69. Al-Haqqah (The Inevitable Disaster)

Meccan, 52 verses

In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

  1. The inevitable disaster.

  2. What is the inevitable disaster?

  3. How would you know what the inevitable disaster is?

  4. Thamud and Aad denied the pounding catastrophe.

  5. As for Thamud, they were destroyed by the wrongful conduct (or by the enormous blast).

  6. And as for Aad, they were destroyed by a violent ice-cold wind

  7. which He subjected them to seven night and eight days of it consecutively, then you would have seen people fallen down in there as if they were trunks of hollow (and dried up) date palm.

  8. So do you see any of them left?

  9. And Pharaoh and those before him and the turned over cities (Sodom and Gomorrah) came with sin.

  10. Then they disobeyed their Lord's messenger, so He took them (into punishment), an increasing punishment.

  11. Indeed when the water rose up, We carried you on the sailing ship (the Ark).

  12. So that We make it a reminder for you, and attentive ear to remember it.

  13. So when the horn is blown, a single blow,

  14. and the earth and the mountains are lifted and crushed in a single blow,

  15. then on that day the event happens,

  16. and the sky splits, then on that day it (the sky) is weak,

  17. and the angels are at its sides, and eight (angels) carry your Lord’s dominion above them.

  18. On that day you are presented (before God) and none of your secrets remains hidden.

  19. So, as for anyone who is given his book (of records) to his right hand, he says: “Here, read my book (my record),

  20. indeed I thought that I come across my account.”

  21. Then he will be in a pleasant life,

  22. in an excellent garden,

  23. its clusters of fruits are nearby (and within easy reach).

  24. (They are told:) “Eat and drink joyfully for what you sent in advance in the days gone by.”

  25. But anyone who is given his book to his left hand, he says: “I wish I was not given my book,

  26. and I did not know what my account is,

  27. I wish that (my death) was the end,

  28. my wealth was of no use to me,

  29. my power departed from me.”

  30. (It will be said:) “Take him and shackle him

  31. then make him enter (and burn in) the hellfire

  32. then put him in a chain that its length is seventy cubits,

  33. for indeed he did not use to believe in the great God,

  34. and he did not encourage feeding the poor.

  35. So there is no close friend for him here today,

  36. and no food except pus,

  37. that no one eats it except the sinners.”

  38. So I swear by what you see

  39. and what you do not see

  40. that it (Quran) is certainly a noble messenger’s word,

  41. and it is not word of a poet. A few of you believe (or you believe a little).

  42. And it is not the word of a fortune-teller (or a priest). You take a little notice.

  43. A revelation from the Lord of humankind.

  44. And if he had made up some saying (and attributed them) to Us,

  45. We would have certainly taken him by the right hand

  46. then We would have cut off his main artery

  47. and none of you could have kept it away from him.

  48. And certainly it (Quran) is a reminder for those who are cautious (of God).

  49. And We certainly know that some of you are deniers (of it),

  50. and it will certainly be a (cause of) regret for the disbelievers.

  51. And indeed it is the sure truth.

  52. So glorify the name of your great Lord.