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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

84. Ripped Apart (1 – 25)

A Meccan sura dealing with the inevitability of man's meeting with his Lord on the Day of Judgement. The obedience of the sky and earth is contrasted with the disobedience of the disbelievers. The reaction of the believers and of the disbelievers on the Day of Judgement is described. The title is taken from the description of events on that Day in the opening verse.

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

1When the sky is ripped apart,2obeying its Lord as it rightly must, 3when the earth is levelled out,4casts out its contents, and becomes empty, 5obeying its Lord as it rightly must, 6you humans, toiling laboriously towards your Lord, will meet Him: 7whoever is given his record in his right hand 8will have an easy reckoning 9and return to his people well pleased, 10but whoever is given his record from behind his back 11will cry out for destruction—12he will burn in the blazing Fire. 13He used to live among his people well pleased. 14He thought he would never return [to his Lord]—15indeed he will! His Lord was watching him. 16I swear by the glow of sunset, 17by the night and what it covers, 18by the full moon, 19you will progress from stage to stage.a As the sun sets, followed by darkness, which is then illuminated by the moon, you will move by stages from death to resurrection.

20So why do they not believe? 21Why, when the Qurʾan is read to them, do they not prostrate themselves [to God]? 22No! The disbelievers reject the Qurʾan—23God knows best what they keep hidden inside—24so give them news of a painful torment. 25But those who believe and do good deeds will have a never-ending reward.

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a As the sun sets, followed by darkness, which is then illuminated by the moon, you will move by stages from death to resurrection.

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