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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by Arthur John Arberry
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Arthur John Arberry rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 When the Terror descends
56:2 (and none denies its descending)
56:3 abasing, exalting,
56:4 when the earth shall be rocked
56:5 and the mountains crumbled
56:6 and become a dust, scattered,
56:7 and you shall be three bands --
56:8 Companions of the Right (O Companions of the Right!)
56:9 Companions of the Left (O Companions of the Left!)
56:10 and the Outstrippers: the Outstrippers
56:11 those are they brought nigh the Throne,
56:12 in the Gardens of Delight
56:13 (a throng of the ancients
56:14 and how few of the later folk)
56:15 upon close-wrought couches
56:16 reclining upon them, set face to face,
56:17 immortal youths going round about them
56:18 with goblets, and ewers, and a cup from a spring
56:19 (no brows throbbing, no intoxication)
56:20 and such fruits as they shall choose,
56:21 and such flesh of fowl as they desire,
56:22 and wide-eyed houris
56:23 as the likeness of hidden pearls,
56:24 a recompense for that they laboured.
56:25 Therein they shall hear no idle talk, no cause of sin,
56:26 only the saying 'Peace, Peace!'
56:27 The Companions of the Right (O Companions of the Right!)
56:28 mid thornless lote-trees
56:29 and serried acacias,
56:30 and spreading shade
56:31 and outpoured waters,
56:32 and fruits abounding
56:33 unfailing, unforbidden,
56:34 and upraised couches.
56:35 Perfectly We formed them, perfect,
56:36 and We made them spotless virgins,
56:37 chastely amorous,
56:38 like of age for the Companions of the Right.
56:39 A throng of the ancients
56:40 and a throng of the later folk.
56:41 The Companions of the Left (O Companions of the Left!)
56:42 mid burning winds and boiling waters
56:43 and the shadow of a smoking blaze
56:44 neither cool, neither goodly;
56:45 and before that they lived at ease,
56:46 and persisted in the Great Sin,
56:47 ever saying, 'What, when we are dead and become dust and bones, shall we indeed be raised up?
56:48 What, and our fathers, the ancients?'
56:49 Say: 'The ancients, and the later folk
56:50 shall be gathered to the appointed time of a known day.
56:51 Then you erring ones, you that cried lies,
56:52 you shall eat of a tree called Zakkoum,
56:53 and you shall fill therewith your bellies
56:54 and drink on top of that boiling water
56:55 lapping it down like thirsty camels.'
56:56 This shall be their hospitality on the Day of Doom.
56:57 We created you; therefore why will you not believe?
56:58 Have you considered the seed you spill?
56:59 Do you yourselves create it, or are We the Creators?
56:60 We have decreed among you Death; We shall not be outstripped;
56:61 that We may exchange the likes of you, and make you to grow again in a fashion you know not.
56:62 You have known the first growth; so why will you not remember?
56:63 Have you considered the soil you till?
56:64 Do you yourselves sow it, or are We the Sowers?
56:65 Did We will, We would make it broken orts, and you would remain bitterly jesting --
56:66 'We are debt-loaded;
56:67 nay, we have been robbed!'
56:68 Have you considered the water you drink?
56:69 Did you send it down from the clouds, or did We send it?
56:70 Did We will, We would make it bitter; so why are you not thankful?
56:71 Have you considered the fire you kindle?
56:72 Did you make its timber to grow, or did We make it?
56:73 We Ourselves made it for a reminder, and a boon to the desert-dwellers.
56:74 Then magnify the Name of thy Lord, the All-mighty.
56:75 No! I swear by the fallings of the stars
56:76 (and that is indeed a mighty oath, did you but know it)
56:77 it is surely a noble Koran
56:78 in a hidden Book
56:79 none but the purified shall touch,
56:80 a sending down from the Lord of all Being.
56:81 What, do you hold this discourse in disdain,
56:82 and do you make it your living to cry lies?
56:83 Why, but when the soul leaps to the throat of the dying
56:84 and that hour you are watching
56:85 (And We are nigher him than you, but you do not see Us)
56:86 why, if you are not at Our disposal,
56:87 do you not bring back his soul, if you speak truly?
56:88 Then, if he be of those brought nigh the Throne,
56:89 there shall be repose and ease, and a Garden of Delight;
56:90 and if he be a Companion of the Right:
56:91 'Peace be upon thee, Companion of the Right!'
56:92 But if he be of them that cried lies, and went astray,
56:93 there shall be a hospitality of boiling water
56:94 and the roasting in Hell.
56:95 Surely this is the truth of certainty.
56:96 Then magnify the Name of thy Lord, the All-mighty.


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