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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by Edward Henry Palmer
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Edward Henry Palmer rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
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56:1 When the inevitable happens;
56:2 none shall call its happening a lie!-
56:3 abasing - exalting!
56:4 When the earth shall quake, quaking!
56:5 and the mountains shall crumble, crumbling,
56:6 and become like motes dispersed!
56:7 And ye shall be three sorts;
56:8 And the fellows of the right hand - what right lucky fellows!
56:9 And the fellows of the left hand - what unlucky fellows!
56:10 And the foremost foremost!
56:11 These are they who are brought nigh,
56:12 In gardens of pleasure!
56:13 A crowd of those of yore,
56:14 And a few of those of the latter day!
56:15 And gold-weft couches,
56:16 reclining on them face to face.
56:17 Around them shall go eternal youths,
56:18 with goblets and ewers and a cup of flowing wine;
56:19 no headache shall they feel therefrom, nor shall their wits be dimmed!
56:20 And fruits such as they deem the best;
56:21 And flesh of fowl as they desire;
56:22 And bright and large-eyed maids
56:23 like hidden pearls;
56:24 A reward for that which they have done!
56:25 They shall hear no folly there and no sin;
56:26 Only the speech, 'Peace, Peace!'
56:27 And the fellows of the right - what right lucky fellows!
56:28 Amid thornless lote trees.
56:29 And tall trees with piles of fruit;
56:30 And outspread shade,
56:31 And water out-poured;
56:32 And fruit in abundance,
56:33 neither failing nor forbidden;
56:34 And beds upraised!
56:35 Verily, we have produced them a production.
56:36 And made them virgins,
56:37 darlings of equal age (with their spouses)
56:38 for the fellows of the right!
56:39 A crowd of those of yore,
56:40 and a crowd of those of the latter day!
56:41 And the fellows of the left - what unlucky fellows!
56:42 In hot blasts and boiling water;
56:43 And a shade of pitchy smoke,
56:44 Neither cool nor generous!
56:45 Verily, they were affluent ere this,
56:46 and did persist in mighty crime;
56:47 and used to say, 'What, when we die and have become dust and bones, shall we then indeed be raised?
56:48 or our fathers of yore?'
56:49 Say, 'Verily, those of yore and those of the latter day
56:50 shall surely be gathered together unto the tryst of the well-known day.'
56:51 Then ye, O ye who err! who say it is a lie!
56:52 shall eat of the Zaqqum tree!
56:53 and fill your bellies with it!
56:54 and drink thereon of boiling water!
56:55 and drink as drinks the thirsty camel.
56:56 This is their entertainment on the judgment day!
56:57 We created you, then why do ye not credit?
56:58 Have ye considered what ye emit?
56:59 Do we create it, or are we the creators?
56:60 We have decreed amongst you death; but we are not forestalled
56:61 from making the likes of you in exchange, or producing you as ye know not of.
56:62 Ye do know the first production - why then do ye not mind?
56:63 Have ye considered what ye till?
56:64 Do ye make it bear seed, or do we make it bear seed?
56:65 If we pleased we could make it mere grit, so that ye would pause to marvel:
56:66 'Verily, we have got into debt
56:67 and we are excluded.
56:68 Have ye considered the water which ye drink?
56:69 Do ye make it come down from the clouds, or do we make it come down?
56:70 If we pleased we could make it pungent - why then do ye not give thanks?
56:71 Have ye considered the fire which ye strike?
56:72 Do ye produce the tree that gives it, or do we produce it?
56:73 We have made it a memorial and a chattel for the traveller of the waste?
56:74 Then celebrate the grand name of thy Lord!
56:75 So I will not swear by the positions of the stars;
56:76 and, verily, it is a grand oath if ye did but know -
56:77 that, verily, this is the honourable Qur'an -
56:78 in the laid-up Book!
56:79 Let none touch it but the purified!
56:80 A revelation from the Lord of the worlds.
56:81 What! this new discourse will ye despise?
56:82 And make for your provision, that you call it a lie?
56:83 Why then - when it comes up to the throat,
56:84 and ye at that time look on,
56:85 though we are nearer to him than you are, but ye cannot see,-
56:86 why, if ye are not to be judged,
56:87 do ye not send it back, if ye do tell the truth?
56:88 But either, if he be of those brought nigh to God,-
56:89 then rest and fragrance and the garden of pleasure!
56:90 Or, if he be of the fellows of the right!
56:91 then 'Peace to thee!' from the fellows of the right!
56:92 Or, if he be of those who say it is a lie,- who err!
56:93 then an entertainment of boiling water
56:94 and broiling in hell!
56:95 Verily, this is surely certain truth!
56:96 So celebrate the grand name of thy Lord!


   


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