Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation (2005)

12 When it 1 sights them from a distant place,
they will hear it raging and roaring.
13 And when they are cast into a narrow place in it,
bound together [in chains],
they will pray for [their own] annihilation.2
14 [They will be told:] ‘Do not pray
for a single annihilation today,
but pray for many annihilations!’
15 Say, ‘Is that better,
or the everlasting paradise promised to the Godwary,
which will be their reward and destination?’
16 There they will have whatever they wish,
abiding [forever],
a promise [much] besought, [binding] on your Lord.3
17 On the day that He will muster them
and those whom they worship besides Allah,
He will say,
‘Was it you who led astray these servants of Mine,
or did they themselves stray from the way?’
18 They will say, ‘Immaculate are You!
It does not behoove us
to take any guardians in Your stead!
But You provided for them and their fathers
until they forgot the Reminder,
and they were a ruined lot.’
19 So they will certainly impugn you in what you say,
and you will neither be able to circumvent [punishment]

1 That is, hell.

2 Cf. 43:77; 78:40.

3 Cf. 3:194: ‘Our Lord, grant us what You have promised us through Your apostles.’

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Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation, Islamic College for Advance Studies Press (ICAS), London (Distributed by The Centre for Translation of the Holy Qur’ān, Qom, Iran), Consulted online at “Quran Archive - Texts and Studies on the Quran” on 02 Dec. 2022: