Surah 88

THE OVERWHELMING (Al-Ghashiyah)

Drinking from a boiling spring
Absurdity Injustice Intolerance Cruelty 88:1-7

1 Hath there come unto thee tidings of the Overwhelming?

2 On that day (many) faces will be downcast,

3 Toiling, weary,

Have you heard the tidings of the overwhelming?

On that day many will be sad and weary.

4 Scorched by burning fire,

5 Drinking from a boiling spring,

6 No food for them save bitter thorn-fruit

7 Which doth not nourish nor release from hunger.

Scorched by the fire,

drinking from a spring of boiling water,

with only bitter thorn-fruit to eat.

The earth, how is it spread?
Absurdity Science Injustice Cruelty 88:8-26

8 In that day other faces will be calm,

9 Glad for their effort past,

10 In a high Garden

11 Where they hear no idle speech,

12 Wherein is a gushing spring,

Others will be calmly sit in a garden,

13 Wherein are couches raised

on high couches,

14 And goblets set at hand

15 And cushions ranged

16 And silken carpets spread.

drinking from goblets,

17 Will they not regard the camels, how they are created?

18 And the heaven, how it is raised?

19 And the hills, how they are set up?

considering camels, heaven, hills,

20 And the earth, how it is spread?

21 Remind them, for thou art but a remembrancer,

22 Thou art not at all a warder over them.

and the spread-out earth. [1]

23 But whoso is averse and disbelieveth,

24 Allah will punish him with direst punishment.

25 Lo! unto Us is their return

26 And Ours their reckoning.

But Allah will punish those who disbelieve

with the most severe punishment.