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When the inevitable event comes to pass,…
…no one will be able to deny its reality.
It will debase; it will exalt.
The earth will shake violently.
The mountains will crumble…
You [humanity] will belong to three classes:
The companions of the right. What will be the companions of the right?
The companions of the left. What will be the companions of the left?
The foremost will be foremost.
These will be those nearest [to Allah].
[They will be] in gardens of bliss.
[They will be] a number [of people] from ancient times…
…and a few from later times.
[They will be] on ornate thrones,…
…reclining on them, facing one another.
Around them immortal youths will serve…
…goblets, pitchers, and a flask filled from pure, flowing fountains.
(The companions) will not get a hangover or suffer intoxication.
They will have any fruits they may select…
…and any poultry they want.
Companions with attractive eyes, wide [with delight],…
…will be like safely guarded pearls.
A reward for the deeds of their past will be…
…no frivolous talk heard therein and no taint of hostility.
[They will hear] only the saying, “Peace! Peace!”
The companions of the right! What will be the companions of the right?
[They will be] among lote trees without thorns.
[They will be] among banana trees, layered [with bananas].
[They will be] in extended shade…
…beside flowing water.
Fruit [will be] in abundance.
It will not be limited or forbidden.
[The companions will be] on lifted couches.
Truly, We have created them of a special creation.
We have made them pure.
[They are] loving and equal in age…
…for the companions of the right.
Some of them will be from days of old.
Some of them will be from later times.
The companions of the left! What will be the companions of the left?
[They will be] in the midst of scorching wind and scalding water.
[They will be] in the shadow of black smoke.
There will be nothing cooling or refreshing.
Indeed, they previously indulged in luxury [in their lives on Earth].
They persisted in terrible sin.
They used to say, “When we die and become dust and bones, will we really be raised again,…
…along with our ancestors?”
Say, “Indeed, those [ancestors] of old and those of later times.
“All will certainly be assembled for the meeting appointed for a well-known day.
“Truly, you will, O you sinners who regarded truth as false.
“You will certainly taste the Tree of Bitterness.
“You will fill your bellies with it.
“[You will] drink boiling water on top of it.
“You will drink like thirsty camels.”
That will be their hospitality on the Day of Atonement.
We created you. Why then do you not believe in Me?
Do you consider the reproductive sperm and ovum?
Are they created by you, or are We the Creator?
We have decreed that death be your shared fate. We will not be frustrated…
…from changing your life form into something new to you.
You are certainly familiar with the first form of creation. Why then would you not ponder [the spiritual form]?
Do you consider what you cultivate?
Do you cause it to sprout, or do We?
If it were our intention, we could have crumbled (the seeds) to dust, and you would be left bewildered.
[You would complain,] “We are burdened with debt.
Do you consider the water you drink?
Do you entice it from the clouds, or do We?
If it were Our intention, we could make it salty and bitter. Why then do you not give thanks?
Do you consider the fire you kindle?
Do you grow the timber [from which the fire is fed], or do We?
We have made it a token [of our gifts] and a thing of comfort and ease for campers in the wilderness.
Glorify, then, the Name of your Lord the Supreme Being.
Furthermore, I call to witness the setting of the stars.
That is truly a mighty testament, if you only knew!
[It speaks to the fact] that this is truly a most honorable Qur’an.
[It is] in a Book well-guarded.
None shall touch it except those who are clean.
[It is] a revelation from the Lord of the Worlds.
Is it to this teaching that you are indifferent?
Have you made it your life’s work to prove it false?
Then why do you not act when (the soul) reaches the throat,…
…while you are looking on?
We are nearer to (the dying person) than you, and you do not see.
Why [do you not act] if you are not held to account?
Call back (the soul) if you are honest.
If someone is brought near to Allah,…
…then rest and satisfaction and a garden of goodness [awaits him/her].
If he/she is among the companions of the right:…
…“Peace unto you,” from the companions of the right.
If he/she is among those who treat truth as a lie and who sin,…
…his/her hospitality will be scalding water.
[He/she will be exposed to] burning in Hell.
Truly, this is certain truth.
Glorify the name of your Lord the Magnificent.
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