81. The Covering Up


In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

  1. When the sun (with its spacious light)is folded up;

  2. When the stars fall, losing theirlustre;

  3. When the mountains vanish (like amirage);

  4. When the she-camels, ten months withyoung, are left untended;

  5. When the wild beasts are herded together(in the human habitations);

  6. When the oceans boil over with a swell;

  7. When the souls are sorted out, (beingjoined, like with like);

  8. When the female (infant), buried alive,is questioned -

  9. For what crime she was killed;

  10. When the scrolls are laid open;

  11. When the world on High is unveiled;

  12. When the Blazing Fire is kindled tofierce heat;

  13. And when the Garden is brought near;-

  14. (Then) shall each soul know what it hasput forward.

  15. So verily I call to witness the planets- that recede,

  16. Go straight, or hide;

  17. And the Night as it dissipates;

  18. And the Dawn as it breathes away thedarkness;-

  19. Verily this is the word of a mosthonourable Messenger,

  20. Endued with Power, with rank before theLord of the Throne,

  21. With authority there, (and) faithful tohis trust.

  22. And (O people!) your companion is notone possessed;

  23. And without doubt he saw him in theclear horizon.

  24. Neither doth he withhold grudgingly aknowledge of the Unseen.

  25. Nor is it the word of an evil spiritaccursed.

  26. When whither go ye?

  27. Verily this is no less than a Message to(all) the Worlds:

  28. (With profit) to whoever among you willsto go straight:

  29. But ye shall not will except as Allahwills,- the Cherisher of the Worlds.