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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by John Medows Rodwell
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John Medows Rodwell rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 WHEN the day that must come shall have come suddenly,
56:2 None shall treat that sudden coming as a lie:
56:3 Day that shall abase! Day that shall exalt!
56:4 When the earth shall be shaken with a shock,
56:5 And the mountains shall be crumbled with a crumbling,
56:6 And shall become scattered dust,
56:7 And into three bands shall ye be divided:
56:8 Then the people of the right hand - Oh! how happy shall be the people of the right hand!
56:9 And the people of the left hand - Oh! how wretched shall be the people of the left hand!
56:10 And they who were foremost on earth - the foremost still.
56:11 These are they who shall be brought nigh to God,
56:12 In gardens of delight;
56:13 A crowd of the former
56:14 And few of the latter generations;
56:15 On inwrought couches
56:16 Reclining on them face to face:
56:17 Aye-blooming youths go round about to them
56:18 With goblets and ewers and a cup of flowing wine;
56:19 Their brows ache not from it, nor fails the sense:
56:20 And with such fruits as shall please them best,
56:21 And with flesh of such birds, as they shall long for:
56:22 And theirs shall be the Houris, with large dark eyes,
56:23 like pearls hidden in their shells,
56:24 In recompense of their labours past.
56:25 No vain discourse shall they hear therein, nor charge of sin,
56:26 But only the cry, "Peace! Peace!"
56:27 And the people of the right hand - oh! how happy shall be the people of the right hand!
56:28 Amid thornless sidrahs
56:29 And tall trees clad with fruit,
56:30 And in extended shade,
56:31 And by flowing waters,
56:32 And with abundant fruits,
56:33 Unfailing, unforbidden,
56:34 And on lofty couches.
56:35 Of a rare creation have we created the Houris,
56:36 And we have made them ever virgins,
56:37 Dear to their spouses, of equal age with them,
56:38 For the people of the right hand,
56:39 A crowd of the former,
56:40 And a crowd of the latter generations.
56:41 But the people of the left hand - oh! how wretched shall be the people of the left hand!
56:42 Amid pestilential winds and in scalding water,
56:43 And in the shadow of a black smoke,
56:44 Not cool, and horrid to behold.
56:45 For they truly, ere this, were blessed with worldly goods,
56:46 But persisted in heinous sin,
56:47 And were wont to say, "What! after we have died, and become dust and bones, shall we be raised?
56:48 And our fathers, the men of yore?"
56:49 SAY: Aye, the former and the latter:
56:50 Gathered shall they all be for the time of a known day.
56:51 Then ye, O ye the erring, the gainsaying,
56:52 Shall surely eat of the tree Ez-zakkoum,
56:53 And fill your bellies with it,
56:54 And thereupon shall ye drink boiling water,
56:55 And ye shall drink as the thirsty camel drinketh.
56:56 This shall be their repast in the day of reckoning!
56:57 We created you, will ye not credit us?
56:58 What think ye? The germs of life -
56:59 Is it ye who create them? or are we their creator?
56:60 It is we who have decreed that death should be among you;
56:61 Yet are we not thereby hindered from replacing you with others, your likes, or from producing you again in a form which ye know not!
56:62 Ye have known the first creation: will ye not then reflect?
56:63 What think ye? That which ye sow -
56:64 Is it ye who cause its upgrowth, or do we cause it to spring forth?
56:65 If we pleased we could so make your harvest dry and brittle that ye would ever marvel and say,
56:66 "Truly we have been at cost,
56:67 yet are we forbidden harvest."
56:68 What think ye of the water ye drink?
56:69 Is it ye who send it down from the clouds, or send we it down?
56:70 Brackish could we make it, if we pleased: will ye not then be thankful?
56:71 What think ye? The fire which ye obtain by friction -
56:72 Is it ye who rear its tree, or do we rear it?
56:73 It is we who have made it for a memorial and a benefit to the wayfarers of the desert,
56:74 Praise therefore the name of thy Lord, the Great.
56:75 It needs not that I swear by the setting of the stars,
56:76 And it is a great oath, if ye knew it,
56:77 That this is the honourable Koran,
56:78 Written in the preserved Book:
56:79 Let none touch it but the purified,
56:80 It is a revelation from the Lord of the worlds.
56:81 Such tidings as these will ye disdain?
56:82 Will ye make it your daily bread to gainsay them?
56:83 Why, at the moment when the soul of a dying man shall come up into his throat,
56:84 And when ye are gazing at him,
56:85 Though we are nearer to him than ye, although ye see us not: -
56:86 Why do ye not, if ye are to escape the judgment,
56:87 Cause that soul to return? Tell me, if ye speak the truth.
56:88 But as to him who shall enjoy near access to God,
56:89 His shall be repose, and pleasure, and a garden of delights.
56:90 Yea, for him who shall be of the people of the right hand,
56:91 Shall be the greeting from the people of the right hand - "Peace be to thee."
56:92 But for him who shall be of those who treat the prophets as deceivers, And of the erring,
56:93 His entertainment shall be of scalding water,
56:94 And the broiling of hell-fire.
56:95 Verily this is a certain truth:
56:96 Praise therefore the name of thy Lord, the Great.


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