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al-Haqqah (The Reality, The Inevitable)
as rendered by Muhammad Asad
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Muhammad Asad rendition of Surah The Reality, The Inevitable(al-Haqqah)
69:1 OH, THE LAYING-BARE of the truth!
69:2 How awesome that laying-bare of the truth!
69:3 And what could make thee conceive what that laying-bare of the truth will be?
69:4 THE LIE gave [the tribes of] Thamud and ‘Ad to [all tidings of] that sudden calamity!
69:5 Now as for the Thamud - they were destroyed by a violent upheaval [of the earth];
69:6 and as for the ‘Ad - they were destroyed by a storm wind furiously raging,
69:7 which He willed against them for seven nights and eight days without cease, so that in the end thou couldst see those people laid low [in death], as though they were so many [uprooted] trunks of hollow palm trees:
69:8 and dost thou now see any remnant of them?
69:9 And there was Pharaoh, too, and [many of] those who lived before him, and the cities that were overthrown - [all of them] indulged in sin upon sin
69:10 and rebelled against their Sustainer's apostles: and so He took them to task with a punishing grasp exceedingly severe!
69:11 [And] behold: when the waters [of Noah's flood] burst beyond all limits, it was We who caused you to be borne [to safety] in that floating ark,
69:12 so that We might make all this a [lasting] reminder to you all, and that every wide-awake ear might consciously take it in.
69:13 Hence, [bethink yourselves of the Last Hour,] when the trumpet [of judgment] shall be sounded with a single blast,
69:14 and the earth and the mountains shall be lifted up and crushed with a single stroke!
69:15 And so, that which must come to pass will on that day have come to pass;
69:16 and the sky will be rent asunder - for, frail will it have become on that Day -;
69:17 and the angels [will appear] at its ends, and, above them, eight will bear aloft on that Day the throne of thy Sustainer’s almightiness…
69:18 On that Day you shall be brought to judgment: not [even] the most hidden of your deeds will remain hidden.
69:19 Now as for him whose record shall be placed in his right hand, he will exclaim: "Come you all!" Read this my record!
69:20 Behold, I did know that [one day] I would have to face my account!
69:21 And so he will find himself in a happy state of life,
69:22 in a lofty paradise,
69:23 with its fruits within easy reach.
69:24 [And all who are thus blest will be told:] "Eat and drink with good cheer in return for all [the good deeds] that you have sent ahead in days gone by!"
69:25 But as for him whose record shall be placed in his left hand, he will exclaim: "Oh, would that I had never been shown this my record,
69:26 and neither known this my account!
69:27 Oh, would that this [death of mine] had been the end of me!
69:28 Of no avail to me is all that I have [ever] possessed,
69:29 [and] all my power of argument has died away from me!"
69:30 Thereupon the command will go forth:] "Lay hold of him, and shackle him,
69:31 and then let him enter hell,
69:32 and then thrust him into a chain [of other sinners like him - a chain] the length whereof is seventy cubits:
69:33 for, behold, he did not believe in God, the Tremendous,
69:34 and did not feel any urge to feed the needy:
69:35 and so, no friend has here today,
69:36 nor any food save the filth
69:37 which none but the sinners eat!"
69:38 BUT NAY! I call to witness an that you can see,
69:39 as well as all that you cannot see!
69:40 Behold, this [Qur’an] is indeed the [inspired] word of a noble apostle,
69:41 and is not – however little you may [be prepared to] believe it - the word of a poet;
69:42 and neither is it - however little you may [be prepared to] take it to heart - the word of a soothsayer:
69:43 [it is] a revelation from the Sustainer of all the worlds.
69:44 Now if he [whom We have entrusted with it] had dared to attribute some [of his own] sayings unto Us,
69:45 We would indeed have seized him by his right hand,
69:46 and would indeed have cut his life-vein.
69:47 and none of you could have saved him!
69:48 And, verily, this [Qur’an] is a reminder to all the God-conscious!
69:49 And, behold, well do We know that among you are such as will give the lie to it:
69:50 yet, behold, this [rejection] will indeed become a source of bitter regret for all who deny the truth [of God's revelation] –
69:51 for, verily, it is truth absolute!
69:52 Extol, then the limitless glory of thy Sustainer's mighty name!


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