إِذَا السَّمَاءُ انْفَطَرَتْ
WHEN THE SKY is cleft asunder, (1)
وَإِذَا الْكَوَاكِبُ انْتَثَرَتْ
and when the stars are scattered, (2)
وَإِذَا الْبِحَارُ فُجِّرَتْ
and when the seas burst beyond their bounds, (3)
وَإِذَا الْقُبُورُ بُعْثِرَتْ
and when the graves are overturned – (4)
عَلِمَتْ نَفْسٌ مَا قَدَّمَتْ وَأَخَّرَتْ
every human being will [at last] comprehend what he has sent ahead and what he has held back [in this world]. (5)
يَا أَيُّهَا الْإِنْسَانُ مَا غَرَّكَ بِرَبِّكَ الْكَرِيمِ
O MAN! What is it that lures thee away from thy bountiful Sustainer, (6)
الَّذِي خَلَقَكَ فَسَوَّاكَ فَعَدَلَكَ
who has created thee, and formed thee in accordance with what thou art meant to be, and shaped thy nature in just proportions, (7)
فِي أَيِّ صُورَةٍ مَا شَاءَ رَكَّبَكَ
having put thee together in whatever form He willed [thee to have]? (8)
كَلَّا بَلْ تُكَذِّبُونَ بِالدِّينِ
Nay, [O men,] but you [are lured away from God whenever you are tempted to] give the lie to [God's] Judgment! (9)
وَإِنَّ عَلَيْكُمْ لَحَافِظِينَ
And yet, verily, there are ever-watchful forces over you, (10)
noble, recording, (11)
يَعْلَمُونَ مَا تَفْعَلُونَ
aware of whatever you do! (12)
إِنَّ الْأَبْرَارَ لَفِي نَعِيمٍ
Behold, [in the life to come] the truly virtuous will indeed be in bliss, (13)
وَإِنَّ الْفُجَّارَ لَفِي جَحِيمٍ
whereas, behold, the wicked will indeed be in a blazing fire – (14)
يَصْلَوْنَهَا يَوْمَ الدِّينِ
[a fire] which they shall enter on Judgment Day, (15)
وَمَا هُمْ عَنْهَا بِغَائِبِينَ
and which they shall not [be able to] evade. (16)
وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا يَوْمُ الدِّينِ
And what could make thee conceive what that Judgment Day will be? (17)
ثُمَّ مَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا يَوْمُ الدِّينِ
And once again: What could make thee conceive what that Judgment Day will be? (18)
يَوْمَ لَا تَمْلِكُ نَفْسٌ لِنَفْسٍ شَيْئًا وَالْأَمْرُ يَوْمَئِذٍ لِلَّهِ
[It will be] a Day when no human being shall be of the least avail to another human being: for on that Day [it will become manifest that] all sovereignty is God's alone. (19)
Again, what will explain to thee what the Day of Judgment is?
— Abdullah Yusuf Ali
Again, what will convey unto thee what the Day of Judgment is!
— Marmaduke Pickthall
Again, what will make you realize what the day of judgment Is?
— M. Habib Shakir
Again, what will make you know what the Day of Recompense is?
— Taqiuddin Hilali and M. Mohsin Khan
Again, what shall make thee know whatsoever the Day of Requital is?
— Abdul-Majid Daryabadi
Again, what could let you know what the Day of Recompense is!
— Hasan Qaribullah and Ahmed Darwish
Again, what teaches thee what the Day of Recompense is?
— Ayub Khan
Again, what should make thee know what the Day of Judgment is!
— Sher Ali
And once again: What could make thee conceive what that Judgment Day will be?
— Muhammad Asad
Again, what shall teach thee what is the Day of Doom?
— Arthur Arberry
Again, what do you know what the Day of Recompense is?
— Abu'l Ala Maududi