Quran Chapter 56


The Event

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

[56.1] When the great event comes to pass, [56.2] There is no belying its coming to pass-- [56.3] Abasing (one party), exalting (the other), [56.4] When the earth shall be shaken with a (severe) shaking, [56.5] And the mountains shall be made to crumble with (an awful) crumbling, [56.6] So that they shall be as scattered dust. [56.7] And you shall be three sorts. [56.8] Then (as to) the companions of the right hand; how happy are the companions of the right hand! [56.9] And (as to) the companions of the left hand; how wretched are the companions of the left hand! [56.10] And the foremost are the foremost, [56.11] These are they who are drawn nigh (to Allah), [56.12] In the gardens of bliss. [56.13] A numerous company from among the first, [56.14] And a few from among the latter. [56.15] On thrones decorated, [56.16] Reclining on them, facing one another. [56.17] Round about them shall go youths never altering in age, [56.18] With goblets and ewers and a cup of pure drink; [56.19] They shall not be affected with headache thereby, nor shall they get exhausted, [56.20] And fruits such as they choose, [56.21] And the flesh of fowl such as they desire. [56.22] And pure, beautiful ones, [56.23] The like of the hidden pearls: [56.24] A reward for what they used to do. [56.25] They shall not hear therein vain or sinful discourse, [56.26] Except the word peace, peace. [56.27] And the companions of the right hand; how happy are the companions of the right hand! [56.28] Amid thornless lote-trees, [56.29] And banana-trees (with fruits), one above another. [56.30] And extended shade, [56.31] And water flowing constantly, [56.32] And abundant fruit, [56.33] Neither intercepted nor forbidden, [56.34] And exalted thrones. [56.35] Surely We have made them to grow into a (new) growth, [56.36] Then We have made them virgins, [56.37] Loving, equals in age, [56.38] For the sake of the companions of the right hand. [56.39] A numerous company from among the first, [56.40] And a numerous company from among the last. [56.41] And those of the left hand, how wretched are those of the left hand! [56.42] In hot wind and boiling water, [56.43] And the shade of black smoke, [56.44] Neither cool nor honorable. [56.45] Surely they were before that made to live in ease and plenty. [56.46] And they persisted in the great violation. [56.47] And they used to say: What! when we die and have become dust and bones, shall we then indeed be raised? [56.48] Or our fathers of yore? [56.49] Say: The first and the last, SO. Shall most surely be gathered together for the appointed hour of a known day. [56.51] Then shall you, O you who err and call it a lie! [56.52] Most surely eat of a tree of Zaqqoom, [56.53] And fill (your) bellies with it; [56.54] Then drink over it of boiling water; [56.55] And drink as drinks the thirsty camel. [56.56] This is their entertainment on the day of requital. [56.57] We have created you, why do you not then assent? [56.58] Have you considered the seed? [56.59] Is it you that create it or are We the creators? [56.60] We have ordained death among you and We are not to be overcome, [56.61] In order that We may bring in your place the likes of you and make you grow into what you know not. [56.62] And certainly you know the first growth, why do you not then mind? [56.63] Have you considered what you sow? [56.64] Is it you that cause it to grow, or are We the causers of growth? [56.65] If We pleased, We should have certainly made it broken down into pieces, then would you begin tb lament: [56.66] Surely we are burdened with debt: [56.67] Nay! we are deprived. [56.68] Have you considered the water which you drink? [56.69] Is it you that send it down from the clouds, or are We the senders? [56.70] If We pleased, We would have made it salty; why do you not then give thanks? [56.71] Have you considered the fire which you strike? [56.72] Is it you that produce the trees for it, or are We the producers? [56.73] We have made it a reminder and an advantage for the wayfarers of the desert. [56.74] Therefore glorify the name of your Lord, the Great. [56.75] But nay! I swear by the falling of stars; [56.76] And most surely it is a very great oath if you only knew; [56.77] Most surely it is an honored Quran, [56.78] In a book that is protected [56.79] None shall touch it save the purified ones. [56.80] A revelation by the Lord of the worlds. [56.81] Do you then hold this announcement in contempt? [56.82] And to give (it) the lie you make your means of subsistence. [56.83] Why is it not then that when it (soul) comes up to the throat, [56.84] And you at that time look on-- [56.85] And We are nearer to it than you, but you do not see-- [56.86] Then why is it not-- if you are not held under authority-- [56.87] That you send it (not) back-- if you are truthful? [56.88] Then if he is one of those drawn nigh (to Allah), [56.89] Then happiness and bounty and a garden of bliss. [56.90] And if he is one of those on the right hand, [56.91] Then peace to you from those on the right hand. [56.92] And if he is one of the rejecters, the erring ones, [56.93] He shall have an entertainment of boiling water, [56.94] And burning in hell. [56.95] Most surely this is a certain truth. [56.96] Therefore glorify the name of your Lord, the Great.