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al-Haqqah (The Reality, The Inevitable)
as rendered by N J Dawood 2014
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N J Dawood (2014) rendition of Surah The Reality, The Inevitable(al-Haqqah)
69:2 and what is the Catastrophe?
69:3 Would that you knew what the Catastrophe is!
69:4 Thamūd and ‘Ād denied the Last Judgement.
69:5 By a deafening shout was Thamūd destroyed,
69:6 and ‘Ād by a howling, violent gale
69:7 which He let loose on them for seven nights and eight successive days: you might have seen the people lying dead as though they had been hollow trunks of palm-trees.
69:8 Can you see even one of them still around?
69:9 Pharaoh, and those before him, and the inhabitants of the Ruined Cities, also committed sin
69:10 and disobeyed their Lord‘s apostle. With a terrible scourge He smote them.
69:11 When the Flood rose high We carried you² in the floating ark,
69:12 making it a memorable event, so that all attentive ears might heed it.
69:13 When the Trumpet sounds a single blast;
69:14 when earth and mountains are raised high and with one mighty crash are flattened into dust ―
69:15 on that day the Dread Event will come to pass.
69:16 The sky will be rent asunder on that day, frail and tottering,
69:17 and the angels will stand on every side with eight of them carrying the Throne of your Lord above their heads.
69:18 On that day you shall be utterly exposed, and nothing that you hid shall be hidden.
69:19 He who is given his book in his right hand will say: ‘Here it is, read my book!
69:20 I knew I should come face to face with my account!‘
69:21 His shall be a blissful state
69:22 in a lofty Garden,
69:23 with clusters of fruit within his reach.
69:24 Eat and drink to your heart‘s content: your recompense for what you did in days gone by.‘
69:25 But he who is given his book in his left hand will say: ‘Would that I were not given my book!
69:26 Would that I knew nothing of my account!
69:27 Would that my death had ended all!
69:28 Nothing has my wealth availed me,
69:29 and bereft am I of all my power.‘
69:30 Lay hold of him and bind him.
69:31 Then burn him in the fire of Hell,
69:32 and then fasten him with a chain seventy cubits long.
69:33 For he did not believe in God, the Most Great,
69:34 nor did he care to feed the destitute.
69:35 Today he shall be friendless here;
69:36 only filth shall be his food,
69:37 the filth which only sinners eat.‘
69:38 I swear by all that you can see,
69:39 and all that is hidden from your view,
69:40 that this is the utterance of a noble messenger.
69:41 It is no poet‘s speech: scant is your faith!
69:42 It is no soothsayer‘s divination: how little you reflect!
69:43 It is a revelation from the Lord of the Universe.
69:44 Had he invented lies concerning Us,
69:45 We would have seized him by the right hand
69:46 and severed his heart‘s vein:
69:47 not one of you could have protected him!
69:48 It¹ is but an Admonition to the righteous.
69:49 We well know that there are some among you who will deny it.
69:50 It is the despair of the unbelievers.
69:51 It is the indubitable Truth.
69:52 Praise, then, the name of your Lord, the Almighty.


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