by Mineke Schipper, Humanity’s End as a New Beginning: World Disasters in Myths
28. The End
When the earth shall be rocked with a severe shaking, and the mountains shall be crumbling and become scattered dust, you shall be three sorts. Companions of the right hand; how happy are the companions of the right hand! And companions of the left hand; how wretched are the companions of the left hand! And the foremost: the foremost are brought nigh the Throne of God in the Gardens of Delight: a numerous company from among the first, and a few from among the later generations. They will recline on decorated couches, set face to face, while immortal youths will go round about them with goblets and ewers and a cup of pure drink which causes no headache nor exhaustion; and such fruits as they choose, and such flesh of fowl as they desire, and wide-eyed houris, the like of hidden pearls, a reward for their works. They shall not hear therein any idle talk or sinful discourse, only the word “peace, peace”.
The companions of the right hand; how happy are the companions of the right hand amid thornless lote-trees, and serried acacias), spreading shade, and constantly flowing water, and abundant fruit, unfailing and unforbidden, and upraised couches. Surely We formed them perfect, and We made them spotless virgins, loving, like of age, for the sake of the companions of the right hand – a numerous company from among the first, and a few from among the later generations.
The companions of the left hand, how wretched are those of the left hand! In hot wind and boiling water, and the shade of a smoking blazee, neither cool nor honourable; surely, before that they lived in ease and plenty, and persisted in their sinfulness. And they used to say: What! when we die and have become dust and bones, shall we then indeed be raised up? And what about our forefathers?
On that day you will see the believers, men and women, their light running before them and on their right hands. “Good news for you today: gardens beneath which rivers flow, to abide therein for ever; that is the grand achievement.”
On the day when the hypocrites, men and women, will say to those who believe: “Wait for us, so that we may borrow light from you.” It shall be said: “Turn back and seek a light.” And a wall will be set up between them, a wall with a door in it; there shall be mercy in the inward thereof, and there shall be punishment in the outward thereof. They will cry out to them: “Were we not with you?” They shall say: “Yes indeed, but you fell into temptation, and you waited and were in doubt, and vain desires deluded you until God’s threatened punishment came, while the archdeceiver deceived you about God. Therefore today no ransom shall be accepted from you nor from those who disbelieved; the Fire will be your refuge, and evil your well-deserved resort.”