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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by Hamid S. Aziz
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Hamid S. Aziz rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
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56:1 When the Inevitable Event comes to pass -
56:2 There is no denying that it will come -
56:3 Abasing some, exalting others.
56:4 When the earth shall be shaken to its foundations,
56:5 And the mountains shall be crumbled,
56:6 So that they shall be as scattered dust.
56:7 And you shall be sorted into three classes,
56:8 First the companions of the right hand - what will be the companions of the right hand?
56:9 And then the companions of the left hand - what will be the companions of the left hand?
56:10 And those foremost (in faith) will be the foremost (in the Hereafter),
56:11 These are they who are drawn nigh (to Allah),
56:12 In the Gardens of Bliss.
56:13 A multitude of those of old,
56:14 And a few of those of later times.
56:15 On thrones decorated,
56:16 Reclining on them, facing one another.
56:17 Round about them shall serve youths of permanent freshness (immortal or never altering in age),
56:18 With goblets and ewers and a cup filled from a pure fountain;
56:19 They shall not suffer with headache thereby, nor shall they get intoxicated (or exhausted),
56:20 And fruits such as they choose,
56:21 And the flesh of fowl and any as they desire.
56:22 And pure, beautiful companions,
56:23 The like of the well-preserved pearls:
56:24 A reward for what they used to do.
56:25 They shall not hear therein vain or sinful discourse,
56:26 Except the saying, "Peace! Peace!"
56:27 And the companions of the right hand; what of the companions of the Right Hand!
56:28 Amid thornless Lote-trees,
56:29 And tall trees with clusters of flowers (or fruits) one above another.
56:30 And spreading shade,
56:31 And water flowing constantly,
56:32 And abundant fruit,
56:33 Neither intercepted nor forbidden,
56:34 And exalted thrones.
56:35 Surely We have created them into a new creation,
56:36 And made them virgins pure,
56:37 Loving friends, equals in age,
56:38 For the sake of the companions of the right hand.
56:39 A multitude of those of old,
56:40 And a multitude of those of later times.
56:41 And those of the left hand; what of those of the Left Hand?
56:42 In hot wind and boiling water,
56:43 And the shade of black smoke,
56:44 Neither cool nor honourable.
56:45 Surely they were before this made to live in ease and plenty.
56:46 And they persisted in the great violation (or great sin).
56:47 And they 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, "The first and the last,
56:50 "Shall most surely be gathered together for the appointed hour of a known day.
56:51 "Then shall you, O you who err and call it a lie!
56:52 "Most surely eat of a tree of Zaqqum,
56:53 "And fill your bellies therewith;
56:54 "Then drink over it boiling water;
56:55 "And drink as drinks the thirsty camel."
56:56 This is their entertainment on the Day of Requital.
56:57 We have created you, why do you not then assent?
56:58 Have you considered the seed (or what you emit)?
56:59 Is it you that create it or are We the creators?
56:60 We have ordained death among you and We are not to be frustrated,
56:61 That We may transfigure you and make you grow into what you know not.
56:62 And certainly you know the first growth, why do you not then reflect?
56:63 Have you considered what you sow?
56:64 Is it you that cause it to grow, or are We the cause.
56:65 If We willed, We could crumble it to powder, then would you lament,
56:66 "Surely we are burdened with debt;
56:67 "Nay! We are deprived."
56:68 Have you considered the water which you drink?
56:69 Is it you that send it down from the clouds, or are We the senders?
56:70 If We willed, We could have made it salty; why do you not then give thanks?
56:71 Have you considered the fire which you strike?
56:72 Is it you that produce the trees for it, or are We the producers?
56:73 We have made it a reminder and a convenience for the dwellers of the deserts.
56:74 Therefore, glorify the name of your Lord, the Supreme.
56:75 But nay! I swear by the setting (or falling or fading) of stars;
56:76 And most surely it is a very great oath if you only knew;
56:77 Most surely it is an honoured Quran,
56:78 In a book that is protected
56:79 None shall touch it save the purified ones.
56:80 A revelation by the Lord of the worlds.
56:81 Do you then hold this announcement in contempt?
56:82 And make denial of it your means of subsistence.
56:83 Why then do you not (intervene) when the soul comes up to the throat (of a dying person),
56:84 And you the while look on -
56:85 And We are nearer to it (the soul) than you, but you see not -
56:86 Then why, if you are not under Our authority,
56:87 Force back (the soul), if you are truthful (about your independence)?
56:88 Then if he is one of those Near to Allah,
56:89 (There is for him) Satisfaction and Bounty and a Garden of Bliss.
56:90 And if he is one of those on the Right Hand,
56:91 Then (the salutation) "Peace to you" from the companions of the Right Hand.
56:92 And if he is one of the rejecters, the erring ones,
56:93 He shall have an entertainment of boiling water,
56:94 And burning in Hell.
56:95 Most surely this is a certain truth (or the Truth of Certainty).
56:96 Therefore glorify the name of your Lord, the Supreme.


   


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