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ⅬⅩⅩⅣ, 37-ⅬⅩⅩⅤ, 1.
the qurʼân.

And the morning when it brightly dawns !

Verily, it is one of the greatest misfortunes ; a warning to mortals ; 40 for him amongst you who wishes to press forward or to tarry !

Every soul is pledged[1] for what it earns ; except the fellows of the right : in gardens shall they ask each other about the sinners ! — ‘ What drove you into hell-fire ?’

They shall say, ‘ We weren’t[2] of those who prayed; 45 we didn’t feed the poor ; but we did plunge into discussion with those who plunged, and we called the judgment day a lie until the certainty[3] did come to us !’

But there shall not profit them the intercession of the intercessors.

50 What ailed them that they turned away from the memorial as though they were timid asses fleeing from a lion ?

Nay, every man of them wished that he might have given him books spread open !

Nay, but they did not fear the hereafter !

Nay, it is a memorial ! and let him who will remember it ; 55 but none will remember it except God please. He is most worthy of fear ; and he is most worthy to forgive !

The Chapter of the Resurrection.

(ⅬⅩⅩⅤ. Mecca.)

In the name of the merciful and compassionate God.

I need not swear by the resurrection day !

  1. See Chapter ⅬⅡ, verse 21, p. 249, note 1.
  2. See Part I, p. 78, note 1.
  3. I. e. death.