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Sura 74 of the Qur'an

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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1O thou shrouded in thy mantle,
2arise, and warn!
3Thy Lord magnify
4thy robes purify
5and defilement flee!
6Give not, thinking to gain greater
7and be patient unto thy Lord.
8For when the Trump is sounded
9that day will be a harsh day,
10for the unbelievers not easy.
11Leave Me with him whom I created alone,
12and appointed for him ample wealth
13and sons standing before him,
14and made all things smooth for him;
15then he is eager that I should do more.
16Nay! He is forward unto Our signs;
17and I shall constrain him to a hard ascent.
18Lo! He reflected, and determined --
19death seize him, how he determined!
20Again, death seize him, how he determined!
21Then he beheld,
22then he frowned, and scowled,
23then he retreated, and waxed proud.
24He said, 'This is naught but a trumped-up sorcery;
25'this is nothing but mortal speech.'
26I shall surely roast him in Sakar;
27and what will teach thee what is Sakar?
28It spares not, neither leaves alone
29scorching the flesh;
30over it are nineteen.
31We have appointed only angels to be masters of the Fire, and their number We have appointed only as a trial for the unbelievers, that those who were given the Book may have certainty, and that those who believe may increase in belief, and that those who were given the Book and those who believe may not be in-doubt, and that those in whose hearts there is sickness, and the unbelieve
32Nay! By the moon
33and the night when it retreats
34and the dawn when it is white,
35surely it is one of the greatest things
36as a warner to mortals.
37to whoever of you desires to go forward or lag behind.
38Every soul shall be pledged for what it has earned,
39save the Companions of the Right;
40in Gardens they will question
41concerning the sinners,
42'What thrusted you into Sakar?'
43They shall say, 'We were not of those who prayed, and
44we fed not the needy,
45and we plunged along with the plungers,
46and we cried lies to the Day of Doom,
47till the Certain came to us.' --
48Then the intercession of the intercessors shall not profit them.
49What ails them, that they turn away from the Reminder,
50as if they were startled asses
51fleeing -- before a lion?
52Nay, every man of them desires to be -- given -- scrolls unrolled.
53No indeed; but they do not fear the Hereafter.
54No indeed; surely it is a Reminder;
55so whoever wills shall remember it.
56And they will not remember, except that God wills; He is worthy to be feared, -- worthy to forgive.

Current edition: 2013 Feb 17
http://www.holybooks.info/sura_74.html
Parent page: The Qur'an

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