69:2What is the Reality?

69:3What will make you understand what the Reality is?

69:4Thamood and Aad denied the Catastrophe.

69:5As for Thamood, they were annihilated by the Overwhelming.

69:6And as for Aad; they were annihilated by a furious, roaring wind.

69:7He unleashed it upon them for seven nights and eight days, in succession. You could see the people tossed around, as though they were stumps of hollow palm-trees.

69:8Can you see any remnant of them?

69:9Then Pharaoh came, and those before him, and the Overturned Cities steeped in sin.

69:10But they disobeyed the messenger of their Lord, so He seized them with an overpowering grip.

69:11When the waters overflowed, We carried you in the cruising ship.

69:12To make it a lesson for you—so that retaining ears may retain it.

69:13Then, when the Trumpet is sounded a single time.

69:14And the earth and the mountains are lifted up, and crushed, with a single crush.

69:15On that Day, the Event will come to pass.

69:16And the heaven will crack; so on that Day it will be frail.

69:17And the angels will be ranged around its borders, while eight will be carrying the Throne of your Lord above them that Day.

69:18On that Day you will be exposed, and no secret of yours will remain hidden.

69:19As for him who is given his book in his right hand, he will say, “Here, take my book and read it.

69:20I knew I would be held accountable.”

69:21So he will be in pleasant living.

69:22In a lofty Garden.

69:23Its pickings are within reach.

69:24“Eat and drink merrily for what you did in the days gone by.”

69:25But as for him who is given his book in his left hand, he will say, “I wish I was never given my book.

69:26And never knew what my account was.

69:27If only it was the end.

69:28My money cannot avail me.

69:29My power has vanished from me.”

69:30“Take him and shackle him.

69:31Then scorch him in the Blaze.

69:32Then in a chain which length is seventy cubits tie him up.

69:33For he would not believe in God the Great.

69:34Nor would he advocate the feeding of the destitute.

69:35So he has no friend here today.

69:36And no food except scum.

69:37Which only the sinners eat.”

69:38Indeed, I swear by what you see.

69:39And by what you do not see.

69:40It is the speech of a noble messenger.

69:41And it is not the speech of a poet—little do you believe.

69:42Nor is it the speech of a soothsayer—little do you take heed.

69:43It is a revelation from the Lord of the Worlds.

69:44Had he falsely attributed some statements to Us.

69:45We would have seized him by the right arm.

69:46Then slashed his lifeline.

69:47And none of you could have restrained Us from him.

69:48Surely, it is a message for the righteous.

69:49And We know that some of you will reject it.

69:50And it is surely a source of grief for the unbelievers.

69:51Yet it is the absolute truth.

69:52So glorify the name of your Lord, the Magnificent.