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81:1  When the sun is darkened,
81:2  when the stars fall and disperse,
81:3  when the mountains are made to move away,
81:4  when the camels, ten months pregnant, are left untended,
81:5  when the wild beasts are brought together,
81:6  when the seas are set alight,
81:7  when people's souls are paired [like with like],
81:8  when the infant girl, buried alive, is asked
81:9  for what crime she was slain,
81:10  when the records are laid open,
81:11  when the sky is stripped bare,
81:12  when hell is made to burn fiercely,
81:13  when paradise is brought near,
81:14  every soul shall know what it has put forward.
81:15  I swear by the turning stars,
81:16  which move swiftly and hide themselves away,
81:17  and by the night as it comes darkening on,
81:18  and by the dawn as it starts to breathe,
81:19  this is truly the word of a noble and mighty messenger,
81:20  who enjoys a secure position with the Lord of the Throne.
81:21  He is obeyed in heaven, faithful to his trust.
81:22  Your old friend is not mad.
81:23  He saw him on the clear horizon.
81:24  He does not grudge the secrets of the unseen.
81:25  It is not the word of an accursed devil.
81:26  Whither then are you going?
81:27  This is only a reminder to all mankind,
81:28  to those of you whose will is to be upright.
81:29  Yet, you cannot will except by the will of God, Lord of all the worlds.