More Books by The Qur'an (E.H. Palmer tr)

Sura 1 - The Opening
Sura 2 - The Heifer
Sura 3 - Imran's Family
Sura 4 - Women
Sura 5 - The Table
Sura 6 - Cattle
Sura 7 - Al Aaraf
Sura 8 - The Spoils
Sura 9 - Repentance or Immunity
Sura 10 - Jonah, Peace be on Him
Sura 11 - Hud
Sura 12 - Joseph, Peace be on Him
Sura 13 - Thunder
Sura 14 - Abraham, Peace be on Him
Sura 15 - El Hagr
Sura 16 - The Bee
Sura 17 - The Night Journey
Sura 18 - The Cave
Sura 19 - Mary
Sura 20 - Ta Ha
Sura 21 - The Prophets
Sura 22 - The Pilgrimage
Sura 23 - Believers
Sura 24 - Light
Sura 25 - The Discrimination
Sura 26 - The Poets
Sura 27 - The Ant
Sura 28 - The Story
Sura 29 - The Spider
Sura 30 - The Greeks
Sura 31 - Loqman
Sura 32 - Adoration
Sura 33 - The Confederates
Sura 34 - Seba
Sura 35 - The Angels
Sura 36 - Ya Sin
Sura 37 - The Ranged
Sura 38 - Sad
Sura 39 - The Troops
Sura 40 - The Believer
Sura 41 - Detailed
Sura 42 - Counsel
Sura 43 - Gilding
Sura 44 - Smoke
Sura 45 - The Kneeling
Sura 46 - El A'hqaf
Sura 47 - Mohammed, Also Called Fight
Sura 48 - Victory
Sura 49 - The Inner Chambers
Sura 50 - Q
Sura 51 - The Scatterers
Sura 52 - The Mount
Sura 53 - The Star
Sura 54 - The Moon
Sura 55 - The Merciful
Sura 56 - The Inevitable
Sura 57 - Iron
Sura 58 - The Wrangler
Sura 59 - The Emigration
Sura 60 - The Tried
Sura 61 - The Ranks
Sura 62 - The Congregation
Sura 63 - The Hypocrites
Sura 64 - Cheating
Sura 65 - Divorce
Sura 66 - Prohibition
Sura 67 - The Kingdom
Sura 68 - The Pen
Sura 69 - The Infallible
Sura 70 - The Ascents
Sura 71 - Noah
Sura 72 - The Ginn
Sura 73 - The Enwrapped
Sura 74 - The Covered
Sura 75 - The Resurrection
Sura 76 - Man
Sura 77 - Those Sent
Sura 78 - The Information
Sura 79 - Those Who Tear Out
Sura 80 - He Frowned
Sura 81 - The Folding Up
Sura 82 - The Cleaving Asunder
Sura 83 - Those Who Give Short Weight
Sura 84 - The Rending Asunder
Sura 85 - The Zodiacal Signs
Sura 86 - The Night Star
Sura 87 - The Most High
Sura 88 - The Overwhelming
Sura 89 - The Dawn
Sura 90 - The Land
Sura 91 - The Sun
Sura 92 - The Night
Sura 93 - The Forenoon
Sura 94 - Have we Not Expanded
Sura 95 - The Fig
Sura 96 - Congealed Blood
Sura 97 - Power
Sura 98 - The Manifest Sign
Sura 99 - The Earthquake
Sura 100 - The Chargers
Sura 101 - The Smiting
Sura 102 - The Contention about Numbers
Sura 103 - The Afternoon
Sura 104 - The Backbiter
Sura 105 - The Elephant
Sura 106 - The Qurais
Sura 107 - The Necessaries
Sura 108 - El Kauthar
Sura 109 - Misbelievers
Sura 110 - Help
Sura 111 - Abu Laheb
Sura 112 - Unity
Sura 113 - The Daybreak
Sura 114 - Men
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The Qur'an (E.H. Palmer tr) : Sura 56 - The Inevitable
(LVI. Mecca.)

IN the name of the merciful and compassionate God.

When the inevitable happens; none shall call its
happening a lie!- abasing- exalting!

When the earth shall quake, quaking! and the mountains

shall crumble, crumbling, and become like motes dispersed!

And ye shall be three sorts;

And the fellows of the right hand-what right lucky


And the fellows of the left hand-what unlucky fellows!

And the foremost foremost!
These are they who are brought nigh,
In gardens of pleasure!
A crowd of those of yore,
And a few of those of the latter day!

And gold-weft couches, reclining on them face to face.

Around them shall go eternal youths, with goblets and ewers and a cup of flowing wine; no headache shall they feel therefrom, nor shall their wits be dimmed!

And fruits such as they deem the best;
And flesh of fowl as they desire;

And bright and large-eyed maids like hidden pearls;

A reward for that which they have done!
They shall hear no folly there and no sin;
Only the speech, 'Peace, Peace!'

And the fellows of the right-what right lucky fellows!

Amid thornless lote trees.
And tal'h trees with piles of fruit;
And outspread shade,
And water out-poured;

And fruit in abundance, neither failing nor forbidden;

And beds upraised!
Verily, we have produced them a production.
And made them virgins, darlings of equal age

(with their spouses) for the fellows of the right!

A crowd of those of yore, and a crowd of those of the

latter day!
And the fellows of the left-what unlucky fellows!
In hot blasts and boiling water;
And a shade of pitchy smoke,
Neither cool nor generous!

Verily, they were affluent ere this, and did persist in

mighty crime; and used to say, 'What, when we die and have become dust and bones, shall we then indeed be raised? or our fathers of yore?'

Say, 'Verily, those of yore and those of the latter day

shall surely be gathered together unto the tryst of the well-known day.'

Then ye, O ye who err! who say it is a lie! shall eat of

the Zaqqum tree! and fill your bellies with it! and drink thereon of boiling water! and drink as drinks the thirsty camel.

This is their entertainment on the judgment day!
We created you, then why do ye not credit?
Have ye considered what ye emit?
Do we create it, or are we the creators?
We have decreed amongst you death; but we are not

forestalled from making the likes of you in exchange, or producing you as ye know not of.

Ye do know the first production-why then do ye not mind?

Have ye considered what ye till?

Do ye make it bear seed, or do we make it bear seed?

If we pleased we could make it mere grit, so that ye

would pause to marvel:

'Verily,we have got into debt and we are excluded.'

Have ye considered the water which ye drink?

Do ye make it come down from the clouds, or do we make

it come down?

If we pleased we could make it pungent-why then do ye

not give thanks?
Have ye considered the fire which ye strike?
Do ye produce the tree that gives it, or do we
produce it?
We have made it a memorial and a chattel for the
traveller of the waste?
Then celebrate the grand name of thy Lord!

So I will not swear by the positions of the stars; and,

verily, it is a grand oath if ye did but know-that, verily, this is the honourable Koran- in the laid-up Book!

Let none touch it but the purified!
A revelation from the Lord of the worlds.
What! this new discourse will ye despise?

And make for your provision, that you call it a lie?

Why then-when it comes up to the throat, and ye at that time look on, though we are nearer to him than you are, but ye cannot see,- why, if ye are not to be judged, do ye not send it back, if ye do tell the truth?

But either, if he be of those brought nigh to God,- then rest and fragrance and the garden of pleasure!

Or, if he be of the fellows of the right! then 'Peace to thee!' from the fellows of the right!

Or, if he be of those who say it is a lie,-who err! Then an entertainment of boiling water! and broiling in hell!

Verily, this is surely certain truth!
So celebrate the grand name of thy Lord!

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