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1 . Of what ask they?

2 . Of the mighty Announcement,

3 . Concerning which they differ.

4 . By no means! anon they shall know.

5 . Again, by no means! anon they shall know.

6 . Have We not made the earth an expanse.

7 . And the mountains as stakes?

8 . And We have created you in pairs.

9 . And We have made your sleep as a rest.

10 . And We have made the night a covering.

11 . And We have made the day for seeking livelihood.

12 . And We have builded over you seven strong heavens.

13 . And We have set therein lamps glowing.

14 . And We have sent down from the rain-clouds water plenteous.

15 . So that We bring forth thereby corn and vegetation.

16 . And gardens thick with trees.

17 . Verily the Day of Decision is a time appointed.

18 . It is a Day whereon the trumpet will be blown, and ye will come in multitudes.

19 . And the heaven will have been opened, and it will have become doors.

20 . And the mountains will have been removed away, and they will have become as mirage.

21 . Verily the Hell is an ambuscade:

22 . For the exorbitant a receptacle.

23 . They will tarry therein for ages.

24 . They will not taste therein cool or any drink.

25 . Save scalding water and corruption.

26 . Recompense fitted!

27 . Verily they were wont not to look for a reckoning.

28 . And they belied Our revelations with strong belying.

29 . And everything We have recorded in a book.

30 . Taste therefore. We shall not increase you in aught but torment.

31 . Verily for the God-fearing is an achievement.

32 . Gardens enclosed and vineyards,

33 . And full-breasted maidens of equal age.

34 . And a cup overflowing.

35 . They will hear therein no babble nor falsehood:

36 . A recompense from thy Lord-a gift sufficient -

37 . From the Lord of the heavens and the earth and of whatsoever is in bet-ween them, the Compassionate with Whom they can demand not audience.

38 . On the Day whereon the spirits and the angels will stand arrayed, they will not be able to speak save him whom the Compassionate giveth leave and who speaketh aright.

39 . That is the Sure Day. Whosoever therefore willeth, let him betake Unto his Lord a resort.

40 . Verily We! We have warned you of a torment nigh at hand, a Day whereon a man shall behold that which his hands have sent forth, and the infidel will say: would that I were dust!