88. Surah Al-Ghaashiyah

1. Hal ataaka hadeesul ghaashiyah

هَلْ أَتَاكَ حَدِيثُ الْغَاشِيَةِ

Has the story reached thee of the overwhelming (Event)?
2. Wujoohuny yawma 'izin khaashi'ah

وُجُوهٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ خَاشِعَةٌ

Some faces, that Day, will be humiliated,
3. 'Aamilatun naasibah

عَامِلَةٌ نَاصِبَةٌ

Labouring (hard), weary,-
4. Taslaa naaran haamiyah

تَصْلَىٰ نَارًا حَامِيَةً

The while they enter the Blazing Fire,-
5. Tusqaa min 'aynin aaniyah

تُسْقَىٰ مِنْ عَيْنٍ آنِيَةٍ

The while they are given, to drink, of a boiling hot spring,
6. Laisa lahum ta'aamun illaa min daree'

لَيْسَ لَهُمْ طَعَامٌ إِلَّا مِنْ ضَرِيعٍ

No food will there be for them but a bitter Dhari´
7. Laa yusminu wa laa yughnee min joo'

لَا يُسْمِنُ وَلَا يُغْنِي مِنْ جُوعٍ

Which will neither nourish nor satisfy hunger.
8. Wujoohuny yawma 'izin naa'imah

وُجُوهٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ نَاعِمَةٌ

(Other) faces that Day will be joyful,
9. Lisa'yihaa raadiyah

لِسَعْيِهَا رَاضِيَةٌ

Pleased with their striving,-
10. Fee jannatin 'aaliyah

فِي جَنَّةٍ عَالِيَةٍ

In a Garden on high,
11. Laa tasma'u feehaa laaghiyah

لَا تَسْمَعُ فِيهَا لَاغِيَةً

Where they shall hear no (word) of vanity:
12. Feehaa 'aynun jaariyah

فِيهَا عَيْنٌ جَارِيَةٌ

Therein will be a bubbling spring:
13. Feehaa sururum marfoo'ah

فِيهَا سُرُرٌ مَرْفُوعَةٌ

Therein will be Thrones (of dignity), raised on high,
14. Wa akwaabum mawdoo'ah

وَأَكْوَابٌ مَوْضُوعَةٌ

Goblets placed (ready),
15. Wa namaariqu masfoofah

وَنَمَارِقُ مَصْفُوفَةٌ

And cushions set in rows,
16. Wa zaraabiyyu mabsoosah

وَزَرَابِيُّ مَبْثُوثَةٌ

And rich carpets (all) spread out.
17. Afalaa yanzuroona ilalibili kaifa khuliqat

أَفَلَا يَنْظُرُونَ إِلَى الْإِبِلِ كَيْفَ خُلِقَتْ

Do they not look at the Camels, how they are made?-
18. Wa ilas samaaa'i kaifa rufi'at

وَإِلَى السَّمَاءِ كَيْفَ رُفِعَتْ

And at the Sky, how it is raised high?-
19. Wa ilal jibaali kaifa nusibat

وَإِلَى الْجِبَالِ كَيْفَ نُصِبَتْ

And at the Mountains, how they are fixed firm?-
20. Wa ilal ardi kaifa sutihat

وَإِلَى الْأَرْضِ كَيْفَ سُطِحَتْ

And at the Earth, how it is spread out?
21. Fazakkir innama anta Muzakkir

فَذَكِّرْ إِنَّمَا أَنْتَ مُذَكِّرٌ

Therefore do thou give admonition, for thou art one to admonish.
22. Lasta 'alaihim bimusaitir

لَسْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ بِمُصَيْطِرٍ

Thou art not one to manage (men´s) affairs.
23. Illaa man tawallaa wa kafar

إِلَّا مَنْ تَوَلَّىٰ وَكَفَرَ

But if any turn away and reject Allah,-
24. Fa yu'azzibuhul laahul 'azaabal akbar

فَيُعَذِّبُهُ اللَّهُ الْعَذَابَ الْأَكْبَرَ

Allah will punish him with a mighty Punishment,
25. Innaa ilainaaa iyaabahum

إِنَّ إِلَيْنَا إِيَابَهُمْ

For to Us will be their return;
26. Summa inna 'alainaa hisaabahum

ثُمَّ إِنَّ عَلَيْنَا حِسَابَهُمْ

Then it will be for Us to call them to account.
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Recitation by Mishary Al-Alfasy


By Abul A'la Maududi

The Surah takes its name from the word al-ghishiyah in the first verse.

Period of Revelation

The whole subject matter of the Surah indicates that this too is one of the earliest Surahs to be revealed; but this was the period when the Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) had started preaching his message publicly, and the people of Makkah were hearing it and ignoring it carelessly and thoughtlessly.

Theme and Subject Matter

To understand the subject matter well one should keep in view the fact that in the initial stage the preaching of the Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) mostly centered around two points which he wanted to instill in the people's minds: Tauhid and the Hereafter: and the people of Makkah were repudiating both. Let us now consider the subject matter and the style of this Surah.

At the outset, in order to arouse the people from their heedlessness, they have been plainly asked:"Do you have any knowledge of the time when an overwhelming calamity will descend?" Immediately after this details of the impending calamity are given as to how the people will be divided into two separate groups and will meet separate ends. One group of the people will go to Hell and they will suffer punishment; the second group will go to the sublime Paradise and will be provided with, blessings.

After thus arousing the people the theme suddenly changes and the question is asked: Do not these people, who frown and scorn the teaching of Tauhid and the news of the Hereafter being given by the Qur'an, observe the common things which they experience daily in their lives? Do they never consider how the camels, on whom their whole life activity in the Arabian desert depends, came into being, endowed precisely with the same characteristics as were required for the beast needed in their desert life? When they go on their journeys, they see the sky, the mountains, or the earth. Let them ponder over these three phenomena and consider as to how the sky was stretched above them, how the mountains were erected and how the earth was spread beneath them? Has all this come about without the skill and craftsmanship of an All- Powerful, All Wise Designer? If they acknowledge that a Creator has created all this with great wisdom and power and that no one else is an associate with Him in their creation, why then do they refuse to accept Him alone as their Lord and Sustainer? And if they acknowledge that that God had the power to create all this, then on what rational ground do they hesitate to acknowledge that that God also has the power to bring about Resurrection, to recreate man, and to make Hell and Heaven?

After making the truth plain by this concise and rational argument, the address turns from the disbelievers to the Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) and he is told: "If these people do not acknowledge the truth, they may not; you have not been empowered to act with authority over them, so that you should coerce them into believing: your only task is to exhort, so exhort them. Ultimately they have to return to Us; then We shall call them to full account and shall inflict a heavy punishment on those who do not believe."