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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by N J Dawood 2014
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N J Dawood (2014) rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 WHEN THAT which is coming comes ―
56:2 and no soul shall then deny its coming ―
56:3 some shall be abased and others exalted
56:4 When the earth shakes and quivers
56:5 and the mountains crumble awa
56:6 and scatter abroad into fine dust
56:7 you shall be divided into three multitudes
56:8 those on the right (blessed shall be those on the right)
56:9 those on the left (damned shall be those on the left)
56:10 and those to the fore (foremost shall be those)
56:11 Such are they that shall be brought near to their Lor
56:12 in the Gardens of Delight
56:13 a whole multitude from ages past
56:14 and but a few from the latter ages
56:15 They shall recline on jewelled couche
56:16 face to face
56:17 and there shall wait on them immortal youth
56:18 with bowls and ewers and a cup of purest win
56:19 (that will neither pain their heads nor take away their reason)
56:20 with fruits of their own choic
56:21 and flesh of fowls that they relish
56:22 And theirs shall be the dark-eyed houris
56:23 chaste as virgin pearls
56:24 a guerdon for what they did
56:25 There they shall hear no idle talk, no sinful speech
56:26 but only the greeting, ‘Peace! Peace!&lsquo
56:27 Those on the right hand ― happy shall be those on the right hand
56:28 They shall recline on couches raised on high in the shade of thornless sidrs
56:29 and clusters of talh;¹
56:30 --(translation missing in source)-
56:31 amidst gushing water
56:32 and abundant fruits
56:33 never-ending, unforbidden
56:34 --(translation missing in source)-
56:35 We created the houri
56:36 and made them virgins
56:37 loving companion
56:38 for those on the right hand
56:39 a multitude from ages past
56:40 and a multitude from the latter ages
56:41 As for those on the left hand (wretched shall be those on the left hand!
56:42 they shall dwell amidst scorching winds and seething water
56:43 in the shade of pitch-black smoke
56:44 neither cool nor refreshing
56:45 For they have lived in comfor
56:46 and persisted in the heinous sin², saying
56:47 What! When we are dead and turned to dust and bones, shall we be raised to life
56:48 And our forefathers, too?&lsquo
56:49 Say: ‘Those from ages past, and those from latter ages
56:50 shall be brought together at the time of on an appointed day
56:51 Then as for you who err and disbelieve
56:52 you shall eat from the Zaqqūm tre
56:53 and fill your bellies with it‘s fruit
56:54 You shall drink scalding water
56:55 yet you shall drink it as the thirsty camel drinks.&lsquo
56:56 Such shall be their fare on the Day of Reckoning
56:57 We created you: why then will you not believe
56:58 Behold the semen you discharge
56:59 did you create it, or were We it‘s Creators
56:60 It was We that ordained death among you. Nothing can hinder U
56:61 from replacing you by others like yourselves or transforming you into beings you know nothing of
56:62 You surely know of the First Creation. Why, then, do you not reflect
56:63 Consider the earth you till
56:64 Is it you that sow the seeds, or are We the Sower
56:65 If We pleased, We could turn your harvest into chaff, so that you would keep forlornly jesting
56:66 We are laden with debts
56:67 Why, we have been robbed!&lsquo
56:68 Consider the water which you drink
56:69 Was it you that sent it down from the cloud, or were We the Senders
56:70 If We pleased, We could turn it bitter. Why, then, do you not give thanks
56:71 Consider the fire which you light
56:72 Was it you that made the timber, or were We the Makers
56:73 A reminder for man We made it, and for the traveller a comfort
56:74 Praise, then, the name of your Lord, the Supreme One
56:75 I swear by the shelter of the star
56:76 (a mighty oath, if you but knew it
56:77 that this is a holy Koran
56:78 safeguarded in a Boo
56:79 which none may touch except the purified
56:80 a revelation sent down from the Lord of the Universe
56:81 Would you scorn a Scripture such as this
56:82 and earn your daily bread denying it
56:83 When under your very eyes a dying man‘s soul leaps up to his throa
56:84 --(translation missing in source)-
56:85 (We are nearer to him than you, although you cannot see)
56:86 why do you not restore it, if you are not to be judged hereafter
56:87 If what you say be true
56:88 Thus, if he is favoured
56:89 his lot will be repose and plenty, and a Garden of Delight
56:90 If he is one of those on the right hand
56:91 he will be greeted with, ‘Peace be with you!‘ by those on the right hand
56:92 But if he is an erring disbeliever
56:93 his welcome shall be a downpour of scalding water
56:94 and incineration in a hell
56:95 This is surely the veritable Truth
56:96 Praise, then, the name of your Lord, the Supreme One


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