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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by Wahiduddin Khan
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Wahiduddin Khan rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
70:1 A doubter once demanded that punishment be immediately meted out
70:2 to those who deny the truth. No power can hinder Go
70:3 from punishing them. He is the Lord of the Ascending Stairways
70:4 by which the angels and the Spirit will ascend to Him in one Day which will last for fifty thousand years
70:5 Therefore, [O believers] behave with seemly patience
70:6 They see it [the Day of Judgement] to be far off
70:7 but We see it near at hand
70:8 On that Day the heavens shall become like molten brass
70:9 and the mountains will become like tufts of wool
70:10 and no friend will ask about his friend
70:11 though they shall be within sight of each other. The guilty one will gladly ransom himself from the torment of that Day by sacrificing his own children
70:12 his wife, his brother
70:13 and his kinsfolk who gave him shelter
70:14 and all the people of the earth, if that could deliver him
70:15 But no! There is a raging blaz
70:16 stripping away his skin
70:17 and it will claim all those who turned their backs [on the true faith] and turned away [from the truth]
70:18 and amassed wealth and hoarded it
70:19 Indeed, man is born impatient
70:20 when misfortune touches him he starts lamenting
70:21 and whenever good fortune comes to him, he grows niggardly
70:22 But not so the worshipper
70:23 who are steadfast in prayer
70:24 those who give a due share of their wealt
70:25 to those who ask [for help] and to the destitute
70:26 and those who believe in the Day of Judgemen
70:27 and are fearful of the punishment of their Lord
70:28 for none may ever feel secure from the punishment of their Lord
70:29 those who preserve their chastit
70:30 except from their spouses and those whom they rightfully possess [through wedlock], for which they incur no blam
70:31 but those who go beyond that limit are transgressors
70:32 and those who are faithful to their trusts and to their pledges
70:33 and those who stand by their testimon
70:34 and are steadfast in their prayers
70:35 They will be honoured in the Gardens of Bliss
70:36 But what is the matter with those who deny the truth, that they come hastening towards yo
70:37 from the right and from the left, in crowds
70:38 Does every one of them aspire to be admitted into a Garden of Delight
70:39 Certainly not! They know quite well out of what We created them
70:40 But nay! I call to witness the Lord of the Easts and the Wests, that We have the power doing this
70:41 to replace them with others better than them: nothing can prevent Us from
70:42 so leave them to indulge in vain idle talk and amuse themselves, until they face the Day which they have been promised
70:43 the Day when they shall come out of their graves in haste, as if they were racing to a goal
70:44 with downcast eyes and faces distorted in shame; such is the Day which they are promised


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