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al-Inshiqaq (The Sundering, Splitting Open)
as rendered by Muhammad Asad
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Muhammad Asad rendition of Surah The Sundering, Splitting Open(al-Inshiqaq)
84:1 WHEN THE SKY is split asunder,
84:2 obeying its Sustainer, as in truth it must;
84:3 and when the earth is leveled,
84:4 and casts forth whatever is in it, and becomes utterly void,
84:5 obeying its Sustainer, as in truth it must -:
84:6 [then,] O man - thou [that] hast, verily, been toiling towards thy Sustainer in painful toil - then shalt thou meet Him!
84:7 And as for him whose record shall be placed in his right hand,
84:8 he will in time be called to account with an easy accounting,
84:9 and will [be able to] turn joyfully to those of his own kind.
84:10 But as for him whose record shall be given to him behind his back;
84:11 he will in time pray for utter destruction:
84:12 but he will enter the blazing flame.
84:13 Behold, [in his earthly life] he lived joyfully among people of his own kind
84:14 for, behold, he never thought that he would have to return [to God].
84:15 Yea indeed! His Sustainer did see all that was in him!
84:16 BUT NAY! I call to witness the sunset's [fleeting] afterglow,
84:17 and the night, and what it [step by step] unfolds,
84:18 and the moon, as it grows to its fullness:
84:19 [even thus, O men,] are you bound to move; onward from stage to stage.
84:20 What, then, is amiss with them that they will not believe [in a life to come]?
84:21 and [that], when the Qur’an is read unto them, they do not fall down in prostration?
84:22 Nay, but they who are bent on denying the truth give the lie [to this divine writ]!
84:23 Yet God has full knowledge of what they conceal [in their hearts].
84:24 Hence, give them the tiding of grievous suffering [in the life to come] –
84:25 unless it be such [of them] as [repent, and] attain to faith, and do good works: for theirs shall be a reward unending!.


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