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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by N J Dawood 2014
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N J Dawood (2014) rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
70:1 A SCEPTIC² once demanded that punishment be visite
70:2 forthwith upon the unbelievers. No power can hinde
70:3 God from punishing them. He is the Lord of the Stairways
70:4 whereby the angels and the Spirit will ascend to Him in one day whose space is fifty thousand years
70:5 Therefore conduct yourself with becoming patience
70:6 They think the Day of Judgement is far off
70:7 but We see it near at hand
70:8 On that day the sky shall become like molten brass
70:9 and the mountains like tufts of wool scattered in the wind
70:10 No bosom friend shall ask a bosom friend when eye meets eye
70:11 To redeem himself from the torment of that day the sinner will gladly sacrifice his children
70:12 his consort, his brother
70:13 the kin who gave him shelter
70:14 and all that are on the earth, if then this might deliver him
70:15 But no! The fire of Hel
70:16 shall drag him down by the scalp
70:17 shall claim him who had turned his bac
70:18 and amassed riches and covetously hoarded them
70:19 Indeed, man was created impatient
70:20 When evil befalls him he is despondent
70:21 but, blessed with good fortune, he grows niggardly
70:22 Not so the worshippers
70:23 who are steadfast in prayer
70:24 who set aside a due portion of their wealt
70:25 for the beggar and for the dispossessed
70:26 who truly believe in the Day of Reckoning
70:27 and dread the punishment of their Lor
70:28 (for none is secure from the punishment of their Lord)
70:29 who restrain their carnal desir
70:30 (save with their wives and slave-girls, for with these they are blameless
70:31 transgressors are those who lust after other than these)
70:32 who keep their trusts and promise
70:33 and bear true witness
70:34 and who attend to their prayers with promptitude
70:35 These shall be laden with honours, in fair Gardens
70:36 But what has befallen the unbelievers, that they scramble towards yo
70:37 in multitudes from right and left
70:38 Are they each seeking to enter a Garden of Delight
70:39 No! Of what We created them they know full well
70:40 I swear by the Lord of the easts and of the wests that We have the powe
70:41 to replace them by others better than they: nothing can hinder us from so doing
70:42 So let them paddle, let them play until they face the day they are promised
70:43 the day when they shall rush headlong from their graves
70:44 like men rallying to a standard, with downcast eyes and countenances distorted and abject. Such is the day they are promised


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