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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar
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Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
70:1 One who supplicates asked for a punishment that will fall
70:2 on the ones who are ungrateful for which there will be no one to avert
70:3 from God, the Possessor of the Stairways of Ascent.
70:4 The angels and the Spirit go up to Him on a Day whose measure had been fifty thousand years.
70:5 So have thou patience with a graceful patience.
70:6 Truly, they see it as distant,
70:7 but We see it as near at hand.
70:8 On a Day the heaven will become as molten copper
70:9 and the mountains be as wool clusters
70:10 and no loyal friend will ask a loyal friend,
70:11 although they are given sight of them. One who sins would wish that he offer for ransom —from the punishment of that day—his children
70:12 or his companion wife, or his brother
70:13 or his relatives who gave him refuge,
70:14 or whoever is on the earth altogether, again, if that would rescue him.
70:15 No indeed. Truly, it is the furnace of hell
70:16 removing their scalps,
70:17 calling whoever drew back and turned away
70:18 and gathered wealth and amassed.
70:19 Truly, the human being was created fretful.
70:20 When the worst afflicted him, he is impatient.
70:21 And when the good afflicted him, begrudging.
70:22 But the ones who formally pray,
70:23 those, they are ones who continue with their formal prayers
70:24 and those who in their wealth there is a known obligation towards
70:25 the one who begs and the one who is deprived
70:26 and those who sincerely validate the Day of Judgment.
70:27 And those, they are ones who are apprehensive of the punishment of their Lord.
70:28 Truly, as to the punishment of their Lord, there is no one who is safe from it.
70:29 Those, they are ones who guard their private parts,
70:30 but not from their spouses or what their right hands possessed. Truly, they are not ones who will be reproached.
70:31 But whoever was looking beyond that, those, they are ones who turn away.
70:32 And those, they who in their trusts and to their compacts are ones who shepherd.
70:33 And those, they who, giving their testimony, are ones who uphold.
70:34 And those, they who over their formal prayers are watchful.
70:35 Those will be in Gardens, ones who are honored.
70:36 What is with those who were ungrateful—ones who run forward towards thee, eyes fixed in horror,
70:37 to the right and the left, tied in knots.
70:38 Is not every man of them desirous of being caused to enter into a Garden of Bliss?
70:39 No indeed. Truly, We created them out of what they know.
70:40 So I swear an oath by the Lord of the rising places and the setting places, that We certainly are ones who have power
70:41 to substitute better for them. And We are not ones who are outrun.
70:42 So let them engage in idle talk and play until they encounter the Day of theirs that they are promised,
70:43 the Day when they will go forth swiftly from their tombs as though they had been hurrying to a goal
70:44 with their sight, that which is humbled. Abasement will come over them. That is the Day which they had been promised.


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