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al-Inshiqaq (The Sundering, Splitting Open)
as rendered by George Sale
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George Sale rendition of Surah The Sundering, Splitting Open(al-Inshiqaq)
84:1 When the heaven shall be rent in sunder,
84:2 and shall obey its Lord, and shall be capable thereof;
84:3 and when the earth shall be stretched out,
84:4 and shall cast forth that which is therein, and shall remain empty,
84:5 and shall obey its Lord, and shall be capable thereof:
84:6 O man, verily labouring thou labourest to meet thy Lord, and thou shalt meet Him.
84:7 And he who shall have his book given into his right hand,
84:8 shall be called to an easy account,
84:9 and shall turn unto his family with joy:
84:10 But he who shall have his book given him behind his back,
84:11 shall invoke destruction to fall upon him,
84:12 and he shall be sent into hell to be burned;
84:13 because he rejoiced insolently amidst his family on earth.
84:14 Verily he thought that he should never return unto God:
84:15 Yea verily; but his Lord beheld him.
84:16 Wherefore I swear by the redness of the sky after sun-set,
84:17 and by the night, and the animals which it driveth together,
84:18 and by the moon when she is at the full;
84:19 ye shall surely be transferred successively from state to state.
84:20 What aileth them, therefore, that they believe not the resurrection;
84:21 and that, when the Koran is read unto them, they worship not?
84:22 Yea: The unbelievers accuse the same of imposture:
84:23 But God well knoweth the malice which they keep hidden in their breasts.
84:24 Wherefore denounce unto them a grievous punishment,
84:25 except those who believe and do good works: For them is prepared a never failing reward.


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