At the time1 [O people!] when the sun ceases to shine, and when the stars are bedimmed, and when the mountains are set moving, and when camels, ten-months pregnant are left untended2, and when wild beasts [forgetting all their enmities] are herded together3, and when the seas burst forth, and at the time when [in that world] souls are grouped [according to their deeds]4, and when the infant girl, who was buried alive is asked for what sin was she slain5, and when the scrolls [of men’s deeds] are laid open, and when the skies are stripped bare6, and when Hell is set ablaze7, and when Paradise is brought near8, then [O people! each one of you] will know what he has brought forward9. (1-14)
[This is the message of this Book. What has it got to do with Satan and his accomplices].
Therefore, No! [this Book certainly is not inspired by some devil]. Verily, I call to witness the stars10 which recede, traverse [the skies, pelt fire on these devils] and then hide11 and [I call to witness] the night as it retreats and the dawn when [being relieved of this burden] it breathes12 --- [and in this way becomes a reminder of the Day of Judgement]13 --- that this is the word of a noble messenger14 , endued with power, held in honour before the Lord of the Throne, obeyed in Heaven, moreover trustworthy15. (15-21)
And [O people of Quraysh!] your companion16 is not one possessed, and verily he saw him [-- the noble messenger --] on the clear horizon17 [and like these soothsayers of yours,] he has never been avid for the Unseen18, and [when this is a fact, then this is also a fact that] this is not the utterance of an accursed devil19. (22-25)
Whither then are you going? This is nothing but a reminder to the people of the world who intend to remain on the right path20. And [O people!] you cannot intend [to remain on the right path unless the Almighty intends so [according to His laws]21. (26-29)
In the name of Allah, the most Gracious,
the ever Merciful
(Adapted from Ghamidi's "Al-Bayaan")
1. In the first six verses,
some of the great upheavals which will take place on the Day of Judgement
before people are brought back to life are depicted.