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The Inevitable

It did the bidding of God[1] against them seven nights and eight days together, during which thou mightest have seen the people laid low, as though they had been the trunks of hollow palms;
And couldst thou have seen one of them surviving?
Pharaoh also, and those who flourished before him, and the overthrown cities, committed sin,—
10And disobeyed the Sent one of their Lord; therefore did he chastise them with an accumulated chastisement.
When the Flood rose high, we bare you in the Ark,
That we might make that event a warning to you, and that the retaining ear might retain it.
But when one blast shall be blown on the trumpet.
And the earth and the mountains shall be upheaved, and shall both be crushed into dust at a single crushing.
On that day the woe that must come suddenly shall suddenly come,[2]
And the heaven shall cleave asunder, for on that day it shall be fragile;
And the angels shall be on its sides, and over them on that day eight shall bear up the throne of thy Lord.
On that day ye shall be brought before Him: none of your hidden deeds shall remain hidden:
And he who shall have his book given to him in his right hand, will say to his friends, “Take ye it; read ye my book;
20I ever thought that to this my reckoning I should come.”
And his shall be a life that shall please him well,
In a lofty garden,
Whose clusters shall be near at hand:
“Eat ye and drink with healthy relish, as the meed of what ye sent on beforehand in the days which are past.”
But he who shall have his book given into his left hand,
will say, “O that my book had never been given me!
And that I had never known my reckoning!
that death had made an end of me!
My wealth hath not profited me!
My power hath perished from me!”
30“Lay ye hold on him and chain him.
Then at the Hell-fire burn him,

  1. Lit. God subjected it to himself, availed himself of it against them.
  2. El-wakia, the sudden event, the calamity; the woe that must break in upon Heaven and Earth. The same word is used, Sura lvi. i, and ci. I, for the Resurrection and Day of Judgment.