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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by Aisha Bewley
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Aisha Bewley rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 When the Great Event occurs,
56:2 none will deny its occurrence;
56:3 bringing low, raising high.
56:4 When the earth is convulsed
56:5 and the mountains are crushed
56:6 and become scattered dust in the air.
56:7 And you will be classed into three:
56:8 the Companions of the Right: what of the Companions of the Right?
56:9 the Companions of the Left: what of the Companions of the Left?
56:10 and the Forerunners, the Forerunners.
56:11 Those are the Ones Brought Near
56:12 in Gardens of Delight.
56:13 A large group of the earlier people
56:14 but few of the later ones.
56:15 On sumptuous woven couches,
56:16 reclining on them face to face.
56:17 There will circulate among them, ageless youths,
56:18 carrying goblets and decanters and a cup from a flowing spring —
56:19 it does not give them any headache nor does it leave them stupefied.
56:20 And any fruit they specify
56:21 and any bird-meat they desire.
56:22 And dark-eyed maidens
56:23 like hidden pearls.
56:24 As recompense for what they did.
56:25 They will hear no prattling in it nor any word of wrong.
56:26 All that is said is, ´Peace! Peace!´
56:27 And the Companions of the Right: what of the Companions of the Right?
56:28 Amid thornless lote-trees
56:29 and fruit-laden acacias
56:30 and wide-spreading shade
56:31 and outpouring water
56:32 and fruits in abundance
56:33 never failing, unrestricted.
56:34 And on elevated couches
56:35 We have brought maidens into being
56:36 and made them purest virgins,
56:37 devoted, passionate, of like age,
56:38 for the Companions of the Right.
56:39 A large group of the earlier people
56:40 and a large group of the later ones.
56:41 And the Companions of the Left: what of the Companions of the Left?
56:42 Amid searing blasts and scalding water
56:43 and the murk of thick black smoke,
56:44 providing no coolness and no pleasure.
56:45 Before that they were living in luxury,
56:46 persisting in immense wrongdoing
56:47 and saying, ´When we are dead and turned to dust and bones, shall we then be raised again
56:48 or our forefathers, the earlier peoples?´
56:49 Say: ´The earlier and the later peoples will certainly all be gathered
56:50 to the appointment of a specified Day.
56:51 Then you, you misguided, you deniers
56:52 will eat from the tree of Zaqqum,
56:53 filling your stomachs with it
56:54 and drink scalding water on top of it,
56:55 slurping like thirst-crazed camels.
56:56 This will be their hospitality on the Day of Judgment!´
56:57 We created you so why do you not confirm the truth?
56:58 Have you thought about the sperm that you ejaculate?
56:59 Is it you who create it or are We the Creator?
56:60 We have decreed death for you and We will not be forestalled
56:61 in replacing you with others the same as you and re-forming you in a way you know nothing about.
56:62 You have known the first formation, so will you not pay heed?
56:63 Have you thought about what you cultivate?
56:64 Is it you who make it germinate or are We the Germinator?
56:65 If We wished We could have made it broken stubble. You would then be left devoid of crops, distraught:
56:66 ´We are ruined,
56:67 in fact we are destitute!´
56:68 Have you thought about the water that you drink?
56:69 Is it you who sent it down from the clouds or are We the Sender?
56:70 If We wished We could have made it bitter, so will you not give thanks?
56:71 Have you thought about the fire that you light?
56:72 Is it you who make the trees that fuel it grow or are We the Grower?
56:73 We have made it to be a reminder and a comfort for travellers in the wild.
56:74 So glorify the name of your Lord, the Magnificent!
56:75 And I swear by the falling of the stars —
56:76 and that is a mighty oath if you only knew —
56:77 it truly is a Noble Qur´an
56:78 in a well protected Book.
56:79 No one may touch it except the purified.
56:80 Revelation sent down from the Lord of all the worlds.
56:81 Do you nonetheless regard this discourse with scorn
56:82 and think your provision depends on your denial of the truth?
56:83 Why then, when death reaches his throat
56:84 and you are at that moment looking on —
56:85 and We are nearer him than you but you cannot see —
56:86 why then, if you are not subject to Our command,
56:87 do you not send it back if you are telling the truth?
56:88 But the truth is that if he is one of Those Brought Near,
56:89 there is solace and sweetness and a Garden of Delight.
56:90 And if he is one of the Companions of the Right,
56:91 ´Peace be upon you!´ from the Companions of the Right
56:92 And if he is one of the misguided deniers,
56:93 there is hospitality of scalding water
56:94 and roasting in the Blazing Fire.
56:95 This is indeed the Truth of Certainty.
56:96 So glorify the Name of your Lord, the Magnificent!


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