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Sūra XLIV.

Dukhān, or Smoke (or Mist.)

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

1. Hā-Mīm.

2. By the Book that
Makes things clear;—

3. We sent it down
During a blessed night:
For We (ever) wish
To warn (against Evil).

4. In that (night) is made
Distinct every affair
Of wisdom,

5. By command, from Our
Presence. For We (ever)
Send (revelations),

6. As a Mercy
From thy Lord:
For He hears and knows
(All things);

7. The Lord of the heavens
And the earth and all

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Between them, if ye (but)
Have an assured faith.

8. There is no god but He:
It is He Who gives life
And gives death,
The Lord and Cherisher
To you and your earliest

9. Yet they play about
In doubt.

10. Then watch thou
For the Day
That the sky will
Bring forth a kind
Of smoke (or mist)
Plainly visible,

11. Enveloping the people:
This will be a Penalty

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12. (They will say:)
"Our Lord! Remove
The Penalty from us,
For we do really believe!"

13. How shall the Message
Be (effectual) for them,
Seeing that an Apostle
Explaining things clearly
Has (already) come to them,—

14. Yet they turn away
From him and say: "Tutored
(By others), a man possessed!"

15. We shall indeed remove
The Penalty for a while,
(But) truly ye will revert
(To your ways).

16. One day We shall seize
You with a mighty onslaught:
We will indeed (then)
Exact Retribution!

17. We did, before them,
Try the people of Pharaoh:

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There came to them
An apostle most honourable,

18. Saying: "Restore to me
The servants of God:
I am to you an apostle
Worthy of all trust;

19. "And be not arrogant
As against God:
For I come to you
With authority manifest.

20. "For me, I have sought
Safety with my Lord
And your Lord, against
Your injuring me.

21. "If ye believe me not,
At least keep yourselves
Away from me."

22. (But they were aggressive:)
Then he cried

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To his Lord:
"These are indeed
A people given to sin."

23. (The reply came:)
"March forth with my servants
By night: for ye are
Sure to be pursued.

24. "And leave the sea
As a furrow (divided):
For they are a host
(Destined) to be drowned."

25. How many were the gardens
And springs they left behind,

26. And corn-fields
And noble buildings,

27. And wealth (and conveniences
Of life), wherein they
Had taken such delight!

28. Thus (was their end)!
And We made other people
Inherit (those things)!

29. And neither heaven
Nor earth shed a tear
Over them: nor were
They given a respite (again).

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30. We did deliver aforetime
The Children of Israel
From humiliating Punishment,

31. Inflicted by Pharaoh, for he
Was arrogant (even) among
Inordinate transgressors.

32. And We chose them aforetime
Above the nations, knowingly,

33. And granted them Signs
In which there was
A manifest trial.

34. As to these (Quraish),
They say forsooth:

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35. "There is nothing beyond
Our first death,
And we shall not
Be raised again.

36. "Then bring (back)
Our forefathers, if what
Ye say is true!"

37. What! are they better
Than the people of Tubba‘
And those who were
Before them? We destroyed
Them because they were
Guilty of sin.

38. We created not
The heavens, the earth,
And all between them,
Merely in (idle) sport:

39. We created them not
Except for just ends:
But most of them
Do not understand.

40. Verily the Day of
Sorting Out is the time
Appointed for all of them,—

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41. The Day when no protector
Can avail his client
In aught, and no help
Can they receive,

42. Except such as receive
God's Mercy: for He is
Exalted in Might, Most Merciful.


43. Verily the tree
Of  Zaqqūm

44. Will be the food
Of the Sinful,—

45. Like molten brass;
It will boil
In their insides,

46. Like the boiling
Of scalding water.

47. (A voice will cry:
"Seize ye him
And drag him
Into the midst
Of the Blazing Fire!

48. "Then pour over his head
The Penalty of Boiling Water

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49. "Taste thou (this)!
Truly wast thou
Mighty, full of honour!

50. "Truly this is what
Ye used to doubt!"

51. As to the Righteous
(They will be) in
A position of Security,

52. Among Gardens and Springs;

53. Dressed in fine silk
And in rich brocade,
They will face each other;

54. So; and We shall
Join them to Companions
With beautiful, big,
And lustrous eyes.

55. There can they call
For every kind of fruit
In peace and security;

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56. Nor will they there
Taste Death, except the first
Death; and He will preserve
Them from the Penalty
Of the Blazing Fire,—

57. As a Bounty from thy Lord!
That will be
The supreme achievement!

58. Verily, We have made
This (Qur-ān) easy,
In thy tongue,
In order that they
May give heed.

59. So wait thou and watch;
For they (too) are waiting.

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Next: Sūra XLV. Jathiya, or Bowing the Knee.