056.001 When the event befalleth -
056.002 There is no denying that it will befall -
056.003 Abasing (some), exalting (others);
056.004 When the earth is shaken with a shock
056.005 And the hills are ground to powder
056.006 So that they become a scattered dust,
056.007 And ye will be three kinds:
056.008 (First) those on the right hand; what of those on the right hand ?
056.009 And (then) those on the left hand; what of those on the left hand ?
056.010 And the foremost in the race, the foremost in the race:
056.011 Those are they who will be brought nigh
056.012 In gardens of delight;
056.013 A multitude of those of old
056.014 And a few of those of later time.
056.015 On lined couches,
056.016 Reclining therein face to face.
056.017 There wait on them immortal youths
056.018 With bowls and ewers and a cup from a pure spring
056.019 Wherefrom they get no aching of the head nor any madness,
056.020 And fruit that they prefer
056.021 And flesh of fowls that they desire.
056.022 And (there are) fair ones with wide, lovely eyes,
056.023 Like unto hidden pearls,
056.024 Reward for what they used to do.
056.025 There hear they no vain speaking nor recrimination
056.026 (Naught) but the saying: Peace, (and again) Peace.
056.027 And those on the right hand; what of those on the right hand ?
056.028 Among thornless lote-trees
056.029 And clustered plantains,
056.030 And spreading shade,
056.031 And water gushing,
056.032 And fruit in plenty
056.033 Neither out of reach nor yet forbidden,
056.034 And raised couches;
056.035 Lo! We have created them a (new) creation
056.036 And made them virgins,
056.037 Lovers, friends,
056.038 For those on the right hand;
056.039 A multitude of those of old
056.040 And a multitude of those of later time.
056.041 And those on the left hand: What of those on the left hand ?
056.042 In scorching wind and scalding water
056.043 And shadow of black smoke,
056.044 Neither cool nor refreshing.
056.045 Lo! heretofore they were effete with luxury
056.046 And used to persist in the awful sin.
056.047 And they used to say: When we are dead and have become dust and bones,
shall we then, forsooth, be raised again,
056.048 And also our forefathers ?
056.049 Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Lo! those of old and those of later time
056.050 Will all be brought together to the tryst of an appointed day.
056.051 Then lo! ye, the erring, the deniers,
056.052 Ye verily will eat of a tree called Zaqqum
056.053 And will fill your bellies therewith;
056.054 And thereon ye will drink of boiling water,
056.055 Drinking even as the camel drinketh.
056.056 This will be their welcome on the Day of Judgment.
056.057 We created you. Will ye then admit the truth ?
056.058 Have ye seen that which ye emit ?
056.059 Do ye create it or are We the Creator ?
056.060 We mete out death among you, and We are not to be outrun,
056.061 That We may transfigure you and make you what ye know not.
056.062 And verily ye know the first creation. Why, then, do ye not reflect ?
056.063 Have ye seen that which ye cultivate ?
056.064 Is it ye who foster it, or are We the Fosterer ?
056.065 If We willed, We verily could make it chaff, then would ye cease not to
056.066 Lo! we are laden with debt!
056.067 Nay, but we are deprived!
056.068 Have ye observed the water which ye drink ?
056.069 Is it ye who shed it from the raincloud, or are We the Shedder ?
056.070 If We willed We verily could make it bitter. Why then, give ye not thanks ?
056.071 Have ye observed the fire which ye strike out;
056.072 Was it ye who made the tree thereof to grow, or were We the grower ?
056.073 We, even We, appointed it a memorial and a comfort for the dwellers in the
056.074 Therefor (O Muhammad), praise the name of thy Lord, the Tremendous.
056.075 Nay, I swear by the places of the stars -
056.076 And lo! that verily is a tremendous oath, if ye but knew -
056.077 That (this) is indeed a noble Qur'an
056.078 In a Book kept hidden
056.079 Which none toucheth save the purified,
056.080 A revelation from the Lord of the Worlds.
056.081 Is it this Statement that ye scorn,
056.082 And make denial thereof your livelihood ?
056.083 Why, then, when (the soul) cometh up to the throat (of the dying)
056.084 And ye are at that moment looking
056.085 - And We are nearer unto him than ye are, but ye see not -
056.086 Why then, if ye are not in bondage (unto Us),
056.087 Do ye not force it back, if ye are truthful ?
056.088 Thus if he is of those brought nigh,
056.089 Then breath of life, and plenty, and a Garden of delight.
056.090 And if he is of those on the right hand,
056.091 Then (the greeting) "Peace be unto thee" from those on the right hand.
056.092 But if he is of the rejecters, the erring,
056.093 Then the welcome will be boiling water
056.094 And roasting at hell-fire.
056.095 Lo! this is certain truth.
056.096 Therefor (O Muhammad) praise the name of thy Lord, the Tremendous.