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an-Naba` (The Tidings, The Announcement)
as rendered by John Medows Rodwell
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John Medows Rodwell rendition of Surah The Tidings, The Announcement(an-Naba`)
78:1 Of what ask they of one another?
78:2 Of the great NEWS.
78:3 The theme of their disputes.
78:4 Nay! they shall certainly knows its truth!
78:5 Again. Nay! they shall certainly know it.
78:6 Have we not made the Earth a couch?
78:7 And the mountains its tent-stakes?
78:8 We have created you of two sexes,
78:9 And ordained your sleep for rest,
78:10 And ordained the night as a mantle,
78:11 And ordained the day for gaining livelihood,
78:12 And built above you seven solid heavens,
78:13 And placed therein a burning lamp;
78:14 And we send down water in abundance from the rain-clouds,
78:15 That we may bring forth by it corn and herbs,
78:16 And gardens thick with trees.
78:17 Lo! the day of Severance is fixed;
78:18 The day when there shall be a blast on the trumpet, and ye shall come in crowds,
78:19 And the heaven shall be opened and be full of portals,
78:20 And the mountains shall be set in motion, and melt into thin vapour.
78:21 Hell truly shall be a place of snares,
78:22 The home of transgressors,
78:23 To abide therein ages;
78:24 No coolness shall they taste therein nor any drink,
78:25 Save boiling water and running sores;
78:26 Meet recompense!
78:27 For they looked not forward to their account;
78:28 And they gave the lie to our signs, charging them with falsehood;
78:29 But we noted and wrote down all:
78:30 "Taste this then: and we will give you increase of nought but torment."
78:31 But, for the God-fearing is a blissful abode,
78:32 Enclosed gardens and vineyards;
78:33 And damsels with swelling breasts, their peers in age,
78:34 And a full cup:
78:35 There shall they hear no vain discourse nor any falsehood:
78:36 A recompense from thy Lord-sufficing gift! -
78:37 Lord of the heavens and of the earth, and of all that between them lieth - the God of Mercy! But not a word shall they obtain from Him.
78:38 On the day whereon the Spirit and the Angels shall be ranged in order, they shall not speak: save he whom the God of Mercy shall permit, and who shall say that which is right.
78:39 This is the sure day. Whoso then will, let him take the path of return to his Lord.
78:40 Verily, we warn you of a chastisement close at hand: The day on which a man shall see the deeds which his hands have sent before him; and when the unbeliever shall say, "Oh! would I were dust!"


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