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And what will make you understand what the Haqqah is
The Thamud and the ‘Ad people denied the striking calamity
As for Thamud, they were destroyed by the Thunderbolt
As for 'Ad they were destroyed by a furious windstor
- which He let loose on them for seven nights and eight successive days. Had you been there, you would have seen them lying prostrate as though they were hollow trunks of the palm-trees
Now, do you see any of them alive
Pharaoh and those before him, and the inhabitants of the overthrown cities also committed similar sin
and disobeyed the Messengers of their Lord, so He gripped them with a tight grip
Just consider the great flood of Noah, when the water rose high, We carried you (O mankind) in the floating Ark
that We may make that event a warning for you so that all attentive ears may retain its memory
As for the dooms- day, it shall come, when the Trumpet will be blown with a single blas
and the earth with all its mountains will be lifted up and crushed into pieces with a single strok
- On that day the Great Event will come to pass
heaven shall split asunder, and the day shall seem flimsy
The angels will stand all around and eight of them will be carrying the Throne of your Lord above them
That shall be the day when you will be brought before your Lord, and none of your secrets shall remain hidden
Then he, who will be given his Book of Deeds in his right hand, will say: "Here it is, read my Book of deeds!"
I knew that I would certainly face my reckoning."
So he will have a life of pleasure
with clusters of fruit within his reach
We shall say to him: "Eat and drink to your heart's content; this is a reward for what you did in the days gone by."
While he, who will be given his Book of Deeds in his left hand, will say: "Woe to me, would that I had not been given my Book of Deed
nor known what my account was
Would that my death had ended all
My wealth had availed me nothing
and my authority has gone away from me."
We shall say: "Seize him and put a chain around his neck
then cast him in the blazing fire
then fasten him with a chain seventy cubits long
For he did not believe in Allah, the Most High
nor did he care to feed the poor
Today he neither has a true friend here
nor any food except the pus from the washing of wounds
which none but the wrongdoers eat."
Nay! I swear by all that you can see
and all that you cannot see
that this is the word of a noble Messenger
It is not the word of a poet - little is it that you believe
- nor is it the word of a soothsayer - little admonition is that you take
This is a revelation from the Lord of the worlds
Had he (Muhammad) invented false statements concerning Us
We would certainly have seized him by his right han
then cut off his main artery
and none of you could prevent it
Surely this Qur’an is a reminder to the Godfearing
We know that there are some among you who deny it
and for such disbelievers it is indeed a cause of despair
Yet surely it is the absolute truth
So glorify the name of your Lord, the Most High
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