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56:1  When the horrendous Eventful Event comes to pass
56:2  It shall come into everyone's head and no expedient whatever will avert it nor can it be denied
56:3  It shall abase those whose mode of action incurred the destiny they brought upon themselves of coming down very low, and it shall raise and exalt in dignity those whose breasts had been filled with the profound reverence dutiful to Allah
56:4  The earth shakes violently with earthquakes, volcanoes and convulsions
56:5  And the mountains shiver into atoms
56:6  And become so comminuted as to be raised in a cloud by the wind and scattered like ashes
56:7  There and then, you people shall fall into one of three orders, each occupying the position accorded with his merit
56:8  A position on the right side which of right belongs to those who had dearly earned the position on the right; their works agreed with the Divine standard of actions and conduct and their hearts had been impressed with the image of piety. These, has Allah destined to win their way to paradise
56:9  A position on the left side which of right belongs to those who had eagerly earned their position on the left. Among them are those who denied Allah and the hypocrites who assumed a false appearance of virtue and goodness with dissimulation of real character and inclinations and also those who counselled deaf to Allah's ordinances. These had Allah destined to hell where they make abode
56:10  And above all, a position, that is foremost, which of right belongs to those who were gifted with the Divine prerogative of prophethood and apostleship and also to those who before all others had surrendered to Allah's authority and preceded all others in applying their hearts to wisdom and piety with breasts filled with reverential awe and Allah's purpose was the heart of their purpose
56:11  These are the nearest to Allah's special blessedness and they stand really high in His favour
56:12  They shall be welcomed by Him into gardens of surpassing beauty in the beatitude of heaven, the haven of all bliss
56:13  These favorites include a greater number of those who preceded
56:14  and a lesser number of those who succeeded
56:15  They will be seated on thrones studded with gold and adorned with pearls
56:16  They recline thereon facing each other
56:17  They will be served by handsome attendants whose figures, in conjunction with stateliness, and their beauty in conjunction with dignity are eternal
56:18  Attendants who go round carrying large mouthed deep vessels and goblets to serve a drink issuing from a jet streaming from the springs of heaven
56:19  A drink which gives a rapturous feeling of bliss and beatitude and causes no headache nor does it intoxicate the brain
56:20  And they will be served with the fruits of their choice
56:21  And with the flesh of the fowls which they desire
56:22  They will be accompanied by beauties whose eyes radiate splendour that no one could have conceived
56:23  Beauties representing as like precious pearles gracefully adorned as with blazonry affording keen pleasure to the sense of sight, and charming the intellectual and moral faculties
56:24  This is the reward for their meritorious actions and for their works which reflected wisdom and piety
56:25  No matter of little value or insignificance will they hear therein, nor will they hear ill tongues or what is morally evil
56:26  But only " Peace, peace be upon you " a greeting addressed by the angels who express good will
56:27  And those, who have dearly earned the position on the right, whose works and the Divine standard together accorded
56:28  Shall inherit eternal life in an environment affording pleasure: landscape portraying thorn- free trees of exquisite beauty inspiring dreamy and luxurious ease
56:29  Trees bearing most variegated flowers and trees bearing delicious fruits inducing them to taste the pleasures of eternal life
56:30  Trees casting a delightful shadow spreading out and extending in all directions inspiring delight in the sweet aires of heaven and the symphonies of colour
56:31  A picturesque view of fountain-heads from which water streams gracefully, reflecting the glory of heaven's realm
56:32  Fruits, plentiful and delicious
56:33  Never will it be scarce nor will it be forbidden
56:34  Furnishings like thrones apt to the furniture of pious personage and raised aloft to exalt them in dignity
56:35  And companions whom We created anew
56:36  We made them virgins, a symbol of purity, and maidens in a state of inviolate chastity
56:37  Distinguished for piety and for a pleasing voice concerted in harmonious music as sweet as the strings of nature's symphony
56:38  We have prepared them for those disposed on the right
56:39  Who include a great number of those who preceded
56:40  And also a great number of those who succeeded
56:41  As for those who had deservedly earned the disposition on the left, who challenged Allah and His Messenger, and deviated from the path of righteousness
56:42  They shall be exposed to a very strong and lasting hot blast and their thirst will make the boiling water inviting, but never will it quench their thirst
