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al-Haqqah (The Reality, The Inevitable)
as rendered by T.B.Irving
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T.B.Irving rendition of Surah The Reality, The Inevitable(al-Haqqah)
69:1 Reality!
69:2 What is reality?
69:3 What will make you recognize what reality is like?
69:4 Thamud and Ad denied [they would face] disaster.
69:5 As for Thamud, they were wiped out by the Thunderbolt.
69:6 As for Ad, they were wiped out by a furiously howling gale.
69:7 He loosed it on them for seven grueling nights and eight days. You would see folk collapsing in it as if they were hollow palm trunks.
69:8 Do you see any survivors from them?
69:9 Pharaoh came, as well as those before him, and the places Overthrown through [their own] misdeeds;
69:10 they defied their Lord´s messenger, so He seized them with a tightening grip.
69:11 When the water overflowed, We loaded you on the vessel,
69:12 so We might set it up as a Reminder for you and so (your) attentive ears might retain it.
69:13 When a single blast is blown on the Trumpet
69:14 and the earth is lifted up along with the mountains and they are both flattened by a single blow,
69:15 the Event will take place on that day!
69:16 The sky will split open and seem flimsy that day;
69:17 while angels [will stand] along its edges. Eight [in all] will bear your Lord´s throne above them on that day.
69:18 On that day you will (all) be arraigned; no secret of yours will remain hidden.
69:19 Anyone who is given his book in his right hand will say: "Here, read my book!
69:20 I always thought I would face my reckoning!"
69:21 He will be in pleasant living
69:22 in a lofty garden
69:23 whose clusters [of fruit] will hang within easy reach.
69:24 "Eat and drink to your heart´s content because of what you sent on ahead in bygone days."
69:25 However anyone who is given his book in his left hand will say: "It´s too bad for me; if only my book had not been given me,
69:26 I would not have known my reckoning!
69:27 If it had only been the Sentence [once and for all]!
69:28 My money has not helped me out;
69:29 my authority has been wiped out on me."
69:30 "Take him off and handcuff him!
69:31 Then let Hades roast him!
69:32 Then padlock him to a chain gang seventy yards long.
69:33 He did not believe in God Almighty
69:34 nor ever urge [others) to feed the needy.
69:35 He has no close friend here today,
69:36 nor any food except for some garbage
69:37 which only sinners eat."
69:38 Yet I swear by whatever you observe
69:39 and what you do not observe,
69:40 that it is a statement [made] by a noble messenger.
69:41 It is no poet´s statement; how little do you believe!
69:42 Nor is it some fortune teller´s statement; how little do you think things over!
69:43 [It is] something sent down by the Lord of the Universe.
69:44 If he had mouthed some [false] statements about Us,
69:45 We would have seized him by the right hand;
69:46 then cut off his main artery.
69:47 Not one of you would have prevented it!
69:48 It is a Reminder for the heedful
69:49 We know too that some of you will reject it.
69:50 It means despair for disbelievers;
69:51 yet it is the absolute Truth!
69:52 So hymn your Lord´s almighty name!


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