56. The Great Event

  1. When the Event inevitable cometh topass,

  2. Then will no (soul) entertain falsehoodconcerning its coming.

  3. (Many) will it bring low; (many) will itexalt;

  4. When the earth shall be shaken to itsdepths,

  5. And the mountains shall be crumbled toatoms,

  6. Becoming dust scattered abroad,

  7. And ye shall be sorted out into threeclasses.

  8. Then (there will be) the Companions ofthe Right Hand;- What will be the Companions of the Right Hand?

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

  10. And those Foremost (in Faith) will beForemost (in the Hereafter).

  11. These will be those Nearest to Allah.

  12. In Gardens of Bliss:

  13. A number of people from those of old,

  14. And a few from those of later times.

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

  16. Reclining on them, facing each other.

  17. Round about them will (serve) youths ofperpetual (freshness),

  18. With goblets, (shining) beakers, andcups (filled) out of clear-flowing fountains:

  19. No after-ache will they receivetherefrom, nor will they suffer intoxication:

  20. And with fruits, any that they mayselect:

  21. And the flesh of fowls, any that theymay desire.

  22. And (there will be) Companions withbeautiful, big, and lustrous eyes,-

  23. Like unto Pearls well-guarded.

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

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

  26. Only the saying, “Peace! Peace”.

  27. The Companions of the Right Hand,- whatwill be the Companions of the Right Hand?

  28. (They will be) among Lote-trees withoutthorns,

  29. Among Talh trees with flowers (orfruits) piled one above another,-

  30. In shade long-extended,

  31. By water flowing constantly,

  32. And fruit in abundance.

  33. Whose season is not limited, nor(supply) forbidden,

  34. And on Thrones (of Dignity), raisedhigh.

  35. We have created (their Companions) ofspecial creation.

  36. And made them virgin – pure (andundefiled), –

  37. Beloved (by nature), equal in age,-

  38. For the Companions of the Right Hand.

  39. 39. A (goodly) number from those of old,

  40. And a (goodly) number from those oflater times.

  41. The Companions of the Left Hand,- whatwill be the Companions of the Left Hand?

  42. (They will be) in the midst of a FierceBlast of Fire and in Boiling Water,

  43. And in the shades of Black Smoke:

  44. Nothing (will there be) to refresh, norto please:

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

  46. And persisted obstinately in wickednesssupreme!

  47. And they used to say, “What! when we dieand become dust and bones, shall we then indeed be raised up again?-

  48. “(We) and our fathers of old?”

  49. Say: “Yea, those of old and those oflater times,

  50. “All will certainly be gathered togetherfor the meeting appointed for a Day well-known.

  51. “Then will ye truly,- O ye that gowrong, and treat (Truth) as Falsehood!-

  52. “Ye will surely taste of the Tree ofZaqqum.

  53. “Then will ye fill your insidestherewith,

  54. “And drink Boiling Water on top of it:

  55. “Indeed ye shall drink like diseasedcamels raging with thirst!”

  56. Such will be their entertainment on theDay of Requital!

  57. It is We Who have created you: why willye not witness the Truth?

  58. Do ye then see?- The (human Seed) thatye throw out,-

  59. Is it ye who create it, or are We theCreators?

  60. We have decreed Death to be your commonlot, and We are not to be frustrated

  61. From changingyour Forms and creating you (again) in (forms) that ye know not.

  62. 62. And ye certainly know already thefirst form of creation: why then do ye not celebrate His praises?

  63. See ye the seed that ye sow in theground?

  64. Is it ye that cause it to grow, or areWe the Cause?

  65. Were it Our Will, We could crumble it todry powder, and ye would be left in wonderment,

  66. (Saying), “We are indeed left with debts(for nothing):

  67. “Indeed are we shut out (of the fruitsof our labour)”

  68. See ye the water which ye drink?

  69. Do ye bring it down (in rain) from thecloud or do We?

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

  71. See ye the Fire which ye kindle?

  72. Is it ye who grow the tree which feedsthe fire, or do We grow it?

  73. We have made it a memorial (of Ourhandiwork), and an article of comfort and convenience for the denizens ofdeserts.

  74. Then celebrate with praises the name ofthy Lord, the Supreme!

  75. Furthermore I call to witness thesetting of the Stars,-

  76. And that is indeed a mighty adjurationif ye but knew,-

  77. That this is indeed a qur’an MostHonourable,

  78. In Book well-guarded,

  79. Which none shall touch but those who areclean:

  80. A Revelation from the Lord of theWorlds.

  81. Is it such a Message that ye would holdin light esteem?

  82. And have ye made it your livelihood thatye should declare it false?

  83. Then why do ye not (intervene) when (thesoul of the dying man) reaches the throat,-

  84. And ye the while (sit) looking on,-

  85. But We are nearer to him than ye, andyet see not,-

  86. Then why do ye not,- If you are exemptfrom (future) account,-

  87. Call back the soul, if ye are true (inthe claim of independence)?

  88. Thus, then, if he be of those Nearest toAllah,

  89. (There is for him) Rest andSatisfaction, and a Garden of Delights.

  90. And if he be of the Companions of theRight Hand,

  91. (For him is the salutation), “Peace beunto thee”, from the Companions of the Right Hand.

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

  93. For him is Entertainment with BoilingWater.

  94. And burning in Hell-Fire.

  95. Verily, this is the Very Truth andCertainly.

  96. So celebrate with praises the name ofthy Lord, the Supreme.