The Great Event
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
[78.1] Of what do they ask one another? [78.2] About the great event, [78.3] About which they differ? [78.4] Nay! they shall soon come to know [78.5] Nay! Nay! they shall soon know. [78.6] Have We not made the earth an even expanse? [78.7] And the mountains as projections (thereon)? [78.8] And We created you in pairs, [78.9] And We made your sleep to be rest (to you), [78.10] And We made the night to be a covering, [78.11] And We made the day for seeking livelihood. ~2. And We made above you seven strong ones, [78.13] And We made a shining lamp, [78.14] And We send down from the clouds water pouring forth abundantly, [78.15] That We may bring forth thereby corn and herbs, [78.16] And gardens dense and luxuriant. [78.17] Surely the day of decision is (a day) appointed: [78.18] The day on which the trumpet shall be blown so you.shall come forth in hosts, [78.19] And the heaven shall be opened so that it shall be all openings, [78.20] And the mountains shall be moved off so that they shall remain a mere semblance. [78.21] Surely hell lies in wait, [78.22] A place of resort for the inordinate, [78.23] Living therein for ages. [78.24] They shall not taste therein cool nor drink [78.25] But boiling and intensely cold water, [78.26] Requital corresponding. [78.27] Surely they feared not the account, [78.28] And called Our communications a lie, giving the lie (to the truth). [78.29] And We have recorded everything in a book, [78.30] So taste! for We will not add to you aught but chastisement. [78.31] Surely for those who guard (against evil) is achievement, [78.32] Gardens and vineyards, [78.33] And those showing freshness of youth, equals in age, [78.34] And a pure cup. [78.35] They shall not hear therein any vain words nor lying. [78.36] A reward from your Lord, a gift according to a reckoning: [78.37] The Lord of the heavens and the earth and what is between them, the Beneficent God, they shall not be able to address Him. [78.38] The day on which the spirit and the angels shall stand in ranks; they shall not speak except he whom the Beneficent God permits and who speaks the right thing. [78.39] That is the sure day, so whoever desires may take refuge with his Lord. [78.40] Surely We have warned you of a chastisement near at hand: the day when man shall see what his two hands have sent before, and the unbeliever shall say: O! would that I were dust!