اقْتَرَبَتِ السَّاعَةُ وَانْشَقَّ الْقَمَرُ
Dr. Mustafa Khattab The Hour has drawn near and the moon was split ˹in two˺.1

وَإِنْ يَرَوْا آيَةً يُعْرِضُوا وَيَقُولُوا سِحْرٌ مُسْتَمِرٌّ
Dr. Mustafa Khattab Yet, whenever they see a sign, they turn away,1 saying, “Same old magic!”

وَكَذَّبُوا وَاتَّبَعُوا أَهْوَاءَهُمْ وَكُلُّ أَمْرٍ مُسْتَقِرٌّ
Dr. Mustafa Khattab They rejected ˹the truth˺ and followed their own desires—and every matter will be settled—

وَلَقَدْ جَاءَهُمْ مِنَ الْأَنْبَاءِ مَا فِيهِ مُزْدَجَرٌ
Dr. Mustafa Khattab even though the stories ˹of destroyed nations˺ that have already come to them are a sufficient deterrent.

حِكْمَةٌ بَالِغَةٌ فَمَا تُغْنِ النُّذُرُ
Dr. Mustafa Khattab ˹This Quran is˺ profound ˹in˺ wisdom, but warnings are of no benefit ˹to them˺.

فَتَوَلَّ عَنْهُمْ يَوْمَ يَدْعُ الدَّاعِ إِلَىٰ شَيْءٍ نُكُرٍ
Dr. Mustafa Khattab So turn away from them ˹O Prophet˺. ˹And wait for˺ the Day ˹when˺ the caller1 will summon ˹them˺ for something horrifying.2

خُشَّعًا أَبْصَارُهُمْ يَخْرُجُونَ مِنَ الْأَجْدَاثِ كَأَنَّهُمْ جَرَادٌ مُنْتَشِرٌ
Dr. Mustafa Khattab With eyes downcast, they will come forth from the graves as if they were swarming locusts,

مُهْطِعِينَ إِلَى الدَّاعِ يَقُولُ الْكَافِرُونَ هَٰذَا يَوْمٌ عَسِرٌ
Dr. Mustafa Khattab rushing towards the caller. The disbelievers will cry, “This is a difficult Day!”

۞ كَذَّبَتْ قَبْلَهُمْ قَوْمُ نُوحٍ فَكَذَّبُوا عَبْدَنَا وَقَالُوا مَجْنُونٌ وَازْدُجِرَ
Dr. Mustafa Khattab Before them, the people of Noah denied ˹the truth˺ and rejected Our servant, calling ˹him˺ insane. And he was intimidated.

فَدَعَا رَبَّهُ أَنِّي مَغْلُوبٌ فَانْتَصِرْ
Dr. Mustafa Khattab So he cried out to his Lord, “I am helpless, so help ˹me˺!”

فَفَتَحْنَا أَبْوَابَ السَّمَاءِ بِمَاءٍ مُنْهَمِرٍ
Dr. Mustafa Khattab So We opened the gates of the sky with pouring rain,