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at-Takwir (The Overthrowing, The Cessation)
as rendered by Muhammad Asad
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Muhammad Asad rendition of Surah The Overthrowing, The Cessation(at-Takwir)
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81:1 THEN THE SUN is shrouded in darkness,
81:2 and when the stars lose their light,
81:3 and when the mountains are made to vanish,
81:4 and when she-camels big with young, about to give birth, are left untended,
81:5 and when all beasts are gathered together,
81:6 and when the seas boil over,
81:7 and when all human beings are coupled [with their deeds],
81:8 and when the girl-child that was buried alive is made to ask
81:9 for what crime she had been slain,
81:10 and when the scrolls [of men's deeds] are unfolded,
81:11 and when heaven is laid bare,
81:12 and when the blazing fire [of hell] is kindled bright,
81:13 and when paradise is brought into view:
81:14 [on that Day] every human being will come to know what he has prepared [for himself].
81:15 BUT NAY! I call to witness the revolving stars,
81:16 the planets that run their course and set,
81:17 and the night as it darkly falls,
81:18 and the morn as it softly breathes:
81:19 behold, this [divine writ] is indeed the [inspired] word of a noble apostle,
81:20 with strength endowed, secure with Him who in almightiness is enthroned
81:21 [the word] of one to be heeded, and worthy of trust!
81:22 For, this fellow-man of yours is not a madman:
81:23 he truly beheld [the angel - beheld] him on the clear horizon;
81:24 and he is not one to begrudge others the knowledge [of whatever has been revealed to him] out of that which is beyond the reach of human Perception.
81:25 Nor is this [message] the word of any satanic force accursed.
81:26 Whither, then, will you go?
81:27 This [message] is no less than a reminder to all mankind –
81:28 to everyone of you who wills to walk a straight way.
81:29 But you cannot will it unless God, the Sustainer of all the worlds, wills [to show you that way].


   


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