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1 . A questioner asked about a Penalty to befall-

2 . The Unbelievers, the which there is none to ward off,-

3 . (A Penalty) from Allah, Lord of the Ways of Ascent.

4 . The angels and the spirit ascend unto him in a Day the measure whereof is (as) fifty thousand years:

5 . Therefore do thou hold Patience,- a Patience of beautiful (contentment).

6 . They see the (Day) indeed as a far-off (event):

7 . But We see it (quite) near.

8 . The Day that the sky will be like molten brass,

9 . And the mountains will be like wool,

10 . And no friend will ask after a friend,

11 . Though they will be put in sight of each other,- the sinner´s desire will be: Would that he could redeem himself from the Penalty of that Day by (sacrificing) his children,

12 . His wife and his brother,

13 . His kindred who sheltered him,

14 . And all, all that is on earth,- so it could deliver him:

15 . By no means! for it would be the Fire of Hell!-

16 . Plucking out (his being) right to the skull!-

17 . Inviting (all) such as turn their backs and turn away their faces (from the Right).

18 . And collect (wealth) and hide it (from use)!

19 . Truly man was created very impatient;-

20 . Fretful when evil touches him;

21 . And niggardly when good reaches him;-

22 . Not so those devoted to Prayer;-

23 . Those who remain steadfast to their prayer;

24 . And those in whose wealth is a recognised right.

25 . For the (needy) who asks and him who is prevented (for some reason from asking);

26 . And those who hold to the truth of the Day of Judgment;

27 . And those who fear the displeasure of their Lord,-

28 . For their Lord´s displeasure is the opposite of Peace and Tranquillity;-

29 . And those who guard their chastity,

30 . Except with their wives and the (captives) whom their right hands possess,- for (then) they are not to be blamed,

31 . But those who trespass beyond this are transgressors;-

32 . And those who respect their trusts and covenants;

33 . And those who stand firm in their testimonies;

34 . And those who guard (the sacredness) of their worship;-

35 . Such will be the honoured ones in the Gardens (of Bliss).

36 . Now what is the matter with the Unbelievers that they rush madly before thee-

37 . From the right and from the left, in crowds?

38 . Does every man of them long to enter the Garden of Bliss?

39 . By no means! For We have created them out of the (base matter) they know!

40 . Now I do call to witness the Lord of all points in the East and the West that We can certainly-

41 . Substitute for them better (men) than they; And We are not to be defeated (in Our Plan).

42 . So leave them to plunge in vain talk and play about, until they encounter that Day of theirs which they have been promised!-

43 . The Day whereon they will issue from their sepulchres in sudden haste as if they were rushing to a goal-post (fixed for them),-

44 . Their eyes lowered in dejection,- ignominy covering them (all over)! such is the Day the which they are promised!