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adh-Dhariyat (The Winnowing Winds, The Scatterers)
as rendered by N J Dawood 2014
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N J Dawood (2014) rendition of Surah The Winnowing Winds, The Scatterers(adh-Dhariyat)
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51:1 BY THE dust-scattering winds
51:2 and the heavily-laden clouds;
51:3 by the smoothly-gliding ships,
51:4 and by the angels who deal out as commanded;
51:5 that which you are promised shall truly be fulfilled,
51:6 and the Last Judgement shall surely come to pass!
51:7 By the heaven with its starry highways,
51:8 the words you utter are inconsistent!
51:9 None but the perverse turn away from the Truth.
51:10 Perish the liars,
51:11 who dwell in darkness and are heedless of the life to come!
51:12 When will the Day of Judgement be?‘ they ask.
51:13 On that day they shall be scourged in the Fire:
51:14 Taste this, the punishment you sought to hasten!‘
51:15 The righteous shall dwell amidst gardens and fountains
51:16 and shall receive what their Lord will give them. For they did good works before,
51:17 sleeping but little in the night-time,
51:18 praying at dawn for God‘s pardon,
51:19 and sharing their goods with the beggars and the dispossessed.
51:20 On earth there are signs for firm believers,
51:21 and in your own souls. Can you not see?
51:22 Heaven holds your sustenance and all that you are promised.
51:23 I swear by the Lord of heaven and earth that this is true, as true as you are speaking now!
51:24 Have you heard the story of Abraham‘s honoured guests?
51:25 They went in to him and said: ‘Peace!‘ ‘Peace!‘ he said and, seeing that they were strangers,
51:26 betook himself to his family and returned with a fatted calf.
51:27 He placed it before them, saying: ‘Will you not eat?‘
51:28 He grew afraid of them, but they said, ‘Have no fear,‘ and told him he was to have a son endowed with knowledge.
51:29 His wife came crying and beating her face. ‘Surely I am a barren old woman,‘ she said.
51:30 Such is the will of your Lord,‘ they said. ‘He surely is the Wise One, the All-knowing.‘
51:31 Messengers,‘ said he, ‘what is your errand?‘
51:32 They said: ‘We are sent forth to a perverted people,
51:33 that we may bring down on them a shower of clay-stones
51:34 marked by your Lord for the destruction of the sinful.‘
51:35 We led all the believers out of the town ―
51:36 We found but one household of true Muslims ―
51:37 and left therein a Sign for those who fear the woeful scourge.
51:38 And in Moses there was a sign. We sent him forth to Pharaoh with manifest authority,
51:39 but he turned his back, he and his nobles, saying: ‘A sorcerer, or a man possessed.‘
51:40 So We seized him and his warriors, and cast them into the sea. Indeed, he deserved much blame.
51:41 In the fate of ‘Ād there was another sign. We let loose on them a blighting wind,
51:42 which pounded into dust all that it swept before it.
51:43 And in Thamūd. They had been told: ‘Enjoy yourselves till a time decreed;‘
51:44 but they disobeyed the commandments of their Lord. The thunderbolt struck them as they looked on;
51:45 they could not rise up from their fall, nor did they gain their end.
51:46 And the people of Noah before them. Surely they too were a degenerate people.
51:47 The heaven We built with mighty hands, giving it a vast expanse,
51:48 and stretched the earth beneath it: gracious is He who spread it out.
51:49 And all things We have made in pairs, so that you may take thought.
51:50 Therefore seek God. From Him I come to you with clear warning.
51:51 You shall not set up another deity besides God. From Him I come to you with a clear warning.
51:52 Thus no apostle ever came to those before them¹ but that they said: ‘Sorcerer!‘ or ‘A man possessed!‘
51:53 Have they handed down this down from one generation to the next? Surely they are transgressors all.
51:54 Pay no heed to them; you shall incur no blame.
51:55 Exhort them; exhortation helps the true believers.
51:56 I created the jinn and mankind only that they might worship Me.
51:57 I demand no livelihood of them, nor do I ask that they should feed Me.
51:58 God alone is the Munificent Giver, the Mighty One, the Invincible.
51:59 The wrongdoers‘ sins are like the sins of those that sinned before them; so let them not hurry Me on.
51:60 Woe betide then the unbelievers when their promised day is come!


   


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