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al-Haqqah (The Reality, The Inevitable)
as rendered by Shabbir Ahmed
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Shabbir Ahmed rendition of Surah The Reality, The Inevitable(al-Haqqah)
69:1 The Inevitable Reality.
69:2 How awesome is the Inevitable Reality?
69:3 Ah, what can give you an idea what the Inevitable Reality is!
69:4 Thamud and Aad denied the oncoming Uproar.
69:5 As for Thamud, they were destroyed by a thunderous blast.
69:6 And as for Aad, they were annihilated with raging hurricane winds.
69:7 Which He made it rage upon them for seven long nights and eight long days. Such that you could imagine those people as uprooted hollow palm-trunks. (54:20).
69:8 Now, can you see any remnants of them?
69:9 And there came Pharaoh, and many others before him, and the townships that were overthrown. All of them committed fault upon fault.
69:10 For, they disobeyed the respective Messenger of their Lord. Consequently, He grasped them with a firm grasp.
69:11 Behold! When waters topped the levels, We carried you upon the watercraft.
69:12 (These events are conveyed to you) so that We might make it a lesson for you, and that any attentive ear might take it to memory.
69:13 Hence, think when the Trumpet will be sounded with a single Blast.
69:14 And the earth will be moved and the mountains, and struck with a stroke.
69:15 Then, on that Day when the Episode will come to pass.
69:16 And when the sky will be rent asunder, such that frail will it be that Day.
69:17 And the Divine Laws in Nature will rally around and your Lord's Supreme Control will reign over eight Universes that Day. (Instead of the current seven).
69:18 On the Day you will be brought, not a single hidden deed of yours will remain hidden.
69:19 Then he who is given his record in his right hand, will say, "Come all of you around! Read this my record.
69:20 Behold, I always thought that my account would be given to me."
69:21 Then he will be in a state of Bliss.
69:22 In a lofty Garden.
69:23 With its fruit at hand.
69:24 Eat and drink gleefully for what you did in the days past.
69:25 But as for him who is given his record in his left hand, he will say, "Oh, I wish I was never given my record.
69:26 And knew not my account.
69:27 Oh, could this be the end of me!
69:28 Of no help is my wealth.
69:29 Vanquished is all my control."
69:30 Take him and shackle him! (Halt from further development).
69:31 And then hurl him in the blazing flame of his deeds.
69:32 And then make him a link in the very long chain of people like him. (Seventy cubits = Very long).
69:33 Behold, he failed to grace himself with faith in Allah, the Tremendous.
69:34 And arranged not to feed the needy.
69:35 And so, he has no friend here today.
69:36 Nor any food but the discarded shreds he gave to others.
69:37 Which none eat but those who faulted through life.
69:38 But nay, I call to witness all that you see (that actions have consequences of their like).
69:39 And all that you see not (the subtle progression of the Law of Requital).
69:40 Behold, this is indeed the revealed Word in the dialect of a noble Messenger.
69:41 This is not the speech of a poet. Seldom do you reach conviction.
69:42 Nor is it the word of a soothsayer. Little of your intellect do you bring to use.
69:43 It is a Revelation from the Lord of the Worlds.
69:44 And if he had ascribed his sayings unto Us.
69:45 We would have taken him by the right hand.
69:46 And would have cut off his Aorta.
69:47 And none of you could stop Us from doing that.
69:48 But, verily, it is a Reminder and a giver of eminence to those who wish to walk aright.
69:49 And behold, We know well that among you will be deniers.
69:50 And behold, this denial will become a source of regret for the rejecters.
69:51 For, verily, it is Truth Absolute.
69:52 Therefore, work hard to manifest the Glory of your Lord's Tremendous Name.


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