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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by Abdel Haleem
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Abdel Haleem rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 When that which is coming arrives,
56:2 no one will be able to deny it has come,
56:3 bringing low and raising high.
56:4 When the earth is shaken violently
56:5 and the mountains are ground to powder
56:6 and turn to scattered dust,
56:7 then you will be sorted into three classes.
56:8 Those on the Right––what people they are!
56:9 Those on the Left––what people they are!
56:10 And those in front––ahead indeed!
56:11 For these will be the ones brought nearest to God
56:12 in Gardens of Bliss:
56:13 many from the past
56:14 and a few from later generations.
56:15 On couches of well-woven cloth
56:16 they will sit facing each other;
56:17 everlasting youths will go round among them
56:18 with glasses, flagons, and cups of a pure drink
56:19 that causes no headache or intoxication;
56:20 [there will be] any fruit they choose;
56:21 the meat of any bird they like;
56:22 and beautiful companions
56:23 like hidden pearls:
56:24 a reward for what they used to do.
56:25 They will hear no idle or sinful talk there,
56:26 only clean and wholesome speech.
56:27 Those on the Right, what people they are!
56:28 They will dwell amid thornless lote trees
56:29 and clustered acacia
56:30 with spreading shade,
56:31 constantly flowing water,
56:32 abundant fruits,
56:33 unfailing, unforbidden,
56:34 with incomparable companions
56:35 We have specially created––
56:36 virginal,
56:37 loving, of matching age––
56:38 for those on the Right,
56:39 many from the past
56:40 and many from later generations.
56:41 But those on the Left, what people they are!
56:42 They will dwell amid scorching wind and scalding water
56:43 in the shadow of black smoke,
56:44 neither cool nor refreshing.
56:45 Before, they overindulged in luxury
56:46 and persisted in great sin,
56:47 always saying, ‘What? When we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we then be raised up?
56:48 And our earliest forefathers too?’
56:49 Say [Prophet], ‘The earliest and latest generations
56:50 will all be gathered on a predetermined Day
56:51 and you who have gone astray and denied the truth
56:52 will eat from the bitter tree of Zaqqum,
56:53 filling your bellies with it,
56:54 and drink scalding water,
56:55 lapping it like thirsty camels.’
56:56 This will be their welcome on the Day of Judgement.
56:57 It was We who created you: will you not believe?
56:58 Consider [the semen] you eject-
56:59 do you create it yourselves or are We the Creator?
56:60 We ordained death to be among you. Nothing could stop Us
56:61 if We intended to change you and recreate you in a way unknown to you.
56:62 You have learned how you were first created: will you not reflect?
56:63 Consider the seeds you sow in the ground-
56:64 is it you who make them grow or We?
56:65 If We wished, We could turn your harvest into chaff and leave you to wail,
56:66 ‘We are burdened with debt;
56:67 we are bereft.’
56:68 Consider the water you drink-
56:69 was it you who brought it down from the rain-cloud or We?
56:70 If We wanted, We could make it bitter: will you not be thankful?
56:71 Consider the fire you kindle-
56:72 is it you who make the wood for it grow or We?
56:73 We made it a reminder, and useful to those who kindle it,
56:74 so [Prophet] glorify the name of your Lord, the Supreme.
56:75 I swear by the positions of the stars-
56:76 a mighty oath, if you only knew-
56:77 that this is truly a noble Quran,
56:78 in a protected Record
56:79 that only the purified can touch,
56:80 sent down from the Lord of all being.
56:81 How can you scorn this statement?
56:82 And how, in return for the livelihood you are given, can you deny it?
56:83 When the soul of a dying man comes up to his throat
56:84 while you gaze on-
56:85 We are nearer to him than you, though you do not see Us-
56:86 why, if you are not to be judged,
56:87 do you not restore his soul to him, if what you say is true?
56:88 If that dying person is one of those who will be brought near to God,
56:89 he will have rest, ease, and a Garden of Bliss;
56:90 if he is one of those on the Right,
56:91 [he will hear], ‘Peace be on you,’ from his companions on the Right;
56:92 but if he is one of those who denied the truth and went astray,
56:93 he will be welcomed with scalding water.
56:94 He will burn in Hell.
56:95 This is the certain truth:
56:96 [Prophet], glorify the name of your Lord the Supreme.


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