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an-Naba` (The Tidings, The Announcement)
as rendered by Muhammad Asad
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Muhammad Asad rendition of Surah The Tidings, The Announcement(an-Naba`)
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78:1 ABOUT WHAT do they [most often] ask one another?
78:2 About the awesome tiding [of resurrection],
78:3 on which they [so utterly] disagree.
78:4 Nay, but in time they will come to understand [it]!
78:5 And once again: Nay, but in time they will come to understand!
78:6 HAVE WE NOT made the earth a resting-place [for you],
78:7 and the mountains [its] pegs?
78:8 And We have created you in pairs;
78:9 and We have made your sleep [a symbol of] death
78:10 and made the night [its] cloak
78:11 and made the day [a symbol of] life.
78:12 And We have built above you seven firmaments,
78:13 and have placed [therein the sun,] a lamp full of blazing splendour.
78:14 And from the wind-driven clouds We send down waters pouring in abundance,
78:15 so that We might bring forth thereby grain, and herbs,
78:16 and gardens dense with follage.
78:17 VERILY, the Day of Distinction [between the true and the false] has indeed its appointed time:
78:18 the Day when the trumpet [of resurrection] is sounded and you all come forward in multitudes;
78:19 and when the skies are opened and become [as wide-flung] gates;
78:20 and when the mountains are made to vanish as if they had been a mirage.
78:21 [On that Day,] verily, hell will lie in wait [for those who deny the truth] –
78:22 a goal for all who are wont to transgress the bounds of what is right!
78:23 In it shall they remain for a long time.
78:24 Neither coolness shall they taste therein nor any [thirst-quenching] drink –
78:25 only burning despair and ice-cold darkness:
78:26 a meet requital [for their sins]!
78:27 Behold, they were not expecting to be called to account,
78:28 having given the lie to Our messages one and all:
78:29 but We have placed on record every single thing [of what they did].
78:30 [And so We shall say:] "Taste, then, [the fruit of your evil doings,] for now We shall bestow on you nothing but more and more suffering!"
78:31 [But,] verily for the God-conscious there is supreme fulfilment in store:
78:32 luxuriant gardens and vinyards,
78:33 and splendid companions well matched,
78:34 and a cup [of happiness] overflowing.
78:35 No empty talk will they hear in that [paradise], nor any lie.
78:36 [All this will be] a reward from thy Sustainer, a gift in accordance with [His Own] reckoning –
78:37 [a reward from] the Sustainer of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, the Most Gracious! [And] none shall have it in their power to raise their voices unto Him
78:38 on the Day when all [human] souls and all the angels will stand up in ranks: none will speak but he to whom the Most Gracious will have given leave; and [everyone] will say [only] what is right.
78:39 That will be the Day of Ultimate Truth: whoever wills, then, let him take the path that leads towards his Sustainer!
78:40 Verily, We have warned you of suffering near at hand - [suffering] on the Day when man shall [clearly] see what his hands have sent ahead, and when he who has denied the truth shall say, "Oh, would that I were mere dust...!"


   


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