088 The Overwhelming (Rukuh 01, Ayats 01-26)

Quran & Tafseer, The Noble Quran / Saturday, March 21st, 2009

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

With the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Very-Merciful.

هَلْ أَتَاكَ حَدِيثُ الْغَاشِيَةِ (1)

[88:1] Has there come to you the description of the Overwhelming Event?

وُجُوهٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ خَاشِعَةٌ (2)

[88:2] Many faces that day will be humbled,

عَامِلَةٌ نَاصِبَةٌ (3)

[88:3] laboring, exhausted.

تَصْلَى نَاراً حَامِيَةً (4)

[88:4] They will enter into the scorching fire.

تُسْقَى مِنْ عَيْنٍ آنِيَةٍ (5)

[88:5] They will be made to drink water from a boiling spring.

لَيْسَ لَهُمْ طَعَامٌ إِلاَّ مِنْ ضَرِيعٍ (6)

[88:6] There will be no food for them except from a thorny plant

لا يُسْمِنُ وَلا يُغْنِي مِنْ جُوعٍ (7)

[88:7] that will neither nourish, nor satisfy hunger.

وُجُوهٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ نَاعِمَةٌ (8)

[88:8] Many faces that day will be full of glamour,

لِسَعْيِهَا رَاضِيَةٌ (9)

[88:9] well pleased with their endeavor,

فِي جَنَّةٍ عَالِيَةٍ (10)

[88:10] in a lofty garden,

لا تَسْمَعُ فِيهَا لاغِيَةً (11)

[88:11] in which they will not hear any absurd talk.

فِيهَا عَيْنٌ جَارِيَةٌ (12)

[88:12] In it there is a flowing spring.

فِيهَا سُرُرٌ مَرْفُوعَةٌ (13)

[88:13] In it there are elevated couches

وَأَكْوَابٌ مَوْضُوعَةٌ (14)

[88:14] and goblets, well placed,

وَنَمَارِقُ مَصْفُوفَةٌ (15)

[88:15] and cushions, arrayed

وَزَرَابِيُّ مَبْثُوثَةٌ (16)

[88:16] and carpets, spread around.

أَفَلا يَنْظُرُونَ إِلَى الإِبِلِ كَيْفَ خُلِقَتْ (17)

[88:17] So, do they not look at the camels how they are created,

وَإِلَى السَّمَاءِ كَيْفَ رُفِعَتْ (18)

[88:18] and at the sky, how it is raised high,

وَإِلَى الْجِبَالِ كَيْفَ نُصِبَتْ (19)

[88:19] and at the mountains, how they are installed,

وَإِلَى الأَرْضِ كَيْفَ سُطِحَتْ (20)

[88:20] and at the earth, how it is spread out?

فَذَكِّرْ إِنَّمَا أَنْتَ مُذَكِّرٌ (21)

[88:21] So, (O Prophet,) keep on preaching; you are only a preacher.

لَسْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ بِمُسَيْطِرٍ (22)

[88:22] You are not a taskmaster set up over them,

إِلاَّ مَنْ تَوَلَّى وَكَفَرَ (23)

[88:23] but whoever turns away and disbelieves,

فَيُعَذِّبُهُ اللَّهُ الْعَذَابَ الأَكْبَرَ (24)

[88:24] Allah will punish him with the greatest torment.

إِنَّ إِلَيْنَا إِيَابَهُمْ (25)

[88:25] Surely towards Us they have to return,

ثُمَّ إِنَّ عَلَيْنَا حِسَابَهُمْ (26)

[88:26] then it is Our job to call them to account.

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