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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by Ahmed Ali
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Ahmed Ali rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 WHEN WHAT IS to happen comes to pass --
56:2 Which is bound to happen undoubtedly --
56:3 Degrading (some) and exalting (others);
56:4 When the earth is shaken up convulsively,
56:5 The mountains bruised and crushed,
56:6 Turned to dust, floating in the air,
56:7 You will become three categories:
56:8 Those of the right hand -- how (happy) will be those of the right hand!
56:9 Then those of the left hand -- how (unhappy) will be those of the left hand!
56:10 Then the foremost, how pre-excellent,
56:11 Who will be honoured
56:12 In gardens of tranquility;
56:13 A number of the earlier peoples,
56:14 And a few of later ages,
56:15 On couches wrought of gold,
56:16 Reclining face to face.
56:17 Youths of never-ending bloom will pass round to them
56:18 Cups and decanters, beakers full of sparkling wine,
56:19 Unheady, uninebriating;
56:20 And such fruits as they fancy,
56:21 Bird meats that they relish,
56:22 And companions with big beautiful eyes
56:23 Like pearls within their shells,
56:24 As recompense for all they had done.
56:25 They will hear no nonsense there or talk of sin,
56:26 Other than "Peace, peace" the salutation.
56:27 As for those of the right hand -- how (happy) those of the right hand --
56:28 They will be in (the shade) of thornless lote
56:29 And acacia covered with heaps of bloom,
56:30 Lengthened shadows,
56:31 Gushing water,
56:32 And fruits numberless,
56:33 Unending, unforbidden,
56:34 And maidens incomparable.
56:35 We have formed them in a distinctive fashion,
56:36 And made them virginal,
56:37 Loving companions matched in age,
56:38 For those of the right hand.
56:39 A crowd of earlier generations
56:40 And a crowd of the later.
56:41 But those of the left hand -- how (unhappy) those of the left hand --
56:42 Will be in the scorching wind and boiling water,
56:43 Under the shadow of thick black smoke
56:44 Neither cool nor agreeable.
56:45 They were endowed with good things
56:46 But persisted in that greater sin,
56:47 And said: "What! When we are dead and turned to dust and bones, shall we then be raised again?
56:48 And so will our fathers?"
56:49 Say: "Indeed, the earlier and the later generations
56:50 Will be gathered together on a certain day which is predetermined.
56:51 Then you, the erring and the deniers,
56:52 Will eat of the tree of Zaqqum,
56:53 Fill your bellies with it,
56:54 And drink over it scalding water,
56:55 Lapping it up like female camels raging of thirst with disease."
56:56 Such will be their welcome on the Day of Judgement.
56:57 It is He who created you, then why do you not affirm the truth?
56:58 Just consider (the semen) that you emit,
56:59 Do you create it, or We are its creator?
56:60 We have incorporated death in your constitution, and We shall not be hindered
56:61 From replacing you with others or raising you in a way you do not know.
56:62 You have known the first creation, then why do you not reflect?
56:63 Just ponder over what you sow:
56:64 Do you give it its increase, or are We the giver?
56:65 We could turn it, if We pleased, into straw; then you would rue the day,
56:66 (And say:) "We have fallen into debt;
56:67 Indeed, we have been deprived of the fruits of our labour."
56:68 Consider the water that you drink.
56:69 Do you send it down from the clouds, or We send it down?
56:70 We could make it brackish, if We pleased; so why do you not acknowledge thanks?
56:71 Consider the fire that you strike (and get by friction).
56:72 Have you raised its tree, or We have raised it?
56:73 We have made it as a reminder and convenience for the needy.
56:74 So glorify your Lord, the most supreme.
56:75 So I call the placement of the stars to witness --
56:76 And this surely is great evidence if you can understand --
56:77 That this is indeed the glorious Qur'an
56:78 (Inscribed) in the well-kept Book.
56:79 Only they can reach it who are clean (of mind).
56:80 It has been revealed by the Lord of all the worlds.
56:81 Then why do you dissimulate this Revelation?
56:82 You live by calling it a lie.
56:83 Then how is it that when the (dying) breath is withdrawn into the throat (and rattles),
56:84 And you wait for the moment (of death),
56:85 We are closer to him than you, even though you cannot see?
56:86 Then why, if you are not indebted (to Us for life),
56:87 Can you not bring him back? (Answer) if you are truthful
56:88 Then, if he is one of the honoured,
56:89 There will be peace and plenty, and gardens of tranquility for him.
56:90 If he is of those of the right hand,
56:91 There will be the salutation by those of the right hand: "Peace on you.
56:92 But if he is of the deniers and the errants,
56:93 The welcome will be boiling water
56:94 And the roasting in Hell.
56:95 This is indeed the ultimate truth.
56:96 Then praise your Lord, the most supreme.


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