The Human Truth Foundation

Sura 81 of the Qur'an

By Vexen Crabtree 2013


Title: At-Takwir
English: The Overthrowing
Location: Makkah

Traditional Order:
< Sura 80 (Abasa - He Frowned)
> Sura 82 (AL-Infitar - The Cleaving)

Chronological Order:
< Sura 111 (Al-Masadd - The Flame)
> Sura 87 (Al-Ala - The Most High)

Verses: 29

1When the sun shall be darkened,
2when the stars shall be thrown down,
3when the mountains shall be set moving,
4when the pregnant camels shall be neglected,
5when the savage beasts shall be mustered,
6when the seas shall be set boiling,
7when the souls shall be coupled,
8when the buried infant shall be asked
9for what sin she was slain,
10when the scrolls shall be unrolled,
11when heaven shall be stripped off;
12when Hell shall be set blazing,
13when Paradise shall be brought nigh,
14then shall a soul know what it has produced.
15No! I swear by the slinkers,
16the runners, the sinkers,
17by the night swarming,
18by the dawn sighing,
19truly this is the word of a noble Messenger
20having power, with the Lord of the Throne secure,
21obeyed, moreover trusty.
22Your companion is not possessed;
23he truly saw him on the clear horizon;
24he is not niggardly of the Unseen.
25And it is not the word of an accursed Satan;
26where then are you going?
27It is naught but a Reminder unto all beings,
28for whosoever of you who would go straight;
29but will you shall not, unless God wills, the Lord of all Being.