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an-Naba` (The Tidings, The Announcement)
as rendered by Arthur John Arberry
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Arthur John Arberry rendition of Surah The Tidings, The Announcement(an-Naba`)
78:1 Of what do they question one another?
78:2 Of the mighty tiding
78:3 whereon they are at variance.
78:4 No indeed; they shall soon know!
78:5 Again, no indeed; they shall soon know!
78:6 Have We not made the earth as a cradle
78:7 and the mountains as pegs?
78:8 And We created you in pairs,
78:9 and We appointed your sleep for a rest;
78:10 and We appointed night for a garment,
78:11 and We appointed day for a livelihood.
78:12 And We have built above you seven strong ones,
78:13 and We appointed a blazing lamp
78:14 and have sent down out of the rainclouds water cascading
78:15 that We may bring forth thereby grain and plants,
78:16 and gardens luxuriant.
78:17 Surely the Day of Decision is an appointed time,
78:18 the day the Trumpet is blown, and you shall come in troops,
78:19 and heaven is opened, and become gates,
78:20 and the mountains are set in motion, and become a vapour.
78:21 Behold, Gehenna has become an ambush,
78:22 for the insolent a resort,
78:23 therein to tarry for ages,
78:24 tasting therein neither coolness nor any drink
78:25 save boiling water and pus
78:26 for a suitable recompense.
78:27 They indeed hoped not for a reckoning,
78:28 and they cried loud lies to Our signs;
78:29 and everything We have numbered in a Book.
78:30 'Taste! We shall increase you not save in chastisement.'
78:31 Surely for the godfearing awaits a place of security,
78:32 gardens and vineyards
78:33 and maidens with swelling breasts, like of age,
78:34 and a cup overflowing.
78:35 Therein they shall hear no idle talk, no cry of lies,
78:36 for a recompense from thy Lord, a gift, a reckoning,
78:37 Lord of the heavens and earth, and all that between them is, the All-merciful of whom they have no power to speak.
78:38 Upon the day when the Spirit and the angels stand in ranks they shall speak not, save him to whom the All-merciful has given leave, and who speaks aright.
78:39 That is the true day; so whosoever wills takes unto his Lord a resort.
78:40 Lo, We have warned you of a nigh chastisement, upon the day when a man shall behold what his hands have forwarded, and the unbeliever shall say, 'O would that I were dust!'


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