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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

69. The Inevitable Hour (1 – 37)

A Meccan sura that describes punishment in this life (verses 4–12) and the next (verses 13–18). The bliss to be enjoyed by the believers is eloquently contrasted with the torments of hell (verses 19–37). From verse 38 onwards, God affirms the Truth of the Qurʾan and the Prophet.

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

1The Inevitable Hour! 2What is the Inevitable Hour? 3What will explain to you what the Inevitable Hour is?

4The people of Thamud and ‘Ad denied that the crashing blowa Cf. the sura of this name (Sura 101). would come:5Thamud was destroyed by a deafening blast;6‘Ad was destroyed by a furious wind 7that God let loose against them for seven consecutive nights, eight consecutive days, so that you could have seen its people lying dead like hollow palm-trunks. 8Can you see any trace of them now?9Pharaoh, too, and those before him, and the ruined cities: these people committed grave sins and disobeyed the messenger of their Lord, so He seized them with an ever-tightening grip. 10But when the Flood rose high, 11We saved you in the floating ship, 12making that event a reminder for you: attentive ears may take heed.

13When the Trumpet is sounded a single time, 14when the earth and its mountains are raised high and then crushed with a single blow,15on that Day the Great Event will come to pass.16The sky will be torn apart on that Day, it will be so frail. 17The angels will be on all sides of it and, on that Day, eight of them will bear the throne of your Lord above them. 18On that Day you will be brought to judgement and none of your secrets will remain hidden. 19Anyone who is given his Record in his right hand will say, ‘Here is my Record, read it. 20I knew I would meet my Reckoning,’ 21and so he will have a pleasant life 22in a lofty Garden, 23with clustered fruit within his reach. 24It will be said, ‘Eat and drink to your heart's content as a reward for what you have done in days gone by.’ 25But anyone who is given his Record in his left hand will say, 'If only I had never been given any Record 26and knew nothing of my Reckoning. 27How I wish death had been the end of me.28 My wealth has been no use to me, 29and my power has vanished.’ 30‘Take him, put a collar on him, 31lead him to burn in the blazing Fire, 32and [bind him] in a chain seventy metres a A dhira' is an arm's-length. long: 33he would not believe in Almighty God, 34he never encouraged feeding the hungry, 35so today he has no real friend here,36and the only food he has is the filth 37that only sinners eat.’

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a Cf. the sura of this name (Sura 101).

a A dhira' is an arm's-length.

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