Chapter 79: Those Who Tear Out

Broken Trunk

SECTION 1: The Great Commotion

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

1. By the (angels) who tear out (the souls of the wicked) with violence; 2. By those who gently draw out (the souls of the blessed); 3. And by those who glide along (on errands of mercy), 4. Then press forward as in a race, 5. Then arrange to do (the Commands of their Lord), 6. One Day everything that can be in commotion will be in violent commotion, 7. Followed by oft-repeated (commotions): 8. Hearts that Day will be in agitation; 9. Cast down will be (their owners’) eyes.

10. They say (now): “What! Shall we indeed be returned to (our) former state? 11. What! — when we shall have become rotten bones?” 12. They say: “It would, in that case, be a return with loss!”

13. But verily, it will be but a single (compelling) Cry, 14. When, behold, they will be in the (full) awakening (to Judgement).


15. Has the story of Moses reached you? 16. Behold, your Lord did call to him in the sacred valley of Ṭuwā — 17. “Go you to Pharaoh, for he has indeed transgressed all bounds. 18. And say to him, ‘Would you that you should be purified (from sin)? — 19. And that I guide you to your Lord, so you should fear Him?’” 20. Then did (Moses) show him the Great Sign. 21. But (Pharaoh) rejected it and disobeyed (guidance); 22. Further, he turned his back, striving hard (against God). 23. Then he collected (his men) and made a proclamation, 24. Saying, “I am your Lord, Most High.” 25. But God did punish him, (and made an) example of him — in the Hereafter, as in this life. 26. Verily in this is an instructive warning for whoever fears (God).

SECTION 2: The Great Calamity


27. What! Are you the more difficult to create or the heaven (above)? (God) has constructed it: 28. On high has He raised its canopy, and He has given it order and perfection. 29. Its night does He endow with darkness, and its splendor does He bring out (with light). 30. And the earth, moreover, has He extended (to a wide expanse); 31. He draws out therefrom its moisture and its pasture; 32. And the mountains has He firmly fixed; — 33. For use and convenience to you and your cattle.

34. Therefore, when there comes the great, overwhelming (Event), — 35. The Day when man shall remember (all) that he strove for, 36. And Hell-Fire shall be placed in full view for (all) to see, — 37. Then, for such as had transgressed all bounds, 38. And had preferred the life of this world, 39. The Abode will be Hell-Fire; 40. And for such as had entertained the fear of standing before their Lord’s (tribunal) and had restrained (their) soul from lower desires, 41. Their Abode will be the Garden.


42. They ask you about the Hour, — ‘When will be its appointed time? 43. Wherein are you (concerned) with the declaration thereof? 44. With your Lord is the Limit fixed therefor. 45. You are but a Warner for such as fear it. 46. The Day they see it, (it will be) as if they had tarried but a single evening, or (at most ’till) the following morn! 


What! Are you the more difficult to create or the heaven (above)? (God) has constructed it: On high has He raised its canopy, and He has given it order and perfection. (79:27-28)