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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by Ahmed Ali
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Ahmed Ali rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 WHEN WHAT IS to happen comes to pass -
56:2 Which is bound to happen undoubtedly -
56:3 Degrading (some) and exalting (others)
56:4 When the earth is shaken up convulsively
56:5 The mountains bruised and crushed
56:6 Turned to dust, floating in the air
56:7 You will become three categories
56:8 Those of the right hand -- how (happy) will be those of the right hand
56:9 Then those of the left hand -- how (unhappy) will be those of the left hand
56:10 Then the foremost, how pre-excellent
56:11 Who will be honoure
56:12 In gardens of tranquility
56:13 A number of the earlier peoples
56:14 And a few of later ages
56:15 On couches wrought of gold
56:16 Reclining face to face
56:17 Youths of never-ending bloom will pass round to the
56:18 Cups and decanters, beakers full of sparkling wine
56:19 Unheady, uninebriating
56:20 And such fruits as they fancy
56:21 Bird meats that they relish
56:22 And companions with big beautiful eye
56:23 Like pearls within their shells
56:24 As recompense for all they had done
56:25 They will hear no nonsense there or talk of sin
56:26 Other than "Peace, peace" the salutation
56:27 As for those of the right hand -- how (happy) those of the right hand -
56:28 They will be in (the shade) of thornless lot
56:29 And acacia covered with heaps of bloom
56:30 Lengthened shadows
56:31 Gushing water
56:32 And fruits numberless
56:33 Unending, unforbidden
56:34 And maidens incomparable
56:35 We have formed them in a distinctive fashion
56:36 And made them virginal
56:37 Loving companions matched in age
56:38 For those of the right hand
56:39 A crowd of earlier generation
56:40 And a crowd of the later
56:41 But those of the left hand -- how (unhappy) those of the left hand -
56:42 Will be in the scorching wind and boiling water
56:43 Under the shadow of thick black smok
56:44 Neither cool nor agreeable
56:45 They were endowed with good thing
56:46 But persisted in that greater sin
56:47 And said: "What! When we are dead and turned to dust and bones, shall we then be raised again
56:48 And so will our fathers?"
56:49 Say: "Indeed, the earlier and the later generation
56:50 Will be gathered together on a certain day which is predetermined
56:51 Then you, the erring and the deniers
56:52 Will eat of the tree of Zaqqum
56:53 Fill your bellies with it
56:54 And drink over it scalding water
56:55 Lapping it up like female camels raging of thirst with disease."
56:56 Such will be their welcome on the Day of Judgement
56:57 It is He who created you, then why do you not affirm the truth
56:58 Just consider (the semen) that you emit
56:59 Do you create it, or We are its creator
56:60 We have incorporated death in your constitution, and We shall not be hindere
56:61 From replacing you with others or raising you in a way you do not know
56:62 You have known the first creation, then why do you not reflect
56:63 Just ponder over what you sow
56:64 Do you give it its increase, or are We the giver
56:65 We could turn it, if We pleased, into straw; then you would rue the day
56:66 (And say:) "We have fallen into debt
56:67 Indeed, we have been deprived of the fruits of our labour."
56:68 Consider the water that you drink
56:69 Do you send it down from the clouds, or We send it down
56:70 We could make it brackish, if We pleased; so why do you not acknowledge thanks
56:71 Consider the fire that you strike (and get by friction)
56:72 Have you raised its tree, or We have raised it
56:73 We have made it as a reminder and convenience for the needy
56:74 So glorify your Lord, the most supreme
56:75 So I call the placement of the stars to witness -
56:76 And this surely is great evidence if you can understand -
56:77 That this is indeed the glorious Qur'a
56:78 (Inscribed) in the well-kept Book
56:79 Only they can reach it who are clean (of mind)
56:80 It has been revealed by the Lord of all the worlds
56:81 Then why do you dissimulate this Revelation
56:82 You live by calling it a lie
56:83 Then how is it that when the (dying) breath is withdrawn into the throat (and rattles)
56:84 And you wait for the moment (of death)
56:85 We are closer to him than you, even though you cannot see
56:86 Then why, if you are not indebted (to Us for life)
56:87 Can you not bring him back? (Answer) if you are truthfu
56:88 Then, if he is one of the honoured
56:89 There will be peace and plenty, and gardens of tranquility for him
56:90 If he is of those of the right hand
56:91 There will be the salutation by those of the right hand: "Peace on you
56:92 But if he is of the deniers and the errants
56:93 The welcome will be boiling wate
56:94 And the roasting in Hell
56:95 This is indeed the ultimate truth
56:96 Then praise your Lord, the most supreme


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