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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)
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Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
70:1 A questioner asked about a Penalty to befall
70:2 The Unbelievers, the which there is none to ward off,
70:3 (A Penalty) from Allah, Lord of the Ways of Ascent
70:4 The angels and the spirit ascend unto him in a Day the measure whereof is (as) fifty thousand years
70:5 Therefore do thou hold Patience,- a Patience of beautiful (contentment)
70:6 They see the (Day) indeed as a far-off (event)
70:7 But We see it (quite) near
70:8 The Day that the sky will be like molten brass
70:9 And the mountains will be like wool
70:10 And no friend will ask after a friend
70:11 Though they will be put in sight of each other,- the sinner's desire will be: Would that he could redeem himself from the Penalty of that Day by (sacrificing) his children
70:12 His wife and his brother
70:13 His kindred who sheltered him
70:14 And all, all that is on earth,- so it could deliver him
70:15 By no means! for it would be the Fire of Hell!
70:16 Plucking out (his being) right to the skull!
70:17 Inviting (all) such as turn their backs and turn away their faces (from the Right)
70:18 And collect (wealth) and hide it (from use)
70:19 Truly man was created very impatient;
70:20 Fretful when evil touches him
70:21 And niggardly when good reaches him;
70:22 Not so those devoted to Prayer;
70:23 Those who remain steadfast to their prayer
70:24 And those in whose wealth is a recognised right
70:25 For the (needy) who asks and him who is prevented (for some reason from asking)
70:26 And those who hold to the truth of the Day of Judgment
70:27 And those who fear the displeasure of their Lord,
70:28 For their Lord's displeasure is the opposite of Peace and Tranquillity;
70:29 And those who guard their chastity
70:30 Except with their wives and the (captives) whom their right hands possess,- for (then) they are not to be blamed
70:31 But those who trespass beyond this are transgressors;
70:32 And those who respect their trusts and covenants
70:33 And those who stand firm in their testimonies
70:34 And those who guard (the sacredness) of their worship;
70:35 Such will be the honoured ones in the Gardens (of Bliss)
70:36 Now what is the matter with the Unbelievers that they rush madly before thee
70:37 From the right and from the left, in crowds
70:38 Does every man of them long to enter the Garden of Bliss
70:39 By no means! For We have created them out of the (base matter) they know
70:40 Now I do call to witness the Lord of all points in the East and the West that We can certainly
70:41 Substitute for them better (men) than they; And We are not to be defeated (in Our Plan)
70:42 So leave them to plunge in vain talk and play about, until they encounter that Day of theirs which they have been promised!
70:43 The Day whereon they will issue from their sepulchres in sudden haste as if they were rushing to a goal-post (fixed for them),
70:44 Their eyes lowered in dejection,- ignominy covering them (all over)! such is the Day the which they are promised


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