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The Koran Interpreted Translation by A.J. Arberry

84 THE RENDING (1 – 23)

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

84. Ripped Apart (1 – 25)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

When heaven is rent asunder 5and gives ear to its Lord, and is fitly disposed; when earth is stretched out and casts forth what is in it, and voids itself, and gives ear to its Lord, and is fitly disposed!

O Man! Thou art labouring unto thy Lord laboriously, and thou shalt encounter Him. Then as for him who is given his book in his right hand, he shall surely receive an easy reckoning and he will return to his family joyfully. 10But as for him who is given his book behind his back, he shall call for destruction and he shall roast at a Blaze. He once lived among his family joyfully; he surely thought he would never revert. 15Yes indeed; his Lord had sight of him.

No! I swear by the twilight and the night and what it envelops and the moon when it is at the full, you shall surely ride stage after stage.

20Then what ails them, that they believe not, and when the Koran is recited to them they do not bow? Nay, but the unbelievers are crying lies, and God knows very well what they are secreting.

A Meccan sura dealing with the inevitability of man's meeting with his Lord on the Day of Judgement. The obedience of the sky and earth is contrasted with the disobedience of the disbelievers. The reaction of the believers and of the disbelievers on the Day of Judgement is described. The title is taken from the description of events on that Day in the opening verse.

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

1When the sky is ripped apart,2obeying its Lord as it rightly must, 3when the earth is levelled out,4casts out its contents, and becomes empty, 5obeying its Lord as it rightly must, 6you humans, toiling laboriously towards your Lord, will meet Him: 7whoever is given his record in his right hand 8will have an easy reckoning 9and return to his people well pleased, 10but whoever is given his record from behind his back 11will cry out for destruction—12he will burn in the blazing Fire. 13He used to live among his people well pleased. 14He thought he would never return [to his Lord]—15indeed he will! His Lord was watching him. 16I swear by the glow of sunset, 17by the night and what it covers, 18by the full moon, 19you will progress from stage to stage.a As the sun sets, followed by darkness, which is then illuminated by the moon, you will move by stages from death to resurrection.

20So why do they not believe? 21Why, when the Qurʾan is read to them, do they not prostrate themselves [to God]? 22No! The disbelievers reject the Qurʾan—23God knows best what they keep hidden inside—24so give them news of a painful torment. 25But those who believe and do good deeds will have a never-ending reward.

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a As the sun sets, followed by darkness, which is then illuminated by the moon, you will move by stages from death to resurrection.

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