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at-Takwir (The Overthrowing, The Cessation)
as rendered by Ahmed Ali
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Ahmed Ali rendition of Surah The Overthrowing, The Cessation(at-Takwir)
81:1 WHEN THE SUN is folded up,
81:2 The stars turn dim and scatter,
81:3 The mountains made to move,
81:4 The ten-month pregnant female camels are abandoned,
81:5 The wild beasts stampede on the run,
81:6 When the oceans surge and swell,
81:7 When souls are reunited (with the bodies)
81:8 And the little girl buried alive is asked
81:9 For what crime she was put to death;
81:10 When the ledgers are laid open,
81:11 The curtain drawn back from the skies,
81:12 When Hell is set ablaze,
81:13 And Paradise brought near,
81:14 (Then) every soul will know what it had prepared (for itself).
81:15 So, I call the receding stars to witness,
81:16 The planets withdrawing into themselves,
81:17 The closing night,
81:18 The rising dawn,
81:19 That this is indeed the word of an honoured Messenger,
81:20 Full of power, well-established (in position) with the Lord and Master of the Throne,
81:21 Obeyed and worthy there of trust.
81:22 Your companion is not mad.
81:23 He had surely seen Him on the clear horizon.
81:24 He is not chary of making public what is unknown.
81:25 This is not the utterance of an accursed devil.
81:26 So whither do you stray?
81:27 This is a reminder for all the peoples of the world,
81:28 For those of you who desire to walk the path that is straight,
81:29 Though you cannot desire except as God will, the Lord of all the worlds.


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