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al-Waqi`ah (The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming)
as rendered by Bilal Muhammad 2018
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A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) rendition of Surah The Event, The Inevitable, That Which is Coming(al-Waqi`ah)
56:1 When the inevitable event comes to pass,
56:2 Then will no soul entertain falsehood concerning its coming.
56:3 Many will it bring low, many will it exalt,
56:4 When the earth will be shaken to its depths,
56:5 And the mountains will be crumbled to atoms,
56:6 Becoming dust scattered abroad,
56:7 And you will be sorted out into three classes.
56:8 The companions of the right, what are the companions of the right?
56:9 And the companions of the left, what are the companions of the left?
56:10 And those foremost, will be foremost.
56:11 These will be those nearest to God,
56:12 In gardens of bliss.
56:13 A number of people from those of the past,
56:14 And a few from those of later times.
56:15 On thrones encrusted,
56:16 Reclining on them, facing each other.
56:17 Around them will be youth of perpetual innocence,
56:18 With goblets, bowls, and cups filled from clear-flowing fountains.
56:19 No after-ache will they receive from it, nor will they suffer intoxication.
56:20 And fruits, any they may select.
56:21 And the meat of fowl, any that they may desire.
56:22 And companions with beautiful eyes,
56:23 Like pearls well guarded.
56:24 A reward for the deeds of their past.
56:25 Neither frivolousness will they hear therein, nor any taint of harm,
56:26 Only the saying, “Peace, peace.”
56:27 The companions of the right hand, what are the companions of the right hand?
56:28 They will be among lotus trees without thorns,
56:29 Among Talh trees with flowers piled one above another,
56:30 In shade long extended,
56:31 By water flowing constantly,
56:32 And fruit in abundance,
56:33 Whose season is not limited, nor prevented,
56:34 And on thrones, raised high.
56:35 We have created their companions of a special creation.
56:36 And made them virgin - pure,
56:37 Beloved, equal in age,
56:38 For the companions of the right hand.
56:39 A number from those in the past,
56:40 And a number from those of later times.
56:41 The companions of the left hand, who will be the companions of the left hand?
56:42 They will be in the middle of a fierce blast of fire and in boiling water,
56:43 And in the shades of black smoke.
56:44 Nothing to refresh, or to please them,
56:45 Because they were accustomed to indulging, before that, with their wealth,
56:46 And insisted on great harm.
56:47 And they used to say, “What, when we die and become dust and bones, will we then indeed be raised up again,
56:48 “And our ancestors?”
56:49 Say, “Yes, those in the past and those of later times,
56:50 “All will certainly be gathered together, for the meeting appointed for a day well-known.
56:51 “Then will you truly, O you who go wrong by treating truth as falsehood,
56:52 “You will surely taste of the Tree of Zaqqum.
56:53 “Then and there you will fill your insides,
56:54 “And drink boiling water on top of it.
56:55 “Indeed you will drink like thirsty camels.”
56:56 Such will be their entertainment on the Day of Punishment.
56:57 It is We Who have created you. Why will you not witness the truth?
56:58 Do you then see that which you throw out?
56:59 Is it you who create it, or are We the Creators?
56:60 We have decreed death for you, and We are not to be stopped–
56:61 From changing your forms, and creating you in forms that you know not.
56:62 And you certainly already know the first form of creation. Why then do you not praise Him?
56:63 Do you see the seed that you sow in the ground?
56:64 Is it you who cause it to grow, or are We the cause?
56:65 Were it Our will, We could crumble it to dry powder, and you would be left in wonderment–
56:66 Saying, “We are indeed left with debts.
56:67 “Indeed we are shut out.”
56:68 Do you see the water which you drink?
56:69 Do you bring it down from the cloud or do We?
56:70 If it were Our will, We could make it salty. So why do you not give thanks?
56:71 Do you see the fire which you kindle?
56:72 Is it you who causes the tree to grow which feeds the fire, or do We cause it to grow?
56:73 We have made it a memorial, an article of comfort, and convenience for the denizens of deserts.
56:74 Then glorify with praises the name of your Lord, the Supreme.
56:75 Furthermore, I call to witness the setting of the stars,
56:76 And that is indeed a mighty adjuration if you only knew,
56:77 That this is indeed a Quran most honorable,
56:78 In a book well guarded,
56:79 Which none will touch but those who are clean.
56:80 A revelation from the Guardian Evolver of all the systems of knowledge.
56:81 Is it such a message that you would hold in light esteem?
56:82 And have you made it your life to declare it false?
56:83 Then why do you not intervene when the soul reaches the throat,
56:84 But you just stand there looking on,
56:85 But We are nearer to him than you, but you see not.
56:86 Then why do you not, if you are exempt from account,
56:87 Call back the soul, if you are truthful?
56:88 Then if he is of those nearest to God,
56:89 There is for him rest and satisfaction, and a garden of pleasure.
56:90 And if he is of the companions of the right hand,
56:91 Then for him is the salutation, “Peace be unto you,” from the companions of the right hand.
56:92 And if he is of those who treat truth as false, and who go wrong,
56:93 For him is entertainment with boiling water,
56:94 And burning in hellfire.
56:95 Indeed, this is the truth with certainty.
56:96 So glorify with praises the name of your Lord, the Supreme.


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