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The Koran Interpreted Translation by A.J. Arberry

56 THE TERROR (1 – 25)

The Qurʾan Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

56. That Which is Coming (1 – 26)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

When the Terror descends (and none denies its descending) abasing, exalting, when the earth shall be rocked 5and the mountains crumbled and become a dust scattered, and you shall be three bands—

Companions of the Right (O Companions of the Right!) Companions of the Left (O Companions of the Left!) 10and the Outstrippers: the Outstrippers those are they brought nigh the Throne, in the Gardens of Delight (a throng of the ancients and how few of the later folk) 15upon close-wrought couches reclining upon them, set face to face, immortal youths going round about them with goblets, and ewers, and a cup from a spring (no brows throbbing, no intoxication) 20and such fruits as they shall choose, and such flesh of fowl as they desire, and wide-eyed houris as the likeness of hidden pearls, a recompense for that they laboured. Therein they shall hear no idle talk, no cause of sin, 25only the saying ‘Peace, Peace!’

A Meccan sura whose central message is stated in its opening verses, from which the sura takes its title: the Day of Judgement is inevitable and it will sort people into the humiliated and the richly rewarded. As in the previous sura, people are divided into three classes: those brought near to God (the best of the believers), those on the right (the ordinary believers), and those on the left (the disbelievers). Ample proof is given of God's power and consequently His ability to bring about the Resurrection (verses 57–72).

In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

1When that which is coming arrives,2no one will be able to deny it has come,3bringing low and raising high. 4When the earth is shaken violently 5and the mountains are ground to powder 6and turn to scattered dust, 7then you will be sorted into three classes.8Those on the Right —what people they are! 9Those on the Left —what people they are! 10And those in front —ahead indeed! 11For these will be the ones brought nearest to God 12in Gardens of Bliss: 13many from the past 14and a few from later generations. 15On couches of wellwoven cloth 16they will sit facing each other; 17everlasting youths will go round among them 18with glasses, flagons, and cups of a pure drink 19that causes no headache or intoxication;20[there will be] any fruit they choose; 21the meat of any bird they like; 22and beautiful companions 23like hidden pearls: 24a reward for what they used to do. 25They will hear no idle or sinful talk there, 26only clean and wholesomea Salam is used adjectivally here (Razi). Another interpretation is ‘Peace! Peace!’ speech.

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a Salam is used adjectivally here (Razi). Another interpretation is ‘Peace! Peace!’

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