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69:1  The Inevitable Hour
69:2  What is the Inevitable Hour
69:3  What will explain to you what the Inevitable Hour is
69:4  The people of Thamud and 'Ad denied that the crashing blowwould come
69:5  Thamud was destroyed by a deafening blast
69:6  Ad was destroyed by a furious win
69:7  that God let loose against them for seven consecutive nights, eight consecutive days, so that you could have seen its people lying dead like hollow palm-trunks
69:8  Can you see any trace of them now
69:9  Pharaoh, too, and those before him, and the ruined cities: these people committed grave sins
69:10  and disobeyed the messenger of their Lord, so He seized them with an ever-tightening grip
69:11  But when the Flood rose high, We saved you in the floating ship
69:12  making that event a reminder for you: attentive ears may take heed
69:13  When the Trumpet is sounded a single time
69:14  when the earth and its mountains are raised high and then crushed with a single blow
69:15  on that Day the Great Event will come to pass
69:16  The sky will be torn apart on that Day, it will be so frail
69:17  The angels will be on all sides of it and, on that Day, eight of them will bear the throne of your Lord above them
69:18  On that Day you will be brought to judgement and none of your secrets will remain hidden
69:19  Anyone who is given his Record in his right hand will say, ‘Here is my Record, read it
69:20  I knew I would meet my Reckoning,’
69:21  and so he will have a pleasant lif
69:22  in a lofty Garden
69:23  with clustered fruit within his reach
69:24  It will be said, ‘Eat and drink to your heart’s content as a reward for what you have done in days gone by.’
69:25  But anyone who is given his Record in his left hand will say, ‘If only I had never been given any Recor
69:26  and knew nothing of my Reckoning
69:27  How I wish death had been the end of me
69:28  My wealth has been no use to me
69:29  and my power has vanished.’
69:30  ‘Take him, put a collar on him
69:31  lead him to burn in the blazing Fire
69:32  and [bind him] in a chain seventy metres long
69:33  he would not believe in Almighty God
69:34  he never encouraged feeding the hungry
69:35  so today he has no real friend here
69:36  and the only food he has is the filt
69:37  that only sinners eat.’
69:38  So I swear by what you can se
69:39  and by what you cannot see
69:40  this [Quran] is the speech of an honoured messenger
69:41  not the words of a poet- how little you believe!
69:42  nor the words of a soothsayer- how little you reflect
69:43  This [Quran] is a message sent down from the Lord of the Worlds
69:44  if [the Prophet] had attributed some fabrication to Us
69:45  We would certainly have seized his right han
69:46  and cut off his lifeblood
69:47  and none of you could have defended him
69:48  This [Quran] is a reminder for those who are aware of God
69:49  We know that some of you consider it to be lies
69:50  this will be a source of bitter regret for the disbelievers
69:51  but it is in fact the certain Truth
69:52  So [Prophet] glorify the name of your Lord, the Almighty