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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by Mustafa Khattab 2018
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The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
70:1 A challenger has demanded a punishment bound to come
70:2 for the disbelievers—to be averted by none—
70:3 from Allah, Lord of pathways of ˹heavenly˺ ascent,
70:4 ˹through which˺ the angels and the ˹holy˺ spirit will ascend to Him on a Day fifty thousand years in length.
70:5 So endure ˹this denial, O Prophet,˺ with beautiful patience.
70:6 They truly see this ˹Day˺ as impossible,
70:7 but We see it as inevitable.
70:8 On that Day the sky will be like molten brass
70:9 and the mountains like ˹tufts of˺ wool.
70:10 And no close friend will ask ˹about˺ their friends,
70:11 ˹although˺ they will be made to see each other. The wicked will wish to ransom themselves from the punishment of that Day by their children,
70:12 their spouses, their siblings,
70:13 their clan that sheltered them,
70:14 and everyone on earth altogether, just to save themselves.
70:15 But no! There will certainly be a raging Flame
70:16 ripping off scalps.
70:17 It will summon whoever turned their backs ˹on Allah˺ and turned away ˹from the truth˺,
70:18 and gathered and hoarded ˹wealth˺.
70:19 Indeed, humankind was created impatient:
70:20 distressed when touched with evil,
70:21 and withholding when touched with good—
70:22 except those who pray,
70:23 consistently performing their prayers;
70:24 and who give the rightful share of their wealth
70:25 to the beggar and the poor;
70:26 and who ˹firmly˺ believe in the Day of Judgment;
70:27 and those who fear the punishment of their Lord—
70:28 ˹knowing that˺ none should feel secure from their Lord’s punishment—
70:29 and those who guard their chastity
70:30 except with their wives or those ˹bondwomen˺ in their possession, for then they are free from blame,
70:31 but whoever seeks beyond that are the transgressors.
70:32 ˹The faithful are˺ also those who are true to their trusts and covenants;
70:33 and who are honest in their testimony;
70:34 and who are ˹properly˺ observant of their prayers.
70:35 These will be in Gardens, held in honour.
70:36 So what is the matter with the disbelievers that they rush ˹head-long˺ towards you ˹O Prophet˺,
70:37 from the right and the left, in groups ˹to mock you˺?
70:38 Does every one of them expect to be admitted into a Garden of Bliss?
70:39 But no! Indeed, they ˹already˺ know what We created them from.
70:40 So, I do swear by the Lord of ˹all˺ the points of sunrise and sunset that We are truly capable
70:41 of replacing them with ˹others˺ better than them, and We cannot be prevented ˹from doing so˺.
70:42 So let them indulge ˹in falsehood˺ and amuse ˹themselves˺ until they face their Day, which they have been threatened with—
70:43 the Day they will come forth from the graves swiftly, as if racing to an idol ˹for a blessing˺,
70:44 with eyes downcast, utterly covered with disgrace. That is the Day they have ˹always˺ been warned of.


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