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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by Talal A Itani
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Talal A. Itani (new translation) rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
70:1 A questioner questioned the imminent torment.
70:2 For the disbelievers; none can repel it.
70:3 From God, Lord of the Ways of Ascent.
70:4 Unto Him the angels and the Spirit ascend on a Day the duration of which is fifty thousand years.
70:5 So be patient, with sweet patience.
70:6 They see it distant.
70:7 But We see it near.
70:8 On the Day when the sky will be like molten brass.
70:9 And the mountains will be like tufted wool.
70:10 No friend will care about his friend.
70:11 They will be shown each other. The criminal wishes he would be redeemed from the punishment of that Day by his children.
70:12 And his spouse, and his brother.
70:13 And his family that sheltered him.
70:14 And everyone on earth, in order to save him.
70:15  By no means! It is a Raging Fire.
70:16 It strips away the scalps.
70:17 It invites him who once turned his back and fled.
70:18 And accumulated and hoarded.
70:19 Man was created restless.
70:20 Touched by adversity, he is fretful.
70:21 Touched by good, he is ungenerous.
70:22 Except the prayerful.
70:23 Those who are constant at their prayers.
70:24 And those in whose wealth is a rightful share.
70:25 For the beggar and the deprived.
70:26 And those who affirm the Day of Judgment.
70:27 And those who fear the punishment of their Lord.
70:28 Their Lord's punishment is not to be taken for granted.
70:29 And those who guard their chastity.
70:30 Except from their spouses or those living under their control, for then they are free of blame.
70:31 But whoever seeks to go beyond that—these are the transgressors.
70:32 And those who honor their trusts and their pledges.
70:33 And those who stand by their testimonies.
70:34 And those who are dedicated to their prayers.
70:35 These will be honored in Gardens.
70:36 What is with those who disbelieve, stretching their necks towards you.
70:37 From the right, and from the left, banding together?
70:38 Is every one of them aspiring to be admitted into a Garden of Bliss?
70:39 No indeed! We created them from what they know.
70:40 I swear by the Lord of the Easts and the Wests, that We are Able.
70:41 To replace them with better than they, and We are not to be outdone.
70:42 So leave them to blunder and play, until they meet their Day which they are promised.
70:43 The Day when they will emerge from the tombs in a rush, as though they were hurrying towards a target.
70:44 Their eyes cast down; overwhelmed by humiliation. This is the Day which they were promised.


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