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(Al-WaQi'a) (96 Verses)

# 56 The Event (Al-Waqi'a) Explanation of # 56 The Event (Al-Waqi'a)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

[56.1] When the event befalleth -
[56.2] There is no denying that it will befall -
[56.3] Abasing (some), exalting (others);
[56.4] When the earth is shaken with a shock
[56.5] And the hills are ground to powder
[56.6] So that they become a scattered dust,
[56.7] And ye will be three kinds:
[56.8] (First) those on the right hand; what of those on the right hand ?
[56.9] And (then) those on the left hand; what of those on the left hand ?
[56.10] And the foremost in the race, the foremost in the race:
[56.11] Those are they who will be brought nigh
[56.12] In gardens of delight;
[56.13] A multitude of those of old
[56.14] And a few of those of later time.
[56.15] On lined couches,
[56.16] Reclining therein face to face.
[56.17] There wait on them immortal youths
[56.18] With bowls and ewers and a cup from a pure spring
[56.19] Wherefrom they get no aching of the head nor any madness,
[56.20] And fruit that they prefer
[56.21] And flesh of fowls that they desire.
[56.22] And (there are) fair ones with wide, lovely eyes,
[56.23] Like unto hidden pearls,
[56.24] Reward for what they used to do.
[56.25] There hear they no vain speaking nor recrimination
[56.26] (Naught) but the saying: Peace, (and again) Peace.
[56.27] And those on the right hand; what of those on the right hand ?
[56.28] Among thornless lote-trees
[56.29] And clustered plantains,
[56.30] And spreading shade,
[56.31] And water gushing,
[56.32] And fruit in plenty
[56.33] Neither out of reach nor yet forbidden,
[56.34] And raised couches;
[56.35] Lo! We have created them a (new) creation
[56.36] And made them virgins,
[56.37] Lovers, friends,
[56.38] For those on the right hand;
[56.39] A multitude of those of old
[56.40] And a multitude of those of later time.
[56.41] And those on the left hand: What of those on the left hand ?
[56.42] In scorching wind and scalding water
[56.43] And shadow of black smoke,
[56.44] Neither cool nor refreshing.
[56.45] Lo! heretofore they were effete with luxury
[56.46] And used to persist in the awful sin.
[56.47] And they used to say: When we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we then, forsooth, be raised again,
[56.48] And also our forefathers ?
[56.49] Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Lo! those of old and those of later time
[56.50] Will all be brought together to the tryst of an appointed day.
[56.51] Then lo! ye, the erring, the deniers,
[56.52] Ye verily will eat of a tree called Zaqqum
[56.53] And will fill your bellies therewith;
[56.54] And thereon ye will drink of boiling water,
[56.55] Drinking even as the camel drinketh.
[56.56] This will be their welcome on the Day of Judgment.
[56.57] We created you. Will ye then admit the truth ?
[56.58] Have ye seen that which ye emit ?
[56.59] Do ye create it or are We the Creator ?
[56.60] We mete out death among you, and We are not to be outrun,
[56.61] That We may transfigure you and make you what ye know not.
[56.62] And verily ye know the first creation. Why, then, do ye not reflect ?
[56.63] Have ye seen that which ye cultivate ?
[56.64] Is it ye who foster it, or are We the Fosterer ?
[56.65] If We willed, We verily could make it chaff, then would ye cease not to exclaim:
[56.66] Lo! we are laden with debt!
[56.67] Nay, but we are deprived!
[56.68] Have ye observed the water which ye drink ?
[56.69] Is it ye who shed it from the raincloud, or are We the Shedder ?
[56.70] If We willed We verily could make it bitter. Why then, give ye not thanks ?
[56.71] Have ye observed the fire which ye strike out;
[56.72] Was it ye who made the tree thereof to grow, or were We the grower ?
[56.73] We, even We, appointed it a memorial and a comfort for the dwellers in the wilderness.
[56.74] Therefor (O Muhammad), praise the name of thy Lord, the Tremendous.
[56.75] Nay, I swear by the places of the stars -
[56.76] And lo! that verily is a tremendous oath, if ye but knew -
[56.77] That (this) is indeed a noble Qur'an
[56.78] In a Book kept hidden
[56.79] Which none toucheth save the purified,
[56.80] A revelation from the Lord of the Worlds.
[56.81] Is it this Statement that ye scorn,
[56.82] And make denial thereof your livelihood ?
[56.83] Why, then, when (the soul) cometh up to the throat (of the dying)
[56.84] And ye are at that moment looking
[56.85] - And We are nearer unto him than ye are, but ye see not -
[56.86] Why then, if ye are not in bondage (unto Us),
[56.87] Do ye not force it back, if ye are truthful ?
[56.88] Thus if he is of those brought nigh,
[56.89] Then breath of life, and plenty, and a Garden of delight.
[56.90] And if he is of those on the right hand,
[56.91] Then (the greeting) "Peace be unto thee" from those on the right hand.
[56.92] But if he is of the rejecters, the erring,
[56.93] Then the welcome will be boiling water
[56.94] And roasting at hell-fire.
[56.95] Lo! this is certain truth.
[56.96] Therefor (O Muhammad) praise the name of thy Lord, the Tremendous.

