056. The Inevitable – Al-Waaqia

When the great event comes to pass,
There is no belying its coming to pass–
Abasing (one party), exalting (the other),
When the earth shall be shaken with a (severe) shaking,
And the mountains shall be made to crumble with (an awful) crumbling,
So that they shall be as scattered dust.
And you shall be three sorts.
Then (as to) the companions of the right hand; how happy are the companions of the right hand!
And (as to) the companions of the left hand; how wretched are the companions of the left hand!
And the foremost are the foremost,
These are they who are drawn nigh (to Allah),
In the gardens of bliss.
A numerous company from among the first,
And a few from among the latter.
Round about them shall go youths never altering in age,
They shall not be affected with headache thereby, nor shall they get exhausted,
And the flesh of fowl such as they desire.
And pure, beautiful ones,
They shall not hear therein vain or sinful discourse,
Except the word peace, peace.
And the companions of the right hand; how happy are the companions of the right hand!
Amid thornless lote-trees,
And banana-trees (with fruits), one above another.
And extended shade,
And water flowing constantly,
And abundant fruit,
Neither intercepted nor forbidden,
And exalted thrones.
Surely We have made them to grow into a (new) growth,
Then We have made them virgins,
Loving, equals in age,
For the sake of the companions of the right hand.
A numerous company from among the first,
And a numerous company from among the last.
And those of the left hand, how wretched are those of the left hand!
In hot wind and boiling water,
And the shade of black smoke,
Neither cool nor honorable.
Surely they were before that made to live in ease and plenty.
And they used to say: What! when we die and have become dust and bones, shall we then indeed be raised?
Shall most surely be gathered together for the appointed hour of a known day.
Most surely eat of a tree of Zaqqoom,
And fill (your) bellies with it;
Then drink over it of boiling water;
And drink as drinks the thirsty camel.
This is their entertainment on the day of requital.
We have created you, why do you not then assent?
Have you considered the seed?
In order that We may bring in your place the likes of you and make you grow into what you know not.
Have you considered what you sow?
Is it you that cause it to grow, or are We the causers of growth?
If We pleased, We should have certainly made it broken down into pieces, then would you begin to lament:
Surely we are burdened with debt:
Nay! we are deprived.
Have you considered the water which you drink?
If We pleased, We would have made it salty; why do you not then give thanks?
Have you considered the fire which you strike?
We have made it a reminder and an advantage for the wayfarers of the desert.
Therefore glorify the name of your Lord, the Great.
But nay! I swear by the falling of stars;
And most surely it is a very great oath if you only knew;
Most surely it is an honored Quran,
In a book that is protected
None shall touch it save the purified ones.
A revelation by the Lord of the worlds.
Do you then hold this announcement in contempt?
And to give (it) the lie you make your means of subsistence.
Why is it not then that when it (soul) comes up to the throat,
And you at that time look on–
Then why is it not– if you are not held under authority–
That you send it (not) back– if you are truthful?
Then if he is one of those drawn nigh (to Allah),
Then happiness and bounty and a garden of bliss.
Then peace to you from those on the right hand.
He shall have an entertainment of boiling water,
And burning in hell.
Most surely this is a certain truth.
Therefore glorify the name of your Lord, the Great.