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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by George Sale
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George Sale rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 When the inevitable day of judgment shall suddenly come,
56:2 no soul shall charge the prediction of its coming with falsehood:
56:3 It will abase some, and exalt others.
56:4 When the earth shall be shaken with a violent shock;
56:5 and the mountains shall be dashed in pieces,
56:6 and shall become as dust scattered abroad;
56:7 and ye shall be separated into three distinct classes:
56:8 The companions of the right hand; -- how happy shall the companions of the right hand be! --
56:9 And the companions of the left hand; -- how miserable shall the companions of the left hand be! --
56:10 And those who have preceded others in the faith, shall precede them to paradise.
56:11 These are they who shall approach near unto God:
56:12 They shall dwell in gardens of delight:
56:13 -->
56:14 and few of the last. --
56:15 Reposing on couches adorned with gold and precious stones;
56:16 sitting opposite to one another thereon.
56:17 Youths which shall continue in their bloom for ever, shall go round about to attend them,
56:18 with goblets, and beakers, and a cup of flowing wine:
56:19 Their heads shall not ache by drinking the same, neither shall their reason be disturbed:
56:20 And with fruits of the sorts which they shall choose,
56:21 and the flesh of birds of the kind which they shall desire.
56:22 And there shall accompany them fair damsels having large black eyes;
56:23 resembling pearls hidden in their shells:
56:24 As a reward for that which they shall have wrought.
56:25 They shall not hear therein any vain discourse, or any charge of sin;
56:26 but only the salutation, Peace! Peace!
56:27 And the companions of the right hand -- how happy shall the companions of the right hand be! --
56:28 shall have their abode among lote trees free from thorns,
56:29 and trees of mauz loaded regularly with their produce from top to bottom;
56:30 under an extended shade,
56:31 near a flowing water,
56:32 and amidst fruits in abundance,
56:33 which shall not fail, nor shall be forbidden to be gathered:
56:34 And they shall repose themselves on lofty beds:
56:35 Verily We have created the damsels of paradise by a peculiar creation:
56:36 And We have made them virgins,
56:37 beloved by their husbands, of equal age with them;
56:38 for the delight of the companions of the right hand.
56:39 There shall be many of the former religions,
56:40 and many of the latter.
56:41 And the companions of the left hand -- how miserable shall the companions of the left hand be! --
56:42 Shall dwell amidst burning winds, and scalding water,
56:43 under the shade of a black smoke,
56:44 neither cool nor agreeable.
56:45 For they enjoyed the pleasures of life before this, while on earth;
56:46 and obstinately persisted in a heinous wickedness:
56:47 And they said, after we shall have died, and become dust and bones, shall we surely be raised to life?
56:48 Shall our forefathers also be raised with us?
56:49 Say, verily both the first and the last,
56:50 shall surely be gathered together to judgment, at the prefixed time of a known day.
56:51 Then ye, O men, who have erred, and denied the resurrection as a falsehood,
56:52 shall surely eat of the fruit of the tree of al Zakkum,
56:53 and shall fill your bellies therewith:
56:54 And ye shall drink thereon boiling water;
56:55 and ye shall drink as a thirsty camel drinketh.
56:56 This shall be their entertainment on the day of judgment.
56:57 We have created you: Will ye not therefore believe that We can raise you from the dead?
56:58 What think ye? The seed which ye emit,
56:59 do ye create the same, or are we the creators thereof?
56:60 We have decreed death unto you all: And We shall not be prevented.
56:61 We are able to substitute others like unto you in your stead, and to produce you again in the condition or form which ye know not.
56:62 Ye know the original production by creation; will ye not therefore consider that We are able to reproduce you by resuscitation?
56:63 What think ye? The grain which ye sow,
56:64 do ye cause the same to spring forth, or do We cause it to spring forth?
56:65 If We pleased, verily We could render the same dry and fruitless, so that ye would not cease to wonder, saying,
56:66 verily we have contracted debts for seed and labour;
56:67 but we are not permitted to reap the fruit thereof.
56:68 What think ye? The water which ye drink,
56:69 do ye send down the same from the clouds, or are We the senders thereof?
56:70 If We pleased, We could render the same brackish: Will ye not therefore give thanks?
56:71 What think ye? The fire which ye strike,
56:72 do ye produce the tree whence ye obtain the same, or are We the producers thereof?
56:73 We have ordained the same for an admonition, and an advantage unto those who travel through the deserts.
56:74 Wherefore praise the name of thy Lord, the great God.
56:75 Moreover I swear by the setting of the stars;
56:76 -- and it is surely a great oath, if ye knew it; --
56:77 that this is the excellent Koran,
56:78 the original whereof is written in the preserved book: None shall touch the same,
56:79 except those who are clean.
56:80 It is a revelation from the Lord of all creatures.
56:81 Will ye, therefore, despise this new revelation?
56:82 And do ye make this return for your food which ye receive from God, that ye deny yourselves to be obliged to Him for the same?
56:83 When the soul of a dying person cometh up to his throat,
56:84 and ye at the same time are looking on;
56:85 -- and We are nigher unto him than ye, but ye see not his true condition: --
56:86 would ye not, if ye are not to be rewarded for your actions hereafter,
56:87 cause the same to return into the body, if ye speak truth?
56:88 And whether he be of those who shall approach near unto God,
56:89 his reward shall be rest, and mercy, and a garden of delights:
56:90 Or whether he be of the companions of the right hand,
56:91 he shall be saluted with the salutation, Peace be unto thee! By the companions of the right hand, his brethren:
56:92 Or whether he be of those who have rejected the true faith, and gone astray,
56:93 his entertainment shall consist of boiling water,
56:94 and the burning of hell fire.
56:95 Verily this is a certain truth.
56:96 Wherefore praise the name of thy Lord, the great God.


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