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HAS THERE COME unto thee the tiding of the Overshadowing Event?1
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Some faces will on that Day be downcast,
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toiling [under burdens of sin], worn out [by fear],
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about to enter a glowing fire,
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given to drink from a boiling spring.
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No food for them save the bitterness of dry thorns,
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which gives no strength and neither stills hunger.2
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[And] some faces will on that Day shine with bliss,
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well-pleased with [the fruit of] their striving,
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in a garden sublime,
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wherein thou wilt hear no empty talk.
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Countless springs3 will flow therein,
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[and] there will be thrones [of happiness] raised high,4
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and goblets placed ready,
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and cushions ranged,
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and carpets spread out....
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DO, THEN, they [who deny resurrection] never gaze at the clouds pregnant with water, [and observe] how they are created?5
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And at the sky, how it is raised aloft?
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And at the mountains, how firmly they are reared?
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And at the earth, how it is spread out?
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And so, [O Prophet,] exhort them; thy task is only to exhort:
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thou canst not compel them [to believe].6
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However, as for him who turns away, being bent on denying the truth,
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him will God cause to suffer the greatest suffering [in the life to come]:
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for, behold, unto Us will be their return,
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and, verily, it is for Us to call them to account.