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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by T.B.Irving
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T.B.Irving rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 When the Inevitable arrives
56:2 no one will deny its happening,
56:3 humbling, exalting!
56:4 The earth will be rocked with a jolt
56:5 and the mountains crumble to pieces
56:6 and become dust that is scattered about.
56:7 You will form three groups:
56:8 the Companions on the Right (What do the Companions on the Right [mean]?);
56:9 the Companions on the Left (What do the Companions on the Unlucky side [mean]?);
56:10 and the Pioneers will be out there leading!
56:11 Those will be the nearest
56:12 in gardens of bliss,
56:13 a multitude from early men
56:14 and a few from later ones
56:15 on couches set close together,
56:16 leaning back on them, facing one another.
56:17 Immortal youths will stroll around them
56:18 with glasses, pitchers, and a cup from a fountain
56:19 which will not upset them nor dull their senses;
56:20 and any fruit that they may choose,
56:21 and the meat from any fowl they may desire;
56:22 and bright-eyed damsels [chaste] just like treasured pearls,
56:23 as a reward for what they have been doing.
56:24 They will not hear any idle talk there nor any fault-finding,
56:25 merely people saying: "Peace! Peace!"
56:26 The Companions on the Right-
56:27 what about the Companions on the Right?
56:28 [They will be] among hawthoms trimmed of their thorns,
56:29 and bananas piled bunch on bunch,
56:30 with their shade spread out,
56:31 water pouring forth,
56:32 and plenty of fruit
56:33 which is neither rationed nor forbidden,
56:34 and padded furniture raised [off the floor].
56:35 We have produced special women
56:36 and made them (ever) virgins,
56:37 easy to get along with and of their same age,
56:38 for the Companions on the Right,
56:39 a multitude from early men
56:40 as well as a multitude from later ones.
56:41 The Companions on the Unlucky side, what about the Companions on the Left?
56:42 In a scorching wind, scalding water,
56:43 and the shade of pitch-black smoke,
56:44 which is neither cool nor refreshing.
56:45 They had been luxuriating before that happened
56:46 and persisted in awesome blasphemy,
56:47 and kept on saying: ´When we have died and become dust and bones, will we be raised up again?
56:48 Along with our earliest forefathers?"
56:49 SAY: "The earlier and the later ones
56:50 will be gathered together for an appointment on a well-known day.
56:51 Then you mistaken rejectors
56:52 will be eating something from the Infernal Tree,
56:53 filling (your) bellies with it
56:54 and drinking scalding water in addition,
56:55 lapping it up, the way thirsty [camels] drink."
56:56 Such will be their fare on the Day for Repayment!
56:57 We created you, if you would only acknowledge it.
56:58 Have you ever considered what you emit?
56:59 Did you create it, or are We its Creators?
56:60 We have ordained death for (all of) you; no one will get ahead to prevent Us
56:61 from changing your attributes, and transforming you into something you would never recognize.
56:62 You know about the first transformation, if you will only recall it.
56:63 Have you considered what you plant as crops?
56:64 Do you farm it or are We the Farmers?
56:65 If We so wished, We would turn it into chaff so you would do nothing but exclaim:
56:66 "We are debt-ridden;
56:67 in fact, we are destitute!"
56:68 Have you ever considered the water you drink?
56:69 Do you pour down from the rainclouds or are, We its Pourers?
56:70 If We so wished, We might make it brackish. If you would only act grateful!
56:71 Have you considered the Fire you kindle?
56:72 Are you the ones who grow its trees [for firewood] or are We their Growers?
56:73 We have granted it as a Reminder and enjoyment for those living in the wilderness.
56:74 So celebrate your Lord´s almighty name!
56:75 Yet I swear by the stars´ positions
56:76 (it is a serious oath, if you only knew it!)
56:77 that it is a Noble Quran
56:78 [kept] as a treasured Book
56:79 which none but the purified may touch,
56:80 something sent down by the Lord of the Universe.
56:81 Are you (all) trying to dodge this report?
56:82 Are you making [the fact] that you reject it into your means of livelihood?
56:83 Why not -when [your soul] leaps to your throat [at death]
56:84 and you are then observing,
56:85 (We are even Nearer to it than you are, even though you do not notice it)-
56:86 provided you are not under any obligation,
56:87 answer back if you are truthful...!
56:88 Thus if he is one of those who are drawn close
56:89 [he will have] contentment, fragrance, and a garden of bliss-
56:90 while if he is one of the Companions on the Right:
56:91 Peace be on you [will be the greeting) from the Companions on the Right.
56:92 However if he is one of the mistaken rejectors
56:93 a welcome of scalding water
56:94 plus a roasting in Hades [will await him].
56:95 This is the absolute Truth;
56:96 So celebrate our Lord´s almighty name!


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