Surah 56 - Al Waq'iah THE INEVITABLE

056.001 When the Event inevitable cometh to pass,

056.002 Then will no (soul) entertain falsehood concerning its coming.

056.003 (Many) will it bring low; (many) will it exalt;

056.004 When the earth shall be shaken to its depths,

056.005 And the mountains shall be crumbled to atoms,

056.006 Becoming dust scattered abroad,

056.007 And ye shall be sorted out into three classes.

056.008 Then (there will be) the Companions of the Right Hand;- What will be the Companions of the Right Hand?

056.009 And the Companions of the Left Hand,- what will be the Companions of the Left Hand?

056.010 And those Foremost (in Faith) will be Foremost (in the Hereafter).

056.011 These will be those Nearest to God:

056.012 In Gardens of Bliss:

056.013 A number of people from those of old,

056.014 And a few from those of later times.

056.015 (They will be) on Thrones encrusted (with gold and precious stones),

056.016 Reclining on them, facing each other.

056.017 Round about them will (serve) youths of perpetual (freshness),

056.018 With goblets, (shining) beakers, and cups (filled) out of clear-flowing fountains:

056.019 No after-ache will they receive therefrom, nor will they suffer intoxication:

056.020 And with fruits, any that they may select:

056.021 And the flesh of fowls, any that they may desire.

056.022 And (there will be) Companions with beautiful, big, and lustrous eyes,-

056.023 Like unto Pearls well-guarded.

056.024 A Reward for the deeds of their past (life).

056.025 Not frivolity will they hear therein, nor any taint of ill,-

056.026 Only the saying, "Peace! Peace".

056.027 The Companions of the Right Hand,- what will be the Companions of the Right Hand?

056.028 (They will be) among Lote-trees without thorns,

056.029 Among Talh trees with flowers (or fruits) piled one above another,-

056.030 In shade long-extended,

056.031 By water flowing constantly,

056.032 And fruit in abundance.

056.033 Whose season is not limited, nor (supply) forbidden,

056.034 And on Thrones (of Dignity), raised high.

056.035 We have created (their Companions) of special creation.

056.036 And made them virgin - pure (and undefiled), -

056.037 Beloved (by nature), equal in age,-

056.038 For the Companions of the Right Hand.

056.039 A (goodly) number from those of old,

056.040 And a (goodly) number from those of later times.

056.041 The Companions of the Left Hand,- what will be the Companions of the Left Hand?

056.042 (They will be) in the midst of a Fierce Blast of Fire and in Boiling Water,

056.043 And in the shades of Black Smoke:

056.044 Nothing (will there be) to refresh, nor to please:

056.045 For that they were wont to be indulged, before that, in wealth (and luxury),

056.046 And persisted obstinately in wickedness supreme!

056.047 And they used to say, "What! when we die and become dust and bones, shall we then indeed be raised up again?-

056.048 "(We) and our fathers of old?"

056.049 Say: "Yea, those of old and those of later times,

056.050 "All will certainly be gathered together for the meeting appointed for a Day well-known.

056.051 "Then will ye truly,- O ye that go wrong, and treat (Truth) as Falsehood!-

056.052 "Ye will surely taste of the Tree of Zaqqum.

056.053 "Then will ye fill your insides therewith,

056.054 "And drink Boiling Water on top of it:

056.055 "Indeed ye shall drink like diseased camels raging with thirst!"

056.056 Such will be their entertainment on the Day of Requital!

056.057 It is We Who have created you: why will ye not witness the Truth?

056.058 Do ye then see?- The (human Seed) that ye throw out,-

056.059 Is it ye who create it, or are We the Creators?

056.060 We have decreed Death to be your common lot, and We are not to be frustrated

056.061 from changing your Forms and creating you (again) in (forms) that ye know not.

056.062 And ye certainly know already the first form of creation: why then do ye not celebrate His praises?

056.063 See ye the seed that ye sow in the ground?

056.064 Is it ye that cause it to grow, or are We the Cause?

056.065 Were it Our Will, We could crumble it to dry powder, and ye would be left in wonderment,

056.066 (Saying), "We are indeed left with debts (for nothing):

056.067 "Indeed are we shut out (of the fruits of our labour)"

056.068 See ye the water which ye drink?

056.069 Do ye bring it down (in rain) from the cloud or do We?

056.070 Were it Our Will, We could make it salt (and unpalatable): then why do ye not give thanks?

056.071 See ye the Fire which ye kindle?

056.072 Is it ye who grow the tree which feeds the fire, or do We grow it?

056.073 We have made it a memorial (of Our handiwork), and an article of comfort and convenience for the denizens of deserts.

056.074 Then celebrate with praises the name of thy Lord, the Supreme!

056.075 Furthermore I call to witness the setting of the Stars,-

056.076 And that is indeed a mighty adjuration if ye but knew,-

056.077 That this is indeed a Qur'an Most Honourable,

056.078 In Book well-guarded,

056.079 Which none shall touch but those who are clean:

056.080 A Revelation from the Lord of the Worlds.

056.081 Is it such a Message that ye would hold in light esteem?

056.082 And have ye made it your livelihood that ye should declare it false?

056.083 Then why do ye not (intervene) when (the soul of the dying man) reaches the throat,-

056.084 And ye the while (sit) looking on,-

056.085 But We are nearer to him than ye, and yet see not,-

056.086 Then why do ye not,- If you are exempt from (future) account,-

056.087 Call back the soul, if ye are true (in the claim of independence)?

056.088 Thus, then, if he be of those Nearest to God,

056.089 (There is for him) Rest and Satisfaction, and a Garden of Delights.

056.090 And if he be of the Companions of the Right Hand,

056.091 (For him is the salutation), "Peace be unto thee", from the Companions of the Right Hand.

056.092 And if he be of those who treat (Truth) as Falsehood, who go wrong,

056.093 For him is Entertainment with Boiling Water.

056.094 And burning in Hell-Fire.

056.095 Verily, this is the Very Truth and Certainty.

056.096 So celebrate with praises the name of thy Lord, the Supreme.

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