ENTITLED, THE RENDING IN SUNDER; REVEALED AT MECCA.
IN THE NAME OF THE MOST MERCIFUL GOD.
When the heaven shall be rent in sunder, and shall obey its Lord, and shall
be capable thereof; and when the earth shall be stretched out, and shall
cast forth that which is therein, and shall remain empty, and shall obey
its Lord, and shall be capable thereof: O man, verily laboring thou laborest
to meet thy Lord, and thou shalt meet him. And he who shall have his book
given into his right hand, shall be called to an easy account, and shall
turn unto his family with joy: but he who shall have his book given him
behind his back, shall invoke destruction to fall upon him, and he shall
be sent into hell to be burned; because he rejoiced insolently amidst his
family on earth. Verily he thought that he should never return unto God:
yea verily; but his Lord beheld him. Wherefore I swear by the redness of
the sky after sunset, and by the night, and the animals which it driveth
together, and by the moon when she is at the full; ye shall surely be transferred
successively from state to state. What aileth them, therefore, that they
believe not the resurrection; and that, when the Koran is read unto them,
they worship not? Yea: the unbelievers accuse the same of imposture: but
God well knoweth the malice which they keep hidden in their breasts. Wherefore
denounce unto them a grievous punishment, except those who believe and
do good works: for them is prepared a never-failing reward.