Surah 81

AL TAKWIR (The Folding Up)

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful


1 When the sun is folded up;

2 When the stars fall, losing their lustre;

3 When the mountains vanish;

4 When the she-camels, ten months with young, are left untended;

5 When the wild beasts are herded together;

6 When the oceans boil over with a swell;

7 When the souls are sorted out;

8 When the female buried alive, is questioned

9 For what crime she was killed;

10 When the scrolls are laid open;

11 When the world on high is unveiled;

12 When the blazing fire is kindled to fierce heat;

13 And when the garden is brought near;

14 Each soul shall know what it has put forward.

15 So truly I call to witness the planets that recede,

16 Go straight, or hide;

17 And the night as it dissipates;

18 And the dawn as it breathes away the darkness;

19 Truly this is the word of a most honourable messenger,

20 Endued with power, with rank before the Lord of the throne,

21 With authority there, faithful to his trust.

22 Your companion is not one possessed;

23 And without doubt he saw him in the clear horizon.

24 Neither does he withhold grudgingly a knowledge of the unseen.

25 Nor is it the word of an evil spirit accursed.

26 Then where are you going?

27 Truly this is no less than a message to the universe:

28 To whomever among you wants to go straight:

29 But you shall not want except what Allah wills, Lord of the universe.


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