Asad - Sura: 69. Al-Haqqah - The Sure Truth

  1. OH, THE LAYING-BARE of the truth! 1 

  2. How awesome that laying-bare of the truth!

  3. And what could make thee conceive what that laying-bare of the truth will be? 2 

  4. THE LIE gave [the tribes of] Thamud and 'Ad to [all tidings of] that sudden calamity! 3 

  5. Now as for the Thamud - they were destroyed by a violent upheaval [of the earth]; 4 

  6. and as for the 'Ad - they were destroyed by a stormwind furiously raging,

  7. which He willed against them for seven nights and eight days without cease, so that in the end thou couldst see those people laid low [in death], as though they were so many [uprooted] trunks of hollow palm trees:

  8. and dost thou now see any remnant of them?

  9. And there was Pharaoh, too, and [many of] those who lived before him, and the cities that were overthrown 5  - [all of them] indulged in sin upon sin

  10. and rebelled against their Sustainer's apostles: and so He took them to task with a punishing grasp exceedingly severe!

  11. [And] behold: when the waters [of Noah's flood] burst beyond all limits, it was We who caused you 6  to be borne [to safety] in that floating ark,

  12. so that We might make all this 7  a [lasting] reminder to you all, and that every wide-awake ear might consciously take it in.

  13. Hence, [bethink yourselves of the Last Hour,] when the trumpet [of judgment] shall be sounded with a single blast,

  14. and the earth and the mountains shall be lifted up and crushed with a single stroke!

  15. And so, that which must come to pass 8  will on that Day have come to pass;

  16. and the sky will be rent asunder 9  for, frail will it have become on that Day -;

  17. and the angels [will appear] at its ends, 10  and, above them, eight will bear aloft on that Day the throne of thy Sustainer's almightiness.... 11 

  18. On that Day you shall be brought to judgment: not [even] the most hidden of your deeds will remain hidden.

  19. Now as for him whose record shall be placed in his right hand, 12  he will exclaim: "Come you all! Read this my record!

  20. Behold, I did know that [one day] I would have to face my account!" 13 

  21. And so he will find himself in a happy state of life,

  22. in a lofty paradise,

  23. with its fruits within easy reach.

  24. [And all who are thus blest will be told:] "Eat and drink with good cheer in return for all [the good deeds] that you have sent ahead in days gone by!"

  25. But as for him whose record shall be placed in his left hand, 14  he will exclaim: "Oh, would that I had never been shown this my record,

  26. and neither known this my account!

  27. Oh, would that this [death of mine] had been the end of me!

  28. Of no avail to me is all that I have [ever] possessed,

  29. [and] all my power of argument has died away from me!" 15 

  30. [Thereupon the command will go forth:] "Lay hold of him, and shackle him, 16 

  31. and then let him enter hell,

  32. and then thrust him into a chain [of other sinners like him 17  - a chain] the length whereof is seventy cubits: 18 

  33. for, behold, he did not believe in God, the Tremendous,

  34. and did not feel any urge 19  to feed the needy:

  35. and so, no friend has he here today,

  36. nor any food save the filth

  37. which none but the sinners eat!" 20 

  38. BUT NAY! I call to witness all that you can see,

  39. as well as all that you cannot see! 21 

  40. Behold, this [Qur'an] is indeed the [inspired] word of a noble apostle,

  41. and is not - however little you may [be prepared to] believe it - the word of a poet;

  42. and neither is it - however little you may [be prepared to] take it to heart - the word of a soothsayer:

  43. [it is] a revelation from the Sustainer of all the worlds.

  44. Now if he [whom We have entrusted with it] had dared to attribute some [of his own] sayings unto Us,

  45. We would indeed have seized him by his right hand, 22 

  46. and would indeed have cut his life-vein,

  47. and none of you could have saved him!

  48. And, verily, this [Qur'an] is a reminder to all the God-conscious. 23 

  49. And, behold, well do We know that among you are such as will give the lie to it:

  50. yet, behold, this [rejection] will indeed become a source of bitter regret for all who deny the truth [of God's revelation] -

  51. for, verily, it is truth absolute!

  52. Extol, then, the limitless glory of thy Sustainer's mighty name!


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