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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by Musharraf Hussain
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Musharraf Hussain rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 When the Inevitable Event happens,
56:2 no one will be a denier.
56:3 Some will be humiliated, others honoured.
56:4 When the Earth trembles violently,
56:5 the mountains will crumble
56:6 and become scattered dust.
56:7 That Day you will be sorted out into three lots:
56:8 first will be people of the right hand; how wonderful will be those of the right hand!
56:9 Second will be people of the left hand; how wretched will be those of the left hand!
56:10 And third will be in the first rank, the foremost;
56:11 closest to Allah.
56:12 They will enjoy the delights of Paradise.
56:13 Many from the earlier generations,
56:14 but a few from the later generations
56:15 Resting on couches decked with jewels,
56:16 they will enjoy each other’s company face to face.
56:17 Served by young people of timeless youth
56:18 carrying glasses and jugs full of the purest wine,
56:19 which doesn’t give headache nor drunkenness,
56:20 they will choose to eat fruit of all kinds
56:21 and relish roasted bird’s meat.
56:22 Their spouses will be beautiful,
56:23 like hidden pearls.
56:24 A reward for what they used to do.
56:25 They will hear neither idle talk, nor sinful conversation,
56:26 only the greetings of peace
56:27 And the people of the right hand, how wonderful are the people of the right hand,
56:28 living among thornless cedar trees,
56:29 bunches of bananas,
56:30 widely-spread cool shade,
56:31 water fountains,
56:32 lots of fruit
56:33 never ending, never out of reach.
56:34 They will have the most beautiful partners
56:35 We especially created for them,
56:36 made them virgins,
56:37 passionately loving and young –
56:38 especially for the people of the right-hand.
56:39 Many from the earlier generations,
56:40 and many from later generations
56:41 The people of the left hand, how wretched will be those of the left hand.
56:42 They will be living in surroundings of scorching winds and boiling water
56:43 in the shadow of dark smoke,
56:44 neither cool nor comforting.
56:45 In the past life they lived in luxury,
56:46 and kept committing the grave sin of idolatry.
56:47 And said, “What, when we are dead and turned to dust and bones, will we be resurrected?
56:48 And our forefathers too?”
56:49 Tell them: “Those of the past and the later generations
56:50 will be gathered together at a fixed time on a known Day.
56:51 Then, you the misled and the deniers,
56:52 you will be forced to eat fruit from the Zaqqum tree,
56:53 filling your bellies with it,
56:54 forced to drink boiling water,
56:55 you’ll drink it like thirsty camels.”
56:56 This is their hospitality, on Judgement Day
56:57 We created you, why don’t you accept this?
56:58 Haven’t you considered the semen you emit?
56:59 Did you create it yourselves, or are We its Creator?
56:60 We decreed, death will surround you, and nothing can stop Us
56:61 from changing you and recreating you anew, something you don’t know.
56:62 Since you know well your first creation in the mother’s womb, why don’t you pay attention?
56:63 Haven’t you considered what you sow?
56:64 Do you make it grow, or are We its growers?
56:65 If We wanted, We could have turned it into a stubble after harvest, and you would be left to wonder:
56:66 “Why are we debtors!
56:67 No, in fact we have been robbed.”
56:68 Haven’t you considered the water that you drink?
56:69 Do you send the rain from clouds or are We the senders?
56:70 If We wanted we could make it bitter, so why don’t you thank Allah?
56:71 Have you considered the fire you light?
56:72 Did you make the wood or are We its makers?
56:73 We made fire a reminder of Hell and a beneficial thing for the traveller.
56:74 So glorify the Name of your Mighty Lord
56:75 I swear by the positions of the stars,
56:76 if only you knew, this is indeed a mighty oath.
56:77 Indeed this is a Majestic Quran,
56:78 stored in a hidden Book;
56:79 only the clean ones can touch it.
56:80 A Revelation from the Lord of the worlds.
56:81 So how can you disrespect Scripture like this?
56:82 And from its blessings all you could receive is denying it?
56:83 Why, then, when a dying person’s last breath comes to the throat, you can’t return it?
56:84 You watch helplessly?
56:85 Though We are closer to him than you, though you can’t see.
56:86 Why do you think that you are not dependent on Us?
56:87 If you are truthful, why can’t you cause that ebbing life to return
56:88 So the dying person if they were from the closest to Allah,
56:89 they shall be comfortable in fragrant and blissful Paradise.
56:90 And if they are from the people of the right hand,
56:91 they shall be greeted with: “Peace be with you from people of the right hand.”
56:92 But if they happen to be one of the deniers, misguided,
56:93 their welcome will be boiling water,
56:94 a blazing fire of Hell!
56:95 This is the convincing truth,
56:96 Messenger; glorify the Name of Your Mighty Lord


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