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وَالنَّازِعَاتِ غَرْقًا
CONSIDER those [stars] that rise only to set, (1)
وَالنَّاشِطَاتِ نَشْطًا
and move [in their orbits] with steady motion, (2)
وَالسَّابِحَاتِ سَبْحًا
and float [through space] with floating serene, (3)
فَالسَّابِقَاتِ سَبْقًا
and yet overtake [one another] with swift overtaking: (4)
فَالْمُدَبِّرَاتِ أَمْرًا
and thus they fulfil the [Creator's] behest! (5)
يَوْمَ تَرْجُفُ الرَّاجِفَةُ
[HENCE, think of] the Day when a violent convulsion will convulse [the world], (6)
تَتْبَعُهَا الرَّادِفَةُ
to be followed by further [convulsions]! (7)
قُلُوبٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ وَاجِفَةٌ
On that Day will [men's] hearts be throbbing, (8)
أَبْصَارُهَا خَاشِعَةٌ
[and] their eyes downcast.... (9)
يَقُولُونَ أَإِنَّا لَمَرْدُودُونَ فِي الْحَافِرَةِ
[And yet,] some say, "What! Are we indeed to be restored to our former state – (10)
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Abdullah Yusuf Ali
By the (angels)5916 who tear out (the souls of the wicked) with violence;5917 (Translation)