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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by Ahmed Ali
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Ahmed Ali rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
70:1 AN INQUIRER ASKED for the affliction that is to come
70:2 Upon the infidels -- which none would be able to repel --
70:3 From God, the Lord of the steps (of progression),
70:4 To whom the angels and the soul take a day to ascend, whose length is fifty thousand years.
70:5 So persevere with becoming patience.
70:6 They surely take it to be far away,
70:7 But We see it very near.
70:8 The day the sky becomes like molten brass,
70:9 The mountains like the tufts of (carded) wool,
70:10 And no friend inquires after friend
70:11 Though within sight of one another. The sinner would like to ransom himself from the torment of that Day by offering his sons,
70:12 His wife and his brother,
70:13 And his family who had stood by him,
70:14 And all those who are on the earth, to save himself.
70:15 But never. It is pure white flame
70:16 That would skin the scalp.
70:17 It will summon whoever turns his back and flees,
70:18 Who amasses and then hoards.
70:19 Surely man is greedy by nature.
70:20 If evil befalls him he is perturbed;
70:21 If good comes to him he holds back his hand,
70:22 Except those who closely follow (the Book of God),
70:23 Who persevere in devotion,
70:24 In whose wealth a due share is included
70:25 For the needy and those dispossessed,
70:26 And those who believe in the Day of Judgement,
70:27 And those who fear the punishment of their Lord, --
70:28 Surely no one can be secure from the punishment of his Lord, --
70:29 And those who guard their sex except from their wives and women slaves of old
70:30 Are free of blame,
70:31 But those who seek more than this will be transgressors;
70:32 And those who fulfil their trusts and covenants,
70:33 Who uphold their testimonies,
70:34 And those who are mindful of their moral obligations.
70:35 They will live in gardens with honour.
70:36 What is the matter with unbelievers that they stare at you with fixed gazes and hasten towards you
70:37 In crowds, right and left?
70:38 Does every one of them wish to enter the garden of tranquility?
70:39 Never so. We have created them from what they know.
70:40 So I swear by the Lord of the Easts and the Wests that We are certainly able
70:41 To bring better people than they in their place; and they will not be able to thwart Us.
70:42 So leave them to their vain disputes and amusement till they meet their day (of reckoning) promised them,
70:43 The day when they will come out of their graves in all haste as though rushing to their altars,
70:44 Eyes lowered, shame attending. That is the day they have been promised!


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