The Holy Qur'an Translation



In the name of ALLAH, the Gracious, the Merciful.
An inquirer inquires concerning the punishment about to befall (1) The disbelievers, and which none can repel. (2) It is from ALLAH, Lord of great ascents. (3) The angels and the Spirit ascend to HIM in a day, the measure of which is fifty thousand years. (4) So be patient with admirable patience. (5) They see it to be far off, (6) But WE see it to be nigh. (7) The day when the heaven will become like molten copper, (8) And the mountains will become like flakes of wool, (9) And a friend will not inquire after a friend, (10) Though they will be placed in sight of one another. The guilty one would fain ransom himself from the punishment of that day by offering his children, (11) And his wife and his brother, (12) And his kinsfolk who gave him shelter, (13) And by offering all those who are on the earth, if only thus he might save himself. (14) But no ! surely, it is a flame of Fire, (15) Stripping off the skin even to the extremities of the body. (16) It shall call him who turned his back and retreated, (17) And hoarded wealth and withheld it. (18) Verily, man is created impatient and miserly. (19) When evil touches him, he is full of lamentations, (20) But when good falls to his lot, he is niggardly, (21) Except those who pray, (22) Those who are constant in their Prayer; (23) And those in whose wealth there is a known right - (24) For those who ask for help and for those who do not ask - (25) And those who believe in the Day of Judgment to be a reality; (26) And those who are fearful of the punishment of their Lord - (27) Verily, from the punishment of their Lord none can feel secure - (28) And those who guard their private parts - (29) Except from their wives and from those whom their right hands possess; such indeed, are not to blame; (30) But those who seek to go beyond that, it is these who are transgressors - (31) And those who are watchful of their trusts and their covenants; (32) And those who are upright in their testimonies. (33) And those who are strict in the observance of their Prayer. (34) These will be in the Gardens, duly honoured. (35) But what is the matter with those who disbelieve that they come hurrying on towards thee, (36) From the right hand and from the left, in different parties ? (37) Does every man among them hope to enter the Garden of Bliss ? (38) Never ! WE have created them of that which they know. (39) But nay ! I swear by the Lord of the Easts and of the Wests that WE have the power (40) To bring in their place others better than they, and WE cannot be frustrated in Our plans. (41) So leave them alone to indulge in idle talk and to sport until they meet that day of theirs which they are promised, (42) The day when they will come forth from their graves hastening as though they were racing to a target, (43) Their eyes cast down; and humiliation covering them. Such is the Day which they are promised. (44)