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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by Wahiduddin Khan
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Wahiduddin Khan rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
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70:1 A doubter once demanded that punishment be immediately meted out,
70:2 to those who deny the truth. No power can hinder God
70:3 from punishing them. He is the Lord of the Ascending Stairways,
70:4 by which the angels and the Spirit will ascend to Him in one Day which will last for fifty thousand years.
70:5 Therefore, [O believers] behave with seemly patience.
70:6 They see it [the Day of Judgement] to be far off,
70:7 but We see it near at hand.
70:8 On that Day the heavens shall become like molten brass,
70:9 and the mountains will become like tufts of wool,
70:10 and no friend will ask about his friend,
70:11 though they shall be within sight of each other. The guilty one will gladly ransom himself from the torment of that Day by sacrificing his own children,
70:12 his wife, his brother,
70:13 and his kinsfolk who gave him shelter,
70:14 and all the people of the earth, if that could deliver him.
70:15 But no! There is a raging blaze
70:16 stripping away his skin,
70:17 and it will claim all those who turned their backs [on the true faith] and turned away [from the truth],
70:18 and amassed wealth and hoarded it.
70:19 Indeed, man is born impatient:
70:20 when misfortune touches him he starts lamenting,
70:21 and whenever good fortune comes to him, he grows niggardly.
70:22 But not so the worshippers
70:23 who are steadfast in prayer;
70:24 those who give a due share of their wealth
70:25 to those who ask [for help] and to the destitute;
70:26 and those who believe in the Day of Judgement
70:27 and are fearful of the punishment of their Lord;
70:28 for none may ever feel secure from the punishment of their Lord;
70:29 those who preserve their chastity
70:30 except from their spouses and those whom they rightfully possess [through wedlock], for which they incur no blame
70:31 but those who go beyond that limit are transgressors;
70:32 and those who are faithful to their trusts and to their pledges;
70:33 and those who stand by their testimony
70:34 and are steadfast in their prayers.
70:35 They will be honoured in the Gardens of Bliss.
70:36 But what is the matter with those who deny the truth, that they come hastening towards you
70:37 from the right and from the left, in crowds?
70:38 Does every one of them aspire to be admitted into a Garden of Delight?
70:39 Certainly not! They know quite well out of what We created them.
70:40 But nay! I call to witness the Lord of the Easts and the Wests, that We have the power doing this,
70:41 to replace them with others better than them: nothing can prevent Us from
70:42 so leave them to indulge in vain idle talk and amuse themselves, until they face the Day which they have been promised,
70:43 the Day when they shall come out of their graves in haste, as if they were racing to a goal,
70:44 with downcast eyes and faces distorted in shame; such is the Day which they are promised.


   


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