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Holy Quran Section > English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran by Maulana Muhammad Ali (Table of Contents) > Chapter 56 (Al-Waqi‘ah- The Event) > Section 2 (Verses 41 to 74)



Section/Ruku 2 [Verses 41 to 74]: The guilty:
Chapter 56: (Al-Waqi‘ah: The Event)
(Revealed at Makkah: 3 sections; 96 verses)

1. Translation:

41 And those on the left hand; how (wretched) are those on the left hand!

42 In hot wind and boiling water,

43 And shadow of black smoke,

44 Neither cool nor refreshing.a

45 Surely they lived before that in ease.

46 And they persisted in the great violation.a

47 And they used to say: When we die and become dust and bones, shall we then indeed be raised?

48 Or our fathers of yore?

49 Say: The ancients and those of later times

50 Will surely be gathered together for the appointed hour of a known day.

51 Then shall you, O you who err and deny,

52 Eat of the tree of Zaqqum,

53 And fill (your) bellies with it;

54 Then drink after it of boiling water;

55 And drink as drinks the thirsty camel.

56 This is their entertainment on the day of Requital.

57 We have created you, why do you not then accept?

58 See you that which you emit?

59 Is it you that create it or are We the Creator?

60 We have ordained death among you and We are not to be overcome,

61 That We may change your state and make you grow into what you know not.a

62 And certainly you know the first growth, why do you not then mind?

63 See you what you sow?

64 Is it you that cause it to grow, or are We the Causer of growth?

65 If We pleased, We would make it chaff, then would you lament:

66 Surely we are burdened with debt:

67 Nay, we are deprived.

68 See you the water which you drink?

69 Do you bring it down from the clouds, or are We the Bringer?

70 If We pleased, We could make it saltish; why give you not thanks?

71 See you the .re which you kindle?

72 Is it you that produce the trees for it, or are We the Producer?

73 We have made it a reminder and an advantage for the wayfarers of the desert.a

74 So glorify the name of thy Lord, the Incomparably Great.

 2. Commentary:

44a. These verses draw a picture of the distress and abasement which were in store for the opponents of truth in this life as well as in the Hereafter. [Back to verse 44]

46a. That is, the violation of Divine commandments. [Back to verse 46]

61a. It is the Resurrection that is spoken of here. The present state will be changed, we are told, and men will be made to grow into a new creation, which they do not know. Clearly it is not the material body of this life, but a new body which grows out of the deeds of men. [Back to verse 61]

73a. The fire burned at night points out to the desert wayfarer a habitation of men, where he will be welcome. It is called "a reminder" because it represents the reward of evil deeds in another life. [Back to verse 73]



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