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ⅬⅩⅩⅩⅢ, 27-ⅬⅩⅩⅩⅣ, 12.
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chapter of rending asunder.

— and it shall be tempered with Tasnîm[1], — a spring from which those nigh to God shall drink.

Verily, those who sin do laugh at those who believe; 30 and when they pass by they wink at one another, and when they return to their family they return ridiculing them ; and when they see them they say, ‘ Verily, these do go astray !’ — but they are not sent as guardians over them !

But to-day those who believe shall at the misbelievers laugh ! 35 Upon couches shall they gaze ; are the misbelievers rewarded for what they have done ?




The Chapter of the Rending asunder.

(ⅬⅩⅩⅩⅣ. Mecca.)

In the name of the merciful and compassionate God.

When the heaven is rent asunder and gives ear unto its Lord, and is dutiful !

And when the earth is stretched out and casts forth what is in it, and is empty, 5 and gives ear unto its Lord, and is dutiful !

O man ! verily, thou are toiling after thy Lord, toiling ; wherefore shalt thou meet Him !

And as for him who is given his book in his right hand, he shall be reckoned with by an easy reckoning ; and he shall go back to his family joyfully.

10 But as for him who is given his book behind his back[2], he shall call out for destruction, but he


  1. Name of a fountain in Paradise, so called because it is conveyed to the highest apartments there.
  2. I. e. in the left hand, which will be chained behind the back, the right hand being fettered to the neck.