74 The Cloaked One
74:1 O thou wrapped up (in the mantle)!
74:2 Arise and deliver thy warning!
74:3 And thy Lord do thou magnify!
74:4 And thy garments keep free from stain!
74:5 And all abomination shun!
74:6 Nor expect, in giving, any increase (for thyself)!
74:7 But, for thy Lord’s (Cause), be patient and constant!
74:8 Finally, when the Trumpet is sounded,
74:9 That will be- that Day - a Day of Distress,-
The last day will be a day of anguish for disbelievers.
74:10 Far from easy for those without Faith.
74:11 Leave Me alone, (to deal) with the (creature) whom I created (bare and) alone!-
74:12 To whom I granted resources in abundance,
74:13 And sons to be by his side!-
74:14 To whom I made (life) smooth and comfortable!
74:15 Yet is he greedy-that I should add (yet more);-
74:16 By no means! For to Our Signs he has been refractory!
Those who are stubborn to Allah’‘s revelations will face a fearful doom.
Doom in the Quran
For disbelievers a painful doom
74:17 Soon will I visit him with a mount of calamities!
74:18 For he thought and he plotted;-
74:19 And woe to him! How he plotted!-
74:20 Yea, Woe to him; How he plotted!-
74:21 Then he looked round;
74:22 Then he frowned and he scowled;
74:23 Then he turned back and was haughty;
74:24 Then said he: “This is nothing but magic, derived from of old;
74:25 “This is nothing but the word of a mortal!”
74:26 Soon will I cast him into Hell-Fire!
74:27 And what will explain to thee what Hell-Fire is?
The fire of hell shrivels humans and spares nothing.
74:28 Naught doth it permit to endure, and naught doth it leave alone!-
74:29 Darkening and changing the colour of man!
74:30 Over it are Nineteen.
“Above it are nineteen.”
Nineteen is a special (magic?) number in the Quran.
74:31 And We have set none but angels as Guardians of the Fire; and We have fixed their number only as a trial for Unbelievers,- in order that the People of the Book may arrive at certainty, and the Believers may increase in Faith,- and that no doub ts may be left for the People of the Book and the Believers, and that those in whose hearts is a disease and the Unbelievers may say, “What symbol doth God intend by this ?” Thus doth God leave to stray whom He pleaseth, and guide whom He pleaseth: an d none can know the forces of thy Lord, except He and this is no other than a warning to mankind.
Allah has appointed angels to tend the Fire and has prepared stumbling blocks for those who disbelieve. He sends some people (whoever he wants) astray.
74:32 Nay, verily: By the Moon,
74:33 And by the Night as it retreateth,
74:34 And by the Dawn as it shineth forth,-
74:35 This is but one of the mighty (portents),
74:36 A warning to mankind,-
74:37 To any of you that chooses to press forward, or to follow behind;-
74:38 Every soul will be (held) in pledge for its deeds.
74:39 Except the Companions of the Right Hand.
74:40 (They will be) in Gardens (of Delight): they will question each other,
74:41 And (ask) of the Sinners:
74:42 “What led you into Hell Fire?”
74:43 They will say: “We were not of those who prayed;
74:44 “Nor were we of those who fed the indigent;
74:45 “But we used to talk vanities with vain talkers;
74:46 “And we used to deny the Day of Judgment,
74:47 “Until there came to us (the Hour) that is certain.”
74:48 Then will no intercession of (any) intercessors profit them.
74:49 Then what is the matter with them that they turn away from admonition?-
74:50 As if they were affrighted asses,
74:51 Fleeing from a lion!
74:52 Forsooth, each one of them wants to be given scrolls (of revelation) spread out!
74:53 By no means! But they fear not the Hereafter,
74:54 Nay, this surely is an admonition:
74:55 Let any who will, keep it in remembrance!
74:56 But none will keep it in remembrance except as God wills: He is the Lord of Righteousness, and the Lord of Forgiveness.
Pickthill: “He is the fount of fear.”
Allah is the font of fear.