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at-Takwir (The Overthrowing, The Cessation)
as rendered by N J Dawood 2014
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N J Dawood (2014) rendition of Surah The Overthrowing, The Cessation(at-Takwir)
81:1 WHEN THE sun ceases to shine;
81:2 when the stars fall
81:3 and the mountains are blown away;
81:4 when camels big with young are left untended,
81:5 and the wild beasts are together herded;
81:6 when the seas are set ablaze
81:7 and souls are reunited;
81:8 when the infant girl,¹ buried alive, is asked
81:9 for what crime she was slain;
81:10 when the records of men‘s deeds are laid open,
81:11 and heaven is stripped bare;
81:12 when Hell turns into a Conflagration
81:13 and Paradise is brought near:
81:14 then each soul shall learn what it has done.
81:15 I swear by the turning planets,
81:16 and by the stars that rise and set;
81:17 by the night, when it darkens,
81:18 and the first breath of morning:
81:19 this is the Word of a messenger gracious and mighty,
81:20 held in honour by the Lord of the Throne,
81:21 obeyed, and faithful to his trust.
81:22 No, your countryman² is not possessed.
81:23 He saw him³ on the clear horizon.
81:24 He does not grudge the secrets of the unseen;
81:25 nor is this the utterance of an accursed demon.
81:26 Whither then are you going?
81:27 This is but an Admonition to all mankind:
81:28 to those among you that have the will to be upright.
81:29 Yet you cannot will, except by the will of God, Lord of the Universe.


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