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69:1  The Inevitable Hour!
69:2  What is the Inevitable Hour?
69:3  And what will make you realize what the Inevitable Hour is?
69:4  ˹Both˺ Thamûd and ’Ȃd denied the Striking Disaster.
69:5  As for Thamûd, they were destroyed by an overwhelming blast.
69:6  And as for ’Ȃd, they were destroyed by a furious, bitter wind
69:7  which Allah unleashed on them non-stop for seven nights and eight days, so that you would have seen its people lying dead like trunks of uprooted palm trees.
69:8  Do you see any of them left alive?
69:9  Also, Pharaoh and those before him, and ˹the people of˺ the overturned cities ˹of Lot˺ indulged in sin,
69:10  each disobeying their Lord’s messenger, so He seized them with a crushing grip.
69:11  Indeed, when the floodwater had overflowed, We carried you in the floating Ark ˹with Noah˺,
69:12  so that We may make this a reminder to you, and that attentive ears may grasp it.
69:13  At last, when the Trumpet will be blown with one blast,
69:14  and the earth and mountains will be lifted up and crushed with one blow,
69:15  on that Day the Inevitable Event will have come to pass.
69:16  The sky will then be so torn that it will be frail,
69:17  with the angels on its sides. On that Day eight ˹mighty angels˺ will bear the Throne of your Lord above them.
69:18  You will then be presented ˹before Him for judgment˺, and none of your secrets will stay hidden.
69:19  As for those given their records in their right hand, they will cry ˹happily˺, “Here ˹everyone˺! Read my record!
69:20  I surely knew I would face my reckoning.”
69:21  They will be in a life of bliss,
69:22  in an elevated Garden,
69:23  whose fruit will hang within reach.
69:24  ˹They will be told,˺ “Eat and drink joyfully for what you did in the days gone by.”
69:25  And as for those given their record in their left hand, they will cry ˹bitterly˺, “I wish I had not been given my record,
69:26  nor known anything of my reckoning!
69:27  I wish death was the end!
69:28  My wealth has not benefited me!
69:29  My authority has been stripped from me.”
69:30  ˹It will be said,˺ “Seize and shackle them,
69:31  then burn them in Hell,
69:32  then tie them up with chains seventy arms long.
69:33  For they never had faith in Allah, the Greatest,
69:34  nor encouraged the feeding of the poor.
69:35  So this Day they will have no close friend here,
69:36  nor any food except ˹oozing˺ pus,
69:37  which none will eat except the evildoers.”
69:38  Now, I do swear by whatever you see,
69:39  and whatever you cannot see!
69:40  Indeed, this ˹Quran˺ is the recitation of a noble Messenger.
69:41  It is not the prose of a poet ˹as you claim˺, ˹yet˺ you hardly have any faith.
69:42  Nor is it the mumbling of a fortune-teller, ˹yet˺ you are hardly mindful.
69:43  ˹It is˺ a revelation from the Lord of all worlds.
69:44  Had the Messenger made up something in Our Name,
69:45  We would have certainly seized him by his right hand,
69:46  then severed his aorta,
69:47  and none of you could have shielded him ˹from Us˺!
69:48  Indeed, this ˹Quran˺ is a reminder to those mindful ˹of Allah˺.
69:49  And We certainly know that some of you will persist in denial,
69:50  and it will surely be a source of regret for the disbelievers.
69:51  And indeed, this ˹Quran˺ is the absolute truth.
69:52  So glorify the Name of your Lord, the Greatest.