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56:1  WHEN THAT which is coming comes ―
56:2  and no soul shall then deny its coming ―
56:3  some shall be abased and others exalted
56:4  When the earth shakes and quivers
56:5  and the mountains crumble awa
56:6  and scatter abroad into fine dust
56:7  you shall be divided into three multitudes
56:8  those on the right (blessed shall be those on the right)
56:9  those on the left (damned shall be those on the left)
56:10  and those to the fore (foremost shall be those)
56:11  Such are they that shall be brought near to their Lor
56:12  in the Gardens of Delight
56:13  a whole multitude from ages past
56:14  and but a few from the latter ages
56:15  They shall recline on jewelled couche
56:16  face to face
56:17  and there shall wait on them immortal youth
56:18  with bowls and ewers and a cup of purest win
56:19  (that will neither pain their heads nor take away their reason)
56:20  with fruits of their own choic
56:21  and flesh of fowls that they relish
56:22  And theirs shall be the dark-eyed houris
56:23  chaste as virgin pearls
56:24  a guerdon for what they did
56:25  There they shall hear no idle talk, no sinful speech
56:26  but only the greeting, ‘Peace! Peace!‘
56:27  Those on the right hand ― happy shall be those on the right hand
56:28  They shall recline on couches raised on high in the shade of thornless sidrs
56:29  and clusters of talh;¹
56:30  --(translation missing in source)-
56:31  amidst gushing water
56:32  and abundant fruits
56:33  never-ending, unforbidden
56:34  --(translation missing in source)-
56:35  We created the houri
56:36  and made them virgins
56:37  loving companion
56:38  for those on the right hand
56:39  a multitude from ages past
56:40  and a multitude from the latter ages
56:41  As for those on the left hand (wretched shall be those on the left hand!
56:42  they shall dwell amidst scorching winds and seething water
56:43  in the shade of pitch-black smoke
56:44  neither cool nor refreshing
56:45  For they have lived in comfor
56:46  and persisted in the heinous sin², saying
56:47  What! When we are dead and turned to dust and bones, shall we be raised to life
56:48  And our forefathers, too?‘
56:49  Say: ‘Those from ages past, and those from latter ages
56:50  shall be brought together at the time of on an appointed day
56:51  Then as for you who err and disbelieve
56:52  you shall eat from the Zaqqūm tre
56:53  and fill your bellies with it‘s fruit
56:54  You shall drink scalding water
56:55  yet you shall drink it as the thirsty camel drinks.‘
56:56  Such shall be their fare on the Day of Reckoning
56:57  We created you: why then will you not believe
56:58  Behold the semen you discharge
56:59  did you create it, or were We it‘s Creators
56:60  It was We that ordained death among you. Nothing can hinder U
56:61  from replacing you by others like yourselves or transforming you into beings you know nothing of
56:62  You surely know of the First Creation. Why, then, do you not reflect
56:63  Consider the earth you till
56:64  Is it you that sow the seeds, or are We the Sower
56:65  If We pleased, We could turn your harvest into chaff, so that you would keep forlornly jesting
56:66  We are laden with debts
56:67  Why, we have been robbed!‘
56:68  Consider the water which you drink
56:69  Was it you that sent it down from the cloud, or were We the Senders
56:70  If We pleased, We could turn it bitter. Why, then, do you not give thanks
56:71  Consider the fire which you light
56:72  Was it you that made the timber, or were We the Makers
56:73  A reminder for man We made it, and for the traveller a comfort
56:74  Praise, then, the name of your Lord, the Supreme One
56:75  I swear by the shelter of the star
56:76  (a mighty oath, if you but knew it
56:77  that this is a holy Koran
56:78  safeguarded in a Boo
56:79  which none may touch except the purified
56:80  a revelation sent down from the Lord of the Universe
56:81  Would you scorn a Scripture such as this
56:82  and earn your daily bread denying it
56:83  When under your very eyes a dying man‘s soul leaps up to his throa
56:84  --(translation missing in source)-
56:85  (We are nearer to him than you, although you cannot see)
56:86  why do you not restore it, if you are not to be judged hereafter
56:87  If what you say be true
56:88  Thus, if he is favoured
56:89  his lot will be repose and plenty, and a Garden of Delight
56:90  If he is one of those on the right hand
56:91  he will be greeted with, ‘Peace be with you!‘ by those on the right hand
56:92  But if he is an erring disbeliever
56:93  his welcome shall be a downpour of scalding water
56:94  and incineration in a hell
56:95  This is surely the veritable Truth
56:96  Praise, then, the name of your Lord, the Supreme One