56:43  They shall be cast into the shade of the densly overwhelming black smoke
56:44  Which is neither refreshing nor pleasing
56:45  Lawless and passionate was their desire for lust and luxury
56:46  How obstinate they were in adhering to their own evil course of denying Allah
56:47  They always maintained their false dictum that: " How can we be raised after death when we have been reduced to dust and bones? "
56:48  " And what about our forefathers; are they also included? "
56:49  Say to them O Muhammad " The foremost and the utmost"
56:50  " Shall all be gathered at a certain time on a predestined Day which shall neither be postdated nor anticipated. "
56:51  " And then you perverts, deniers of all truth "
56:52  " You shall be fed on the fruit of the evil tree named zaqqum"
56:53  " And you shall eat thereof your full"
56:54  " Then boiling water, over and above"
56:55  " The sensation of thirst shall force you to drink more but like unhealthy camels, you shall be always thirsty"
56:56  And so here, and from now on, they make abode
56:57  We created you and brought you into being from a state of nothingness and gave you form and shape, and so why will you not believe in Resurrection
56:58  Do you see the fluid you emit
56:59  Do you create it with the seeds it contains or are We the Creator
56:60  We determined death to fall to you as your common lot and We are not incapable of bringing it to effect
56:61  Nor are We incapable of exchanging your present form and shape into another form and shape unknown to you, on the Day We resurrect you
56:62  And you have already known the first form of creation, so why will you not ponder
56:63  Do you see the seeds you deposit in the earth so that they may grow
56:64  Do you make them grow or is it We Who make them grow
56:65  Had We willed We could reduce them to crumbs and would leave you wonder
56:66  But it is We on whom the burden is laid
56:67  And yet We make no gain or profit
56:68  Do you see the water you drink
56:69  Do you bring it down from the clouds floating at various heights in the upper air or do We
56:70  Had We willed We could render it salty and embitter all the sweets of life so why are you not impelled to the feeling of gratitude
56:71  Do you see the fire you kindle
56:72  Was it you who generated its tree or is it We that brought it into existence
56:73  We made it a reminder for Our Omnipotence here and Hereafter, and a material advantage and a commodity for those who make use among Our creation
56:74  And so, praise the attributes and advance the glory of the Name of Allah your Creator, Who conducts and advances your growth and inspires you with actuation
56:75  I swear by the location of the stars; -see introduction
56:76  And it is an asseveration of immense magnitude if only you knew
56:77  That: the wording revealed to Our Messenger is but a distinguished Book, worthy of honour and entitled to respect, esteem and reverence
56:78  A Quran derived from a source- Book- well guarded in the heaven's realm
56:79  A Quran that is not to be touched or taken in the hands which are not free from dirt or filth or not free from ceremonial or sanitary defilement, nor in the hands of anyone who has had sexual congress until he or she has bathed
56:80  For it is a Revelation of knowledge to man by his Creator the Divine Creator of the worlds, past, present and those to come
56:81  Is it not a pity that you people declare such a Revelation to be untrue
56:82  And you prosper by refusing to acknowledge it and by refusing to admit it as authentic and authoritatively true
56:83  So, what about the moment of the encounter with death when the soul is on its way out and it makes a rattle in the throat
56:84  And you are then on the watch for what is expected, but unable to avert the inevitable
56:85  There and then We are in his or her immediate proximity and far closer to the dying than you can possibly perceive or imagine, but you cannot see
56:86  And so, if, as is the case, you deny you're Creator and you deny Resurrection and the Day of Reckoning
56:87  Why then are you unable to restore the soul to the dying if what you claim is true
56:88  If he or she is one of those nearest to Allah s special blessedness and he or she stands high in His favour
56:89  Then a great welcome and a rich smell of sweet air, fragrance and the beatitude of heaven
56:90  And if he or she is among those who had dearly earned the disposition on the right
56:91  Then a greeting of " Peace be upon you " shall be addressed by the angels who express good will
56:92  But if he or she be among those who denied the truth and strayed from the path of righteousness
56:93  Then in the boiling pot shall he or she make abode
56:94  And he or she shall go down in Hell to the pit
56:95  This is but the true picture of the destiny awaiting such persons and the truth which admits of no relaxation
56:96  Therefore, O man, you should praise the diving attributes and advance the glory of the Name of Allah your Creator who conducts and advances your growth and inspires you with actuation