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al-Haqqah (The Reality, The Inevitable)
as rendered by Ahmed Ali
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Ahmed Ali rendition of Surah The Reality, The Inevitable(al-Haqqah)
69:2 What is the concrete reality?
69:3 What do you comprehend by the concrete reality?
69:4 The Thamud and 'Ad denied the consequential calamity.
69:5 So destroyed were the Thamud by a storm of thunder and lightning;
69:6 And the 'Ad were destroyed by the furious cold blast of roaring wind
69:7 Which He sent to assail them for seven nights and eight days running. You should have seen the people prostrate like the decayed trunks of date-palm trees.
69:8 Do you see any trace of them?
69:9 Then came the Pharaoh, and those before him whose habitations were overthrown while they were committing crimes.
69:10 When they disobeyed the apostle of their Lord He seized them with an overwhelming punishment.
69:11 When the water rose in flood, We bore you in the ark,
69:12 In order to make it a warning for you, and that the ear retentive may preserve it.
69:13 When the single blast is sounded on the trumpet,
69:14 And the earth and mountains heaved and crushed to powder with one levelling blow,
69:15 On that Day will come what is to come.
69:16 The sky will cleave asunder on that day and fall to pieces.
69:17 On its fringes will be angels, eight of them, bearing their Lord's throne aloft.
69:18 You will then be set before Him, and not one of you will remain unexposed.
69:19 He who is given his ledger in his right hand, will say: "Here, read my ledger.
69:20 I was certain I'll be given my account."
69:21 So he shall have an agreeable life
69:22 In high empyrean
69:23 With fruits hanging low within reach,
69:24 (And told:) "Eat and drink to your fill as reward for (good) deeds you had done in days of yore."
69:25 But whosoever gets his ledger in his left hand, will say: "Would that I were never given my ledger,
69:26 And not known my account!
69:27 I wish death had put an end to me.
69:28 Of no use was even my wealth.
69:29 Vanished has my power from me."
69:30 "Seize him and manacle him,
69:31 Then cast him to be burnt in Hell;
69:32 And string him to a chain seventy cubits long.
69:33 He did not believe in God the supreme,
69:34 Nor urged others to feed the poor.
69:35 That is why he has no friend today,
69:36 Nor food other than suppuration (filth)
69:37 Which none but the hellish eat."
69:38 So, I call to witness what you see
69:39 And what you do not see,
69:40 That this is indeed the word of the noble Messenger,
69:41 And not the word of a poet. How little is it that you believe!
69:42 Nor is it the word of a soothsayer. Little is it that you reflect!
69:43 It has been sent down by the Lord of all the worlds.
69:44 Had he attributed falsely any words to Us,
69:45 We would have seized him by his right hand,
69:46 Then cut off his aorta,
69:47 And not one of you would have been able to stop (Us).
69:48 It is really a reminder for those who fear God and follow the straight path.
69:49 We certainly know that some among you do deny it.
69:50 It is surely the nemesis of unbelievers.
69:51 And He, He is indeed the ultimate Reality.
69:52 So glorify your Lord, the most supreme.


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