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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by Amatul Rahman Omar
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Amatul Rahman Omar rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
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70:1 A solicitor solicited the punishment which is bound to befall.
70:2 (Let him know) there will be none to ward it off from the disbelievers.
70:3 (It shall come) from Allah the Master of the ways of ascent; (which even enable a person to rise higher and higher, so why not solicit His grace?)
70:4 The angels and the Spirit (of the faithful) ascend to Him in a day the measure of which is (equal to) fifty thousand years (a day of spiritual advancement of the faithful is equivalent to fifty thousand years of material advancement, thus the development and progress of the human soul knows no end).
70:5 So (while waiting) patiently persevere, an admirable and graceful persevering.
70:6 They think it (- the Day of Judgment) to be far off.
70:7 But We know it to be near (at hand).
70:8 The day (it befalls), the heaven shall become (red) like molten copper.
70:9 And the mountains shall become like flakes of multicoloured wool.
70:10 No warm friend will inquire after a warm friend.
70:11 (Though) they will be placed in sight of one another. The guilty person would wish to redeem himself from the punishment of that day (even) by (offering) his children (as ransom);
70:12 (The guilty will gladly sacrifice) his wife and his brother (to redeem himself);
70:13 And even his kinsfolk who gave him shelter (in time of distress)
70:14 And (by offering) all that is on the earth put together, (thinking) if only thus he might deliver himself (from the punishment).
70:15 By no means! (He can never be redeemed). Surely, it (- the punishment you are warned against) is a blazing Fire,
70:16 Stripping off the skin even to the extremities (of the human body).
70:17 It will claim the person (for consumption) who drew back (from accepting the truth) and turned away (refusing to obey).
70:18 (It will claim) him who amassed (wealth) and withheld (it).
70:19 Verily, such a person is impatient and miserly by nature.
70:20 He loses heart and becomes fretful when evil afflicts him.
70:21 But is niggardly when good falls to his lot.
70:22 Different however is the case of those devoted to Prayers,
70:23 Those persons who remain constant and steadfast in their Prayers,
70:24 And those in whose wealth there is a recognised right (- a fixed share),
70:25 (Set apart) for one who asks (for help) and also (for one) who is prevented (even from asking for one reason or the other);
70:26 (Different also is the case of) those who accepted the truth of the Day of Requital;
70:27 And those who are fearful of the punishment from their Lord.
70:28 The fact is that the punishment of their Lord is not (a thing) to be felt secure from;
70:29 (Different as well is the case of) those who guard their private parts (by restraining their passions).
70:30 Except from their (free) wives or those (wives of theirs) whom their right hands own (- slave wives), for which they are not to blame.
70:31 But it is those who seek (to satisfy their lust) in any other way excepting that (of marriage) that are the transgressors.
70:32 And (different also is the case of) those persons who are watchful of their trusts and their covenants,
70:33 And those who are upright in their evidences (and bear true testimony),
70:34 And those persons who are strict in the observance of their Prayers.
70:35 All these (mentioned above) shall be dwelling in Gardens, honoured and treated generously.
70:36 What is wrong with those who disbelieve that they come running headlong towards you,
70:37 From the right hand and from the left (- from all directions) in various parties.
70:38 Does each and every one of them covet to be admitted to the Garden of Bliss.
70:39 No (never shall they enter it). We have created them for that substantial purpose (the worth of) which they know (- to discharge their obligations to God and mankind and to themselves).
70:40 But nay! I call to witness the Lord of the easts and the wests. We are certainly Powerful
70:41 To change (them into) better beings than they are and that We can never be frustrated (in Our purpose).
70:42 Therefore, leave them alone to indulge in unimportant conversation and to amuse themselves (in idle pursuits) until they meet that day of theirs that they are warned of,
70:43 The day when they (having risen to life) will come out hastily from their graves as though they were racing to a target (which they must meet).
70:44 Their eyes will be downcast and shameful; humiliation will be overwhelming them. Such shall be the punishment of the day with which they are being threatened.


   


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