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The Qur'an

Translations of the Qur'an, Surah 88:


Total Verses: 26
Revealed At: MAKKA

YUSUFALI: Has the story reached thee of the overwhelming (Event)?
PICKTHAL: Hath there come unto thee tidings of the Overwhelming?
SHAKIR: Has not there come to you the news of the overwhelming calamity?

YUSUFALI: Some faces, that Day, will be humiliated,
PICKTHAL: On that day (many) faces will be downcast,
SHAKIR: (Some) faces on that day shall be downcast,

YUSUFALI: Labouring (hard), weary,-
PICKTHAL: Toiling, weary,
SHAKIR: Laboring, toiling,

YUSUFALI: The while they enter the Blazing Fire,-
PICKTHAL: Scorched by burning fire,
SHAKIR: Entering into burning fire,

YUSUFALI: The while they are given, to drink, of a boiling hot spring,
PICKTHAL: Drinking from a boiling spring,
SHAKIR: Made to drink from a boiling spring.

YUSUFALI: No food will there be for them but a bitter Dhari'
PICKTHAL: No food for them save bitter thorn-fruit
SHAKIR: They shall have no food but of thorns,

YUSUFALI: Which will neither nourish nor satisfy hunger.
PICKTHAL: Which doth not nourish nor release from hunger.
SHAKIR: Which will neither fatten nor avail against hunger.

YUSUFALI: (Other) faces that Day will be joyful,
PICKTHAL: In that day other faces will be calm,
SHAKIR: (Other) faces on that day shall be happy,

YUSUFALI: Pleased with their striving,-
PICKTHAL: Glad for their effort past,
SHAKIR: Well-pleased because of their striving,

YUSUFALI: In a Garden on high,
PICKTHAL: In a high Garden
SHAKIR: In a lofty garden,

YUSUFALI: Where they shall hear no (word) of vanity:
PICKTHAL: Where they hear no idle speech,
SHAKIR: Wherein you shall not hear vain talk.

YUSUFALI: Therein will be a bubbling spring:
PICKTHAL: Wherein is a gushing spring,
SHAKIR: Therein is a fountain flowing,

YUSUFALI: Therein will be Thrones (of dignity), raised on high,
PICKTHAL: Wherein are couches raised
SHAKIR: Therein are thrones raised high,

YUSUFALI: Goblets placed (ready),
PICKTHAL: And goblets set at hand
SHAKIR: And drinking-cups ready placed,

YUSUFALI: And cushions set in rows,
PICKTHAL: And cushions ranged
SHAKIR: And cushions set in a row,

YUSUFALI: And rich carpets (all) spread out.
PICKTHAL: And silken carpets spread.
SHAKIR: And carpets spread out.

YUSUFALI: Do they not look at the Camels, how they are made?-
PICKTHAL: Will they not regard the camels, how they are created?
SHAKIR: Will they not then consider the camels, how they are created?

YUSUFALI: And at the Sky, how it is raised high?-
PICKTHAL: And the heaven, how it is raised?
SHAKIR: And the heaven, how it is reared aloft,

YUSUFALI: And at the Mountains, how they are fixed firm?-
PICKTHAL: And the hills, how they are set up?
SHAKIR: And the mountains, how they are firmly fixed,

YUSUFALI: And at the Earth, how it is spread out?
PICKTHAL: And the earth, how it is spread?
SHAKIR: And the earth, how it is made a vast expanse?

YUSUFALI: Therefore do thou give admonition, for thou art one to admonish.
PICKTHAL: Remind them, for thou art but a remembrancer,
SHAKIR: Therefore do remind, for you are only a reminder.

YUSUFALI: Thou art not one to manage (men's) affairs.
PICKTHAL: Thou art not at all a warder over them.
SHAKIR: You are not a watcher over them;

YUSUFALI: But if any turn away and reject Allah,-
PICKTHAL: But whoso is averse and disbelieveth,
SHAKIR: But whoever turns back and disbelieves,

YUSUFALI: Allah will punish him with a mighty Punishment,
PICKTHAL: Allah will punish him with direst punishment.
SHAKIR: Allah will chastise him with the greatest chastisement.

YUSUFALI: For to Us will be their return;
PICKTHAL: Lo! unto Us is their return
SHAKIR: Surely to Us is their turning back,

YUSUFALI: Then it will be for Us to call them to account.
PICKTHAL: And Ours their reckoning.
SHAKIR: Then surely upon Us is the taking of their account.

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