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

5 when the wild beasts are mustered,
6 when the seas are set afire,
7 when the souls are assorted,1
8 when the girl buried-alive will be asked
9 for what sin she was killed.
10 When the records [of deeds] are unfolded,
11 when the sky is stripped off,
12 when hell is set ablaze,
13 when paradise is brought near,
14 then a soul shall know what it has readied [for itself].
15 So I swear by the stars that return,
16 the planets that hide,
17 by the night as it approaches,
18 by the dawn as it breathes,
19 it is indeed the speech of a noble apostle,2
20 powerful and eminent with the Lord of the Throne,
21 one who is heard and trustworthy as well.
22 Your companion is not crazy:
23 certainly he saw him on the manifest horizon,
24 and he is not miserly concerning the Unseen.
25 And it is not the speech of an outcast Satan.
26 So where are you going?
27 It is just a reminder for all the nations,
28 for those of you who wish to be steadfast;3
29 but you do not wish
unless it is wished by Allah,
the Lord of all the worlds.

1 That is, separated into different groups according to their character; cf. 56:7; 37:22. Or ‘mated;’ cf. 52:20.

2 Cf. 69:40.

3 Or ‘for those of you who wish to walk straight.’

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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 24 Sep. 2023: