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   Chapters from the Koran.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Mecca Suras
 
The Chapter of the Cleaving Asunder
 
 
  IN the name of the merciful and compassionate God.  1
  When the heaven is cleft asunder,  2
  And when the stars are scattered,  3
  And when the seas gush together,  4
  And when the tombs are turned upside down,  5
  The soul shall know what it has sent on or kept back!  6
  O man! what has seduced thee concerning thy generous Lord, who created thee, and fashioned thee, and gave thee symmetry, and in what form He pleased composed thee?  7
  Nay, but ye call the judgment a lie! but over you are guardians set, 1—noble, writing down! they know what ye do!  8
  Verily, the righteous are in pleasure, and, verily, the wicked are in hell; they shall broil therein upon the judgment day; nor shall they be absent therefrom!  9
  And what shall make thee know what is the judgment day? Again, what shall make thee know what is the judgment day? a day when no soul shall control aught for another; and the bidding on that day belongs to God!  10
 
Note 1. The recording angels. [back]
 

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