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

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Inshiqāq, or The Rending Asunder.

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

1. When the Sky is
Rent asunder,

2. And hearkens to
(The Command of) its Lord,—
And it must needs
(Do so);—

3. And when the Earth
Is flattened out,

4. And casts forth
What is within it
And becomes (clean) empty,

5. And hearkens to
(The Command of) its Lord,—
And it must needs
(Do so);—(then will come
Home the full Reality)

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6. O thou man!
Verily thou art ever
Toiling on towards thy Lord—
Painfully toiling,—but thou
Shalt meet Him.

7. Then he who is given
His Record in his
Right hand,

8. Soon will his account
Be taken by an easy reckoning,

9. And he will turn
To his people, rejoicing!

10. But he who is given
His Record behind his back,—

11. Soon will he cry
For Perdition,

12. And he will enter
A Blazing Fire.

13. Truly, did he go about
Among his people, rejoicing!

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14. Truly, did he think
That he would not
Have to return (to Us)!

15. Nay, nay! for his Lord
Was (ever) watchful of him!

16. So I do call
To witness the ruddy glow
Of Sunset;

17. The Night and its Homing;

18. And the Moon
In her Fulness:

19. Ye shall surely travel
From stage to stage

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20. What then is the matter
With them, that they
Believe not?—

21. And when the Qur-ān
Is read to them, they
Fall not prostrate,

22. But on the contrary
The Unbelievers reject (it).

23. But God has full Knowledge
Of what they secrete
(In their breasts).

24. So announce to them
A Penalty Grievous,

25. Except to those who believe
And work righteous deeds:
For them is a Reward
That will never fail.

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