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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by Rashad Khalifa
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Rashad Khalifa rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
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70:1 A questioner may question the inevitable retribution.
70:2 For the disbelievers, none can stop it.
70:3 From GOD; Possessor of the highest Height.
70:4 The angels, with their reports, climb to Him in a day that equals fifty thousand years.
70:5 Therefore, you shall resort to a gracious patience.
70:6 KHALIFA:For they see it far away.
70:7 While we see it very close.
70:8 The day will come when the sky will be like molten rocks.
70:9 The mountains will be like fluffy wool.
70:10 KHALIFA:No friend will care about his close friend.
70:11 When they see them, the guilty will wish he could give his own children as ransom, to spare him the retribution of that day.
70:12 Also his spouse, and his brother
70:13 Even his whole tribe that raised him.
70:14 Even all the people on earth, if it would save him.
70:15 No; it is aflame.
70:16 KHALIFA:Eager to burn.
70:17 It calls on those who turned away.
70:18 Those who hoarded and counted.
70:19 Indeed, the human being is anxious.
70:20 If touched by adversity, despondent.
70:21 If blessed by wealth, stingy.
70:22 Except for the worshipers.
70:23 Who always observe their contact prayers (Salat).
70:24 Part of their money is set aside.
70:25 For the poor and the needy
70:26 They believe in the Day of Judgment.
70:27 They reverence their Lord's requital.
70:28 Their Lord's requital is not taken for granted.
70:29 They keep their chastity.
70:30 (They have relations) only with their spouses, or what is legally theirs -
70:31 anyone who transgresses these limits is a sinner.
70:32 And the believers keep their word; they are trustworthy.
70:33 Their testimony is truthful.
70:34 They consistently observe their contact prayers (Salat) on time.
70:35 They have deserved a position of honor in Paradise.
70:36 What is keeping those who disbelieved from joining you?
70:37 To the right, and to the left, they flee.
70:38 How can any of them expect to enter the blissful Paradise?
70:39 Never; we created them, and they know from what.
70:40 I solemnly swear by the Lord of the easts and the wests; we are able -
70:41 KHALIFA:to substitute better people in your place; we can never be defeated.
70:42 Therefore, let them blunder and play, until they meet the day that is awaiting them.
70:43 That is the day they come out of the graves in a hurry, as if herded to the (sacrificial) altars.
70:44 With their eyes subdued, shame will cover them. That is the day that is awaiting them.


   


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