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The Qur'an


Translations of the Qur'an, Surah 79:

AN-NAZIAT (THOSE WHO DRAG FORTH, SOUL-SNATCHERS)

Total Verses: 46
Revealed At: MAKKA

079.001
YUSUFALI: By the (angels) who tear out (the souls of the wicked) with violence;
PICKTHAL: By those who drag forth to destruction,
SHAKIR: I swear by the angels who violently pull out the souls of the wicked,

079.002
YUSUFALI: By those who gently draw out (the souls of the blessed);
PICKTHAL: By the meteors rushing,
SHAKIR: And by those who gently draw out the souls of the blessed,

079.003
YUSUFALI: And by those who glide along (on errands of mercy),
PICKTHAL: By the lone stars floating,
SHAKIR: And by those who float in space,

079.004
YUSUFALI: Then press forward as in a race,
PICKTHAL: By the angels hastening,
SHAKIR: Then those who are foremost going ahead,

079.005
YUSUFALI: Then arrange to do (the Commands of their Lord),
PICKTHAL: And those who govern the event,
SHAKIR: Then those who regulate the affair.

079.006
YUSUFALI: One Day everything that can be in commotion will be in violent commotion,
PICKTHAL: On the day when the first trump resoundeth.
SHAKIR: The day on which the quaking one shall quake,

079.007
YUSUFALI: Followed by oft-repeated (commotions):
PICKTHAL: And the second followeth it,
SHAKIR: What must happen afterwards shall follow it.

079.008
YUSUFALI: Hearts that Day will be in agitation;
PICKTHAL: On that day hearts beat painfully
SHAKIR: Hearts on that day shall palpitate,

079.009
YUSUFALI: Cast down will be (their owners') eyes.
PICKTHAL: While eyes are downcast
SHAKIR: Their eyes cast down.

079.010
YUSUFALI: They say (now): "What! shall we indeed be returned to (our) former state?
PICKTHAL: (Now) they are saying: Shall we really be restored to our first state
SHAKIR: They say: Shall we indeed be restored to (our) first state?

079.011
YUSUFALI: "What! - when we shall have become rotten bones?"
PICKTHAL: Even after we are crumbled bones?
SHAKIR: What! when we are rotten bones?

079.012
YUSUFALI: They say: "It would, in that case, be a return with loss!"
PICKTHAL: They say: Then that would be a vain proceeding.
SHAKIR: They said: That then would be a return occasioning loss.

079.013
YUSUFALI: But verily, it will be but a single (Compelling) Cry,
PICKTHAL: Surely it will need but one shout,
SHAKIR: But it shall be only a single cry,

079.014
YUSUFALI: When, behold, they will be in the (full) awakening (to Judgment).
PICKTHAL: And lo! they will be awakened.
SHAKIR: When lo! they shall be wakeful.

079.015
YUSUFALI: Has the story of Moses reached thee?
PICKTHAL: Hath there come unto thee the history of Moses?
SHAKIR: Has not there come to you the story of Musa?

079.016
YUSUFALI: Behold, thy Lord did call to him in the sacred valley of Tuwa:-
PICKTHAL: How his Lord called him in the holy vale of Tuwa,
SHAKIR: When his Lord called upon him in the holy valley, twice,

079.017
YUSUFALI: "Go thou to Pharaoh for he has indeed transgressed all bounds:
PICKTHAL: (Saying:) Go thou unto Pharaoh - Lo! he hath rebelled -
SHAKIR: Go to Firon, surely he has become inordinate.

079.018
YUSUFALI: "And say to him, 'Wouldst thou that thou shouldst be purified (from sin)?-
PICKTHAL: And say (unto him): Hast thou (will) to grow (in grace)?
SHAKIR: Then say: Have you (a desire) to purify yourself:

079.019
YUSUFALI: "'And that I guide thee to thy Lord, so thou shouldst fear Him?'"
PICKTHAL: Then I will guide thee to thy Lord and thou shalt fear (Him).
SHAKIR: And I will guide you to your Lord so that you should fear.

079.020
YUSUFALI: Then did (Moses) show him the Great Sign.
PICKTHAL: And he showed him the tremendous token.
SHAKIR: So he showed him the mighty sign.

079.021
YUSUFALI: But (Pharaoh) rejected it and disobeyed (guidance);
PICKTHAL: But he denied and disobeyed,
SHAKIR: But he rejected (the truth) and disobeyed.

079.022
YUSUFALI: Further, he turned his back, striving hard (against Allah).
PICKTHAL: Then turned he away in haste,
SHAKIR: Then he went back hastily.

079.023
YUSUFALI: Then he collected (his men) and made a proclamation,
PICKTHAL: Then gathered he and summoned
SHAKIR: Then he gathered (men) and called out.

