In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful
56:1 When the Event inevitable cometh to pass,
56:2 Then will no (soul) entertain falsehood concerning its coming.
56:3 (Many) will it bring low; (many) will it exalt;
56:4 When the earth shall be shaken to its depths,
56:5 And the mountains shall be crumbled to atoms,
56:6 Becoming dust scattered abroad,
56:7 And ye shall be sorted out into three classes.
56:8 Then (there will be) the Companions of the Right Hand;- What will be the Companions of the Right Hand?
56:9 And the Companions of the Left Hand,- what will be the Companions of the Left Hand?
56:10 And those Foremost (in Faith) will be Foremost (in the Hereafter).
56:11 These will be those Nearest to God:
56:12 In Gardens of Bliss:
56:13 A number of people from those of old,
56:14 And a few from those of later times.
56:15 (They will be) on Thrones encrusted (with gold and precious stones),
56:16 Reclining on them, facing each other.
56:17 Round about them will (serve) youths of perpetual (freshness),
56:18 With goblets, (shining) beakers, and cups (filled) out of clear-flowing fountains:
56:19 No after-ache will they receive therefrom, nor will they suffer intoxication:
56:20 And with fruits, any that they may select:
56:21 And the flesh of fowls, any that they may desire.
56:22 And (there will be) Companions with beautiful, big, and lustrous eyes,-
56:23 Like unto Pearls well-guarded.
56:24 A Reward for the deeds of their past (life).
56:25 Not frivolity will they hear therein, nor any taint of ill,-
56:26 Only the saying, "Peace! Peace".
56:27 The Companions of the Right Hand,- what will be the Companions of the Right Hand?
56:28 (They will be) among Lote-trees without thorns,
56:29 Among Talh trees with flowers (or fruits) piled one above another,-
56:30 In shade long-extended,
56:31 By water flowing constantly,
56:32 And fruit in abundance.
56:33 Whose season is not limited, nor (supply) forbidden,
56:34 And on Thrones (of Dignity), raised high.
56:35 We have created (their Companions) of special creation.
56:36 And made them virgin - pure (and undefiled), -
56:37 Beloved (by nature), equal in age,-
56:38 For the Companions of the Right Hand.
56:39 A (goodly) number from those of old,
56:40 And a (goodly) number from those of later times.
56:41 The Companions of the Left Hand,- what will be the Companions of the Left Hand?
56:42 (They will be) in the midst of a Fierce Blast of Fire and in Boiling Water,
56:43 And in the shades of Black Smoke:
56:44 Nothing (will there be) to refresh, nor to please:
56:45 For that they were wont to be indulged, before that, in wealth (and luxury),
56:46 And persisted obstinately in wickedness supreme!
56:47 And they used to say, "What! when we die and become dust and bones, shall we then indeed be raised up again?-
56:48 "(We) and our fathers of old?"
56:49 Say: "Yea, those of old and those of later times,
56:50 "All will certainly be gathered together for the meeting appointed for a Day well-known.
56:51 "Then will ye truly,- O ye that go wrong, and treat (Truth) as Falsehood!-
56:52 "Ye will surely taste of the Tree of Zaqqum.
56:53 "Then will ye fill your insides therewith,
56:54 "And drink Boiling Water on top of it:
56:55 "Indeed ye shall drink like diseased camels raging with thirst!"
56:56 Such will be their entertainment on the Day of Requital!
56:57 It is We Who have created you: why will ye not witness the Truth?
56:58 Do ye then see?- The (human Seed) that ye throw out,-
56:59 Is it ye who create it, or are We the Creators?
56:60 We have decreed Death to be your common lot, and We are not to be frustrated
56:61 from changing your Forms and creating you (again) in (forms) that ye know not.
56:62 And ye certainly know already the first form of creation: why then do ye not celebrate His praises?
56:63 See ye the seed that ye sow in the ground?
56:64 Is it ye that cause it to grow, or are We the Cause?
56:65 Were it Our Will, We could crumble it to dry powder, and ye would be left in wonderment,
56:66 (Saying), "We are indeed left with debts (for nothing):
56:67 "Indeed are we shut out (of the fruits of our labour)"
56:68 See ye the water which ye drink?
56:69 Do ye bring it down (in rain) from the cloud or do We?
56:70 Were it Our Will, We could make it salt (and unpalatable): then why do ye not give thanks?
56:71 See ye the Fire which ye kindle?
56:72 Is it ye who grow the tree which feeds the fire, or do We grow it?
56:73 We have made it a memorial (of Our handiwork), and an article of comfort and convenience for the denizens of deserts.
56:74 Then celebrate with praises the name of thy Lord, the Supreme!
56:75 Furthermore I call to witness the setting of the Stars,-
56:76 And that is indeed a mighty adjuration if ye but knew,-
56:77 That this is indeed a qur'an Most Honourable,
56:78 In Book well-guarded,
56:79 Which none shall touch but those who are clean:
56:80 A Revelation from the Lord of the Worlds.
56:81 Is it such a Message that ye would hold in light esteem?
56:82 And have ye made it your livelihood that ye should declare it false?
56:83 Then why do ye not (intervene) when (the soul of the dying man) reaches the throat,-
56:84 And ye the while (sit) looking on,-
56:85 But We are nearer to him than ye, and yet see not,-
56:86 Then why do ye not,- If you are exempt from (future) account,-
56:87 Call back the soul, if ye are true (in the claim of independence)?
56:88 Thus, then, if he be of those Nearest to God,
56:89 (There is for him) Rest and Satisfaction, and a Garden of Delights.
56:90 And if he be of the Companions of the Right Hand,
56:91 (For him is the salutation), "Peace be unto thee", from the Companions of the Right Hand.
56:92 And if he be of those who treat (Truth) as Falsehood, who go wrong,
56:93 For him is Entertainment with Boiling Water.
56:94 And burning in Hell-Fire.
56:95 Verily, this is the Very Truth and Certainly.
56:96 So celebrate with praises the name of thy Lord, the Supreme.
The Holy Quran
Translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali