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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by Edward Henry Palmer
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Edward Henry Palmer rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
70:1 An asker asked for torment that must befall,
70:2 for the unbelievers; there is no repelling it;
70:3 from God the Lord of the ascents,
70:4 whereby ascend the angels and the Spirit unto Him in a day whose length is fifty thousand years.
70:5 Wherefore be patient with fair patience;
70:6 verily, they see it as afar off,
70:7 but we see it nigh!
70:8 The day when the heaven shall be as molten brass,
70:9 and the mountains shall be like flocks of wool;
70:10 when no warm friend shall question friend;
70:11 they shall gaze on each other, and the sinner would fain give as a ransom from the torment of that day his sons
70:12 and his mate, and his brother
70:13 and his kin who stand by him,
70:14 and all who are in the earth, that yet it might rescue him!
70:15 Nay, verily, it is a flame,-
70:16 dragging by the scalp!
70:17 it shall call those who retreated and turned their backs
70:18 and who amassed and hoarded!
70:19 Verily, man is by nature rash!
70:20 when evil touches him, very impatient;
70:21 when good touches him, niggardly;
70:22 all save those who pray,
70:23 who remain at their prayers,
70:24 and in whose wealth is a reasonable due (set aside)
70:25 for him who asks and him who is kept from asking,
70:26 and those who believe in a day of judgment,
70:27 and those who shrink in terror from the torment of their Lord;-
70:28 verily, the torment of their Lord is not safe;-
70:29 and those who guard their private parts,
70:30 except for their wives or the (slave girls) whom their right hands possess, for they are not to be blamed;
70:31 but whoso craves beyond this, they are the transgressors;
70:32 and those who observe their trusts and their compacts,
70:33 and those who are upright in their testimonies,
70:34 and those who keep their prayers,
70:35 these shall dwell in gardens honoured.
70:36 What ails the misbelievers that they hurry on before thee,
70:37 crowding together on the right and on the left?
70:38 Does every man of them wish to enter the garden of pleasure?
70:39 Nay, we created them of what they know!
70:40 And I need not swear by the Lord of the easts and the wests; verily, we are able
70:41 to change them for others better, nor are we prevented!
70:42 So leave them to plunge in discussion, and to play until they meet that day of theirs which they are threatened with,
70:43 the day when they shall come forth in haste from the graves, as though they flock to a standard!
70:44 with their looks abashed; meanness shall cover them! That is the day which they were promised!


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