Surah 78

THE TIDING (An-Naba)

The awful tidings
Absurdity Science 78:1-20

1 Whereof do they question one another?

2 (It is) of the awful tidings,

3 Concerning which they are in disagreement.

They argue about the awful tidings.

4 Nay, but they will come to know!

5 Nay, again, but they will come to know!

6 Have We not made the earth an expanse,

7 And the high hills bulwarks?

8 And We have created you in pairs,

9 And have appointed your sleep for repose,

10 And have appointed the night as a cloak,

11 And have appointed the day for livelihood.

But they'll find out soon enough.

12 And We have built above you seven strong (heavens),

13 And have appointed a dazzling lamp,

14 And have sent down from the rainy clouds abundant water,

15 Thereby to produce grain and plant,

16 And gardens of thick foliage.

We [Allah] have built above you seven strong heavens. [1]

And a dazzling lamp. [2]

17 Lo! the Day of Decision is a fixed time,

18 A day when the trumpet is blown and ye come in multitudes,

19 And the heaven is opened and becometh as gates,

20 And the hills are set in motion and become as a mirage.

The day of decision is fixed in time.

The trumpet will blow and all the people will come.

The heaven will open and the hills will move like a mirage.

Boiling water and a paralysing cold
Absurdity Injustice Intolerance Cruelty 78:21-30

21 Lo! hell lurketh in ambush,

22 A home for the rebellious.

23 They will abide therein for ages.

The rebels in hell will be there for ages.

24 Therein taste they neither coolness nor (any) drink

25 Save boiling water and a paralysing cold:

26 Reward proportioned (to their evil deeds).

27 For lo! they looked not for a reckoning;

They'll have nothing cool to drink,

only boiling waer and a paralyzing cold.

28 They called Our revelations false with strong denial.

29 Everything have We recorded in a Book.

30 So taste (of that which ye have earned). No increase do We give you save of torment.

They called denied our revelations and called them false.

We wrote it all down in a book.

So taste the torment that you've earned.

It will only get worse with time.

Maidens for companions
Absurdity Sex Women 78:31-39

31 Lo! for the duteous is achievement -

32 Gardens enclosed and vineyards,

But the duteous will live in gardens,

33 And maidens for companions,

34 And a full cup.

35 There hear they never vain discourse, nor lying -

36 Requital from thy Lord - a gift in payment -

37 Lord of the heavens and the earth, and (all) that is between them, the Beneficent; with Whom none can converse.

38 On the day when the angels and the Spirit stand arrayed, they speak not, saving him whom the Beneficent alloweth and who speaketh right.

39 That is the True Day. So whoso will should seek recourse unto his Lord.

with maidens for companions.

And a full cup.

I wish I were dust
Absurdity Injustice Intolerance Cruelty 78:40

40 Lo! We warn you of a doom at hand, a day whereon a man will look on that which his own hands have sent before, and the disbeliever will cry: "Would that I were dust!"

But a doom is coming.

Disbelievers will cry: "I wish I were dust."