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52 THE MOUNT (1 – 28)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

By the Mount and a Book inscribed in a parchment unrolled, by the House inhabited 5and the roof uplifted and the sea swarming, surely thy Lord's chastisement is about to fall; there is none to avert it.

Upon the day when heaven spins dizzily 10and the mountains are in motion, woe that day unto those that cry lies, such as play at plunging, the day when they shall be pitched into the fire of Gehenna: ‘This is the fire that you cried lies to! 15What, is this magic, or is it you that do not see? Roast in it! And bear you patiently, or bear not patiently, equal it is to you; you are only being recompensed for that you were working.’

Surely the godfearing shall be in gardens and bliss, rejoicing in that their Lord has given them; and their Lord shall guard them against the chastisement of Hell. ‘Eat and drink, with wholesome appetite, for that you were working.’ 20Reclining upon couches ranged in rows; and We shall espouse them to wide-eyed houris. And those who believed, and their seed followed them in belief, We shall join their seed with them, and We shall not defraud them of aught of their work; every man shall be pledged for what he earned. And We shall succour them with fruits and flesh such as they desire while they pass therein a cup one to another wherein is no idle talk, no cause of sin, and there go round them youths, their own, as if they were hidden pearls. 25They advance one upon another, asking each other questions. They say, ‘We were before among our people, ever going in fear, and God was gracious to us, and guarded us against the chastisement of the burning wind; we were before ever calling upon Him; surely He is the All-benign, the All-compassionate.’

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