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al-Haqqah (The Reality, The Inevitable)
as rendered by Aisha Bewley
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Aisha Bewley rendition of Surah The Reality, The Inevitable(al-Haqqah)
69:1 The Undeniable!
69:2 What is the Undeniable?
69:3 What will convey to you what the Undeniable is?
69:4 Thamud and ´Ad denied the Crushing Blow.
69:5 Thamud were destroyed by the Deafening Blast.
69:6 ´Ad were destroyed by a savage howling wind.
69:7 Allah subjected them to it for seven whole nights and eight whole days without a break. You could see the people flattened in their homes just like the hollow stumps of uprooted palms.
69:8 Do you see any remnant of them left?
69:9 Pharaoh and those before him and the Overturned Cities made a great mistake.
69:10 They disobeyed the Messenger of their Lord so He seized them in an ever-tightening grip.
69:11 When the waters rose We carried you in the ship
69:12 to make it a reminder for you and something to be retained by retentive ears.
69:13 So when the Trumpet is blown with a single blast,
69:14 and the earth and the mountains are lifted and crushed with a single blow,
69:15 On that Day, the Occurrence will occur
69:16 and Heaven will be split apart, for that Day it will be very frail.
69:17 The angels will be gathered round its edge. On that Day, eight will bear the Throne of their Lord above their heads.
69:18 On that Day you will be exposed — no concealed act you did will stay concealed.
69:19 As for him who is given his Book in his right hand, he will say, ´Here, come and read my Book!
69:20 I counted on meeting my Reckoning.´
69:21 He will have a very pleasant life
69:22 in an elevated Garden,
69:23 its ripe fruit hanging close to hand.
69:24 ´Eat and drink with relish for what you did before in days gone by!´
69:25 But as for him who is given his Book in his left hand, he will say, ´If only I had not been given my Book
69:26 and had not known about my Reckoning!
69:27 If only death had really been the end!
69:28 My wealth has been of no use to me.
69:29 My power has vanished.´
69:30 ´Seize him and truss him up.
69:31 Then roast him in the Blazing Fire.
69:32 Then bind him in a chain which is seventy cubits long.
69:33 He used not to have iman in Allah the Magnificent,
69:34 nor did he urge the feeding of the poor.
69:35 Therefore here today he has no friend
69:36 nor any food except exuding pus
69:37 which no one will eat except those who were in error.´
69:38 I swear both by what you see
69:39 and what you do not see,
69:40 that this is the word of a noble Messenger.
69:41 It is not the word of a poet — how little iman you have!
69:42 Nor the word of a fortune-teller — how little heed you pay!
69:43 It is a revelation from the Lord of all the worlds.
69:44 If he had made up any sayings and ascribed them to Us,
69:45 We would have seized him by force,
69:46 and then We would have cut off his life-blood
69:47 and not one of you could have protected him.
69:48 It is a reminder to the people with taqwa.
69:49 We know that some of you will deny it.
69:50 It is a cause of great distress to those who are kafir.
69:51 And it is undeniably the Truth of Certainty.
69:52 Glorify then the name of your Lord, the Magnificent.


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