079.024
YUSUFALI: Saying, "I am your Lord, Most High".
PICKTHAL: And proclaimed: "I (Pharaoh) am your Lord the Highest."
SHAKIR: Then he said: I am your lord, the most high.

079.025
YUSUFALI: But Allah did punish him, (and made an) example of him, - in the Hereafter, as in this life.
PICKTHAL: So Allah seized him (and made him) an example for the after (life) and for the former.
SHAKIR: So Allah seized him with the punishment of the hereafter and the former life.

079.026
YUSUFALI: Verily in this is an instructive warning for whosoever feareth (Allah).
PICKTHAL: Lo! herein is indeed a lesson for him who feareth.
SHAKIR: Most surely there is in this a lesson to him who fears.

079.027
YUSUFALI: What! Are ye the more difficult to create or the heaven (above)? (Allah) hath constructed it:
PICKTHAL: Are ye the harder to create, or is the heaven that He built?
SHAKIR: Are you the harder to create or the heaven? He made it.

079.028
YUSUFALI: On high hath He raised its canopy, and He hath given it order and perfection.
PICKTHAL: He raised the height thereof and ordered it;
SHAKIR: He raised high its height, then put it into a right good state.

079.029
YUSUFALI: Its night doth He endow with darkness, and its splendour doth He bring out (with light).
PICKTHAL: And He made dark the night thereof, and He brought forth the morn thereof.
SHAKIR: And He made dark its night and brought out its light.

079.030
YUSUFALI: And the earth, moreover, hath He extended (to a wide expanse);
PICKTHAL: And after that He spread the earth,
SHAKIR: And the earth, He expanded it after that.

079.031
YUSUFALI: He draweth out therefrom its moisture and its pasture;
PICKTHAL: And produced therefrom the water thereof and the pasture thereof,
SHAKIR: He brought forth from it its water and its pasturage.

079.032
YUSUFALI: And the mountains hath He firmly fixed;-
PICKTHAL: And He made fast the hills,
SHAKIR: And the mountains, He made them firm,

079.033
YUSUFALI: For use and convenience to you and your cattle.
PICKTHAL: A provision for you and for your cattle.
SHAKIR: A provision for you and for your cattle.

079.034
YUSUFALI: Therefore, when there comes the great, overwhelming (Event),-
PICKTHAL: But when the great disaster cometh,
SHAKIR: But when the great predominating calamity comes;

079.035
YUSUFALI: The Day when man shall remember (all) that he strove for,
PICKTHAL: The day when man will call to mind his (whole) endeavour,
SHAKIR: The day on which man shall recollect what he strove after,

079.036
YUSUFALI: And Hell-Fire shall be placed in full view for (all) to see,-
PICKTHAL: And hell will stand forth visible to him who seeth,
SHAKIR: And the hell shall be made manifest to him who sees

079.037
YUSUFALI: Then, for such as had transgressed all bounds,
PICKTHAL: Then, as for him who rebelled
SHAKIR: Then as for him who is inordinate,

079.038
YUSUFALI: And had preferred the life of this world,
PICKTHAL: And chose the life of the world,
SHAKIR: And prefers the life of this world,

079.039
YUSUFALI: The Abode will be Hell-Fire;
PICKTHAL: Lo! hell will be his home.
SHAKIR: Then surely the hell, that is the abode.

079.040
YUSUFALI: And for such as had entertained the fear of standing before their Lord's (tribunal) and had restrained (their) soul from lower desires,
PICKTHAL: But as for him who feared to stand before his Lord and restrained his soul from lust,
SHAKIR: And as for him who fears to stand in the presence of his Lord and forbids the soul from low desires,

079.041
YUSUFALI: Their abode will be the Garden.
PICKTHAL: Lo! the Garden will be his home.
SHAKIR: Then surely the garden-- that is the abode.

079.042
YUSUFALI: They ask thee about the Hour,-'When will be its appointed time?
PICKTHAL: They ask thee of the Hour: when will it come to port?
SHAKIR: They ask you about the hour, when it will come.

079.043
YUSUFALI: Wherein art thou (concerned) with the declaration thereof?
PICKTHAL: Why (ask they)? What hast thou to tell thereof?
SHAKIR: About what! You are one to remind of it.

079.044
YUSUFALI: With thy Lord in the Limit fixed therefor.
PICKTHAL: Unto thy Lord belongeth (knowledge of) the term thereof.
SHAKIR: To your Lord is the goal of it.

079.045
YUSUFALI: Thou art but a Warner for such as fear it.
PICKTHAL: Thou art but a warner unto him who feareth it.
SHAKIR: You are only a warner to him who would fear it.

079.046
YUSUFALI: The Day they see it, (It will be) as if they had tarried but a single evening, or (at most till) the following morn!
PICKTHAL: On the day when they behold it, it will be as if they had but tarried for an evening or the morn thereof.
SHAKIR: On the day that they see it, it will be as though they had not tarried but the latter part of a day or the early part of it.

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