In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful
69:1 The Sure Reality!
69:2 What is the Sure Reality?
69:3 And what will make thee realise what the Sure Reality is?
69:4 The Thamud and the 'Ad People (branded) as false the Stunning Calamity!
69:5 But the Thamud,- they were destroyed by a terrible Storm of thunder and lightning!
69:6 And the 'Ad, they were destroyed by a furious Wind, exceedingly violent;
69:7 He made it rage against them seven nights and eight days in succession: so that thou couldst see the (whole) people lying prostrate in its (path), as they had been roots of hollow palm-trees tumbled down!
69:8 Then seest thou any of them left surviving?
69:9 And Pharaoh, and those before him, and the Cities Overthrown, committed habitual Sin.
69:10 And disobeyed (each) the apostle of their Lord; so He punished them with an abundant Penalty.
69:11 We, when the water (of Noah's Flood) overflowed beyond its limits, carried you (mankind), in the floating (Ark),
69:12 That We might make it a Message unto you, and that ears (that should hear the tale and) retain its memory should bear its (lessons) in remembrance.
69:13 Then, when one blast is sounded on the Trumpet,
69:14 And the earth is moved, and its mountains, and they are crushed to powder at one stroke,-
69:15 On that Day shall the (Great) Event come to pass.
69:16 And the sky will be rent asunder, for it will that Day be flimsy,
69:17 And the angels will be on its sides, and eight will, that Day, bear the Throne of thy Lord above them.
69:18 That Day shall ye be brought to Judgment: not an act of yours that ye hide will be hidden.
69:19 Then he that will be given his Record in his right hand will say: "Ah here! Read ye my Record!
69:20 "I did really understand that my Account would (One Day) reach me!"
69:21 And he will be in a life of Bliss,
69:22 In a Garden on high,
69:23 The Fruits whereof (will hang in bunches) low and near.
69:24 "Eat ye and drink ye, with full satisfaction; because of the (good) that ye sent before you, in the days that are gone!"
69:25 And he that will be given his Record in his left hand, will say: "Ah! Would that my Record had not been given to me!
69:26 "And that I had never realised how my account (stood)!
69:27 "Ah! Would that (Death) had made an end of me!
69:28 "Of no profit to me has been my wealth!
69:29 "My power has perished from me!"...
69:30 (The stern command will say): "Seize ye him, and bind ye him,
69:31 "And burn ye him in the Blazing Fire.
69:32 "Further, make him march in a chain, whereof the length is seventy cubits!
69:33 "This was he that would not believe in God Most High.
69:34 "And would not encourage the feeding of the indigent!
69:35 "So no friend hath he here this Day.
69:36 "Nor hath he any food except the corruption from the washing of wounds,
69:37 "Which none do eat but those in sin."
69:38 So I do call to witness what ye see,
69:39 And what ye see not,
69:40 That this is verily the word of an honoured apostle;
69:41 It is not the word of a poet: little it is ye believe!
69:42 Nor is it the word of a soothsayer: little admonition it is ye receive.
69:43 (This is) a Message sent down from the Lord of the Worlds.
69:44 And if the apostle were to invent any sayings in Our name,
69:45 We should certainly seize him by his right hand,
69:46 And We should certainly then cut off the artery of his heart:
69:47 Nor could any of you withhold him (from Our wrath).
69:48 But verily this is a Message for the God-fearing.
69:49 And We certainly know that there are amongst you those that reject (it).
69:50 But truly (Revelation) is a cause of sorrow for the Unbelievers.
69:51 But verily it is Truth of assured certainty.
69:52 So glorify the name of thy Lord Most High.
The Holy Quran
Translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali