By the Mount (Sinai),
And by a Book inscribed,
In parchments outstretched,
And by Bayt al-Ma‘mur (the House continuously frequented),
And by the canopy (of heaven) raised high,
And by the sea kept filled (and ready to overflow),
The punishment of your Lord will certainly take place.
There is none that can avert it.
On that Day the heaven will be convulsed violently;
And the mountains will move away with an awesome movement.
Woe, then, on that Day to those who deny (God’s Message and the Messengers) –
Those who are habitually playing, absorbed (in vanities):
On that Day they will be forcefully thrust into the fire of Hell.
"This is the Fire which you used to deny.
"Is this sorcery (for you used to deride the Revelation as sorcery), or is it that you do not see (so that, for you, it is something illusory)?
"Suffer the heat of it now! Bear it patiently, or do not bear it patiently, it is all the same to you. You are only being recompensed for all that you used to do (in the world)."
The God-revering, pious ones will surely be in Gardens and bliss,
Enjoying all that their Lord will grant them (by His grace and in recompense for their good deeds); and their Lord has protected them from the punishment of the Blazing Flame.
"Eat and drink to your hearts’ content for all that you used to do (in the world)."
They will recline on thrones arranged; and We have assigned for them maidens pure, beautiful of eye.
Those who have believed and their offspring have followed them in faith, We will unite them with their offspring (even though the faith of the latter may not be of the same degree as that of the former), and We will not decrease the reward of their deeds in anything (because of their being united with their offspring). Every person will enjoy according to what he has earned.
And We will provide them with fruit and meat, one meal after the other, such as they desire.
There they will pass among one another a cup wherein is (a drink inciting) no false, foolish talk nor sin.
And there will go round them boy-servants attending upon them, (so pure) as hidden pearls.
Some of them will move closer to others, asking (about their affairs in the world and how they were admitted to Paradise).
They say: "We used to be, when amongst our families, indeed most apprehensive before (most careful and alert for the guidance and eternal life of our family members).
"Then God bestowed His favor upon us, and protected us from the punishment of the scorching fire penetrating through the skin.
"We used to worship and invoke Him alone before. Surely He is the All-Benign, the All-Compassionate (especially to His believing servants)."
So (O Messenger, continue to) preach and remind; by God’s grace, you are not a soothsayer, nor a madman.
Or do they say (of him): "A poet (jinn-possessed). We await for him some calamity ahead"?
Say: "Wait on, for I am waiting with you (though I hope for a different outcome)."
Do their minds urge them to such (absurd falsehoods), or are they a people (in the habit of being) rebellious and outrageous?
Or do they say: "He forges it (and then attributes the Qur’an to God)?" No indeed. Rather, (they make such claims because) they have no will to believe.
(If they really believe such a Book can be forged) then, let them produce a Discourse like it, if they are truthful (in their claims).
Or were they created without anything being before them (or out of something different than the basic material of all creation, so that they know things others do not), or are they the creators (of themselves, so that they can maintain themselves and are free in their acts)?
Or did they create the heavens and the earth (so that their sovereignty belongs to them)? No indeed. Rather, they have no certain knowledge (about creation, humankind, and the basic facts concerning them).
Or are the treasures of your Lord at their disposal (so that they provide for creation however they will, and choose whomever they will as Messenger and send down to him whatever Book they will)? Or have they been given authority over them (so that they can prevail upon God to send them a Message and Messenger that suits their interests)?
Or do they have a ladder by which (having climbed to heaven) they overhear (the secrets of heaven, confirming their stand against the Messenger and the Qur’an)? Then let their eavesdropper produce some clear authority (to prove what he claims to have heard).
Or (do you in your absurdity attribute to Him children, so that) for Him there are daughters (whom you yourselves foolishly disdain), while for you there are sons?
Or is it that you (O Messenger) ask them for wage (for conveying God’s Religion to them) so that they are crushed under debt?
Or do they have the knowledge of the Unseen (and the Supreme Preserved Tablet) so that they write down the decrees (determining all events, and stipulating a way of life for others to follow)?
Or do they intend a plot (to entrap you so as to defeat your mission)? Yet it is those who disbelieve who are entrapped (in so plotting, because they deny themselves God’s blessings in both worlds).
Or do you have a deity other than God (to whom, in vain, you look to sustain, and help, and protect you)? All-Glorified is He (in that He is absolutely exalted) above what they associate as partners with Him.
(So obstinate are they in rejecting the truth that) if they saw a piece of the sky falling down (on them), they would say, "This is (only) a heap of clouds!" (For they cannot conceive that it may be a punishment for their obstinate denial).
So, leave them until they meet their Day when they will be struck dead.
The Day when their scheming will avail them nothing, nor will they be helped.
And surely for those who commit the greatest wrong (through unbelief or associating partners with God and resisting the conveying of His Religion), there is another punishment besides that, but most of them do not know.
So wait patiently for your Lord’s judgment, for you are under Our Eyes (under Our care and protection); and glorify your Lord with His praise when you rise up (to pray);
And in the night-time also glorify Him, and at the retreat of the stars.