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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by Ahmed Ali
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Ahmed Ali rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
70:1 AN INQUIRER ASKED for the affliction that is to com
70:2 Upon the infidels -- which none would be able to repel -
70:3 From God, the Lord of the steps (of progression)
70:4 To whom the angels and the soul take a day to ascend, whose length is fifty thousand years
70:5 So persevere with becoming patience
70:6 They surely take it to be far away
70:7 But We see it very near
70:8 The day the sky becomes like molten brass
70:9 The mountains like the tufts of (carded) wool
70:10 And no friend inquires after frien
70:11 Though within sight of one another. The sinner would like to ransom himself from the torment of that Day by offering his sons
70:12 His wife and his brother
70:13 And his family who had stood by him
70:14 And all those who are on the earth, to save himself
70:15 But never. It is pure white flam
70:16 That would skin the scalp
70:17 It will summon whoever turns his back and flees
70:18 Who amasses and then hoards
70:19 Surely man is greedy by nature
70:20 If evil befalls him he is perturbed
70:21 If good comes to him he holds back his hand
70:22 Except those who closely follow (the Book of God)
70:23 Who persevere in devotion
70:24 In whose wealth a due share is include
70:25 For the needy and those dispossessed
70:26 And those who believe in the Day of Judgement
70:27 And those who fear the punishment of their Lord, -
70:28 Surely no one can be secure from the punishment of his Lord, -
70:29 And those who guard their sex except from their wives and women slaves of ol
70:30 Are free of blame
70:31 But those who seek more than this will be transgressors
70:32 And those who fulfil their trusts and covenants
70:33 Who uphold their testimonies
70:34 And those who are mindful of their moral obligations
70:35 They will live in gardens with honour
70:36 What is the matter with unbelievers that they stare at you with fixed gazes and hasten towards yo
70:37 In crowds, right and left
70:38 Does every one of them wish to enter the garden of tranquility
70:39 Never so. We have created them from what they know
70:40 So I swear by the Lord of the Easts and the Wests that We are certainly abl
70:41 To bring better people than they in their place; and they will not be able to thwart Us
70:42 So leave them to their vain disputes and amusement till they meet their day (of reckoning) promised them
70:43 The day when they will come out of their graves in all haste as though rushing to their altars
70:44 Eyes lowered, shame attending. That is the day they have been promised


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