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al-Qamar (The Moon)
as rendered by N J Dawood 2014
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N J Dawood (2014) rendition of Surah The Moon(al-Qamar)
54:1 THE HOUR is drawing near, and the moon is cleft in two
54:2 Yet, when they behold a sign, the unbelievers turn their backs and say: ‘Sorcery unceasing!&lsquo
54:3 They deny the truth, and follow their own fancies. But in the end all issues shall be laid to rest
54:4 Cautionary tales, profound in wisdom, have been narrated to them
54:5 but warnings are unavailing
54:6 Let them be. The day the Crier summons them to the dread account
54:7 they shall come out from their graves with downcast eyes, and rush towards him like swarming locusts
54:8 The unbelievers will say: ‘This is indeed a doleful day!&lsquo
54:9 Before them, the people of Noah disbelieved. They disbelieved Our servant, and called him madman. Rejected and contemned
54:10 he cried out to his Lord, saying: ‘Help me, I am overcome!&lsquo
54:11 We opened the gates of heaven with pouring rai
54:12 and caused the earth to burst with gushing springs, so that the waters met for a predestined end
54:13 We carried him in a vessel built with planks and nails
54:14 which drifted on under Our eyes: a recompense for him who had been disbelieved
54:15 This We have left as a sign: but is there any that will remember
54:16 How grievous was My scourge, and warning
54:17 We have made the Koran easy to remember: but is there any that will remember
54:18 Ād, too, did not believe. How grievous was My scourge, and warning
54:19 On a day of unremitting woe, We let loose on them a howling win
54:20 which snapped people off like trunks of uprooted palm trees
54:21 How grievous was My scourge, and warning
54:22 We made the Koran easy to remember: but is there any that will remember
54:23 Thamūd, too, disbelieved the warnings
54:24 They said: ‘Are we to follow a mortal, alone among us? That would surely be error and madness.
54:25 Did he alone among us receive the Admonition? He is indeed an impudent liar.&lsquo
54:26 Tomorrow they shall learn who is the impudent liar
54:27 We are sending the she-camel to test them. Observe them closely and have patience
54:28 Tell them they must share their drink with her, and that for every draught they must attend in person.&lsquo
54:29 They called their friend, who took a knife and hamstrung her
54:30 How grievous was My scourge, and warning
54:31 A single cry was heard, and they became like the dry twigs of the sheep-fold builder
54:32 We have made the Koran easy to remember: but is there any that will remember
54:33 The people of Lot disbelieved the warnings
54:34 We let loose on them a stone-charged whirlwind: only the house of Lot at dawn did We deliver
54:35 through Our mercy. Thus do We reward the thankful
54:36 He had warned them of Our onslaught, but they doubted the warnings.
54:37 They demanded his guests of him; so We put out their eyes: ‘Taste My punishment, now that you have scorned My warning.&lsquo
54:38 And at daybreak a long-lasting scourge smote them
54:39 Taste My punishment, now that you have scorned My warning!&lsquo
54:40 We have made the Koran easy to remember: but is there any that will remember
54:41 To Pharaoh‘s people came the warnings
54:42 But they disbelieved all Our signs, and We smote them with the scourge of the Almighty, the Omnipotent
54:43 Are your unbelievers better than those? Or have you immunity in the Scriptures
54:44 Or do they say: ‘We are a victorious army‘
54:45 The army shall be routed and put to flight
54:46 The Hour is their time appointed; and more calamitous, and more doleful, shall be the Hour
54:47 Yet the wrongdoers persist in error and madness
54:48 On the day they are dragged into the Fire with faces down: ‘Feel the touch of Hell!&lsquo
54:49 We have surely created all things according to a measure
54:50 We command but once: Our will is done in the twinkling of an eye
54:51 We have destroyed many a people like yourselves: is there any that will remember
54:52 All they did is in the Scriptures
54:53 every action, small or great, is noted down
54:54 The righteous shall dwell in Gardens watered by running brooks,
54:55 honourably seated in the presence of a Mighty King


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