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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by Wahiduddin Khan
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Wahiduddin Khan rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 When the inevitable event takes place,
56:2 and there can be no denying its happening,
56:3 some shall be abased and others exalted.
56:4 When the earth is shaken violently,
56:5 and the mountains are totally shattered and crumble to pieces
56:6 and become like scattered dust particles,
56:7 [on that Day] you shall be divided into three groups.[43]
56:8 Those on the Righthow blessed are those on the Right!
56:9 Those on the Lefthow unlucky are those on the Left!
56:10 The third to the fore shall be the foremost.
56:11 They shall be the nearest to God.
56:12 They will dwell in the Gardens of Bliss:
56:13 a large group of the early believers,
56:14 and a lesser number from the later generations.
56:15 Seated on couches wrought in gold and encrusted with precious stones,
56:16 reclining on them facing each other;
56:17 they will be waited on by ageless youths
56:18 carrying goblets and ewers and cups filled with the purest wine,
56:19 neither causing headaches, nor intoxication;
56:20 along with fruits of their choice;
56:21 and the meat of any bird that they may desire;
56:22 and fair maidens with large, lustrous eyes
56:23 like the pearls in their shells:
56:24 shall be their recompense for their deeds.
56:25 They will not hear therein any vain or sinful talk,
56:26 only the words of peace and tranquillity.
56:27 Those on the Right, how fortunate are those on the Right!
56:28 They shall recline on high amidst lote trees without thorns
56:29 and clustered bananas,
56:30 and spreading shade
56:31 and flowing water,
56:32 and fruits in abundance,
56:33 never-ending and unrestricted,
56:34 on raised couches.
56:35 We have created maidens perfectly
56:36 and made them virgins,
56:37 loving companions, matching in age,
56:38 for those on the Right,
56:39 a large group of the earlier people
56:40 and a large group of those of later times.
56:41 Those on the Left: how unfortunate are those on the Left!
56:42 They will find themselves in scorching wind and scalding water,
56:43 and under the shadow of black smoke,
56:44 neither cool nor refreshing.
56:45 They had been affluent before,
56:46 and they persisted obstinately in awful sin,
56:47 and they used to say, What! After we have died and become dust and bones, shall we indeed be raised up again?
56:48 And also our forefathers?
56:49 Say, Indeed, the earlier ones and the later ones
56:50 will indeed be gathered together at a fixed time on an appointed Day.
56:51 Then you, you misguided ones, who deny the truth,
56:52 shall eat the fruit of the tree of Zaqqum,
56:53 and fill your bellies with it,
56:54 and shall drink boiling water on top of that.
56:55 You shall drink it as the thirsty camels drink.
56:56 This shall be their entertainment on the Day of Judgement.
56:57 We have created you: why then do you not accept the truth?
56:58 Have you thought about [the semen] that you discharge
56:59 did you create it or did We?
56:60 It is We who have ordained death for all of you; and We cannot be prevented
56:61 from replacing you by others like yourselves or changing your forms and re-creating you in forms that you know nothing of.
56:62 You have certainly known the first creation. Why, then, do you not take heed?
56:63 Have you thought about what crops you plant?
56:64 Is it you who cause them to grow or do We?
56:65 If We so pleased, We could turn your harvest into chaff. Then you would start lamenting,
56:66 We are ruined,
56:67 nay, we are deprived [altogether].
56:68 Have you considered the water that you drink?
56:69 Is it you who cause it to descend from the clouds, or do We?
56:70 If We so pleased, We certainly could make it salty. Why, then, are you not grateful?
56:71 Have you thought about the fire that you kindle.
56:72 Did you produce the tree that serves as fuel or do We?
56:73 We have made it to be a reminder and a benefit for the wayfarers.
56:74 So glorify the name of your Lord, the Supreme.
56:75 Nay, I swear by the setting of the stars
56:76 and, indeed, that is a most mighty oath, if you only knew
56:77 that this is indeed a noble Quran,
56:78 in a well-guarded preserved Book,
56:79 which none can touch except the purified.
56:80 It is a revelation sent down from the Lord of the worlds.
56:81 How can you regard this discourse with disdain?
56:82 Do you make its denial your means of livelihood?
56:83 Why, then, when the soul of the dying man reaches the throat,
56:84 and you are [at that moment] looking on [helplessly]
56:85 and We are nearer to him than you, although you cannot see Us
56:86 why, then, if you are not subject to Our command,
56:87 do you not cause the soul to return to him if you are truthful in your claim?
56:88 But if he [the dying person] is one of those brought near to God,
56:89 then for him there shall be comfort and plenty and a Garden of Bliss;
56:90 and if he is of those who are on the Right,
56:91 he will be greeted with, Peace be to you, by those on the Right.
56:92 But if he is one of those who rejected [the truth] and went astray,
56:93 he will be welcomed with boiling water.
56:94 He will burn in Hell.
56:95 This is indeed the indubitable truth.
56:96 So glorify the name of your Lord, the Supreme.


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