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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by Arthur John Arberry
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Arthur John Arberry rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
70:1 A questioner asked of a chastisement about to fal
70:2 for the unbelievers, which none may avert
70:3 from God, the Lord of the Stairways
70:4 To Him the angels and the Spirit mount up, in a day whereof the measure is fifty thousand years
70:5 So be thou patient with a sweet patience
70:6 behold, they see it as if far off
70:7 but We see it is nigh
70:8 Upon the day when heaven shall be as molten coppe
70:9 and the mountains shall be as plucked wool-tufts
70:10 no loyal friend shall question loyal friend
70:11 as they are given sight of them. The sinner will wish that he might ransom himself from the chastisement of that day even by his sons
70:12 his companion wife, his brother
70:13 his kin who sheltered him
70:14 and whosoever is in the earth, all together, so that then it might deliver him
70:15 Nay, verily it is a furnac
70:16 snatching away the scalp
70:17 calling him who drew back and turned away
70:18 who amassed and hoarded
70:19 Surely man was created fretful
70:20 when evil visits him, impatient
70:21 when good visits him, grudging
70:22 save those that pra
70:23 and continue at their prayers
70:24 those in whose wealth is a right know
70:25 for the beggar and the outcast
70:26 who confirm the Day of Doo
70:27 and go in fear of the chastisement of their Lor
70:28 (from their Lord's chastisement none feels secure
70:29 and guard their private part
70:30 save from their wives and what their right hands own, then not being blameworth
70:31 (but whoso seeks after more than that, they are the transgressors)
70:32 and who preserve their trusts and their covenant
70:33 and perform their witnessings
70:34 and who observe their prayers
70:35 Those shall be in Gardens, high-honoured
70:36 What ails the unbelievers, running with outstretched neck
70:37 towards thee on the right hand and on the left hand in knots
70:38 What, is every man of them eager to be admitted to a Garden of Bliss
70:39 Not so; for We have created them of what they know
70:40 No! I swear by the Lord of the Easts and Wests, surely We are abl
70:41 to substitute a better than they; We shall not be outstripped
70:42 Then leave them alone to plunge and play until they encounter that day of theirs which they are promised
70:43 the day they shall come forth from the tombs hastily, as if they were hurrying unto a waymark
70:44 humbled their eyes, overspreading them abasement. That is the day which they were promised


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