¡ When the sky is cleft asunder,
* and when the stars are dispersed,
1-2 The “cleaving” or splitting of the sky (see also 25:25; 55:37; 84:1), when it is opened as if it were gates (78:19) is considered one of the marks of the Day of Judgment (cf. 73:18). When the sky is cleaved, the stars will be blotted out (77:8) and fade away (81:2).