THE MOON, CHAPTER NO. 054
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer
054.001 The Hour (of Judgment) is nigh, and the moon is cleft asunder.
054.002 But if they see a Sign, they turn away, and say, "This is (but) transient magic."
054.003 They reject (the warning) and follow their (own) lusts but every matter has its appointed time.
054.004 There have already come to them Recitals wherein there is (enough) to check (them),
054.005 Mature wisdom;- but (the preaching of) Warners profits them not.
054.006 Therefore, (O Prophet,) turn away from them. The Day that the Caller will call (them) to a terrible affair,
054.007 They will come forth,- their eyes humbled - from (their) graves, (torpid) like locusts scattered abroad,
054.008 Hastening, with eyes transfixed, towards the Caller!- "Hard is this Day!", the Unbelievers will say.
054.009 Before them the People of Noah rejected (their apostle): they rejected Our servant, and said, "Here is one possessed!", and he was driven out.
054.010 Then he called on his Lord: "I am one overcome: do Thou then help (me)!"
054.011 So We opened the gates of heaven, with water pouring forth.
054.012 And We caused the earth to gush forth with springs, so the waters met (and rose) to the extent decreed.
054.013 But We bore him on an (Ark) made of broad planks and caulked with palm-fibre:
054.014 She floats under our eyes (and care): a recompense to one who had been rejected (with scorn)!
054.015 And We have left this as a Sign (for all time): then is there any that will receive admonition?
054.016 But how (terrible) was My Penalty and My Warning?
054.017 And We have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember: then is there any that will receive admonition?
054.018 The ‘Ad (people) (too) rejected (Truth): then how terrible was My Penalty and My Warning?
054.019 For We sent against them a furious wind, on a Day of violent Disaster,
054.020 Plucking out men as if they were roots of palm-trees torn up (from the ground).
054.021 Yea, how (terrible) was My Penalty and My Warning!
054.022 But We have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember: then is there any that will receive admonition?
054.023 The Thamud (also) rejected (their) Warners.
054.024 For they said: "What! a man! a Solitary one from among ourselves! shall we follow such a one? Truly should we then be straying in mind, and mad!
054.025 "Is it that the Message is sent to him, of all people amongst us? Nay, he is a liar, an insolent one!"
054.026 Ah! they will know on the morrow, which is the liar, the insolent one!
054.027 For We will send the she-camel by way of trial for them. So watch them, (O
Salih), and possess thyself in patience!
054.028 And tell them that the water is to be divided between them: Each one’s right to drink being brought forward (by suitable turns).
054.029 But they called to their companion, and he took a sword in hand, and hamstrung (her).
054.030 Ah! how (terrible) was My Penalty and My Warning!
054.031 For We sent against them a single Mighty Blast, and they became like the dry stubble used by one who pens cattle.
054.032 And We have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember: then is there any that will receive admonition?
054.033 The people of Lut rejected (his) warning.
054.034 We sent against them a violent Tornado with showers of stones, (which destroyed them), except Lut’s household: them We delivered by early Dawn,-
054.035 As a Grace from Us: thus do We reward those who give thanks.
054.036 And (Lut) did warn them of Our Punishment, but they disputed about the Warning.
054.037 And they even sought to snatch away his guests from him, but We blinded their eyes. (They heard:) "Now taste ye My Wrath and My Warning."
054.038 Early on the morrow an abiding Punishment seized them:
054.039 "So taste ye My Wrath and My Warning."
054.040 And We have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember: then is there any that will receive admonition?
054.041 To the People of Pharaoh, too, aforetime, came Warners (from Allah).
054.042 The (people) rejected all Our Signs; but We seized them with such Penalty (as comes) from One Exalted in Power, able to carry out His Will.
054.043 Are your Unbelievers, (O Quraish), better than they? Or have ye an immunity in the Sacred Books?
054.044 Or do they say: "We acting together can defend ourselves"?
054.045 Soon will their multitude be put to flight, and they will show their backs.
054.046 Nay, the Hour (of Judgment) is the time promised them (for their full recompense): And that Hour will be most grievous and most bitter.
054.047 Truly those in sin are the ones straying in mind, and mad.
054.048 The Day they will be dragged through the Fire on their faces, (they will hear:) "Taste ye the touch of Hell!"
054.049 Verily, all things have We created in proportion and measure.
054.050 And Our Command is but a single (Act),- like the twinkling of an eye.
054.051 And (oft) in the past, have We destroyed gangs like unto you: then is there any that will receive admonition?
054.052 All that they do is noted in (their) Books (of Deeds):
054.053 Every matter, small and great, is on record.
054.054 As to the Righteous, they will be in the midst of Gardens and Rivers,
054.055 In an Assembly of Truth, in the Presence of a Sovereign Omnipotent.