bones, we get resurrected?
56:48 "Does this include our forefathers?"
56:49 Say, "The early generations and the later generations.
56:50 "Will be summoned to a meeting on a predetermined day.
56:51 "Then you, O disbelieving strayers.
56:52 "Will eat from the trees of bitterness.
56:53 "Filling your bellies therefrom.
56:54 "Then drinking on top of it hellish drinks.
56:55 "Then adding drinks of sand."
56:56 Such is their share on the Day of Judgment.
56:57 We have created you, if you could only believe!
56:58 Have you noted the semen that you produce?
56:59 Did you create it, or did we?
56:60 We have predetermined death for you. Nothing can stop us -
56:61 from substituting new generations in your place, and establishing what you do not know.
56:62 You know about the first creation. Do you not remember?
56:63 Have you noted the crops you reap?
56:64 Did you grow them, or did we?
56:65 If we will, we can turn it into hay. Then you will lament:
56:66 "We lost.
56:67 "We are deprived."
56:68 Have you noted the water you drink?
56:69 Did you send it down from the clouds, or did we?
56:70 If we will, we can make it salty. You should be thankful.
56:71 Have you noted the fire you ignite?
56:72 Did you initiate its tree, or did we?
56:73 We rendered it a reminder, and a useful tool for the users.
56:74 You shall glorify the name of your Lord, the Great.
56:75 I swear by the positions of the stars.
56:76 This is an oath, if you only knew, that is awesome.
56:77 This is an honorable Quran.
56:78 In a protected book.
56:79 None can grasp it except the sincere.
56:80 A revelation from the Lord of the universe.
56:81 Are you disregarding this narration?
56:82 Do you make it your business that you disbelieve?
56:83 When the time comes and it (your soul) reaches your throat -
56:84 you will then look around.
56:85 We are closer to it than you are, but you do not see.
56:86 If it is true that you do not owe any accounting -
56:87 why do you not restore (your soul), if you are truthful?
56:88 If he is one of those close to Me -
56:89 then joy, flowers, and gardens of bliss.
56:90 And if he is one of the right -
56:91 peace is the lot of those on the right.
56:92 But if he is one of the disbelievers, the strayers -
56:93 then an abode of inferno -
56:94 and burning in Hell.
56:95 This is the absolute truth.
56:96 You shall glorify the name of your Lord, the Great.


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