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

and who says what is right.
39 That is the day of truth.
So let anyone who wishes take resort with his Lord.
40 Indeed We have warned you
of a punishment near at hand
— the day when a person will observe 1
what his hands have sent ahead
and the faithless one will say,
‘I wish I were dust!’

79. Sūrat al-Nāzi‘āt 2

In the Name of Allah,
the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

1 By those [angels] who wrest [the soul] violently,
2 by those who draw [it] out gently,
3 by those who swim smoothly,
4 by those who take the lead, racing,
5 by those who direct the affairs [of creatures]:
6 the day when the Quaker quakes
7 and is followed by the Successor,3
8 hearts will be trembling on that day,
9 bearing a humbled look.
10 They will say,
‘Are we being returned to our earlier state?

1 Or ‘consider.’

2 The sūrah takes its name from “the wresters” (al-nāzi‘āt) mentioned in verse 1.

3 Apparently, ‘the Quaker’ and ‘the Successor’ refer to the first and the second blasts of the Trumpet sounded by Isrāfīl on the Day of Resurrection. Cf. 39:68; 73:14.

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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 06 Oct. 2022: