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70:1  ONE who is minded to ask might ask about the suffering which [in the hereafter] is bound to befal
70:2  those who deny the truth. [Know, then, that] nothing can ward it off
70:3  [since it will come] from God, unto whom there are many ways of ascent
70:4  all the angels and all the inspiration [ever granted to man] ascend unto Him [daily,] in a day the length whereof is [like] fifty thousand years…
70:5  Therefore, [O believer,] endure all adversity with goodly patience
70:6  behold, men look upon that [reckoning] as something far away –
70:7  but, We see it as near
70:8  [It will take place] on a Day when the sky will be like molten lead
70:9  and the mountains will be like tufts of wool
70:10  and [when] no friend will ask about his friend
70:11  though they may be in one another's sight: [for,] everyone who was lost in sin will on that Day but desire to ransom himself from suffering at the price of his own children
70:12  and of his spouse, and of his brother
70:13  and of all the kinsfolk who ever sheltered him
70:14  and of whoever [else] lives on earth, all of them - so that he could but save himself
70:15  But nay! Verily, all [that awaits him] is a raging flame
70:16  tearing away his skin
70:17  It will claim all such as turn their backs [on what is right], and turn away [from the truth]
70:18  and amass [wealth] and thereupon withhold [it from their fellow-men]
70:19  VERILY, man is born with a restless disposition
70:20  [As a rule,] whenever misfortune touches him, he is filled with self-pity
70:21  and whenever good fortune comes to him, he selfishly withholds it [from others]
70:22  Not so, however, those who consciously turn towards God in prayer
70:23  [and] who incessantly persevere in their praye
70:24  and in whose possessions there is a due share, acknowledged [by them]
70:25  for such as ask [for help] and such as are deprived [of what is good in life]
70:26  and who accept as true the [coming of the] Day of Judgment
70:27  and who stand in dread of their Sustainer's chastisement –
70:28  for, behold, of their Sustainer's chastisement none may ever feel [wholly] secure
70:29  and who are mindful of their chastity
70:30  [not giving way to their desires] with any but their spouses - that is, those whom they rightfully possess [through wedlock] -: for then, behold, they are free of all blame
70:31  whereas such as seek to go beyond that [limit] are truly transgressors
70:32  and who are faithful to their trusts and to their pledges
70:33  and who stand firm whenever they bear witness
70:34  and who guard their prayers [from all worldly intent]
70:35  These it is who in the gardens [of paradise] shall be honoured
70:36  WHAT, THEN, is amiss with such as are bent on denying the truth, that they run about confusedly to and fro before thee
70:37  [coming upon thee] from the right and from the left, in crowds
70:38  Does every one of them hope to enter [by this means] a garden of bliss
70:39  Never! For, behold, We have created them out of something that they know [only too well]
70:40  But nay! I call to witness [Our being] the Sustainer of all the points of sunrise and sunset: verily, well able are W
70:41  to replace them with [people] better than they are; for there is nothing to prevent Us [from doing what We will]
70:42  Hence, leave them to indulge in idle talk and play [with words] until they face that [Judgment] Day of theirs which they have been promised –
70:43  the Day when they shall come forth in haste from their graves, as if racing towards a goal-post
70:44  with downcast eyes, with ignominy overwhelming them: that Day which they were promised again and…