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A questioner asked concerning an imminent chastisement
For those who lack faith in Allâh, which none can avert,
From Allâh, the Lord of the Ascending Stairways.
The ‘Angels’ and the Spirit (Archangel ‘Gabriel’) ascend to Him in a day whereof the measure of which is fifty thousand years.
Therefore, resort to patience and constancy, (O' Muhammad), with an amiable patience.
Indeed, they see that (‘Day’) as a far-off (event).
While We see it very near.
The day will come when the heavens become like molten copper
And the mountains like flakes of wool.
And no friend would care about his close friend
Though they are made to see each other. The ungodly sinner wishes he would be able to ransom himself from the chastisement of that day by (sacrificing) his children,
His wife, his brother,
And his kinsfolk who sheltered him,
Even all the people on earth, if that would save him.
But nay! Indeed, it is a Flaming Fire,
Extremely eager for burning.
It will claim the one who takes in his self-deceived beliefs for the epistemic,
Hoarded wealth and withheld it.
Verily, man was created restless,
Extremely anxious when he is touched by evil,
Niggardly when he is touched by richness;
Except for those who pray (to Allâh),
And who are persistent in performing their prayer,
And in whose wealth, there is a known right
For the beggar and the needy,
And those who acknowledge (the existence of) the ‘Day of Judgment’,
Indeed, the chastisement of their Lord is a thing not to be ignored-
And those who guard their chastity,
Except from their wives and those whom their right hands possess, in such a case they are not blameworthy,
But whoever goes beyond this is a transgressor;
And those who are faithful to their trusts and their covenant,
Those who act uprightly in their testimonies,
And those who always maintain their prayer.
These will settle in Gardens, honored.
But what is the matter with those who lack faith in Allâh that they rush madly before you
From the right and from the left, in crowds?
Does every one of them hope to enter the Paradise of Bliss?
Nay, indeed, We have created them out of what they know.
But nay! I swear by the Lord of the eastern and western regions that We are certainly able
To replace them by others better than them. We are not to be outrun.
Therefore, leave them alone to converse vainly and amuse themselves until they meet their day which they are promised.
The day will come when they come out of the graves in haste as though they were racing to a goal
With their eyes lowered in fear and humility, while humiliation covering them. Such is the day which they are promised.
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