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at-Takwir (The Overthrowing, The Cessation)
as rendered by John Medows Rodwell
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John Medows Rodwell rendition of Surah The Overthrowing, The Cessation(at-Takwir)
81:1 WHEN the sun shall be FOLDED UP,
81:2 And when the stars shall fall,
81:3 And when the mountains shall be set in motion,
81:4 And when the she-camels shall be abandoned,
81:5 And when the wild beasts shall be gathered together,
81:6 And when the seas shall boil,
81:7 And when souls shall be paired with their bodies,
81:8 And when the female child that had been buried alive shall be asked
81:9 For what crime she was put to death,
81:10 And when the leaves of the Book shall be unrolled,
81:11 And when the Heaven shall be stripped away,
81:12 And when Hell shall be made to blaze,
81:13 And when Paradise shall be brought near,
81:14 Every soul shall know what it hath produced.
81:15 It needs not that I swear by the stars of retrograde motions
81:16 Which move swiftly and hide themselves away,
81:17 And by the night when it cometh darkening on,
81:18 And by the dawn when it brighteneth,
81:19 That this is the word of an illustrious Messenger,
81:20 Endued with power, having influence with the Lord of the Throne,
81:21 Obeyed there by Angels, faithful to his trust,
81:22 And your compatriot is not one possessed by djinn;
81:23 For he saw him in the clear horizon:
81:24 Nor doth he grapple with heaven's secrets,
81:25 Nor doth he teach the doctrine of a cursed Satan.
81:26 Whither then are ye going?
81:27 Verily, this is no other than a warning to all creatures;
81:28 To him among you who willeth to walk in a straight path:
81:29 But will it ye shall not, unless as God willeth it, the Lord of the worlds.


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