Surah 69. Al-Haqqa- Asad Translation

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Description of the day of resurrection and the day of judgement
1 OH, THE LAYING-BARE of the truth!1
2 How awesome that laying-bare of the truth!
3 And what could make thee conceive what that laying-bare of the truth will be?2
4 THE LIE gave [the tribes of] Thamud and 'Ad to [all tidings of] that sudden calamity!3
5 Now as for the Thamud - they were destroyed by a violent upheaval [of the earth];4
6 and as for the 'Ad - they were destroyed by a stormwind furiously raging,
7 which He willed against them for seven nights and eight days without cease, so that in the end thou couldst see those people laid low [in death], as though they were so many [uprooted] trunks of hollow palm trees:
8 and dost thou now see any remnant of them?
9 And there was Pharaoh, too, and [many of] those who lived before him, and the cities that were overthrown5 - [all of them] indulged in sin upon sin
10 and rebelled against their Sustainer's apostles: and so He took them to task with a punishing grasp exceedingly severe!
11 [And] behold: when the waters [of Noah's flood] burst beyond all limits, it was We who caused you6 to be borne [to safety] in that floating ark,
12 so that We might make all this7 a [lasting] reminder to you all, and that every wide-awake ear might consciously take it in.
13 Hence, [bethink yourselves of the Last Hour,] when the trumpet [of judgment] shall be sounded with a single blast,
14 and the earth and the mountains shall be lifted up and crushed with a single stroke!
15 And so, that which must come to pass8 will on that Day have come to pass;
16 and the sky will be rent asunder9 for, frail will it have become on that Day -;
17 and the angels [will appear] at its ends,10 and, above them, eight will bear aloft on that Day the throne of thy Sustainer's almightiness....11
18 On that Day you shall be brought to judgment: not [even] the most hidden of your deeds will remain hidden.
Fortunate people and their reward and Unfortunate people and their punishment
19 Now as for him whose record shall be placed in his right hand,12 he will exclaim: "Come you all! Read this my record!
20 Behold, I did know that [one day] I would have to face my account!"13
21 And so he will find himself in a happy state of life,
22 in a lofty paradise,
23 with its fruits within easy reach.
24 [And all who are thus blest will be told:] "Eat and drink with good cheer in return for all [the good deeds] that you have sent ahead in days gone by!"
25 But as for him whose record shall be placed in his left hand,14 he will exclaim: "Oh, would that I had never been shown this my record,
26 and neither known this my account!
27 Oh, would that this [death of mine] had been the end of me!
28 Of no avail to me is all that I have [ever] possessed,
29 [and] all my power of argument has died away from me!"15
30 [Thereupon the command will go forth:] "Lay hold of him, and shackle him,16
31 and then let him enter hell,
32 and then thrust him into a chain [of other sinners like him17 - a chain] the length whereof is seventy cubits:18
33 for, behold, he did not believe in God, the Tremendous,
34 and did not feel any urge19 to feed the needy:
35 and so, no friend has he here today,
36 nor any food save the filth
37 which none but the sinners eat!"20
Al-Quran is the word of Allah and not of the Prophet, and is a reminder for those who fear Allah (God)
38 BUT NAY! I call to witness all that you can see,
39 as well as all that you cannot see!21
40 Behold, this [Qur'an] is indeed the [inspired] word of a noble apostle,
41 and is not - however little you may [be prepared to] believe it - the word of a poet;
42 and neither is it - however little you may [be prepared to] take it to heart - the word of a soothsayer:
43 [it is] a revelation from the Sustainer of all the worlds.
44 Now if he [whom We have entrusted with it] had dared to attribute some [of his own] sayings unto Us,
45 We would indeed have seized him by his right hand,22
46 and would indeed have cut his life-vein,
47 and none of you could have saved him!
48 And, verily, this [Qur'an] is a reminder to all the God-conscious.23
49 And, behold, well do We know that among you are such as will give the lie to it:
50 yet, behold, this [rejection] will indeed become a source of bitter regret for all who deny the truth [of God's revelation] -
51 for, verily, it is truth absolute!
52 Extol, then, the limitless glory of thy Sustainer's mighty name!

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