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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by Mohammad Shafi
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Mohammad Shafi rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 When the Inevitable [the Hour i.e. the time when the present world will end and the Hereafter begin] happens
56:2 None would there be to deny its happening —
56:3 That will make those down (dead and buried in the dust) rise up.
56:4 When the earth will be shaken with a [terrible] shake
56:5 And the mountains will be crumbled with an [awful] crumbling.
56:6 And become scattered dust
56:7 And you shall be [divided] into three categories
56:8 Then those on the right (righteous people) — how will those on the right be!
56:9 And those on the left (unrighteous people) — how will those on the left be!
56:10 And those in the front — those will be in the front!
56:11 Those will be the near ones (near to their Lord),
56:12 In the Gardens of Bliss.
56:13 Many from the earlier peoples
56:14 And a few from later times.
56:15 On couches embedded with gold and precious stones
56:16 Reclining on them, face to face one with another
56:17 Ageless youths serving them
56:18 [Serving] with vessels, jugs and a bowl of a pure original drink
56:19 They will not have a headache or will get drunk therewit
56:20 And [they will also be served] with [a variety of] fruits to choose from
56:21 And with meat of any fowl they desire
56:22 And [there will be] Houris with beautiful eyes
56:23 [The eyes] like pearls hidden in their shells
56:24 All this theirs as a reward for what they did
56:25 No idle talk will they hear there, nor any sinful speech.
56:26 All talk being of good and peace.
56:27 And those people on the Right — how will those people on the Right be!
56:28 They shall be in the midst of trees [with fruit-bearing branches] bent down
56:29 And banana plants growing layers of fruit
56:30 And extended shade
56:31 And running water
56:32 And fruits abundant
56:33 Inexhaustive and unforbidden
56:34 And they shall be [comfortably seated on] raised couches.
56:35 We shall indeed have created them [female companions] into a new creation
56:36 And so shall have made them afres
56:37 Loving and of same age group
56:38 For the People on the Right
56:39 Many [of them will be] from the earlier peoples
56:40 And many from later times.
56:41 And those People on the Left — how will those People on the Left be!
56:42 In hot wind and boiling water
56:43 And under the shadow of black smoke
56:44 Neither cool nor soothing
56:45 They had indeed been in luxury before
56:46 And they had persisted in the Great Retraction
56:47 And they used to say, "Once we are dead and are reduced to dust and bones, shall we then be raised to a new life!?"
56:48 "And our fore-fathers too!?"
56:49 Tell them, "Indeed all — the forefathers as also the later generations!"
56:50 "They shall all be brought together on an appointed Day."
56:51 Then you — those gone astray and those that denied the Truth —
56:52 You shall all eat from the Tree of Zaqqum
56:53 And you shall fill your bellies with it;
56:54 And then you shall drink boiling water thereupon
56:55 And drink it as thirsty camels do.
56:56 This shall be their welcome drink on the Day of Judgment!
56:57 We have created you, so why do you not accept the Truth?
56:58 Do you see what you ejaculate?
56:59 Are you its creator, or are We?
56:60 We determine when and where any of you die and nothing can hinder Us
56:61 From replacing you by others like yourselves, or from transforming you into beings you know nothing about.
56:62 And you are well aware how you were brought into being the first time. Why, then, do you not sing the Creator's praises?
56:63 Do you see what you sow?
56:64 Do you cause it [seed] to grow or do We?
56:65 If We so wished, We could have reduced your harvest to rubble, and you would have been left exclaiming,
56:66 "We are certainly indeed ruined!"
56:67 "Nay; we are dispossessed!"
56:68 Have you seen the water that you drink?
56:69 Do you send it down from the rain cloud or do We?
56:70 Had We so willed, We could have made it bitter. So why are you not grateful?
56:71 Do you see the fire that you kindle?
56:72 Do you make the tree — which provided you with the firewood — grow, or do We?
56:73 We made it for a wayfarer in the desert to remember Allah [thereunder] and to get rest and refreshment.
56:74 Chant, then, the name of your Lord, the Almighty!
56:75 Then why should I [Allah] not swear by the existence of the [innumerable] stars [in the sky]?
56:76 — And it is indeed a mighty oath, if only you knew —h
56:77 That this certainly indeed is a noble Qurաan
56:78 In a Book, well-preserved
56:79 None but the pure touch it
56:80 A bestowal from the Lord of the Worlds.
56:81 Do you, then, take this Hadeeth [Qur'aan] of such nobility lightly?
56:82 And you have made denouncing it [Qur'aan] as false, your bread and butter?
56:83 Why not then, when the last breath [of a dying man] comes up to the throat,
56:84 And you are at that time watching [helplessly]
56:85 And We are closer to him than you, and you do not see (Us)
56:86 Then if you are not to be brought to Judgment
56:87 [Why not then] you bring that [dead body] back to life if you are right?
56:88 So if he is one of those near [to Allah]
56:89 Then peace of mind and aromatic plants and Gardens of Bliss [are all his]!
56:90 And if he is one of the People on the Right
56:91 Then, "Peace to you" from the [other] Members of the Right.
56:92 And if he is one of those who deny [the Truth of this Message) and go astray
56:93 Then boiling water is his welcome drink
56:94 And scorching heat of the Fire [greets him].
56:95 That indeed is the Absolute Truth.
56:96 Chant, then, the name of your Lord, the Almighty!


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