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al-Ghashiyah (The Overwhelming, The Overwhelming Calamity, The Pall)
as rendered by John Medows Rodwell
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John Medows Rodwell rendition of Surah The Overwhelming, The Overwhelming Calamity, The Pall(al-Ghashiyah)
88:1 Hath the tidings of the day that shall OVERSHADOW, reached thee?
88:2 Downcast on that day shall be the countenances of some,
88:3 Travailing and worn,
88:4 Burnt at the scorching fire,
88:5 Made to drink from a fountain fiercely boiling.
88:6 No food shall they have but the fruit of Darih,
88:7 Which shall not fatten, nor appease their hunger.
88:8 Joyous too, on that day, the countenances of others,
88:9 Well pleased with their labours past,
88:10 In a lofty garden:
88:11 No vain discourse shalt thou hear therein:
88:12 Therein shall be a gushing fountain,
88:13 Therein shall be raised couches,
88:14 And goblets ready placed,
88:15 And cushions laid in order,
88:16 And carpets spread forth.
88:17 Can they not look up to the clouds, how they are created;
88:18 And to the heaven how it is upraised;
88:19 And to the mountains how they are rooted;
88:20 And to the earth how it is outspread?
88:21 Warn thou then; for thou art a warner only:
88:22 Thou hast no authority over them:
88:23 But whoever shall turn back and disbelieve,
88:24 God shall punish him with the greater punishment.
88:25 Verily to Us shall they return;
88:26 Then shall it be Our's to reckon with them.


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