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at-Tur (The Mount, The Mountain)
as rendered by Muhammad Asad
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Muhammad Asad rendition of Surah The Mount, The Mountain(at-Tur)
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52:1 CONSIDER Mount Sinai!
52:2 Consider [God’s] revelation, inscribed
52:3 on wide-open scrolls.
52:4 Consider the long-enduring house [of worship]!
52:5 Consider the vault [of heaven] raised high!
52:6 Consider the surf-swollen sea!
52:7 VERILY, [O man,] the suffering decreed by thy Sustainer [for the sinners] will indeed come to pass:
52:8 there is none who could avert it.
52:9 [It will come to pass] on the Day when the skies will be convulsed in [a great] convulsion,
52:10 and the mountains will move with [an awesome] movement.
52:11 Woe, then, on that Day to all who give the lie to the truth –
52:12 all those who [throughout their lives] but idly played with things vain –
52:13 on the Day when they shall be thrust into the fire with [an irresistible] thrust, [and will be told:]
52:14 “This is the fire which you were wont to call a lie!
52:15 Was it, then, a delusion or is it that you failed to see [its truth]?
52:16 Endure it [now]! But [whether you] bear yourselves with patience or without patience, it will be the same to you: you are but being requited for what you were wont to do.”
52:17 [But,] verily, the God-conscious will find themselves [on that Day] in gardens and in bliss,
52:18 rejoicing in all that their Sustainer will have granted them: for their Sustainer will have warded off from them all suffering through the blazing fire.
52:19 [And they will be told:] “Eat and drink with good cheer as an outcome of what you were wont to do,
52:20 reclining on couches [of happiness] ranged in rows!” And [in that paradise] We shall mate them with companions pure, most beautiful of eye.
52:21 And as for those who have attained to faith and whose offspring will have followed them in faith, We shall unite them with their offspring; and We shall not let aught of their deeds go to waste: [but] every human being will be held in pledge for whatever he has earned.
52:22 And We shall bestow on them fruit and meat in abundance - whatever they may desire:
52:23 and in that [paradise] they shall pass on to one another a cup which will not give rise to empty talk, and neither incite to sin.
52:24 And they will be waited upon by [immortal] youths, [as if they were children] of their own, [as pure] as if they were pearls hidden in their shells.
52:25 And they [who are thus blest] will turn to one another, asking each other [about their past lives].
52:26 They will say: “Behold, aforetime - when we were [still living] in the midst of our kith and kin - we were full of fear [at the thought of God’s displeasure]:
52:27 and so God has graced us with His favour, and has warded off from us all suffering through the scorching winds [of frustration].
52:28 Verily, we did invoke Him [alone] ere this: [and now He has shown us] that He alone is truly benign, a true dispenser of grace!”
52:29 EXHORT, then, [O Prophet, all men:] for, by thy Sustainer’s grace, thou art neither a soothsayer nor a madman.
52:30 Or do they say, “[He is but] a poet - let us wait what time will do unto him”?
52:31 Say thou: “Wait, [then,] hopefully; behold, I, too, shall hopefully wait with you!”
52:32 Is it their minds that bid them [to take] this [attitude] - or are they [simply] people filled with overweening arrogance?
52:33 Or do they say, “He himself has composed this [message]”? Nay, but they are not willing to believe!
52:34 But then, [if they deem it the work of a mere mortal,] let them produce another discourse like it - if what they say be true!
52:35 [Or do they deny the existence of God?] Have they themselves been created without anything [that might have caused their creation]? or were they, perchance, their own creators?
52:36 [And] have they created the heavens and the earth? Nay, but they have no certainty of anything!
52:37 [How could they?] Are thy Sustainer’s treasures with them? Or are they in charge [of destiny]?
52:38 Or have they a ladder by which they could [ascend to ultimate truths and] listen [to what is beyond the reach of human perception]? Let, then, any of them who have listened [to it] produce a manifest proof [of his knowledge]!
52:39 Or, [if you believe in God, how can you believe that] He has [chosen to have] daughters, whereas you yourselves would have [only] sons?
52:40 Or is it that [they who reject thy message, O Muhammad, fear lest] thou ask of them a reward, so that they would be burdened with debt [if they should listen to thee]?
52:41 Or [do they think] that the hidden reality [of all that exists] is almost within their grasp, so that [in time] they can write it down?
52:42 Or do they want to entrap [thee in contradictions]? But they who are bent on denying the truth - it is they who are truly entrapped!
52:43 Have they, then, any deity other than God? Utterly remote is God, in His limitless glory, from anything to which men may ascribe a share in His divinity!
52:44 AND YET, if they [who refuse to see the truth] were to see part of the sky falling down, they would [only] say, “[It is but] a mass of clouds!”
52:45 Hence, leave them alone until they face that [Judgment] Day of theirs, when they will be stricken with terror:
52:46 the Day when none of their scheming will be of the least avail to them, and they will receive no succour.
52:47 But, verily, for those who are bent on doing evil, there is suffering in store [even] closer at hand than that [supreme suffering in the hereafter]: but most of them are not aware of it.
52:48 And so, await in patience thy Sustainer’s judgment, for thou art well within Our sight. And extol thy Sustainer’s limitless glory and praise whenever thou risest up,
52:49 and extol His glory at night, and at the time when the stars retreat.


   


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