Sunday, December 31, 2006

AL-INSHIQAQ – THE RENDING

When the heaven is split asunder
And attentive to her Lord in fear,
And when the earth is spread out
And hath cast out all that was in her, and is empty
And attentive to her Lord in fear!

Thou, verily, O man, art working toward thy Lord
a work which thou wilt meet (in His presence).

Then whoso is given his account in his right hand
He truly will receive an easy reckoning
And will return unto his folk in joy.

But whoso is given his account behind his back,
He surely will invoke destruction
And be thrown to scorching fire.

He verily lived joyous with his folk,
He verily deemed that he would never return unto Allah.

Nay, but lo! his Lord is ever looking on him!
Oh, I swear by the afterglow of sunset,
And by the night and all that it enshroudeth,
And by the moon when she is at the full,
That ye shall journey on from plane to plane.

What aileth them, then, that they believe not
And, when the Qur'an is recited unto them, worship not Allah?
Nay, but those who disbelieve will deny;
And Allah knoweth best what they are hiding.
So give them tidings of a painful doom,
Save those who believe and do good works,
for theirs is a reward unfailing.