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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

81. Shrouded in Darkness (1 – 25)

A Meccan sura stressing the fact that people will be confronted by their deeds on Judgement Day, asserting the truth of the Qurʾan, and calling people to the right path. It opens with a powerful description of events on that Day, and the title of the sura is taken from this description.

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

1When the sun is shrouded in darkness,2when the stars are dimmed, 3when the mountains are set in motion, 4when pregnant camels are abandoned, 5when wild beasts are herded together, 6when the seas boil over, 7when souls are sorted into classes, 8when the baby girl buried alive is asked9for what sin she was killed,a Cf. 16: 58–9. The pagan Arab habit of female infanticide. 10when the records of deeds are spread open, 11when the sky is stripped away, 12when Hell is made to blaze 13and Paradise brought near: 14then every soul will know what it has brought about.

15I swear by the planets 16that recede, move, and hide, 17by the night that descends, 18by the dawn that softly breathes: 19this is the speech of a noble messenger,b Gabriel. 20who possesses great strength and is held in honour by the Lord of the Throne—21he is obeyed there and worthy of trust. 22Your companionc Addressed to the Meccans. The companion is the Prophet. is not mad: 23he did see himd Gabriel. on the clear horizon. 24He does not withhold what is revealed to him from beyond. 25This is not the word of an outcast devil.

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a Cf. 16: 58–9. The pagan Arab habit of female infanticide.

b Gabriel.

c Addressed to the Meccans. The companion is the Prophet.

d Gabriel.

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