No Chapter (Surah)
1 The Opening (Al-Fatiha)
2 The Cow (Al-Baqrah)
3 The Family of Imran (Aal-Imran)
4 The Women (An-Nisah)
5 The Table (Al-Maeda)
6 The Cattle (Al-An'aam)
7 The Heights (Al-A'raf)
8 The Spoils of War (Al-Anfal)
9 The Repentance(At-Tawba)
10 Jonah (Yunus)
11 The Prophet Hud (Hud)
12 Joseph (Yusuf)
13 The Thunder (Al-Ra'd)
14 Abraham (Imbrahim)
15 The Rocky Tract (Al-Hijr)
16 The Bees (An-Nahl)
17 The Night Journey (Al-Isra)
18 The Cave (Al-Kahf)
19 Mary (Maryam)
20 Ta-Ha (Ta-Ha)
21 The Prophets (Al-Anbiya)
22 The Pilgrimage (Al-Hajj)
23 The Believers (Al-Muminun)
24 The Light (An-Nour)
25 The Criterion (Al-Furqan)
26 The Poets (Ash-Shu'ara)
27 The Ants (An-Naml)
28 The Narration (Al-Qasas)
29 The Spider (Al-Ankaboot)
30 The Romans (Al-Rum)
31 Luqman (Luqman)
32 The Prostration (As-Sajda)
33 The Confederates (Al-Ahzab)
34 Sheba (Saba)
35 The Originator of Creation (Fatir)
36 Ya-Seen (Ya Seen)
37 The Rangers (As-Saffat)
38 The Letter Sad (Sad)
39 The Groups (Az-Zumar)
40 The Forgiver (Ghafir)
41 Explained in Detail (Fussilat)
42 The Consultation (Ash-Shura)
43 Ornaments of Gold (Az-Zukruf)
44 The Smoke (Ad-Dukhan)
45 The Kneeling (Al-Jathiya)
46 The Curved Sand hills (Al-Ahqaf)
47 Muhammad
48 The Victory (Al-Fath)
49 The Dwellings (Al-Hujurat)
50 The Letter Qaf (Qaf)
51 The Winds that Scatter (Az-Zariyat)
52 The Mount (At-Tur)
53 The Star (An-Najm)
54 The Moon (Al-Qamar)
55 The Most Beneficent (Ar-Rahman)
56 The Event (Al-Waqi'a)
57 The Iron (Al-Hadid)
58 She That Dispute (Al-Mujidala)
59 The Gathering (Al-Hashr)
60 The Examined One (Al-Mumtahina)
61 The Row (As-Saff)
62 Friday (Al-Jumu'ah)
63 The Hypocrites (Al-Munafiqoon)
64 Loss and Gain (At-Taghabun)
65 The Divorce (At-Talaq)
66 Prohibition (At-Tahreem)
67 Dominion (Al-Mulk)
68 The Pen (Al-Qalam)
69 The Reality (Al-Haaqqa)
70 The Ways of Ascent (Al-Ma'arij)
71 Noah (Nuh)
72 The Jinn (Al-Jinn)
73 The Enshrouded One (Al-Muzzammil)
74 The Cloaked One (Al-Muddathir)
75 The-Resurrection (Al-Qiyamah)
76 Man (Al-Insan)
77 Those Sent Forth (Al-Mursalat)
78 The News (An-Naba)
79 Those Who Pull Out (An-Naziat)
80 He frowned (Abasa)
81 The Folding Up (At-Takwir)
82 The Cleaving (Al-Infitar)
83 Those Who Deal in Fraud (Al-Mutaffifin)
84 The Splitting Asunder (Al-Inshiqaq)
85 The Mansions of the Stars (Al-Burooj)
86 The Night Comer (At-Tariq)
87 The Most High (Al-A'la)
88 The Overwhelming (Al-Ghashiya)
89 The Dawn (Al-Fajr)
90 The City (Al-Balad)
91 The Sun (Ash-Shams)
92 The Night (Al-Layl)
93 The Morning Hours (Ad-Dhuha)
94 Relief  (Al-Inshirah)
95 The Figs (At-Teen)
96 The Clot (Al-Alaq)
97 The Night of Decree (Al-Qadr)
98 The Clear Proof (Al-Bayyina)
99 The Earthquake (Az-Zalzala)
100 The Courser (Al-Adiyat)
101 The Calamity (Al-Qariah)
102 Rivalry in world increase (At-Takathur)
103 The Declining Day (Al-Asr)
104 The Slanderer (Al-Humaza)
105 The Elephant (Al-Feel)
106 Quraish ( Quraish)
107 Small Kindnesses (Al-Maun)
108 Abundance (Al-Kawthar)
109 The Disbelievers (Al-Kafiroon)
110 Divine- Support (An-Nasr)
111 The Flame (Al-Masadd)
112 Sincerity (Al-Ikhlas)
113 The Daybreak (Al-Falaq)
114 The Mankind (An-Nas)

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