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The Reality!
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What is the Reality?
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Ah, what will convey unto thee what the reality is!
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(The tribes of) Thamud and Aad disbelieved in the judgment to come.
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As for Thamud, they were destroyed by the lightning.
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And as for Aad, they were destroyed by a fierce roaring wind,
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Which He imposed on them for seven long nights and eight long days so that thou mightest have seen men lying overthrown, as they were hollow trunks of palm trees.
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Canst thou (O Muhammad) see any remnant of them?
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And Pharaoh and those before him, and the communities that were destroyed, brought error,
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And they disobeyed the messenger of their Lord, therefor did He grip them with a tightening grip.
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Lo! when the waters rose, We carried you upon the ship
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That We might make it a memorial for you, and that remembering ears (that heard the story) might remember.
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And when the trumpet shall sound one blast
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And the earth with the mountains shall be lifted up and crushed with one crash,
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Then, on that day will the Event befall.
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And the heaven will split asunder, for that day it will be frail.
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And the angels will be on the sides thereof, and eight will uphold the Throne of their Lord that day, above them.
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On that day ye will be exposed; not a secret of you will be hidden.
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Then, as for him who is given his record in his right hand, he will say: Take, read my book!
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Surely I knew that I should have to meet my reckoning.
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Then he will be in blissful state
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In a high Garden
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Whereof the clusters are in easy reach.
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(And it will be said unto those therein): Eat and drink at ease for that which ye sent on before you in past days.
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But as for him who is given his record in his left hand, he will say: Oh, would that I had not been given my book
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And knew not what my reckoning!
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Oh, would that it had been death!
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My wealth hath not availed me,
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My power hath gone from me.
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(It will be said): Take him and fetter him
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And then expose him to hell fire
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And then insert him in a chain whereof the length is seventy cubits.
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Lo! he used not to believe in Allah the Tremendous,
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And urged not on the feeding of the wretched,
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Therefor hath he no lover here this day,
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Nor any food save filth
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Which none but sinners eat.
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But nay! I swear by all that ye see
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And all that ye see not
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That it is indeed the speech of an illustrious messenger.
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It is not poet's speech--little is it that ye believe!
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Nor diviner's speech--little is it that ye remember!
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It is a revelation from the Lord of the Worlds.
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And if he had invented false sayings concerning Us,
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We assuredly had taken him by the right hand
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And then severed his life artery,
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And not one of you could have held Us off from him.
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And lo! it is a warrant unto those who ward off (evil).
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And lo! We know that some among you will deny (it).
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And lo! it is indeed an anguish for the disbelievers.
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And lo! it is absolute truth.
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So glorify the name of thy Tremendous Lord.