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Did you notice?
70:1  An inquirer asked about an impending punishment.
70:2  It is for the kafirun and cannot be averted
70:3  from Allah — the Lord of the Ascending Steps.
70:4  The angels and the Spirit ascend to Him in a day whose length is fifty thousand years.
70:5  Therefore be patient with a patience which is beautiful.
70:6  They see it as something distant,
70:7  but We see it as very close.
70:8  On the Day the sky is like molten brass
70:9  and the mountains like tufts of coloured wool.
70:10  no good friend will ask about his friend
70:11  even though they can see each other. An evildoer will wish he could ransom himself from the punishment of that Day, by means of his sons,
70:12  or his wife or his brother
70:13  or his family who sheltered him
70:14  or everyone else on earth, if that only meant that he could save himself.
70:15  But no! It is a Raging Blaze
70:16  stripping away the limbs and scalp,
70:17  which calls for all who drew back and turned away,
70:18  and amassed and hoarded up.
70:19  Truly man was created headstrong —
70:20  desperate when bad things happen,
70:21  begrudging when good things come —
70:22  except for those who do salat
70:23  and are constant in it;
70:24  those in whose wealth there is a known share
70:25  for beggars and the destitute;
70:26  those who affirm the Day of Judgement,
70:27  those who are fearful of the punishment of their Lord
70:28  (no one is safe from the punishment of his Lord);
70:29  those who guard their private parts
70:30  except from their wives and any slaves they own, in which case they incur no blame,
70:31  but if anyone desires any more than that, they have overstepped the limits;
70:32  those who honour their trusts and contracts;
70:33  those who stand by their testimony;
70:34  those who safeguard their salat;
70:35  such people will be in Gardens, highly honoured.
70:36  What is the matter with those who are kafir? They run about in front of you, with outstretched necks and staring eyes,
70:37  on the right and on the left in scattered groups!
70:38  Does each one of them aspire to be admitted into a Garden of Delight?
70:39  Certainly not! We created them from what they know full well.
70:40  No! I swear by the Lord of the Easts and Wests that We have the power
70:41  to replace them with something better than them. We will not be outstripped.
70:42  So leave them to plunge and play around until they meet their Day which they are promised.
70:43  The Day they will emerge swiftly from their graves as if rushing to rally to the flag,
70:44  eyes downcast, darkened by debasement, that will be the Day which they were promised.