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al-Ghashiyah (The Overwhelming, The Overwhelming Calamity, The Pall)
as rendered by Arthur John Arberry
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Arthur John Arberry rendition of Surah The Overwhelming, The Overwhelming Calamity, The Pall(al-Ghashiyah)
88:1 Hast thou received the story of the Enveloper?
88:2 Faces on that day humbled,
88:3 labouring, toilworn,
88:4 roasting at a scorching fire,
88:5 watered at a boiling fountain,
88:6 no food for them but cactus thorn
88:7 unfattening, unappeasing hunger.
88:8 Faces on that day jocund,
88:9 with their striving well-pleased,
88:10 in a sublime Garden,
88:11 hearing there no babble;
88:12 therein a running fountain,
88:13 therein uplifted couches
88:14 and goblets set forth
88:15 and cushions arrayed
88:16 and carpets outspread.
88:17 What, do they not consider how the camel was created,
88:18 how heaven was lifted up,
88:19 how the mountains were hoisted,
88:20 how the earth was outstretched?
88:21 Then remind them! Thou art only a reminder;
88:22 thou art not charged to oversee them.
88:23 But he who turns his back, and disbelieves,
88:24 God shall chastise him with the greatest chastisement.
88:25 Truly, to Us is their return;
88:26 then upon Us shall rest their reckoning.


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