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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall
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M. M. Pickthall rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 When the event befalleth -
56:2 There is no denying that it will befall -
56:3 Abasing (some), exalting (others);
56:4 When the earth is shaken with a shock
56:5 And the hills are ground to powder
56:6 So that they become a scattered dust,
56:7 And ye will be three kinds:
56:8 (First) those on the right hand; what of those on the right hand?
56:9 And (then) those on the left hand; what of those on the left hand?
56:10 And the foremost in the race, the foremost in the race:
56:11 Those are they who will be brought nigh
56:12 In gardens of delight;
56:13 A multitude of those of old
56:14 And a few of those of later time.
56:15 On lined couches,
56:16 Reclining therein face to face.
56:17 There wait on them immortal youths
56:18 With bowls and ewers and a cup from a pure spring
56:19 Wherefrom they get no aching of the head nor any madness,
56:20 And fruit that they prefer
56:21 And flesh of fowls that they desire.
56:22 And (there are) fair ones with wide, lovely eyes,
56:23 Like unto hidden pearls,
56:24 Reward for what they used to do.
56:25 There hear they no vain speaking nor recrimination
56:26 (Naught) but the saying: Peace, (and again) Peace.
56:27 And those on the right hand; what of those on the right hand?
56:28 Among thornless lote-trees
56:29 And clustered plantains,
56:30 And spreading shade,
56:31 And water gushing,
56:32 And fruit in plenty
56:33 Neither out of reach nor yet forbidden,
56:34 And raised couches;
56:35 Lo! We have created them a (new) creation
56:36 And made them virgins,
56:37 Lovers, friends,
56:38 For those on the right hand;
56:39 A multitude of those of old
56:40 And a multitude of those of later time.
56:41 And those on the left hand: What of those on the left hand?
56:42 In scorching wind and scalding water
56:43 And shadow of black smoke,
56:44 Neither cool nor refreshing.
56:45 Lo! heretofore they were effete with luxury
56:46 And used to persist in the awful sin.
56:47 And they used to say: When we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we then, forsooth, be raised again,
56:48 And also our forefathers?
56:49 Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Lo! those of old and those of later time
56:50 Will all be brought together to the tryst of an appointed day.
56:51 Then lo! ye, the erring, the deniers,
56:52 Ye verily will eat of a tree called Zaqqum
56:53 And will fill your bellies therewith;
56:54 And thereon ye will drink of boiling water,
56:55 Drinking even as the camel drinketh.
56:56 This will be their welcome on the Day of Judgment.
56:57 We created you. Will ye then admit the truth?
56:58 Have ye seen that which ye emit?
56:59 Do ye create it or are We the Creator?
56:60 We mete out death among you, and We are not to be outrun,
56:61 That We may transfigure you and make you what ye know not.
56:62 And verily ye know the first creation. Why, then, do ye not reflect?
56:63 Have ye seen that which ye cultivate?
56:64 Is it ye who foster it, or are We the Fosterer?
56:65 If We willed, We verily could make it chaff, then would ye cease not to exclaim:
56:66 Lo! we are laden with debt!
56:67 Nay, but we are deprived!
56:68 Have ye observed the water which ye drink?
56:69 Is it ye who shed it from the raincloud, or are We the Shedder?
56:70 If We willed We verily could make it bitter. Why then, give ye not thanks?
56:71 Have ye observed the fire which ye strike out;
56:72 Was it ye who made the tree thereof to grow, or were We the grower?
56:73 We, even We, appointed it a memorial and a comfort for the dwellers in the wilderness.
56:74 Therefor (O Muhammad), praise the name of thy Lord, the Tremendous.
56:75 Nay, I swear by the places of the stars -
56:76 And lo! that verily is a tremendous oath, if ye but knew -
56:77 That (this) is indeed a noble Qur'an
56:78 In a Book kept hidden
56:79 Which none toucheth save the purified,
56:80 A revelation from the Lord of the Worlds.
56:81 Is it this Statement that ye scorn,
56:82 And make denial thereof your livelihood?
56:83 Why, then, when (the soul) cometh up to the throat (of the dying)
56:84 And ye are at that moment looking
56:85 - And We are nearer unto him than ye are, but ye see not -
56:86 Why then, if ye are not in bondage (unto Us),
56:87 Do ye not force it back, if ye are truthful?
56:88 Thus if he is of those brought nigh,
56:89 Then breath of life, and plenty, and a Garden of delight.
56:90 And if he is of those on the right hand,
56:91 Then (the greeting) "Peace be unto thee" from those on the right hand.
56:92 But if he is of the rejecters, the erring,
56:93 Then the welcome will be boiling water
56:94 And roasting at hell-fire.
56:95 Lo! this is certain truth.
56:96 Therefor (O Muhammad) praise the name of thy Lord, the Tremendous.


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