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

29 olives and date palms,
30 and densely-planted gardens,
31 fruits and pastures,
32 as a sustenance for you and your livestock.
33 So when the deafening Cry comes
34 — the day when a man will evade his brother,
35 his mother and his father,
36 his spouse and his sons —
37 that day each of them will have
a task to keep him preoccupied.
38 That day some faces will be bright,
39 laughing and joyous.
40 And some faces on that day
will be covered with dust,
41 overcast with gloom.
42 It is they who are the faithless, the vicious.1

81. Sūrat al-Takwīr 2

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

1 When the sun is wound up,3
2 when the stars scatter,4
3 when the mountains are set moving,
4 when the pregnant camels are neglected,

1 Or ‘vicious ingrates.’

2 The sūrah takes its name from “the winding up” or “the darkening” (takwīr) of the sun mentioned in verse 1.

3 Or ‘turns dark.’

4 Or ‘fall down.’

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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 31 Jan. 2023: