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52:1  BY THE Mount,¹
52:2  and by a Book
52:3  penned on an unrolled parchment;
52:4  by the Visited House,²
52:5  the Lofty Vault,³
52:6  and the swelling sea,
52:7  your Lord‘s punishment shall surely come to pass!
52:8  No power shall ward it off
52:9  On that day the heaven will shake and reel,
52:10  and the mountains move and pass away.
52:11  Woe betide on that day the unbelievers
52:12  who now divert themselves with profane talk
52:13  On that day they shall be hurled into the fire of Hell
52:14  This is the Fire which you denied
52:15  Is this sorcery, or can you not see
52:16  Burn in its flames. It is the same whether or not you show forbearance. You shall be recompensed according only to your deeds.‘
52:17  But in fair Gardens the righteous shall dwell in bliss, rejoicing in what their Lord will give them
52:18  Their Lord will shield them from the scourge of Hell
52:19  Eat and drink to your hearts‘ content, in recompense for what you did.‘
52:20  They shall recline on couches ranged in rows. To dark-eyed houris We shall wed them
52:21  We shall unite the true believers with those of their descendants who follow them in their faith, and shall not deny them the reward of their good works; each man is the hostage of his own deeds
52:22  Fruits We shall give them, and such meats as they desire
52:23  They will pass from hand to hand a cup inspiring no idle talk, no sinful urge
52:24  and there shall wait on them young boys of their own, as fair as virgin pearls
52:25  They will approach one another, asking questions
52:26  When we were living among our kin,‘ they will say, ‘we were troubled by many fears
52:27  But God has been gracious to us; He has preserved us from the fiery scourge
52:28  for we prayed to Him in days gone by. He alone is the Beneficent One, the Compassionate.‘
52:29  Therefore give warning. By the grace of God, you are neither soothsayer nor madman
52:30  Or do they say: ‘He is but a poet: we are waiting for the uncertainty of Fate to befall him‘
52:31  Say: ‘Wait if you will; I will wait with you.‘
52:32  Or does their reason bid them say this? Or is it that they are wicked people
52:33  Or do they say: ‘He has invented it¹ himself‘? Indeed, they have no faith
52:34  Let them produce a scripture like it, if what they say be true
52:35  Or were they created out of the void? Or were they their own creators
52:36  Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Surely they have no faith
52:37  Or do they hold the treasures of your Lord, and have control absolute
52:38  Or have they a ladder by means of which they overhear Him? Let their eavesdropper bring a positive proof
52:39  Is He to have the daughters and you² the sons
52:40  Or are you³ demanding payment of them, that they should fear to be weighed down with debts
52:41  Or have they knowledge of what is hidden? Can they write it down
52:42  Or are they scheming? It is the unbelievers‘ schemes that shall come to nothing
52:43  Or have they a deity other than God? Exalted be God above their idols
52:44  And if they saw a piece of heaven falling down, they would still say: ‘It is but a pile of clouds!‘
52:45  So let them be, until they face the day when they shall stand dumbfounded
52:46  the day when their schemes shall be of no avail to them; and they shall not be helped
52:47  And besides this a scourge awaits the wrongdoers, though most of them do not know it
52:48  Await with patience the judgement of your Lord: you are ever in Our sight. And give glory to your Lord when you rise
52:49  in the night-time praise Him, and at the setting of the stars