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


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