In the name of God,

Most Gracious, Most Merciful

74:1 O thou wrapped up (in the mantle)!

74:2 Arise and deliver thy warning!

74:3 And thy Lord do thou magnify!

74:4 And thy garments keep free from stain!

74:5 And all abomination shun!

74:6 Nor expect, in giving, any increase (for thyself)!

74:7 But, for thy Lord's (Cause), be patient and constant!

74:8 Finally, when the Trumpet is sounded,

74:9 That will be- that Day - a Day of Distress,-

74:10 Far from easy for those without Faith.

74:11 Leave Me alone, (to deal) with the (creature) whom I created (bare and) alone!-

74:12 To whom I granted resources in abundance,

74:13 And sons to be by his side!-

74:14 To whom I made (life) smooth and comfortable!

74:15 Yet is he greedy-that I should add (yet more);-

74:16 By no means! For to Our Signs he has been refractory!

74:17 Soon will I visit him with a mount of calamities!

74:18 For he thought and he plotted;-

74:19 And woe to him! How he plotted!-

74:20 Yea, Woe to him; How he plotted!-

74:21 Then he looked round;

74:22 Then he frowned and he scowled;

74:23 Then he turned back and was haughty;

74:24 Then said he: "This is nothing but magic, derived from of old;

74:25 "This is nothing but the word of a mortal!"

74:26 Soon will I cast him into Hell-Fire!

74:27 And what will explain to thee what Hell-Fire is?

74:28 Naught doth it permit to endure, and naught doth it leave alone!-

74:29 Darkening and changing the colour of man!

74:30 Over it are Nineteen.

74:31 And We have set none but angels as Guardians of the Fire; and We have fixed their number only as a trial for Unbelievers,- in order that the People of the Book may arrive at certainty, and the Believers may increase in Faith,- and that no doub ts may be left for the People of the Book and the Believers, and that those in whose hearts is a disease and the Unbelievers may say, "What symbol doth God intend by this ?" Thus doth God leave to stray whom He pleaseth, and guide whom He pleaseth: an d none can know the forces of thy Lord, except He and this is no other than a warning to mankind.

74:32 Nay, verily: By the Moon,

74:33 And by the Night as it retreateth,

74:34 And by the Dawn as it shineth forth,-

74:35 This is but one of the mighty (portents),

74:36 A warning to mankind,-

74:37 To any of you that chooses to press forward, or to follow behind;-

74:38 Every soul will be (held) in pledge for its deeds.

74:39 Except the Companions of the Right Hand.

74:40 (They will be) in Gardens (of Delight): they will question each other,

74:41 And (ask) of the Sinners:

74:42 "What led you into Hell Fire?"

74:43 They will say: "We were not of those who prayed;

74:44 "Nor were we of those who fed the indigent;

74:45 "But we used to talk vanities with vain talkers;

74:46 "And we used to deny the Day of Judgment,

74:47 "Until there came to us (the Hour) that is certain."

74:48 Then will no intercession of (any) intercessors profit them.

74:49 Then what is the matter with them that they turn away from admonition?-

74:50 As if they were affrighted asses,

74:51 Fleeing from a lion!

74:52 Forsooth, each one of them wants to be given scrolls (of revelation) spread out!

74:53 By no means! But they fear not the Hereafter,

74:54 Nay, this surely is an admonition:

74:55 Let any who will, keep it in remembrance!

74:56 But none will keep it in remembrance except as God wills: He is the Lord of Righteousness, and the Lord of Forgiveness.

The Holy Quran

Translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali


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