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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

56. That Which is Coming (41 – 74)

41But those on the Left, what people they are! 42They will dwell amid scorching wind and scalding water 43in the shadow of black smoke, 44neither cool nor refreshing. 45Before, they overindulged in luxury 46and persisted in great sin, 47always saying, ‘What? When we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we then be raised up? 48And our earliest forefathers too?’ 49Say [Prophet], ‘The earliest and latest generations 50will all be gathered on a predetermined Day 51and you who have gone astray and denied the truth 52will eat from the bitter tree of Zaqqum, 53filling your bellies with it, 54and drink scalding water, 55lapping it like thirsty camels.’ 56This will be their welcome on the Day of Judgement.

57It was We who created you: will you not believe? 58Consider [the semen] you eject— 59do you create it yourselves or are We the Creator? 60We ordained death to be among you. Nothing could stop Us 61if We intended to change you and recreate you in a way unknown to you.62You have learned how you were first created: will you not reflect? 63Consider the seeds you sow in the ground— 64is it you who make them grow or We? 65If We wished, We could turn your harvest into chaff and leave you to wail, 66‘We are burdened with debt; 67we are bereft.’68Consider the water you drink— 69was it you who brought it down from the rain-cloud or We? 70If We wanted, We could make it bitter: will you not be thankful? 71Consider the fire you kindle— 72is it you who make the wood for it grow or We?73We made it a reminder, and useful to those who kindle it,a This interpretation of muqwin is supported by Razi. The alternatives to ‘those who kindle it’ are ‘the desert-dwellers’ or ‘the travellers’. 74so [Prophet] glorify the name of your Lord, the Supreme.

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a This interpretation of muqwin is supported by Razi. The alternatives to ‘those who kindle it’ are ‘the desert-dwellers’ or ‘the travellers’.

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