When the Terror descends
(and none denies its descending)
when the earth shall be rocked
and the mountains crumbled
and become a dust scattered,
and you shall be three bands-
Companions of the Right (O Companions of the Right!)
Companions of the Left (O Companions of the Left!)
and the Outstrippers: the Outstrippers
those are they brought nigh the Throne,
in the Gardens of Delight
(a throng of the ancients
and how few of the later folk)
upon close-wrought couches
reclining upon them, set face to face,
immortal youths going round about them
with goblets, and ewers, and a cup from a spring
(no brows throbbing, no intoxication)
and such fruits as then, shall choose,
and such flesh of fowl as they desire,
and wide-eyed houris
as the likeness of hidden pearls,
a recompense for that they laboured.
Therein they shall hear no idle talk, no cause of sin,
only the saying 'Peace, Peace!'
The companions of the Right (O Companions of the Right!)
mid thornless lote-trees and serried acacias,
and spreading shade and outpoured waters,
and fruits abounding
and upraised couches.
Perfectly We formed them, perfect,
and We made them spotless virgins,
chastely amorous, like of age
for the Companions of the Right.
A throng of the ancients
and a throng of the later folk.
The Companions of the Left (O Companions of the Left!)
mid burning winds and boiling waters
and the shadow of a smoking blaze
neither cool, -neither goodly;
and before that they lived at ease,
and persisted in the Great Sin,
'What, when we are dead and become
dust and bones, shall we indeed
be raised up?
What, and our fathers, the ancients?'
Say: 'The ancients, and the later folk
shall be gathered to the appointed time
of a known day.
Then you erring ones, you that cried lies,
you shall eat of a tree called Zakkoum,
and you shall fill therewith your bellies
and drink on top of that boiling water
lapping it down like thirsty camels.
This shall be their hospitality on the
Day of Doom. (LVI, 1-55.)
So, when the Trumpet is blown with a single blast
and the earth and the mountains are lifted up and
crushed with a single blow,
then, on that day, the Terror shall come to pass,
and heaven shall be split, for upon that day it
shall be very frail,
and the angels shall stand upon its borders, and
upon that day eight shall carry above them the
Throne of thy Lord.
On that day you shall be exposed, not one secret
of yours concealed.
Then as for him who is given his book in his right hand,
he shall say, 'Here, take and read my book! Certainly
I thought that I should encounter thy reckoning.' So he
shall be in a pleasing life
in a lofty Garden,
its clusters nigh to gather.
'Eat and drink with wholesome appetite for that you did
long ago, in the days gone by.'
But as for him who is given his book in his left hand,
he shall say, 'Would that I had not been given my book
and not known my reckoning! Would it had been the end!
My wealth has not availed me,
my authority is gone from me.'
Take him, and fetter him, and then roast him in Hell,
then in a chain of seventy cubits' length insert him!
Behold, he never believed in God the All-mighty, and
he never urged the feeding of the needy; therefore he
today has not here one loyal friend, neither any food
saving foul pus, that none excepting the sinners eat.