Surah 56 - The Great Event
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Qur'an - Translation
The Great Event

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

[56.1] When the great event comes to pass,

[56.2] There is no belying its coming to pass --

[56.3] Abasing (one party), exalting (the other),

[56.4] When the earth shall be shaken with a (severe) shaking,

[56.5] And the mountains shall be made to crumble with (an awful) crumbling,

[56.6] So that they shall be as scattered dust.

[56.7] And you shall be three sorts.

[56.8] Then (as to) the companions of the right hand; how happy are the companions of the right hand!

[56.9] And (as to) the companions of the left hand; how wretched are the companions of the left hand!

[56.10] And the foremost are the foremost,

[56.11] These are they who are drawn nigh (to Allah),

[56.12] In the gardens of bliss.

[56.13] A numerous company from among the first,

[56.14] And a few from among the latter.

[56.15] On thrones decorated,

[56.16] Reclining on them, facing one another.

[56.17] Round about them shall go youths never altering in age,

[56.18] With goblets and ewers and a cup of pure drink;

[56.19] They shall not be affected with headache thereby, nor shall they get exhausted,

[56.20] And fruits such as they choose,

[56.21] And the flesh of fowl such as they desire.

[56.22] And pure, beautiful ones,

[56.23] The like of the hidden pearls:

[56.24] A reward for what they used to do.

[56.25] They shall not hear therein vain or sinful discourse,

[56.26] Except the word peace, peace.

[56.27] And the companions of the right hand; how happy are the companions of the right hand!

[56.28] Amid thornless Lote-trees,

[56.29] And banana-trees (with fruits), one above another.

[56.30] And extended shade,

[56.31] And water flowing constantly,

[56.32] And abundant fruit,

[56.33] Neither intercepted nor forbidden,

[56.34] And exalted thrones.

[56.35] Surely We have made them to grow into a (new) growth,

[56.36] Then We have made them virgins,

[56.37] Loving, equals in age,

[56.38] For the sake of the companions of the right hand.

[56.39] A numerous company from among the first,

[56.40] And a numerous company from among the last.

[56.41] And those of the left hand, how wretched are those of the left hand!

[56.42] In hot wind and boiling water,

[56.43] And the shade of black smoke,

[56.44] Neither cool nor honorable.

[56.45] Surely they were before that made to live in ease and plenty.

[56.46] And they persisted in the great violation.

[56.47] And they used to say: What! when we die and have become dust and bones, shall we then indeed be raised?

[56.48] Or our fathers of yore?

[56.49] Say: The first and the last,

[56.50] Shall most surely be gathered together for the appointed hour of a known day.

[56.51] Then shall you, O you who err and call it a lie!

[56.52] Most surely eat of a tree of Zaqqoom,

[56.53] And fill (your) bellies with it;

[56.54] Then drink over it of boiling water;

[56.55] And drink as drinks the thirsty camel.

[56.56] This is their entertainment on the day of requital.

[56.57] We have created you, why do you not then assent?

[56.58] Have you considered the seed?

[56.59] Is it you that create it or are We the creators?

[56.60] We have ordained death among you and We are not to be overcome,

[56.61] In order that We may bring in your place the likes of you and make you grow into what you know not.

[56.62] And certainly you know the first growth, why do you not then mind?

[56.63] Have you considered what you sow?

[56.64] Is it you that cause it to grow, or are We the causers of growth?

[56.65] If We pleased, We should have certainly made it broken down into pieces, then would you begin to lament:

[56.66] Surely we are burdened with debt:

[56.67] Nay! we are deprived.

[56.68] Have you considered the water which you drink?

[56.69] Is it you that send it down from the clouds, or are We the senders?

[56.70] If We pleased, We would have made it salty; why do you not then give thanks?

[56.71] Have you considered the fire which you strike?

[56.72] Is it you that produce the trees for it, or are We the producers?

[56.73] We have made it a reminder and an advantage for the wayfarers of the desert.

[56.74] Therefore glorify the name of your Lord, the Great.

[56.75] But nay! I swear by the falling of stars;

[56.76] And most surely it is a very great oath if you only knew;

[56.77] Most surely it is an honored Qur’an,

[56.78] In a book that is protected;

[56.79] None shall touch it save the purified ones.

[56.80] A revelation by the Lord of the worlds.

[56.81] Do you then hold this announcement in contempt?

[56.82] And to give (it) the lie you make your means of subsistence.

[56.83] Why is it not then that when it (soul) comes up to the throat,

[56.84] And you at that time look on --

[56.85] And We are nearer to it than you, but you do not see --

[56.86] Then why is it not -- if you are not held under authority --

[56.87] That you send it (not) back -- if you are truthful?

[56.88] Then if he is one of those drawn nigh (to Allah),

[56.89] Then happiness and bounty and a garden of bliss.

[56.90] And if he is one of those on the right hand,

[56.91] Then peace to you from those on the right hand.

[56.92] And if he is one of the rejecters, the erring ones,

[56.93] He shall have an entertainment of boiling water,

[56.94] And burning in hell.

[56.95] Most surely this is a certain truth.

[56.96] Therefore glorify the name of your Lord, the Great.

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