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The Resurrection

20And ye devour heritages, devouring greedily,
And ye love riches with exceeding love.
Aye. But when the earth shall be crushed with crushing, crushing,
And thy Lord shall come and the angels rank on rank.
And Hell on that day shall be moved up,[1]—Man shall on that day remember himself. But how shall remembrance help him?
He shall say, Oh! would that I had prepared for this my life! On that day none shall punish as God punisheth,
And none shall bind with such bonds as He.
Oh, thou soul which art at rest,
Return to thy Lord, pleased, and pleasing him:
Enter thou among my servants,
30And enter thou my Paradise.


 

[XL.]

SURA LXXV.—THE RESURRECTION

Mecca.—40 Verses.

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

It needeth not that I swear by the day of the RESURRECTION,
Or that I swear by the self-accusing soul.
Thinketh man that we shall not re-unite his bones?
Aye! his very finger tips are we able evenly to replace.
But man chooseth to deny what is before him:
He asketh, "When this day of Resurrection?"
But when the eye shall be dazzled.
And when the moon shall be darkened,
And the sun and the moon shall be together,[2]
10On that day man shall cry, “Where is there a place to flee to?”

  1. The orthodox Muhammadans take this passage literally. Djelal says that hell will “be dragged up by 70,000 chains, each pulled by 70,000 angels,” as if it were an enormous animal or locomotive engine.
  2. Lit. shall he united. In the loss of light, or in the rising in the west.—Beidh.