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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by Mohammad Shafi
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Mohammad Shafi rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
70:1 A questioner questions punishment that is bound to befall
70:2 Those who suppress the Truth. There is none to defend anyone
70:3 From Allah, Lord of the [many] ascents.
70:4 The time taken by the angels and the Spirit to ascend to Him is fifty thousand years [of man's reckoning]!
70:5 So, (O Prophet), be graciously patient [at the disbelievers' deliberate disbelief].
70:6 They do indeed see it [punishment] long in coming,
70:7 And We see it near.
70:8 That Day, the sky will be like molten metal,
70:9 And the mountains will be like wool.
70:10 And friend will not ask of friend
70:11 Although they would be able to see one another. The sinner would like to save himself from the punishment of that Day by offering (even) his children in ransom!
70:12 And [he would offer] his spouse and his brother,
70:13 And [he would offer] his kindred who sheltered him,
70:14 And [he would offer] all all that is on the earth, if only he could thus save himself.
70:15 But no! The fierce flame of Hell-fire it shall be
70:16 That would be stripping their scalds off.
70:17 It [the Fire] would summon him who had turned away and retreated
70:18 And had amassed and hoarded.
70:19 Man is indeed impatient by nature
70:20 When adversity touches him he bewails.
70:21 And when prosperity touches him, he is begrudging,
70:22 But those who pray are not [so impatient.]
70:23 Those that are constant in their prayers
70:24 And those in whose wealth there is a known right
70:25 For those that beg and for those that are deprived,
70:26 And [among those who are not impatient are] those who sincerely believe in the Day of Judgment,
70:27 And those that fear the punishment of their Lord.
70:28 — There is indeed no security against punishment of their Lord —
70:29 And those that guard their chastity
70:30 Except from their spouses or from those whom they rightfully possess. For indulging in sex with them, they are, of course, not to be blamed.
70:31 But whoever seeks to go beyond that — those are the ones that go beyond limits.
70:32 And [among those who are not impatient are] those who are true to their trusts and who keep their word.
70:33 And those who firmly stand by their testimonies
70:34 And those who guard their prayer.h
70:35 All those shall be the honoured ones in Gardens of Paradise.
70:36 And what is the matter with those that suppress the Truth that they rush to you
70:37 From the right and from the left, in groups?
70:38 Does everyone of them hope to enter the Garden of Bliss [by following one's own man- made thought]?
70:39 No, not at all! They know what We have created them from.
70:40 By no means [can they enter the Garden of Bliss!] I swear by the Lord of the easts and the wests that We certainly are capable
70:41 Of replacing them by others better than they. And nothing can hinder Us.
70:42 Leave them then to their vain talk and to their amusements, till they meet with the Day promised to them —
70:43 The Day on which they will come hastily out of their graves, as though they had to run towards their goals,
70:44 Their eyes downcast and [their bodies] overwhelmed with disgrace! That is the Day they were promised!


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