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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar
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Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 When The Inevitable came to pass,
56:2 its descent is not like that which lies.
56:3 It will be one that abases, one that exalts.
56:4 When the earth will rock with a rocking
56:5 and the mountains be crumbled to dust, crumbling,
56:6 then, they had been dust scattered about.
56:7 And you had been of three diverse pairs.
56:8 Then, the Companions of the Right—who are the Companions of the Right?
56:9 And the Companions of the Left—who are Companions of the Left?
56:10 Ones who take the lead are the ones who take the lead.
56:11 Those are the ones who are brought near
56:12 in the Gardens of Bliss.
56:13 A throng of the ancient ones
56:14 and a few of the later ones
56:15 are on lined couches,
56:16 ones who are reclining on them, ones who are facing one another.
56:17 Immortal children go around them
56:18 with cups and ewers and goblets from a spring of water.
56:19 Neither will they suffer headaches nor will they be intoxicated,
56:20 and sweet fruit of what they specify
56:21 and the flesh of birds for which they lust
56:22 and most beautiful eyed ones,
56:23 like the parable of the well-guarded pearls,
56:24 a recompense for what they had been doing.
56:25 They will not hear any idle talk in it nor accusation of sinfulness,
56:26 but the saying of: Peace! Peace!
56:27 And the Companions of the Right—who are the Companions of the Right?
56:28 They will be among thornless lote-trees
56:29 and acacias, one on another,
56:30 and spread out shade
56:31 and outpoured water
56:32 and many sweet fruit.
56:33 There will be neither that which is severed nor that which is inaccessible.
56:34 And it is an exalted place of restfulness.
56:35 Truly, We caused them (f) to grow, a good forming,
56:36 and made them (f) virgins,
56:37 full of love, of the same age,
56:38 for the Companions of the Right.
56:39 A throng of the ancient ones
56:40 and a throng from the later ones,
56:41 and the Companions of the Left—who are the Companions of the Left?
56:42 Those who are in burning wind and scalding water
56:43 and shade of black smoke
56:44 neither that which is cool nor generous.
56:45 Truly, they had been before that ones who are given ease
56:46 and they had been persisting in tremendous wickedness.
56:47 And they had been saying: When we died and had been earth dust and bones, will we, then, be ones who are raised up?
56:48 And our ancient fathers?
56:49 Say: Truly, the ancient ones and the later ones
56:50 will be ones who will be gathered to a time appointed on a known Day.
56:51 Again, you, O ones who go astray, are the ones who deny.
56:52 Certainly, you will be ones who eat from the Zaqqum tree.
56:53 Then, you will be ones who fill your bellies from it,
56:54 then, ones who drink scalding water after it.
56:55 So you will be ones who drink like the drinking of thirsty camels.
56:56 This will be their hospitality on the Day of Judgment!
56:57 We, We created you. Why establish it not as true?
56:58 Considered you what you spill of human seed?
56:59 Is it you who create it? Or are We the ones who are the creators?
56:60 We ordained death among you and We will not be ones who will be outrun
56:61 in that We will substitute your likeness and We caused you to grow in a way you know not.
56:62 And, certainly, you knew the first growth. Will you not, then, recollect?
56:63 Considered you the soil that you till?
56:64 Is it you who sows it? Or are We the ones who sow?
56:65 If We will, We would make it into chaff and you would continue to joke saying:
56:66 We are ones who are debt-loaded!
56:67 Nay! We are ones who are deprived.
56:68 Considered you the water that you drink?
56:69 Is it you who caused it to descend from the cloud vapors? Or are We the ones who caused it to descend?
56:70 If We will, We would make it bitter. Why, then, give you not thanks?
56:71 Considered you the fire which you strike?
56:72 Is it you who caused the tree to grow? Or are We the ones who cause it to grow?
56:73 We made it an admonition and sustenance for ones who are desert people.
56:74 Then, glorify with the name of thy Lord, The Sublime.
56:75 But no! I swear by the orbit of the stars
56:76 and, truly, that is an oath to be sworn if you know, sublime.
56:77 Truly, it is a generous Recitation
56:78 in a well-guarded Book.
56:79 None touches it but the ones who are purified,
56:80 a sending down successively from the Lord of the worlds.
56:81 Then, is it this discourse that you are ones who scorn?
56:82 And you make it your provision that you, you deny the Recitation.
56:83 Then, why not intervene when it reached the wind-pipe
56:84 and you are looking on at the time?
56:85 And We are nearer to him than you, yet you perceive not.
56:86 Then, why had you not been—if you are not ones to be judged—
56:87 returning the soul to the body, if you had been ones who are sincere?
56:88 If he had been among the ones who are brought near,
56:89 there is solace and fragrant herbs and a Garden of Bliss.
56:90 And if he had been of the Companions of the Right,
56:91 then: Peace for thee from the Companions of the Right.
56:92 And yet if he had been of the ones who go astray, ones who deny,
56:93 then, a hospitality of scalding water
56:94 and broiling in hellfire.
56:95 Truly, this is The Truth of certainty.
56:96 So glorify the Name of thy Lord, The Almighty.


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