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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by Maududi
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Maududi rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 When the Event will come to pas
56:2 – and then there will be no one to deny its occurrence
56:3 (a calamitous Event) that shall turn things upside down
56:4 when the earth will suddenly shake with a terrible shaking
56:5 and the mountains will crumbl
56:6 and will scatter abroad into fine dust
56:7 You shall then become three groups
56:8 The People on the Right: and how fortunate will be the People on the Right
56:9 And the People on the Left: and how miserable will be the People on the Left
56:10 As for the Foremost, they will be the foremost
56:11 They shall be near-stationed (to their Lord)
56:12 in the Gardens of Bliss
56:13 A throng of the ancients
56:14 and a few from later times
56:15 They (will be seated) on gold-encrusted couches
56:16 reclining on them, arrayed face to face
56:17 immortal youths shall go about the
56:18 with goblets and ewers and a cup filled with a drink drawn from a running spring
56:19 a drink by which their minds will not be clouded nor will it cause drunkenness
56:20 they will also go about them with the fruits of which they may choose
56:21 and with the flesh of any fowl that they may desire to eat
56:22 and there shall be wide-eyed maidens
56:23 beautiful as pearls hidden in their shells
56:24 All this shall be theirs as a reward for their deeds
56:25 There they shall hear no idle talk nor any sinful speech
56:26 All talk will be sound and upright
56:27 As for the People on the Right, how fortunate shall be the people on the Right
56:28 They shall be in the midst of thornless lote trees
56:29 and flower-clad acacias
56:30 and extended shade
56:31 and gushing water
56:32 and abundant fruit
56:33 never-ending and unforbidden
56:34 They shall be on upraised couches
56:35 and their spouses We shall have brought them into being afresh
56:36 and shall have made them virgins
56:37 intensely loving and of matching age
56:38 All this will be for the People on the Right
56:39 a large throng from the ancients
56:40 and also a large throng from those of later times
56:41 As for the People on the Left: how miserable will be the People on the Left
56:42 They will be in the midst of scorching wind and boiling water
56:43 and a shade of thick, pitch-black smoke
56:44 which will neither be cool nor soothing
56:45 Surely they had lived before in luxury
56:46 and had persisted in the Great Sin
56:47 They used to say: "What! Once we are dead and are reduced to dust and bones, shall we still be raised to a new life from the dead
56:48 (We) and our fore-fathers of yore?"
56:49 Tell them, (O Prophet): "The earlier ones and the later one
56:50 shall all be brought together on an appointed Day
56:51 Then you, the erring ones and those that gave the lie to the Truth
56:52 shall all eat from the Tree of al-Zaqqum
56:53 filling your bellies with it
56:54 and thereupon you shall drink boiling water
56:55 drinking it as thirsty camels do."
56:56 Thus shall they be entertained on the Day of Recompense
56:57 We have created you, then why would you not confirm it
56:58 Did you ever consider the sperm that you emit
56:59 Do you create a child out of it, or are We its creators
56:60 It is We Who ordained death upon you and We are not to be frustrated
56:61 Had We so wished, nothing could have hindered Us from replacing you by others like yourselves, or transforming you into beings you know nothing about
56:62 You are well aware of the first creation; then, do you learn no lesson from it
56:63 Have you considered the seeds you till
56:64 Is it you or We Who make them grow
56:65 If We so wished, We could have reduced your harvest to rubble, and you would have been left wonder-struck to exclaim
56:66 "We have been penalised
56:67 nay; we have been undone!"
56:68 Did you cast a good look at the water that you drink
56:69 Is it you who brought it down from the clouds or is it We Who brought it down
56:70 If We had so pleased, We could have made it bitter. So why would you not give thanks
56:71 Did you consider the fire which you kindle
56:72 Did you make its tree grow or was it We Who made it grow
56:73 We made it a reminder and a provision for the needy
56:74 Glorify, then, (O Prophet), the name of your Great Lord
56:75 No! I swear by the positions of the stars
56:76 and this is indeed a mighty oath, if only you knew
56:77 that this indeed is a noble Qur´an
56:78 inscribed in a well-guarded Book
56:79 which none but the pure may touch
56:80 a revelation from the Lord of the Universe
56:81 Do you, then, take this discourse in light esteem
56:82 and your portion in it is simply that you denounce it as false
56:83 Why, then, when the soul leaps up to the throat
56:84 the while you are helplessly watching that he is on the verge of death
56:85 – at that moment when We are closer to him than you, although you do not see (Us
56:86 if you are not subject to anyone´s authority
56:87 why are you then not able to bring them back to life if you are truthful
56:88 So if he is one of those who are near-stationed (to Allah)
56:89 then happiness and delight and Gardens of Bliss are his
56:90 And if he is one of the People on the Right
56:91 he will be welcomed by the words: "Peace to you" from the People on the Right
56:92 And if he is one of those who give the lie (to this Message) and go astray
56:93 then he will be served boiling water
56:94 and will be scorched by the Fire
56:95 That indeed is the absolute truth
56:96 So glorify the name of your Great Lord


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