69. The Sure Calamity

  1. The Sure Reality!

  2. What is the Sure Reality?

  3. And what will make thee realise what theSure Reality is?

  4. The Thamud and the ‘Ad People (branded)as false the Stunning Calamity!

  5. But the Thamud,- they were destroyed bya terrible Storm of thunder and lightning!

  6. And the ‘Ad, they were destroyed by afurious Wind, exceedingly violent;

  7. He made it rage against them sevennights and eight days in succession: so that thou couldst see the (whole)people lying prostrate in its (path), as they had been roots of hollowpalm-trees tumbled down!

  8. Then seest thou any of them leftsurviving?

  9. And Pharaoh, and those before him, andthe Cities Overthrown, committed habitual Sin.

  10. And disobeyed (each) the apostle oftheir Lord; so He punished them with an abundant Penalty.

  11. We, when the water (of Noah’s Flood)overflowed beyond its limits, carried you (mankind), in the floating (Ark),

  12. That We might make it a Message untoyou, and that ears (that should hear the tale and) retain its memory shouldbear its (lessons) in remembrance.

  13. Then, when one blast is sounded on theTrumpet,

  14. And the earth is moved, and itsmountains, and they are crushed to powder at one stroke,-

  15. On that Day shall the (Great) Event cometo pass.

  16. And the sky will be rent asunder, for itwill that Day be flimsy,

  17. And the angels will be on its sides, andeight will, that Day, bear the Throne of thy Lord above them.

  18. That Day shall ye be brought toJudgment: not an act of yours that ye hide will be hidden.

  19. Then he that will be given his Record inhis right hand will say: “Ah here! Read ye my Record!

  20. “I did really understand that my Accountwould (One Day) reach me!”

  21. And he will be in a life of Bliss,

  22. In a Garden on high,

  23. The Fruits whereof (will hang inbunches) low and near.

  24. “Eat ye and drink ye, with fullsatisfaction; because of the (good) that ye sent before you, in the daysthat are gone!”

  25. And he that will be given his Record inhis left hand, will say: “Ah! Would that my Record had not been given to me!

  26. “And that I had never realised how myaccount (stood)!

  27. “Ah! Would that (Death) had made an endof me!

  28. “Of no profit to me has been my wealth!

  29. “My power has perished from me!”…

  30. (The stern command will say): “Seize yehim, and bind ye him,

  31. “And burn ye him in the Blazing Fire.

  32. “Further, make him march in a chain,whereof the length is seventy cubits!

  33. “This was he that would not believe inAllah Most High.

  34. “And would not encourage the feeding ofthe indigent!

  35. “So no friend hath he here this Day.

  36. “Nor hath he any food except thecorruption from the washing of wounds,

  37. “Which none do eat but those in sin.”

  38. So I do call to witness what ye see,

  39. And what ye see not,

  40. That this is verily the word of anhonoured apostle;

  41. It is not the word of a poet: little itis ye believe!

  42. Nor is it the word of a soothsayer:little admonition it is ye receive.

  43. (This is) a Message sent down from theLord of the Worlds.

  44. And if the apostle were to invent anysayings in Our name,

  45. We should certainly seize him by hisright hand,

  46. And We should certainly then cut off theartery of his heart:

  47. Nor could any of you withhold him (fromOur wrath).

  48. But verily this is a Message for theAllah.fearing.

  49. And We certainly know that there areamongst you those that reject (it).

  50. But truly (Revelation) is a cause ofsorrow for the Unbelievers.

  51. But verily it is Truth of assuredcertainty.

  52. So glorify the name of thy Lord MostHigh.