069.001 The Reality!
069.002 What is the Reality ?
069.003 Ah, what will convey unto thee what the reality is!
069.004 (The tribes of) Thamud and A'ad disbelieved in the judgment to come.
069.005 As for Thamud, they were destroyed by the lightning.
069.006 And as for A'ad, they were destroyed by a fierce roaring wind,
069.007 Which He imposed on them for seven long nights and eight long days so that
thou mightest have seen men lying overthrown, as they were hollow trunks of palm-
069.008 Canst thou (O Muhammad) see any remnant of them ?
069.009 And Pharaoh and those before him, and the communities that were
destroyed, brought error,
069.010 And they disobeyed the messenger of their Lord, therefor did He grip them
with a tightening grip.
069.011 Lo! when the waters rose, We carried you upon the ship
069.012 That We might make it a memorial for you, and that remembering ears (that
heard the story) might remember.
069.013 And when the trumpet shall sound one blast
069.014 And the earth with the mountains shall be lifted up and crushed with one
069.015 Then, on that day will the Event befall.
069.016 And the heaven will split asunder, for that day it will be frail.
069.017 And the angels will be on the sides thereof, and eight will uphold the Throne
of thy Lord that day, above them.
069.018 On that day ye will be exposed; not a secret of you will be hidden.
069.019 Then, as for him who is given his record in his right hand, he will say: Take,
read my book!
069.020 Surely I knew that I should have to meet my reckoning.
069.021 Then he will be in blissful state
069.022 In a high garden
069.023 Whereof the clusters are in easy reach.
069.024 (And it will be said unto those therein): Eat and drink at ease for that which
ye sent on before you in past days.
069.025 But as for him who is given his record in his left hand, he will say: Oh,
would that I had not been given my book
069.026 And knew not what my reckoning!
069.027 Oh, would that it had been death!
069.028 My wealth hath not availed me,
069.029 My power hath gone from me.
069.030 (It will be said): Take him and fetter him
069.031 And then expose him to hell-fire
069.032 And then insert him in a chain whereof the length is seventy cubits.
069.033 Lo! He used not to believe in Allah the Tremendous,
069.034 And urged not on the feeding of the wretched.
069.035 Therefor hath he no lover here this day,
069.036 Nor any food save filth
069.037 Which none but sinners eat.
069.038 But nay! I swear by all that ye see
069.039 And all that ye see not
069.040 That it is indeed the speech of an illustrious messenger.
069.041 It is not poet's speech - little is it that ye believe!
069.042 Nor diviner's speech - little is it that ye remember!
069.043 It is a revelation from the Lord of the Worlds.
069.044 And if he had invented false sayings concerning Us,
069.045 We assuredly had taken him by the right hand
069.046 And then severed his life-artery,
069.047 And not one of you could have held Us off from him.
069.048 And lo! it is a warrant unto those who ward off (evil).
069.049 And lo! We know that some among you will deny (it).
069.050 And lo! it is indeed an anguish for the disbelievers.
069.051 And lo! it is absolute truth.
069.052 So glorify the name of thy Tremendous Lord.