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When the event befalleth.
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There is no denying that it will befall
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Abasing (some), exalting (others);
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When the earth is shaken with a shock
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And the hills are ground to powder
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So that they become a scattered dust,
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And ye will be three kinds:
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(First) those on the right hand; what of those on the right hand?
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And (then) those on the left hand; what of those on the left hand?
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And the foremost in the race, the foremost in the race:
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Those are they who will be brought nigh
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In gardens of delight;
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A multitude of those of old
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And a few of those of later time
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On lined couches,
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Reclining therein face to face.
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There wait on them immortal youths
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With bowls and ewers and a cup from a pure spring
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Wherefrom they get no aching of the head nor any madness,
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And fruit that they prefer
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And flesh of fowls that they desire
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And (there are) fair ones with wide, lovely eyes,
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Like unto hidden pearls,
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Reward for what they used do.
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There hear they no vain speaking nor recrimination
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(Naught) but the saying: Peace, (and again) Peace.
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And those on the right hand; what of those on the right hand?
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Among thornless lote tree
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And clustered plantains,
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And spreading shade,
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And water gushing,
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And fruit in plenary
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Neither out of reach nor yet forbidden,
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And raised couches,
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Lo! We have created them a (new) creation
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And made them virgins
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Lovers, friends,
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For those on the right hand;
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A multitude of those of old
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And a multitude of those of later time.
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And those on the left hand: What of those on the left hand?
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In scorching wind and scalding water
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And shadow of black smoke,
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Neither cool nor refreshing.
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Lo! heretofore they were effete with luxury
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And used to persist in the awful sin.
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And they used to say: When we are dead and have come dust and bones, shall we then, forsooth, be raised again,
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And also our forefathers?
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Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Lo! those of old and those of later time
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Will all be brought together to the tryst of an appointed day.
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Then lo! ye, the erring, the deniers,
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Ye verily will eat of a tree called Zaqqum
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And will fill your bellies therewith;
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And thereon ye will drink of boiling water,
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Drinking even as the camel drinketh.
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This will be their welcome on the Day of Judgment
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We created you. Will ye then admit the truth?
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Have ye seen that which ye emit?
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Do ye create it or are We the creator?
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We mete out death among you, and We are not to be outrun,
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That We may transfigure you and make you what ye know not.
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And verily ye know the first creation. Why, then, do ye not reflect?
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Have ye seen that which ye cultivate?
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Is it ye who foster it, or are We the Fosterer?
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If We willed, We verily could make it chaff, then would ye cease not to exclaim:
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Lo! we are laden with debt!
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Nay, but we are deprived!
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Have ye observed the water which ye drink?
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Is it ye who shed it from the rain cloud, or are We the shedder?
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If We willed We verily could make it bitter. Why, then, give ye not thanks?
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Have ye observed the fire which ye strike out;
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Was it ye who made the tree thereof to grow, or were We the grower?
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We, even We, appointed it a memorial and a comfort for the dwellers in the wilderness.
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Therefor (O Muhammad), praise the name of thy Lord, the Tremendous.
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Nay, I swear by the places of the stars
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And lo! that verily is a tremendous oath, if ye but knew
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That (this) is indeed a noble Qur'an
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In a Book kept hidden
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Which none toucheth save the purified,
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A revelation from the Lord of the Worlds.
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Is it this Statement that ye scorn,
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And make denial thereof your livelihood?
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Why, then, when (the soul) cometh up to the throat (of the dying)
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And ye are at that moment looking
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And We are nearer unto him than ye are, but ye see not
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Why then, if ye are not in bondage (unto Us),
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Do ye not force it back, if ye are truthful?
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Thus if he is of those brought nigh,
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Then breath of life, and plenty, and a Garden of delight
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And if he is of those on the right hand,
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Then (the greeting) "Peace be unto thee" from those on the right hand
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But if he is of the rejecters, the erring,
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Then the welcome will be boiling water
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And roasting at hell fire.
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Lo! this is certain truth.
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Therefor (O Muhammad) praise the name of thy Lord, the Tremendous.