Surah 51. The Winnowing Winds
51:1. By the (Winds) that scatter and spread out;
51:2. And those that lift and bear away heavy weights;
51:3. And those that flow with ease and gentleness;
51:4. And those that distribute and apportion by Command;-
51:5. Verily that which ye are promised is true;
51:6. And verily Judgment and Justice must indeed come to pass.
51:7. By the Sky with (its) numerous Paths,
51:8. Truly ye are in a doctrine discordant,
51:9. Through which are deluded (away from the Truth) such as would be deluded.
51:10. Woe to the falsehood-mongers,-
51:11. Those who (flounder) heedless in a flood of confusion:
51:12. They ask, "When will be the Day of Judgment and Justice?"
51:13. (It will be) a Day when they will be tried (and tested) over the Fire!
51:14. "Taste ye your trial! This is what ye used to ask to be hastened!"
51:15. As to the Righteous, they will be in the midst of Gardens and Springs,
51:16. Taking joy in the things which their Lord gives them, because, before then, they lived a good life.
51:17. They were in the habit of sleeping only little by night,
51:18. And in the hours of early dawn, they (were found) praying for Forgiveness;
51:19. And in their wealth and possessions (was remembered) the right of the (needy,) him who asked, and him who (for some reason) was prevented (from asking).
51:20. On the Earth are signs for those of assured Faith,
51:21. As also in your own selves: will ye not then see?
51:22. And in heaven is your Sustenance, as (also) that which ye are promised.
51:23. Then, by the Lord of heaven and Earth, this is the very Truth, as much as the fact that ye can speak intelligently to each other.
51:24. Has the story reached thee, of the honoured guests of Abraham?
51:25. Behold, they entered his presence, and said: "Peace!" He said, "Peace!" (and thought, "These seem) unusual people."
51:26. Then he turned quickly to his household, brought out a fatted calf,
51:27. And placed it before them... he said, "Will ye not eat?"
51:28. (When they did not eat), He conceived a fear of them. They said, "Fear not," and they gave him Good News of a son (Isaac - "laughter") endowed with knowledge.
51:29. But his wife came forward (laughing) aloud: she smote her forehead and said: "A barren old woman?"
51:30. They said, "Even so has thy Lord spoken: and He is full of Wisdom and Knowledge."
51:31. (Abraham) said: "And what, O ye Messengers, is your errand (now)?"
51:32. They said, "We have been sent to a people (deep) in sin;-
51:33. "To bring on, on them, (a shower of) stones of clay (brimstone),
51:34. "Marked as from thy Lord for those who trespass beyond bounds."
51:35. Then We evacuated those of the Believers who were there,
51:36. But We found not there any just ("True in Faith") persons except in one house:
51:37. And We left there a Sign for such as fear the Grievous Penalty.
51:38. And in Moses (was another Sign): behold, We sent him to Pharaoh, with Authority manifest.
51:39. But (Pharaoh) turned back with his Chiefs, and said, "A sorcerer, or one possessed!"
51:40. So We took him and his forces, and threw them into the sea and his was the blame.
51:41. And in the 'Ad (people) (was another Sign): behold, We sent against them the devastating Wind:
51:42. It left nothing of whatever it came up against, but reduced it to ruin and rottenness.
51:43. And in the Thamud (was another Sign): behold, they were told, "Enjoy (your brief day) for a little while!"
51:44. But they insolently defied the Command of their Lord: so the stunning noise (of an earthquake) seized them, even while they were looking on.
51:45. Then they could not even stand (on their feet), nor could they help themselves.
51:46. So were the People of Noah before them: for they wickedly transgressed.
51:47. With power and skill did We construct the Firmament: for it is We Who create the vastness of Space.
51:48. And We have spread out the (spacious) Earth: how excellently We do spread out!
51:49. And of every thing We have created pairs: that ye may receive instruction.
51:50. Hasten ye then (at once) to "I AM": I am from Him a Warner to you, clear and open!
51:51. And make not another an object of worship with "I AM": I am from Him a Warner to you, clear and open!
51:52. Similarly, no apostle came to the Peoples before them, but they said (of him) in like manner, "A sorcerer, or one possessed"!
51:53. Is this the legacy they have transmitted, one to another? Nay, they are themselves a people transgressing beyond bounds!
51:54. So turn away from them: not thine is the blame.
51:55. But teach (thy Message) for teaching benefits the Believers.
51:56. I have only created Beings and humans (human+beings), that they might serve Me.
51:57. No Sustenance do I require from them, nor do I require that they should feed Me.
51:58. For "I AM" is He Who gives (all) Sustenance,- Lord of Power,- Steadfast (for ever).
51:59. For the wrong-doers, their portion is like unto the portion of their fellows (of earlier generations): then let them not ask Me to hasten (that portion)!
51:60. Woe, then, to the Unbelievers, on account of that Day of theirs which they have been promised!