OH, the sudden calamity! (1)
How awesome the sudden calamity! (2)
وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا الْقَارِعَةُ
And what could make thee conceive what that sudden calamity will be? (3)
يَوْمَ يَكُونُ النَّاسُ كَالْفَرَاشِ الْمَبْثُوثِ
[It will occur] on the Day when men will be like moths swarming in confusion, (4)
وَتَكُونُ الْجِبَالُ كَالْعِهْنِ الْمَنْفُوشِ
and the mountains will be like fluffy tufts of wool.... (5)
فَأَمَّا مَنْ ثَقُلَتْ مَوَازِينُهُ
And then, he whose weight [of good deeds] is heavy in the balance (6)
فَهُوَ فِي عِيشَةٍ رَاضِيَةٍ
shall find himself in a happy state of life; (7)
وَأَمَّا مَنْ خَفَّتْ مَوَازِينُهُ
whereas he whose weight is light in the balance (8)
shall be engulfed by an abyss. (9)
وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا هِيَهْ
And what could make thee conceive what that [abyss] will be? (10)
A fire hotly burning! (11)
And what will explain to thee what the (Day) of Noise and Clamour is?
— Abdullah Yusuf Ali
Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Calamity is!
— Marmaduke Pickthall
And what will make you comprehend what the terrible calamity is?
— M. Habib Shakir
And what will make you know what the striking (Hour) is?
— Taqiuddin Hilali and M. Mohsin Khan
What shall Make thee know that which the Striking is?
— Abdul-Majid Daryabadi
What shall let you know what the Clatterer is!
— Hasan Qaribullah and Ahmed Darwish
And what teaches thee what the Clatterer is?
— Ayub Khan
And what should make thee know what the Great Calamity is?
— Sher Ali
And what could make thee conceive what that sudden calamity will be?
— Muhammad Asad
And what shall teach thee what is the Clatterer?
— Arthur Arberry
And what do you know what the Calamity is?
— Abu'l Ala Maududi