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1 . Nay, I swear by the Day of Resurrection;

2 . Nay, I swear by the accusing soul (that this Scripture is true).

3 . Thinketh man that We shall not assemble his bones?

4 . Yea, verily. We are Able to restore his very fingers!

5 . But man would fain deny what is before him.

6 . He asketh: When will be this Day of Resurrection?

7 . But when sight is confounded

8 . And the moon is eclipsed

9 . And sun and moon are united,

10 . On that day man will cry: Whither to flee!

11 . Alas! No refuge!

12 . Unto thy Lord is the recourse that day.

13 . On that day man is told the tale of that which he hath sent before and left behind.

14 . Oh, but man is a telling witness against himself,

15 . Although he tender his excuses.

16 . Stir not thy tongue herewith to hasten it.

17 . Lo! upon Us (resteth) the putting together thereof and the reading thereof.

18 . And when We read it, follow thou the reading;

19 . Then lo! upon Us (resteth) the explanation thereof.

20 . Nay, but ye do love the fleeting Now

21 . And neglect the Hereafter.

22 . That day will faces be resplendent,

23 . Looking toward their Lord;

24 . And that day will other faces be despondent,

25 . Thou wilt know that some great disaster is about to fall on them.

26 . Nay, but when the life cometh up to the throat

27 . And men say: Where is the wizard (who can save him now)?

28 . And he knoweth that it is the parting;

29 . And agony is heaped on agony;

30 . Unto thy Lord that day will be the driving.

31 . For he neither trusted, nor prayed.

32 . But he denied and flouted.

33 . Then went he to his folk with glee.

34 . Nearer unto thee and nearer,

35 . Again nearer unto thee and nearer (is the doom).

36 . Thinketh man that he is to be left aimless?

37 . Was he not a drop of fluid which gushed forth?

38 . Then he became a clot; then (Allah) shaped and fashioned

39 . And made of him a pair, the male and female.

40 . Is not He (Who doeth so) Able to bring the dead to life?