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at-Takwir (The Overthrowing, The Cessation)
as rendered by Sayyid Qutb (transcription in progress)
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Sayyid Qutb rendition of Surah The Overthrowing, The Cessation(at-Takwir)
81:1 When the sun is darkened,
81:2 when the stars fall and disperse,
81:3 when the mountains are made to move away,
81:4 when the camels, ten months pregnant, are left untended,
81:5 when the wild beasts are brought together,
81:6 when the seas are set alight,
81:7 when people's souls are paired [like with like],
81:8 when the infant girl, buried alive, is asked
81:9 for what crime she was slain,
81:10 when the records are laid open,
81:11 when the sky is stripped bare,
81:12 when hell is made to burn fiercely,
81:13 when paradise is brought near,
81:14 every soul shall know what it has put forward.
81:15 I swear by the turning stars,
81:16 which move swiftly and hide themselves away,
81:17 and by the night as it comes darkening on,
81:18 and by the dawn as it starts to breathe,
81:19 this is truly the word of a noble and mighty messenger,
81:20 who enjoys a secure position with the Lord of the Throne.
81:21 He is obeyed in heaven, faithful to his trust.
81:22 Your old friend is not mad.
81:23 He saw him on the clear horizon.
81:24 He does not grudge the secrets of the unseen.
81:25 It is not the word of an accursed devil.
81:26 Whither then are you going?
81:27 This is only a reminder to all mankind,
81:28 to those of you whose will is to be upright.
81:29 Yet, you cannot will except by the will of God, Lord of all the worlds.


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