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1 . The Reality!

2 . What is the Reality?

3 . Ah, what will convey unto thee what the reality is!

4 . (The tribes of) Thamud and A´ad disbelieved in the judgment to come.

5 . As for Thamud, they were destroyed by the lightning.

6 . And as for A´ad, they were destroyed by a fierce roaring wind,

7 . Which He imposed on them for seven long nights and eight long days so that thou mightest have seen men lying overthrown, as they were hollow trunks of palm-trees.

8 . Canst thou (O Muhammad) see any remnant of them?

9 . And Pharaoh and those before him, and the communities that were destroyed, brought error,

10 . And they disobeyed the messenger of their Lord, therefor did He grip them with a tightening grip.

11 . Lo! when the waters rose, We carried you upon the ship

12 . That We might make it a memorial for you, and that remembering ears (that heard the story) might remember.

13 . And when the trumpet shall sound one blast

14 . And the earth with the mountains shall be lifted up and crushed with one crash,

15 . Then, on that day will the Event befall.

16 . And the heaven will split asunder, for that day it will be frail.

17 . And the angels will be on the sides thereof, and eight will uphold the Throne of thy Lord that day, above them.

18 . On that day ye will be exposed; not a secret of you will be hidden.

19 . Then, as for him who is given his record in his right hand, he will say: Take, read my book!

20 . Surely I knew that I should have to meet my reckoning.

21 . Then he will be in blissful state

22 . In a high garden

23 . Whereof the clusters are in easy reach.

24 . (And it will be said unto those therein): Eat and drink at ease for that which ye sent on before you in past days.

25 . But as for him who is given his record in his left hand, he will say: Oh, would that I had not been given my book

26 . And knew not what my reckoning!

27 . Oh, would that it had been death!

28 . My wealth hath not availed me,

29 . My power hath gone from me.

30 . (It will be said): Take him and fetter him

31 . And then expose him to hell-fire

32 . And then insert him in a chain whereof the length is seventy cubits.

33 . Lo! He used not to believe in Allah the Tremendous,

34 . And urged not on the feeding of the wretched.

35 . Therefor hath he no lover here this day,

36 . Nor any food save filth

37 . Which none but sinners eat.

38 . But nay! I swear by all that ye see

39 . And all that ye see not

40 . That it is indeed the speech of an illustrious messenger.

41 . It is not poet´s speech - little is it that ye believe!

42 . Nor diviner´s speech - little is it that ye remember!

43 . It is a revelation from the Lord of the Worlds.

44 . And if he had invented false sayings concerning Us,

45 . We assuredly had taken him by the right hand

46 . And then severed his life-artery,

47 . And not one of you could have held Us off from him.

48 . And lo! it is a warrant unto those who ward off (evil).

49 . And lo! We know that some among you will deny (it).

50 . And lo! it is indeed an anguish for the disbelievers.

51 . And lo! it is absolute truth.

52 . So glorify the name of thy Tremendous Lord.