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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by John Medows Rodwell
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John Medows Rodwell rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 WHEN the day that must come shall have come suddenly
56:2 None shall treat that sudden coming as a lie
56:3 Day that shall abase! Day that shall exalt
56:4 When the earth shall be shaken with a shock
56:5 And the mountains shall be crumbled with a crumbling
56:6 And shall become scattered dust
56:7 And into three bands shall ye be divided
56:8 Then the people of the right hand - Oh! how happy shall be the people of the right hand
56:9 And the people of the left hand - Oh! how wretched shall be the people of the left hand
56:10 And they who were foremost on earth - the foremost still
56:11 These are they who shall be brought nigh to God
56:12 In gardens of delight
56:13 A crowd of the forme
56:14 And few of the latter generations
56:15 On inwrought couche
56:16 Reclining on them face to face
56:17 Aye-blooming youths go round about to the
56:18 With goblets and ewers and a cup of flowing wine
56:19 Their brows ache not from it, nor fails the sense
56:20 And with such fruits as shall please them best
56:21 And with flesh of such birds, as they shall long for
56:22 And theirs shall be the Houris, with large dark eyes
56:23 like pearls hidden in their shells
56:24 In recompense of their labours past
56:25 No vain discourse shall they hear therein, nor charge of sin
56:26 But only the cry, "Peace! Peace!"
56:27 And the people of the right hand - oh! how happy shall be the people of the right hand
56:28 Amid thornless sidrah
56:29 And tall trees clad with fruit
56:30 And in extended shade
56:31 And by flowing waters
56:32 And with abundant fruits
56:33 Unfailing, unforbidden
56:34 And on lofty couches
56:35 Of a rare creation have we created the Houris
56:36 And we have made them ever virgins
56:37 Dear to their spouses, of equal age with them
56:38 For the people of the right hand
56:39 A crowd of the former
56:40 And a crowd of the latter generations
56:41 But the people of the left hand - oh! how wretched shall be the people of the left hand
56:42 Amid pestilential winds and in scalding water
56:43 And in the shadow of a black smoke
56:44 Not cool, and horrid to behold
56:45 For they truly, ere this, were blessed with worldly goods
56:46 But persisted in heinous sin
56:47 And were wont to say, "What! after we have died, and become dust and bones, shall we be raised
56:48 And our fathers, the men of yore?"
56:49 SAY: Aye, the former and the latter
56:50 Gathered shall they all be for the time of a known day
56:51 Then ye, O ye the erring, the gainsaying
56:52 Shall surely eat of the tree Ez-zakkoum
56:53 And fill your bellies with it
56:54 And thereupon shall ye drink boiling water
56:55 And ye shall drink as the thirsty camel drinketh
56:56 This shall be their repast in the day of reckoning
56:57 We created you, will ye not credit us
56:58 What think ye? The germs of life
56:59 Is it ye who create them? or are we their creator
56:60 It is we who have decreed that death should be among you
56:61 Yet are we not thereby hindered from replacing you with others, your likes, or from producing you again in a form which ye know not
56:62 Ye have known the first creation: will ye not then reflect
56:63 What think ye? That which ye sow
56:64 Is it ye who cause its upgrowth, or do we cause it to spring forth
56:65 If we pleased we could so make your harvest dry and brittle that ye would ever marvel and say
56:66 "Truly we have been at cost
56:67 yet are we forbidden harvest."
56:68 What think ye of the water ye drink
56:69 Is it ye who send it down from the clouds, or send we it down
56:70 Brackish could we make it, if we pleased: will ye not then be thankful
56:71 What think ye? The fire which ye obtain by friction
56:72 Is it ye who rear its tree, or do we rear it
56:73 It is we who have made it for a memorial and a benefit to the wayfarers of the desert
56:74 Praise therefore the name of thy Lord, the Great
56:75 It needs not that I swear by the setting of the stars
56:76 And it is a great oath, if ye knew it
56:77 That this is the honourable Koran
56:78 Written in the preserved Book
56:79 Let none touch it but the purified
56:80 It is a revelation from the Lord of the worlds
56:81 Such tidings as these will ye disdain
56:82 Will ye make it your daily bread to gainsay them
56:83 Why, at the moment when the soul of a dying man shall come up into his throat
56:84 And when ye are gazing at him
56:85 Though we are nearer to him than ye, although ye see us not:
56:86 Why do ye not, if ye are to escape the judgment
56:87 Cause that soul to return? Tell me, if ye speak the truth
56:88 But as to him who shall enjoy near access to God
56:89 His shall be repose, and pleasure, and a garden of delights
56:90 Yea, for him who shall be of the people of the right hand
56:91 Shall be the greeting from the people of the right hand - "Peace be to thee."
56:92 But for him who shall be of those who treat the prophets as deceivers, And of the erring
56:93 His entertainment shall be of scalding water
56:94 And the broiling of hell-fire
56:95 Verily this is a certain truth
56:96 Praise therefore the name of thy Lord, the Great


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