In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful
44:2 By the Book that makes things clear;-
44:3 We sent it down during a Blessed Night: for We (ever) wish to warn (against Evil).
44:4 In the (Night) is made distinct every affair of wisdom,
44:5 By command, from Our Presence. For We (ever) send (revelations),
44:6 As Mercy from thy Lord: for He hears and knows (all things);
44:7 The Lord of the heavens and the earth and all between them, if ye (but) have an assured faith.
44:8 There is no god but He: It is He Who gives life and gives death,- The Lord and Cherisher to you and your earliest ancestors.
44:9 Yet they play about in doubt.
44:10 Then watch thou for the Day that the sky will bring forth a kind of smoke (or mist) plainly visible,
44:11 Enveloping the people: this will be a Penalty Grievous.
44:12 (They will say:) "Our Lord! remove the Penalty from us, for we do really believe!"
44:13 How shall the message be (effectual) for them, seeing that an Apostle explaining things clearly has (already) come to them,-
44:14 Yet they turn away from him and say: "Tutored (by others), a man possessed!"
44:15 We shall indeed remove the Penalty for a while, (but) truly ye will revert (to your ways).
44:16 One day We shall seize you with a mighty onslaught: We will indeed (then) exact Retribution!
44:17 We did, before them, try the people of Pharaoh: there came to them an apostle most honourable,
44:18 Saying: "Restore to me the Servants of God: I am to you an apostle worthy of all trust;
44:19 "And be not arrogant as against God: for I come to you with authority manifest.
44:20 "For me, I have sought safety with my Lord and your Lord, against your injuring me.
44:21 "If ye believe me not, at least keep yourselves away from me."
44:22 (But they were aggressive:) then he cried to his Lord: "These are indeed a people given to sin."
44:23 (The reply came:) "March forth with My Servants by night: for ye are sure to be pursued.
44:24 "And leave the sea as a furrow (divided): for they are a host (destined) to be drowned."
44:25 How many were the gardens and springs they left behind,
44:26 And corn-fields and noble buildings,
44:27 And wealth (and conveniences of life), wherein they had taken such delight!
44:28 Thus (was their end)! And We made other people inherit (those things)!
44:29 And neither heaven nor earth shed a tear over them: nor were they given a respite (again).
44:30 We did deliver aforetime the Children of Israel from humiliating Punishment,
44:31 Inflicted by Pharaoh, for he was arrogant (even) among inordinate transgressors.
44:32 And We chose them aforetime above the nations, knowingly,
44:33 And granted them Signs in which there was a manifest trial
44:34 As to these (Quraish), they say forsooth:
44:35 "There is nothing beyond our first death, and we shall not be raised again.
44:36 "Then bring (back) our forefathers, if what ye say is true!"
44:37 What! Are they better than the people of Tubba and those who were before them? We destroyed them because they were guilty of sin.
44:38 We created not the heavens, the earth, and all between them, merely in (idle) sport:
44:39 We created them not except for just ends: but most of them do not understand.
44:40 Verily the Day of sorting out is the time appointed for all of them,-
44:41 The Day when no protector can avail his client in aught, and no help can they receive,
44:42 Except such as receive God's Mercy: for He is Exalted in Might, Most Merciful.
44:43 Verily the tree of Zaqqum
44:44 Will be the food of the Sinful,-
44:45 Like molten brass; it will boil in their insides.
44:46 Like the boiling of scalding water.
44:47 (A voice will cry: "Seize ye him and drag him into the midst of the Blazing Fire!
44:48 "Then pour over his head the Penalty of Boiling Water,
44:49 "Taste thou (this)! Truly wast thou mighty, full of honour!
44:50 "Truly this is what ye used to doubt!"
44:51 As to the Righteous (they will be) in a position of Security,
44:52 Among Gardens and Springs;
44:53 Dressed in fine silk and in rich brocade, they will face each other;
44:54 So; and We shall join them to Companions with beautiful, big, and lustrous eyes.
44:55 There can they call for every kind of fruit in peace and security;
44:56 Nor will they there taste Death, except the first death; and He will preserve them from the Penalty of the Blazing Fire,-
44:57 As a Bounty from thy Lord! that will be the supreme achievement!
44:58 Verily, We have made this (Qur'an) easy, in thy tongue, in order that they may give heed.
44:59 So wait thou and watch; for they (too) are waiting.
The Holy Quran
Translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali