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Chapter 56:
Al-Waqi'ah — The Event:

Revealed at Makkah: 3 sections; 96 verses

English Translation of the Holy Quran by Maulana Muhammad Ali

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

56:1 When the Event comes to pass —

56:2 There is no belying its coming to pass —

56:3 Abasing (some), exalting (others) —

56:4 When the earth is shaken with a (severe) shaking,

56:5 And the mountains are crumbled to pieces,

56:6 So they are as scattered dust,

56:7 And you are three sorts.

56:8 So those on the right-hand; how (happy) are those on the right-hand!

56:9 And those on the left; how (wretched) are those on the left!

56:10 And the foremost are the foremost—

56:11 These are drawn nigh (to Allah).

56:12 In Gardens of bliss.

56:13 A multitude from among the first,

56:14 And a few from among those of later times,

56:15 On thrones inwrought,

56:16 Reclining on them, facing each other.

56:17 Round about them will go youths never altering in age,

56:18 With goblets and ewers, and a cup of pure drink —

56:19 They are not affected with headache thereby, nor are they intoxicated,

56:20 And fruits that they choose,

56:21 And flesh of fowl that they desire,

56:22 And pure, beautiful ones,

56:23 Like hidden pearls.

56:24 A reward for what they did.

56:25 They hear therein no vain or sinful talk —

56:26 But only the saying, Peace! Peace!

56:27 And those on the right hand; how (happy) are those on the right hand!

56:28 Amid thornless lote-trees,

56:29 And clustered banana-trees,

56:30 And extensive shade,

56:31 And water gushing,

56:32 And abundant fruit,

56:33 Neither intercepted, nor forbidden,

56:34 And exalted couches.

56:35 Surely We have created them a (new) creation,

56:36 So We have made them virgins,

56:37 Loving, equals in age,

56:38 For those on the right hand.

56:39 A multitude from among the first,

56:40 And a multitude from among those of later times.

56:41 And those on the left hand; how (wretched) are those on the left hand!

56:42 In hot wind and boiling water,

56:43 And shadow of black smoke,

56:44 Neither cool nor refreshing.

56:45 Surely they lived before that in ease.

56:46 And they persisted in the great violation.

56:47 And they used to say: When we die and become dust and bones, shall we then indeed be raised?

56:48 Or our fathers of yore?

56:49 Say: The ancients and those of later times

56:50 Will surely be gathered together for the appointed hour of a known day.

56:51 Then shall you, O you who err and deny,

56:52 Eat of the tree of Zaqqum,

56:53 And fill (your) bellies with it;

56:54 Then drink after 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 accept?

56:58 See you that which you emit?

56:59 Is it you that create it or are We the Creator?

56:60 We have ordained death among you and We are not to be overcome,

56:61 That We may change your state 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 See you what you sow?

56:64 Is it you that cause it to grow, or are We the Causer of growth?

56:65 If We pleased, We would make it chaff, then would you lament:

56:66 Surely we are burdened with debt:

56:67 Nay, we are deprived.

56:68 See you the water which you drink?

56:69 Do you bring it down from the clouds, or are We the Bringer?

56:70 If We pleased, We could make it saltish; why give you not thanks?

56:71 See you the fire which you kindle?

56:72 Is it you that produce the trees for it, or are We the Producer?

56:73 We have made it a reminder and an advantage for the wayfarers of the desert.

56:74 So glorify the name of thy Lord, the Incomparably Great.

56:75 But nay, I swear by revelation of portions (of the Quran)!—

56:76 And it is a great oath indeed, if you knew —

56:77 Surely it is a bounteous Quran,

56:78 In a book that is protected,

56:79 Which none touches save the purified ones.

56:80 A revelation from the Lord of the worlds.

56:81 Is it this announcement that you disdain?

56:82 And make your denial your means of subsistence.

56:83 Why is it not then that when it 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 see not —

56:86 Why then, if you are not held under authority,

56:87 Do you not send it 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 thee from those on the right hand.

56:92 And if he is one of the rejectors, the erring ones,

56:93 He has an entertainment of boiling water,

56:94 And burning in hell.

56:95 Surely this is a certain truth.

56:96 So glorify the name of thy Lord, the Incomparably Great.

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