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A petitioner asks about a penalty to befall…
…the unbelievers. [It is a penalty] which no one can avert.
[It is a penalty] from Allah, the Owner of the Staircase.
The angels and the Spirit ascend unto Him in a [cosmic] day, the measure of which is fifty thousand [Earth] years.
So be patient with a content patience.
(People) see (the last day) as far away,…
…but We see it as near.
That day the sky will look like molten metal.
The mountains will become like [fluffs of] wool.
[Out of dread] no friend will ask about another friend.
[That is] even if they are put in sight of one another. The [unforgiven] sinner will wish that he/she could redeem him-/herself from the penalty of that day with his/her children.
[He/she will wish for redemption by using] his/her spouse, his/her sibling,…
…his/her relatives who sheltered him/her,…
…and all else on the earth that might deliver him/her.
But no! There is only fire…
…plucking to the skull.
[The fire will be] inviting those who turned their backs and rejected [the truth]…
…and who amassed and hoarded.
Humanity tends to be impatient.
[He/she is] fretful when adversity befalls him/her.
[He/she is] stingy when fortune reaches him/her.
Those who worship are different.
They remain devoted in their prayer.
They recognize a right to their money…
…by anyone who asks [for charity] and any who are deprived.
They cling to the truth of the Day of Judgment.
They fear the punishment of their Lord.
Certainly your Lord’s displeasure is the opposite of calm.
They guard their modesty.
The exception is with their spouses and their wards. With them, they have no blame.
Those who go beyond this are sinners.
(The believers) honor their contracts and promises.
They are firm in their testimonies.
They are attentive in worship.
These will be honored in gardens.
[Sarcastically:] What is wrong with the unbelievers that they are making a mad dash before you?
[What is wrong that they come] in crowds, from the right and left?
Does everyone long to enter the garden of bliss?
No! Indeed, We have created them from what they know.
Now I do call to witness the Lord of All Risings and Settings that We can certainly…
…substitute for them better than they. We are not to be defeated.
Leave them to plunge into frivolous talk and silly frolic until they encounter their day promised to them.
On that day, they will proceed from their graves in sudden haste, as if they were rushing to a goalpost.
Their eyes will be downcast, and shame will cover them. Such is the day that they are promised!
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