Sacred Texts  Islam  Index 
Hypertext Quran  Unicode Quran  Pickthall  Palmer Part II (SBE09)  Yusuf Ali/Arabic  Rodwell 
Previous  Next 

The Holy Quran, tr. by Yusuf Ali, [1934], at

p. 1596

Sūra LXIX.

Ḥāqqa, or the Sure Reality.

In the name of God, Most Gracious,
Most Merciful.

1. The Sure Reality!

2. What is the Sure Reality?

3. And what will make
Thee realise what
The Sure Reality is?

4. The Thamūd
And the ‘Ād people
(Branded) as false
The Stunning Calamity!

5. But the Thamūd,—
They were destroyed
By a terrible Storm
Of thunder and lightning!

6. And the ‘Ād,—
They were destroyed
By a furious Wind,
Exceedingly violent;

p. 1597

7. He made it rage
Against them seven nights
And eight days in succession:
So that thou couldst see
The (whole) people lying
Prostrate in its (path),
As if they had been
Roots of hollow palm-trees
Tumbled down!

8. Then seest thou any
Of them left surviving?

9. And Pharaoh,
And those before him,
And the Cities Overthrown,
Committed habitual Sin,

10. And disobeyed (each)
The apostle of their Lord;
So He punished them
With an abundant Penalty.

11. We, when the water
(Of Noah's Flood) overflowed
Beyond its limits,
Carried you (mankind),
In the floating (Ark),

p. 1598

12. That We might
Make it a Message
Unto you, and that ears
(That should hear the tale
And) retain its memory
Should bear its (lessons)
In remembrance.

13. Then, when one
Blast is sounded
On the Trumpet,

14. And the earth is moved,
And its mountains,
And they are crushed to powder
At one stroke,—

15. On that Day
Shall the (Great) Event
Come to pass,

16. And the sky will be
Rent asunder, for it will
That Day be flimsy,

17. And the angels will be
On its sides,

p. 1599

And eight will, that Day,
Bear the Throne
Of thy Lord above them.

18. That Day shall ye be
Brought to Judgment:
Not an act of yours
That ye hide will be hidden.

19. Then he that will be
Given his Record
In his right hand
Will say: "Ah here!
Read ye my Record!

20. "I did really understand
That my Account would
(One Day) reach me!"

21. And he will be
In a life of Bliss,

22. In a Garden on high,

23. The Fruits whereof
(Will hang in bunches)
Low and near.

24. "Eat ye and drink ye,
With full satisfaction;

p. 1600

Because of the (good)
That ye sent before you,
In the days that are gone!"

25. And he that will
Be given his Record
In his left hand,
Will say: "Ah! would
That my record had not
Been given to me!

26. "And that I had never
Realised how
My account (stood)!

27. "Ah! would that (Death)
Had made an end of me!

28. "Of no profit to me
Has been my wealth!

29. "My power has
Perished from me!"…

30. (The stern command will say):
"Seize ye him,
And bind ye him,

p. 1601

31. "And burn ye him
In the Blazing Fire.

32. "Further, make him march
In a chain, whereof
The length is seventy cubits!

33. "This was he that
Would not believe
In God Most High,

34. "And would not encourage
The feeding of the indigent!

35. "So no friend hath he
Here this Day.

36. "Nor hath he any food
Except the corruption
From the washing of wounds,

37. "Which none do eat
But those in sin."

p. 1602


38. So I do
Call to witness
What ye see

39. And what ye see not,

40. That this is
Verily the word
Of an honoured apostle;

41. It is not the word
Of a poet:
Little it is
Ye believe!

42. Nor is it the word
Of a soothsayer:
Little admonition it is
Ye receive.

43. (This is) a Message
Sent down from the Lord
Of the Worlds.

44. And if the apostle
Were to invent
Any sayings in Our name,

p. 1603

45. We should certainly seize him
By his right hand,

46. And We should certainly
Then cut off the artery
Of his heart:

47. Nor could any of you
Withhold him
(From Our wrath).

48. But verily this
Is a Message for
The God-fearing.

49. And We certainly know
That there are amongst you
Those that reject (it).

50. But truly (Revelation)
Is a cause of sorrow
For the Unbelievers.

51. But verily it is Truth
Of assured certainty.

52. So glorify the name
Of thy Lord Most High.

p. 1604

Next: Sūra LXX. Ma‘ārij, or the Ways of Ascent.