Al-Quran Surah 56. Al-Waqi'a - Mustafa Khattab Translation

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In the Name of Allah—the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.
Scene of the doomsday when mankind will be divided into three groups, A Reward for the forehand group
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When the Inevitable Event takes place,

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then no one can deny it has come.

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It will debase ˹some˺ and elevate ˹others˺.1

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When the earth will be violently shaken,

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and the mountains will be crushed to pieces,

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becoming scattered ˹particles of˺ dust,

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you will ˹all˺ be ˹divided into˺ three groups:

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the people of the right, how ˹blessed˺ will they be;

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the people of the left, how ˹miserable˺ will they be;

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and the foremost ˹in faith˺ will be the foremost ˹in Paradise˺.

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They are the ones nearest ˹to Allah˺,

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in the Gardens of Bliss.

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˹They will be˺ a multitude from earlier generations

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and a few from later generations.

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˹All will be˺ on jewelled thrones,

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reclining face to face.

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They will be waited on by eternal youths

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with cups, pitchers, and a drink ˹of pure wine˺ from a flowing stream,

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that will cause them neither headache nor intoxication.

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˹They will also be served˺ any fruit they choose

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and meat from any bird they desire.

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And ˹they will have˺ maidens with gorgeous eyes,

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like pristine pearls,

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˹all˺ as a reward for what they used to do.

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There they will never hear any idle or sinful talk—

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only good and virtuous speech.1 

Reward for the right-hand group
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And the people of the right—how ˹blessed˺ will they be!

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˹They will be˺ amid thornless lote trees,

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clusters of bananas,

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extended shade,

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flowing water,

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abundant fruit—

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never out of season nor forbidden—

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and elevated furnishings.

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Indeed, We will have perfectly created their mates,

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making them virgins,

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loving and of equal age,

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for the people of the right,

Punishment for the left-hand group
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˹who will be˺ a multitude from earlier generations

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and a multitude from later generations.

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And the people of the left—how ˹miserable˺ will they be!

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˹They will be˺ in scorching heat and boiling water,

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in the shade of black smoke,

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neither cool nor refreshing.

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Indeed, before this ˹torment˺ they were spoiled by luxury,

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and persisted in the worst of sin.1

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They used to ask ˹mockingly˺, “When we are dead and reduced to dust and bones, will we really be resurrected?

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And our forefathers as well?”

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Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “Most certainly, earlier and later generations

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will surely be gathered ˹together˺ for the appointed Day.

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Then you, O  misguided deniers,

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will certainly eat from ˹the fruit of˺ the trees of Zaqqûm,1

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filling up ˹your˺ bellies with it.

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Then on top of that you will drink boiling water—

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and you will drink ˹it˺ like thirsty camels do.”

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This will be their accommodation on the Day of Judgment.

Admonition to the disbelievers with the examples of creation
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It is We Who created you. Will you not then believe ˹in resurrection˺?

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Have you considered what you ejaculate?

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Is it you who create ˹a child out of˺ it, or is it We Who do so?

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We have ordained death for ˹all of˺ you, and We cannot be prevented

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from transforming and recreating you in forms unknown to you.

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You already know how you were first created. Will you not then be mindful?

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Have you considered what you sow?

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Is it you who cause it to grow, or is it We Who do so?

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If We willed, We could simply reduce this ˹harvest˺ to chaff, leaving you to lament,

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“We have truly suffered a ˹great˺ loss.

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In fact, we have been deprived ˹of our livelihood˺.”

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Have you considered the water you drink?

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Is it you who bring it down from the clouds, or is it We Who do so?

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If We willed, We could make it salty. Will you not then give thanks?

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Have you considered the fire you kindle?1

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Is it you who produce its trees, or is it We Who do so?

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We have made it ˹as˺ a reminder ˹of the Hellfire˺ and a provision for the travellers.

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So glorify the Name of your Lord, the Greatest.

Testimony of Allah about the Quran
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So I do swear by the positions of the stars—

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and this, if only you knew, is indeed a great oath—

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that this is truly a noble Quran,

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in a well-preserved Record,1

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touched by none except the purified ˹angels˺.1

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˹It is˺ a revelation from the Lord of all worlds.

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How can you then take this message lightly,

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and repay ˹Allah for˺ your provisions with denial?1 

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Why then ˹are you helpless˺ when the soul ˹of a dying person˺ reaches ˹their˺ throat,

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while you are looking on?

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And We are nearer to such a person than you, but you cannot see.

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Now, if you are not subject to Our Will ˹as you claim˺,

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bring that soul back, if what you say is true.

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So, if the deceased is one of those brought near ˹to Us˺,

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then ˹such a person will have˺ serenity, fragrance,1 and a Garden of Bliss.

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And if the deceased is one of the people of the right,

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then ˹they will be told,˺ “Greetings to you from the people of the right.”

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But if such person is one of the misguided deniers,

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then their accommodation will be boiling water ˹to drink˺

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and burning in Hellfire.

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Indeed, this is the absolute truth.

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So glorify the Name of your Lord, the Greatest.



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