ٱلۡحَآقَّةُThe Inevitable Reality –
مَا ٱلۡحَآقَّةُWhat is the Inevitable Reality?
وَمَآ أَدۡرَىٰكَ مَا ٱلۡحَآقَّةُAnd what can make you know what is the Inevitable Reality?
كَذَّبَتۡ ثَمُودُ وَعَادُۢ بِٱلۡقَارِعَةِTham´d and ÔAad denied the Striking Calamity [i.e., the Resurrection].
فَأَمَّا ثَمُودُ فَأُهۡلِكُواْ بِٱلطَّاغِيَةِSo as for Tham´d, they were destroyed by the overpowering [blast].
وَأَمَّا عَادٞ فَأُهۡلِكُواْ بِرِيحٖ صَرۡصَرٍ عَاتِيَةٖAnd as for ÔAad, they were destroyed by a screaming, violent wind
1- Or "cold."
سَخَّرَهَا عَلَيۡهِمۡ سَبۡعَ لَيَالٖ وَثَمَٰنِيَةَ أَيَّامٍ حُسُومٗاۖ فَتَرَى ٱلۡقَوۡمَ فِيهَا صَرۡعَىٰ كَأَنَّهُمۡ أَعۡجَازُ نَخۡلٍ خَاوِيَةٖWhich He [i.e., AllŒh] imposed upon them for seven nights and eight days in succession, so you would see the people therein fallen as if they were hollow trunks of palm trees.
فَهَلۡ تَرَىٰ لَهُم مِّنۢ بَاقِيَةٖThen do you see of them any remains?
وَجَآءَ فِرۡعَوۡنُ وَمَن قَبۡلَهُۥ وَٱلۡمُؤۡتَفِكَٰتُ بِٱلۡخَاطِئَةِAnd there came Pharaoh and those before him and the overturned cities with sin.
1- Those to which Lot was sent (see 11:82-83) or generally, all cities which were destroyed due to their denial of a messenger from AllŒh.
فَعَصَوۡاْ رَسُولَ رَبِّهِمۡ فَأَخَذَهُمۡ أَخۡذَةٗ رَّابِيَةًAnd they disobeyed the messenger of their Lord, so He seized them with a seizure exceeding [in severity].
إِنَّا لَمَّا طَغَا ٱلۡمَآءُ حَمَلۡنَٰكُمۡ فِي ٱلۡجَارِيَةِIndeed, when the water overflowed, We carried you [i.e., your ancestors] in the sailing ship
1- Which was constructed by Noah.
لِنَجۡعَلَهَا لَكُمۡ تَذۡكِرَةٗ وَتَعِيَهَآ أُذُنٞ وَٰعِيَةٞThat We might make it for you a reminder and [that] a conscious ear would be conscious of it.
فَإِذَا نُفِخَ فِي ٱلصُّورِ نَفۡخَةٞ وَٰحِدَةٞThen when the Horn is blown with one blast
وَحُمِلَتِ ٱلۡأَرۡضُ وَٱلۡجِبَالُ فَدُكَّتَا دَكَّةٗ وَٰحِدَةٗAnd the earth and the mountains are lifted and leveled with one blow [i.e., stroke] –
فَيَوۡمَئِذٖ وَقَعَتِ ٱلۡوَاقِعَةُThen on that Day, the Occurrence [i.e., Resurrection] will occur,
وَٱنشَقَّتِ ٱلسَّمَآءُ فَهِيَ يَوۡمَئِذٖ وَاهِيَةٞAnd the heaven will split [open], for that Day it is infirm.
1- i.e., weak, enfeebled and unstable.
وَٱلۡمَلَكُ عَلَىٰٓ أَرۡجَآئِهَاۚ وَيَحۡمِلُ عَرۡشَ رَبِّكَ فَوۡقَهُمۡ يَوۡمَئِذٖ ثَمَٰنِيَةٞAnd the angels are at its edges. And there will bear the Throne of your Lord above them, that Day, eight [of them].
يَوۡمَئِذٖ تُعۡرَضُونَ لَا تَخۡفَىٰ مِنكُمۡ خَافِيَةٞThat Day, you will be exhibited [for judgement]; not hidden among you is anything concealed.
1- i.e., any person or any secret you might attempt to conceal.
فَأَمَّا مَنۡ أُوتِيَ كِتَٰبَهُۥ بِيَمِينِهِۦ فَيَقُولُ هَآؤُمُ ٱقۡرَءُواْ كِتَٰبِيَهۡSo as for he who is given his record in his right hand, he will say, "Here, read my record!
إِنِّي ظَنَنتُ أَنِّي مُلَٰقٍ حِسَابِيَهۡIndeed, I was certain that I would be meeting my account."
فَهُوَ فِي عِيشَةٖ رَّاضِيَةٖSo he will be in a pleasant life –
فِي جَنَّةٍ عَالِيَةٖIn an elevated garden,
قُطُوفُهَا دَانِيَةٞIts [fruit] to be picked hanging near.
كُلُواْ وَٱشۡرَبُواْ هَنِيٓـَٔۢا بِمَآ أَسۡلَفۡتُمۡ فِي ٱلۡأَيَّامِ ٱلۡخَالِيَةِ[They will be told], "Eat and drink in satisfaction for what you put forth in the days past."
1- Literally, "advanced" in anticipation of reward in the Hereafter.
وَأَمَّا مَنۡ أُوتِيَ كِتَٰبَهُۥ بِشِمَالِهِۦ فَيَقُولُ يَٰلَيۡتَنِي لَمۡ أُوتَ كِتَٰبِيَهۡBut as for he who is given his record in his left hand, he will say, "Oh, I wish I had not been given my record
وَلَمۡ أَدۡرِ مَا حِسَابِيَهۡAnd had not known what is my account.
يَٰلَيۡتَهَا كَانَتِ ٱلۡقَاضِيَةَI wish it [i.e., my death] had been the decisive one.
1- i.e., ending life rather than being the gateway to eternal life.
مَآ أَغۡنَىٰ عَنِّي مَالِيَهۡۜMy wealth has not availed me.
هَلَكَ عَنِّي سُلۡطَٰنِيَهۡGone from me is my authority."
1- i.e., I have no valid excuse to stand on.
خُذُوهُ فَغُلُّوهُ[AllŒh will say], "Seize him and shackle him.