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at-Takwir (The Overthrowing, The Cessation)
as rendered by Edward Henry Palmer
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Edward Henry Palmer rendition of Surah The Overthrowing, The Cessation(at-Takwir)
81:1 When the sun is folded up,
81:2 And when the stars do fall,
81:3 And when the mountains are moved,
81:4 And when the she-camels ten months gone with young shall be neglected,
81:5 And when the beasts shall be crowded together,
81:6 And when the seas shall surge up,
81:7 And when souls shall be paired with bodies,
81:8 And when the child who was buried alive shall be asked
81:9 for what sin she was slain,
81:10 And when the pages shall be spread out,
81:11 And when the heaven shall be flayed,
81:12 And when hell shall be set ablaze,
81:13 And when Paradise shall be brought nigh,
81:14 The soul shall know what it has produced!
81:15 I need not swear by the stars that slink back,
81:16 moving swiftly, slinking into their dens!
81:17 Nor by the night when darkness draws on!
81:18 Nor by the morn when it first breathes up!
81:19 Verily, it is the speech of a noble apostle,
81:20 mighty, standing sure with the Lord of the throne,
81:21 obeyed and trusty too!
81:22 Your comrade is not mad;
81:23 he saw him on the plain horizon,
81:24 nor does he grudge to communicate the unseen.
81:25 Nor is it the speech of a pelted devil.
81:26 Then whither do ye go?
81:27 It is but a reminder to the worlds,
81:28 to whomsoever of you pleases to go straight:-
81:29 but ye will not please, except God, the Lord of the world, should please.


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