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al-Qamar (The Moon)
as rendered by Edward Henry Palmer
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Edward Henry Palmer rendition of Surah The Moon(al-Qamar)
54:1 The Hour draws nigh, and the moon is split asunder.
54:2 But if they see a sign they turn aside and say, 'Magic, continuous!'
54:3 And they call it a lie and follow their lusts; but every matter is settled!
54:4 There has come to them some information with restraint in it -
54:5 wisdom far-reaching - but warners avail not!
54:6 But turn thy back on them! The day when the caller shall call to an awkward thing.
54:7 Humbly casting down their looks shall they come forth from their graves, as though they were locusts scattered abroad!
54:8 Hurrying forwards to the caller! the misbelievers shall say, 'This is a difficult day!'
54:9 Noah's people before them called (the apostles) liars; they called our servant a liar; and they said, 'Mad!' and he was rejected.
54:10 And he called upon his Lord, 'Verily, I am overcome, come then to my help!'
54:11 And we opened the gates of heaven with water pouring down!
54:12 And we made the earth burst forth in springs, and the waters met at a bidding already decreed.
54:13 But we bore him on the thing of planks and nails;
54:14 sailing on beneath our eyes, a reward for him who had been disbelieved!
54:15 And we left it a sign;- but is there any one who will mind?
54:16 ???--- Not identifiable ---???
54:17 ???--- Not identifiable ---???
54:18 'Ad called the apostles liars, and how was my punishment and my warning?
54:19 Verily, we sent on them a cold storm wind on a day of continuous ill-luck!
54:20 It reft men away as though they had been palm stumps torn up!
54:21 ???--- Not identifiable ---???
54:22 We have made the Qur'an easy as a reminder - but is there any one who will mind?
54:23 Thamud called the warnings lies,
54:24 and said, 'A mortal, one of us, alone, shall we follow him? then indeed were we in error and excitement!
54:25 'Is the warning cast on him alone among us? nay, he is an insolent liar!
54:26 'They shall know to-morrow about the insolent liar!
54:27 'Verily, we are about to send the she-camel as a trial for them, then watch them and have patience!
54:28 and inform them that the water is shared between them (and her); each draught shall be sought by turns.'
54:29 Then they called their companion, and he plied (a knife) and hamstrung her.
54:30 Then how was my punishment and my warning?
54:31 Verily, we sent against them one noise, and they were like the dry sticks of him who builds a fold.
54:32 We have made the Qur'an easy as a reminder - but is there any one who will mind?
54:33 Lot's people called the apostles liars;
54:34 verily, we sent against them a heavy sand storm; all, save Lot's family, we saved them at the dawn.
54:35 As a favour from us; so do we reward him who gives thanks!
54:36 He indeed had warned them of our assault, but they doubted of the warning.
54:37 And they desired his guest, and we put out their eyes.- 'So taste ye my torment and warning!'
54:38 And there overtook them on the morning a settled punishment!-
54:39 'So taste ye my torment and warning!'
54:40 We have made the Qur'an easy as a reminder - but is there any one who will mind?
54:41 The warning came to Pharaoh's people;
54:42 they called, our signs all lies, and we seized on them with the seizing of a mighty powerful one.
54:43 Are your misbelievers better than they? or have ye an exemption in the Scriptures?
54:44 Or do they say we are a victorious company?
54:45 The whole shall be routed and shall turn their backs in flight.
54:46 Nay, the Hour is their promised time! and the Hour is most severe and bitter!
54:47 Verily, the sinners are in error and excitement.
54:48 On the day when they shall be dragged to the fire upon their faces!- 'Taste ye the touch of hell.'
54:49 Verily, everything have we created by decree,
54:50 and our bidding is but one (word), like the twinkling of an eye!
54:51 We have destroyed the like of you - but is there any who will mind?
54:52 And everything they do is in the books,
54:53 and everything small and great is written down.
54:54 Verily, the pious shall be amid gardens and rivers,
54:55 in the seat of truth, with the powerful king.


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