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al-Qiyamah (The Rising of the Dead, Resurrection)
as rendered by John Medows Rodwell
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John Medows Rodwell rendition of Surah The Rising of the Dead, Resurrection(al-Qiyamah)
75:1 It needeth not that I swear by the day of the RESURRECTION,
75:2 Or that I swear by the self-accusing soul.
75:3 Thinketh man that we shall not re-unite his bones?
75:4 Aye! his very finger tips are we able evenly to replace.
75:5 But man chooseth to deny what is before him:
75:6 He asketh, "When this day of Resurrection?"
75:7 But when the eye shall be dazzled,
75:8 And when the moon shall be darkened,
75:9 And the sun and the moon shall be together,
75:10 On that day man shall cry, "Where is there a place to flee to?"
75:11 But in vain - there is no refuge -
75:12 With thy Lord on that day shall be the sole asylum.
75:13 On that day shall man be told of all that he hath done first and last;
75:14 Yea, a man shall be the eye witness against himself:
75:15 And even if he put forth his plea. . . .
75:16 (Move not thy tongue in haste to follow and master this revelation:
75:17 For we will see to the collecting and the recital of it;
75:18 But when we have recited it, then follow thou the recital,
75:19 And, verily, afterwards it shall be ours to make it clear to thee.)
75:20 Aye, but ye love the transitory,
75:21 And ye neglect the life to come.
75:22 On that day shall faces beam with light,
75:23 Outlooking towards their Lord;
75:24 And faces on that day shall be dismal,
75:25 As if they thought that some great calamity would befal them.
75:26 Aye, when the soul shall come up into the throat,
75:27 And there shall be a cry, "Who hath a charm that can restore him?"
75:28 And the man feeleth that the time of his departure is come,
75:29 And when one leg shall be laid over the other,
75:30 To thy Lord on that day shall he be driven on;
75:31 For he believed not, and he did not pray,
75:32 But he called the truth a lie and turned his back,
75:33 Then, walking with haughty men, rejoined his people.
75:34 That Hour is nearer to thee and nearer,
75:35 It is ever nearer to thee and nearer still.
75:36 Thinketh man that he shall be left supreme?
75:37 Was he not a mere embryo?
75:38 Then he became thick blood of which God formed him and fashioned him;
75:39 And made him twain, male and female.
75:40 Is not He powerful enough to quicken the dead?


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