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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by The Study Quran
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The Study Quran rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
70:1 A questioner asked about an impending punishment
70:2 upon the disbelievers which none can avert,
70:3 from God, Lord of the ascending ways.
70:4 Unto Him ascend the angels and the Spirit on a day whose measure is fifty thousand years.
70:5 So be patient with beautiful patience.
70:6 Truly they see it as far off,
70:7 but We see it as nigh.
70:8 On a day when the sky is as molten lead,
70:9 and the mountains are as carded wool,
70:10 and no loyal friend shall ask about a loyal friend,
70:11 [though] they will be made to see them. The guilty would wish to ransom himself from the punishment of that Day at the price of his children,
70:12 his spouse, and his brother,
70:13 his kin who had sheltered him,
70:14 and all who are on the earth, that it might save him.
70:15 Nay, but it is a churning fire,
70:16 ripping away the scalp,
70:17 calling to those who turned their backs and fled,
70:18 who amassed and hoarded.
70:19 Truly man was created anxious;
70:20 when evil befalls him, fretful;
70:21 and when good befalls him, begrudging,
70:22 save those who perform prayer,
70:23 who are constant in their prayers,
70:24 and in whose wealth is an acknowledged due
70:25 for the beggar and the deprived,
70:26 those who affirm the Day of Judgment,
70:27 and who are wary of the punishment of their Lord—
70:28 truly there is no security from the punishment of their Lord,
70:29 those who guard their private parts,
70:30 save from their spouses or those whom their right hands possess, for then they are not blameworthy;
70:31 but whosoever seeks beyond that, they are the transgressors;
70:32 those who abide by their trusts and their pact,
70:33 who uphold their testimony,
70:34 and who are mindful of their prayers,
70:35 those shall be in Gardens, honored.
70:36 So how is it that those who disbelieve scramble toward thee
70:37 from the right and from the left in droves?
70:38 Does every man among them desire to be admitted into a Garden of bliss?
70:39 Nay! Truly We created them from that which they know.
70:40 So I swear by the Lord of the easts and the wests that We are able
70:41 to replace [them] with what is better than them; and none outstrips Us.
70:42 So leave them to indulge in idle talk and play until they meet the Day that they are promised,
70:43 a day when they come forth from their graves, hastening as if racing to a goal,
70:44 their eyes humbled, abasement shall overcome them. That is the Day they have been promised.


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