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56:1  When the inevitable event comes to pass,…
56:2  …no one will be able to deny its reality.
56:3  It will debase; it will exalt.
56:4  The earth will shake violently.
56:5  The mountains will crumble…
56:6  …and collapse.
56:7  You [humanity] will belong to three classes:
56:8  The companions of the right. What will be the companions of the right?
56:9  The companions of the left. What will be the companions of the left?
56:10  The foremost will be foremost.
56:11  These will be those nearest [to Allah].
56:12  [They will be] in gardens of bliss.
56:13  [They will be] a number [of people] from ancient times…
56:14  …and a few from later times.
56:15  [They will be] on ornate thrones,…
56:16  …reclining on them, facing one another.
56:17  Around them immortal youths will serve…
56:18  …goblets, pitchers, and a flask filled from pure, flowing fountains.
56:19  (The companions) will not get a hangover or suffer intoxication.
56:20  They will have any fruits they may select…
56:21  …and any poultry they want.
56:22  Companions with attractive eyes, wide [with delight],…
56:23  …will be like safely guarded pearls.
56:24  A reward for the deeds of their past will be…
56:25  …no frivolous talk heard therein and no taint of hostility.
56:26  [They will hear] only the saying, “Peace! Peace!”
56:27  The companions of the right! What will be the companions of the right?
56:28  [They will be] among lote trees without thorns.
56:29  [They will be] among banana trees, layered [with bananas].
56:30  [They will be] in extended shade…
56:31  …beside flowing water.
56:32  Fruit [will be] in abundance.
56:33  It will not be limited or forbidden.
56:34  [The companions will be] on lifted couches.
56:35  Truly, We have created them of a special creation.
56:36  We have made them pure.
56:37  [They are] loving and equal in age…
56:38  …for the companions of the right.
56:39  Some of them will be from days of old.
56:40  Some of them will be from later times.
56:41  The companions of the left! What will be the companions of the left?
56:42  [They will be] in the midst of scorching wind and scalding water.
56:43  [They will be] in the shadow of black smoke.
56:44  There will be nothing cooling or refreshing.
56:45  Indeed, they previously indulged in luxury [in their lives on Earth].
56:46  They persisted in terrible sin.
56:47  They used to say, “When we die and become dust and bones, will we really be raised again,…
56:48  …along with our ancestors?”
56:49  Say, “Indeed, those [ancestors] of old and those of later times.
56:50  “All will certainly be assembled for the meeting appointed for a well-known day.
56:51  “Truly, you will, O you sinners who regarded truth as false.
56:52  “You will certainly taste the Tree of Bitterness.
56:53  “You will fill your bellies with it.
56:54  “[You will] drink boiling water on top of it.
56:55  “You will drink like thirsty camels.”
56:56  That will be their hospitality on the Day of Atonement.
56:57  We created you. Why then do you not believe in Me?
56:58  Do you consider the reproductive sperm and ovum?
56:59  Are they created by you, or are We the Creator?
56:60  We have decreed that death be your shared fate. We will not be frustrated…
56:61  …from changing your life form into something new to you.
56:62  You are certainly familiar with the first form of creation. Why then would you not ponder [the spiritual form]?
56:63  Do you consider what you cultivate?
56:64  Do you cause it to sprout, or do We?
56:65  If it were our intention, we could have crumbled (the seeds) to dust, and you would be left bewildered.
56:66  [You would complain,] “We are burdened with debt.
56:67  “We are deprived!”
56:68  Do you consider the water you drink?
56:69  Do you entice it from the clouds, or do We?
56:70  If it were Our intention, We could make it salty and bitter. Why then do you not give thanks?
56:71  Do you consider the fire you kindle?
56:72  Do you grow the timber [from which the fire is fed], or do We?
56:73  We have made it a token [of Our gifts] and a thing of comfort and ease for campers in the wilderness.
56:74  Glorify, then, the Name of your Lord the Supreme Being.
56:75  Furthermore, I call to witness the setting of the stars.
56:76  That is truly a mighty testament, if you only knew!
56:77  [It speaks to the fact] that this is truly a most honorable Qur’an.
56:78  [It is] in a Book well-guarded.
56:79  None shall touch it except those who are clean.
56:80  [It is] a revelation from the Lord of the Worlds.
56:81  Is it to this teaching that you are indifferent?
56:82  Have you made it your life’s work to prove it false?
56:83  Then why do you not act when (the soul) reaches the throat,…
56:84  …while you are looking on?
56:85  We are nearer to (the dying person) than you, and you do not see.
56:86  Why [do you not act] if you are not held to account?
56:87  Call back (the soul) if you are honest.
56:88  If someone is brought near to Allah,…
56:89  …then rest and satisfaction and a garden of goodness [awaits him/her].
56:90  If he/she is among the companions of the right:…
56:91  …“Peace unto you,” from the companions of the right.
56:92  If he/she is among those who treat truth as a lie and who sin,…
56:93  …his/her hospitality will be scalding water.
56:94  [He/she will be exposed to] burning in Hell.
56:95  Truly, this is certain truth.
56:96  Glorify the name of your Lord the Magnificent.