SURA 78. Nabaa, or The (Great) News
1. Concerning what are they disputing?
2. Concerning the Great News,
3. About which they cannot agree.
4. Verily, they shall soon [come to] know!
5. Verily, verily they shall soon [come to] know!
6. Have We not made the earth as a wide expanse,
7. And the mountains as pegs?
8. And [have We not] created you in pairs,
9. And made your sleep for rest,
10. And made the night as a covering,
11. And made the day as a means of subsistence?
12. And [have We not] built over you the seven firmaments,
13. And placed [therein] a Light of Splendour?
14. And do We not send down from the clouds water in abundance,
15. That We may produce therewith corn and vegetables,
16. And gardens of luxurious growth?
17. Verily the Day of Sorting out is a thing appointed,
18. The Day that the Trumpet shall be sounded, and ye shall come forth in
19. And the heavens shall be opened as if there were doors,
20. And the mountains shall vanish, as if they were a mirage.
21. Truly Hell is as a place of ambush,
22. For the transgressors a place of destination:
23. They will dwell therein for ages.
24. Nothing cool shall they taste therein, nor any drink,
25. Save a boiling fluid and a fluid, dark, murky, intensely cold,
26. A fitting recompense [for them].
27. For that they used not to fear any account [for their deeds],
28. But they [impudently] treated Our Signs as false.
29. And all things have We preserved on record.
30. “So taste ye [the fruits of your deeds]; for no increase shall We grant you,
except in Punishment.”
31. Verily for the Righteous there will be a fulfilment of [the heart’s]
32. Gardens enclosed, and grapevines;
33. And voluptuous women of equal age;
34. And a cup full [to the brim].
35. No vanity shall they hear therein, nor Untruth:-
36. Recompense from thy Lord, a gift, [amply] sufficient,
37. [From] the Lord of the heavens and the earth, and all between, [Allah] Most
Gracious: None shall have power to argue with Him.
“And made your sleep a cessation of activity. We made the night a mantle and appointed the day for gaining a livelihood.”
1. Allah has willed that sleep should overpower man and make him lose consciousness and activity.
2. When asleep, man is in a state which is unlike life and unlike death.
3. It ensures rest for his body and mind and compensates both for whatever effort they have exerted during wakefulness. All this happens in a way the true nature of which man cannot conceive. His will plays no part in it and it is impossible for him to discover how it happens to him
4. . When awake, man does not know his condition while he is asleep. He is also unable, when asleep, to observe his condition and how sleep affects him. It is one of the secrets of the constitution of man and all living creatures, unknown except to the Creator Who has made sleep essential for life.
5. For there is no living creature who can stay without sleep except for a limited period. If he were forced, by external means, to stay awake he would certainly die.
6. Sleep does not merely satisfy some of man’s physical and mental needs. It is, indeed, a truce for the human soul from the fierce struggle of life.
7. It is a respite which allows man to lay down his armour willingly or unwillingly, and enjoy a period of perfect peace which he needs no less than he needs food and drink.
8. Sometimes, when one is low-spirited, mentally exhausted, possessed by fear and alarm, sleep may overpower one, for a few minutes perhaps, and bring about a total change in one’s condition.
9. Sleep does not merely renew one’s strength, but it may revive one as if one wakes up a new person altogether. This is miraculous but still very true.