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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by N J Dawood 2014
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N J Dawood (2014) rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 WHEN THAT which is coming comes ―
56:2 and no soul shall then deny its coming ―
56:3 some shall be abased and others exalted.
56:4 When the earth shakes and quivers,
56:5 and the mountains crumble away
56:6 and scatter abroad into fine dust,
56:7 you shall be divided into three multitudes:
56:8 those on the right (blessed shall be those on the right);
56:9 those on the left (damned shall be those on the left);
56:10 and those to the fore (foremost shall be those).
56:11 Such are they that shall be brought near to their Lord
56:12 in the Gardens of Delight:
56:13 a whole multitude from ages past,
56:14 and but a few from the latter ages.
56:15 They shall recline on jewelled couches
56:16 face to face,
56:17 and there shall wait on them immortal youths
56:18 with bowls and ewers and a cup of purest wine
56:19 (that will neither pain their heads nor take away their reason);
56:20 with fruits of their own choice
56:21 and flesh of fowls that they relish.
56:22 And theirs shall be the dark-eyed houris,
56:23 chaste as virgin pearls:
56:24 a guerdon for what they did.
56:25 There they shall hear no idle talk, no sinful speech,
56:26 but only the greeting, ‘Peace! Peace!‘
56:27 Those on the right hand ― happy shall be those on the right hand!
56:28 They shall recline on couches raised on high in the shade of thornless sidrs
56:29 and clusters of talh;¹
56:31 amidst gushing waters
56:32 and abundant fruits,
56:33 never-ending, unforbidden.
56:35 We created the houris
56:36 and made them virgins,
56:37 loving companions
56:38 for those on the right hand:
56:39 a multitude from ages past,
56:40 and a multitude from the latter ages.
56:41 As for those on the left hand (wretched shall be those on the left hand!)
56:42 they shall dwell amidst scorching winds and seething water:
56:43 in the shade of pitch-black smoke,
56:44 neither cool nor refreshing.
56:45 For they have lived in comfort
56:46 and persisted in the heinous sin², saying:
56:47 What! When we are dead and turned to dust and bones, shall we be raised to life?
56:48 And our forefathers, too?‘
56:49 Say: ‘Those from ages past, and those from latter ages,
56:50 shall be brought together at the time of on an appointed day.
56:51 Then as for you who err and disbelieve,
56:52 you shall eat from the Zaqqūm tree
56:53 and fill your bellies with it‘s fruit.
56:54 You shall drink scalding water:
56:55 yet you shall drink it as the thirsty camel drinks.‘
56:56 Such shall be their fare on the Day of Reckoning.
56:57 We created you: why then will you not believe?
56:58 Behold the semen you discharge:
56:59 did you create it, or were We it‘s Creators?
56:60 It was We that ordained death among you. Nothing can hinder Us
56:61 from replacing you by others like yourselves or transforming you into beings you know nothing of.
56:62 You surely know of the First Creation. Why, then, do you not reflect?
56:63 Consider the earth you till.
56:64 Is it you that sow the seeds, or are We the Sower?
56:65 If We pleased, We could turn your harvest into chaff, so that you would keep forlornly jesting:
56:66 We are laden with debts!
56:67 Why, we have been robbed!‘
56:68 Consider the water which you drink.
56:69 Was it you that sent it down from the cloud, or were We the Senders?
56:70 If We pleased, We could turn it bitter. Why, then, do you not give thanks?
56:71 Consider the fire which you light.
56:72 Was it you that made the timber, or were We the Makers?
56:73 A reminder for man We made it, and for the traveller a comfort.
56:74 Praise, then, the name of your Lord, the Supreme One.
56:75 I swear by the shelter of the stars
56:76 (a mighty oath, if you but knew it)
56:77 that this is a holy Koran,
56:78 safeguarded in a Book
56:79 which none may touch except the purified;
56:80 a revelation sent down from the Lord of the Universe.
56:81 Would you scorn a Scripture such as this,
56:82 and earn your daily bread denying it?
56:83 When under your very eyes a dying man‘s soul leaps up to his throat
56:85 (We are nearer to him than you, although you cannot see),
56:86 why do you not restore it, if you are not to be judged hereafter?
56:87 If what you say be true!
56:88 Thus, if he is favoured,
56:89 his lot will be repose and plenty, and a Garden of Delight.
56:90 If he is one of those on the right hand,
56:91 he will be greeted with, ‘Peace be with you!‘ by those on the right hand.
56:92 But if he is an erring disbeliever,
56:93 his welcome shall be a downpour of scalding water,
56:94 and incineration in a hell.
56:95 This is surely the veritable Truth.
56:96 Praise, then, the name of your Lord, the Supreme One.


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