83rd: Sura 84


Total Verses: 25                                        Ibn Kathir on Sura 84    
Given in Mecca                                     Robert Spencer on Sura 84

YUSUFALI: When the sky is rent asunder,
PICKTHAL: When the heaven is split asunder
SHAKIR: When the heaven bursts asunder,

YUSUFALI: And hearkens to (the Command of) its Lord, and it must needs (do so);-
PICKTHAL: And attentive to her Lord in fear,
SHAKIR: And obeys its Lord and it must.

YUSUFALI: And when the earth is flattened out,
PICKTHAL: And when the earth is spread out
SHAKIR: And when the earth is stretched,

YUSUFALI: And casts forth what is within it and becomes (clean) empty,
PICKTHAL: And hath cast out all that was in her, and is empty
SHAKIR: And casts forth what is in it and becomes empty,

YUSUFALI: And hearkens to (the Command of) its Lord,- and it must needs (do so);- (then will come Home the full reality).
PICKTHAL: And attentive to her Lord in fear!
SHAKIR: And obeys its Lord and it must.

YUSUFALI: O thou man! Verily thou art ever toiling on towards thy Lord- painfully toiling,- but thou shalt meet Him.
PICKTHAL: Thou, verily, O man, art working toward thy Lord a work which thou wilt meet (in His presence).
SHAKIR: O man! surely you must strive (to attain) to your Lord, a hard striving until you meet Him.

YUSUFALI: Then he who is given his Record in his right hand,
PICKTHAL: Then whoso is given his account in his right hand
SHAKIR: Then as to him who is given his book in his right hand,

YUSUFALI: Soon will his account be taken by an easy reckoning,
PICKTHAL: He truly will receive an easy reckoning
SHAKIR: He shall be reckoned with by an easy reckoning,

YUSUFALI: And he will turn to his people, rejoicing!
PICKTHAL: And will return unto his folk in joy.
SHAKIR: And he shall go back to his people joyful.

YUSUFALI: But he who is given his Record behind his back,-
PICKTHAL: But whoso is given his account behind his back,
SHAKIR: And as to him who is given his book behind his back,

YUSUFALI: Soon will he cry for perdition,
PICKTHAL: He surely will invoke destruction
SHAKIR: He shall call for perdition,

YUSUFALI: And he will enter a Blazing Fire.
PICKTHAL: And be thrown to scorching fire.
SHAKIR: And enter into burning fire.

YUSUFALI: Truly, did he go about among his people, rejoicing!
PICKTHAL: He verily lived joyous with his folk,
SHAKIR: Surely he was (erstwhile) joyful among his followers.

YUSUFALI: Truly, did he think that he would not have to return (to Us)!
PICKTHAL: He verily deemed that he would never return (unto Allah).
SHAKIR: Surely he thought that he would never return.

YUSUFALI: Nay, nay! for his Lord was (ever) watchful of him!
PICKTHAL: Nay, but lo! his Lord is ever looking on him!
SHAKIR: Yea! surely his Lord does ever see him.

YUSUFALI: So I do call to witness the ruddy glow of Sunset;
PICKTHAL: Oh, I swear by the afterglow of sunset,
SHAKIR: But nay! I swear by the sunset redness,

YUSUFALI: The Night and its Homing;
PICKTHAL: And by the night and all that it enshroudeth,
SHAKIR: And the night and that which it drives on,

YUSUFALI: And the Moon in her fullness:
PICKTHAL: And by the moon when she is at the full,
SHAKIR: And the moon when it grows full,

YUSUFALI: Ye shall surely travel from stage to stage.
PICKTHAL: That ye shall journey on from plane to plane.
SHAKIR: That you shall most certainly enter one state after another.

YUSUFALI: What then is the matter with them, that they believe not?-
PICKTHAL: What aileth them, then, that they believe not
SHAKIR: But what is the matter with them that they do not believe,

YUSUFALI: And when the Qur'an is read to them, they fall not prostrate,
PICKTHAL: And, when the Qur'an is recited unto them, worship not (Allah)?
SHAKIR: And when the Quran is recited to them they do not make obeisance?

YUSUFALI: But on the contrary the Unbelievers reject (it).
PICKTHAL: Nay, but those who disbelieve will deny;
SHAKIR: Nay! those who disbelieve give the lie to the truth.

YUSUFALI: But Allah has full knowledge of what they secrete (in their breasts)
PICKTHAL: And Allah knoweth best what they are hiding.
SHAKIR: And Allah knows best what they hide,

YUSUFALI: So announce to them a Penalty Grievous,
PICKTHAL: So give them tidings of a painful doom,
SHAKIR: So announce to them a painful punishment~

YUSUFALI: Except to those who believe and work righteous deeds: For them is a Reward that will never fail.
PICKTHAL: Save those who believe and do good works, for theirs is a reward unfailing.
SHAKIR: Except those who believe and do good; for them is a reward that shall never be cut off.