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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

52. The Mountain (1 – 29)

A Meccan sura which addresses many of the arguments put to the Prophet by the disbelievers of Mecca (verses 29–49). The bliss that will be enjoyed by the believers is contrasted to the torments of Hell, and the Prophet is urged to bide his time, to continue to deliver his message, and to wait with confidence for God's judgement. God swears by, among other things, Mount S inai, from which the sura takes its title, that the Day of Judgement is inevitable.

In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

1By the mountain,a Mount Sinai, see 95: 2; 23: 20. 2by a Scripture inscribed 3in unrolled parchment, 4by the much-visited House,b Understood to refer to the Ka'ba in Mecca. 5by the raised canopy,c The sky. 6by the ocean ever filled, 7[Prophet], your Lord's punishment is coming — 8it cannot be put off— 9on the Day when the sky sways back and forth 10and the mountains float awayd See 27: 88. 11Woe on that Day to those who deny the Truth, 12who amuse themselves with idle chatter: 13on that Day they will be thrust into the Fire of Hell. 14‘This is the Fire you used to deny. 15So is this sorcery? Do you still not see it? 16Burn in it —it makes no difference whether you bear it patiently or not — you are only being repaid for what you have done.’

17Those who were mindful of God are in Gardens and in bliss, 18rejoicing in their Lord's gifts: He has saved them from the torment of the Blaze,19‘Eat and drink with healthy enjoyment as a reward for what you have done.’ 20They are comfortably seatede Ittaka'a means ‘to sit, well supported’ (al-Mu'jam al-Wasit) (cf. 55: 54, 76). on couches arranged in rows; We pair them with beautiful-eyed maidens;21We unite the believers with their offspring who followed them in faith — We do not deny them any of the rewards for their deeds: each person is in pledge for his own deeds —22We provide them with any fruit or meat they desire. 23They pass around a cup which does not lead to any idle talk or sin. 24Devoted youths like hidden pearlsf The choicest pearls were kept hidden for their protection and only removed from safekeeping on very special occasions. wait on them.25They turn to one another and say,26‘When we were still with our families [on earth] we used to live in fear— 27God has been gracious to us and saved us from the torment of intense heat— 28We used to pray to Him: He is the Good, the Merciful One.’ 29So [Prophet] remind [people].

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a Mount Sinai, see 95: 2; 23: 20.

b Understood to refer to the Ka'ba in Mecca.

c The sky.

d See 27: 88.

e Ittaka'a means ‘to sit, well supported’ (al-Mu'jam al-Wasit) (cf. 55: 54, 76).

f The choicest pearls were kept hidden for their protection and only removed from safekeeping on very special occasions.

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