Marmaduke Pickthall, The Meaning of The Glorious Koran. An Explanatory Translation (1930)

SÛRAH LXXXI

At-Takwîr takes its name from a word in verse 1. Verses 8 and 9 contain an allusion to the practice of the pagan Arabs of burying alive girl-children whom they deemed superfluous.

An early Meccan Sûrah.

The Overthrowing

Revealed at Mecca
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

1. When the sun is overthrown,

2. And when the stars fall,

3. And when the hills are moved,

4. And when the camels big with young are abandoned,

5. And when the wild beasts are herded together,

6. And when the seas rise,

7. And when souls are reunited,

8. And when the girl-child that was buried alive is asked

9. For what sin she was slain,

10. And when the pages are laid open,

11. And when the sky is torn away,

12. And when hell is lighted,

13. And when the garden is brought nigh,

14. (Then) every soul will know what it hath made ready.

15. Oh, but I call to witness the planets,

16. The stars which rise and set,

17. And the close of night,1

18. And the breath of morning 2

1 Lit. “And the night when it closeth.”

2 Lit. “And the morning when it breathes.”

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Marmaduke Pickthall, The Meaning of The Glorious Koran. An Explanatory Translation, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, Consulted online at “Quran Archive - Texts and Studies on the Quran” on 02 Oct. 2022: http://quran-archive.org/explorer/marmaduke-pickthall/1930?page=642