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al-Insan (Man)
as rendered by N J Dawood 2014
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N J Dawood (2014) rendition of Surah Man(al-Insan)
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76:1 DOES THERE not pass over man a space of time when his life is a blank?⁴
76:2 We have created man from the union of the two sexes, that We may put him to the proof. We have endowed him with hearing and sight
76:3 and, be he thankful or oblivious of Our favours, We have shown him the right path.
76:4 For the unbelievers We have prepared chains and fetters, and a Conflagration.
76:5 But the righteous shall drink of a cup tempered at the Camphor Fountain,
76:6 a gushing spring at which the worshippers of God refresh themselves:
76:7 they who keep their vows and dread the far-flung terrors of a certain day;
76:8 who, though they hold it dear, give sustenance to the destitute, the orphan, and the captive, saying:
76:9 We feed you for God‘s sake only; we seek of you no recompense nor thanks:
76:10 for we fear from our Lord a day of anguish and of woe.
76:11 God will deliver them from the evil of that day, and make their faces shine with joy.
76:12 He will reward them for their steadfastness with Paradise and robes of silk.
76:13 Reclining there upon soft couches, they shall feel neither the scorching heat nor the biting cold.
76:14 Trees will spread their shade around them, and fruits will hang in clusters over them.
76:15 They shall be served on silver dishes, and beakers as large as goblets;
76:16 silver goblets which they themselves shall measure:
76:17 and cups brim-full with ginger-flavoured water
76:18 from a fount called Salsabil.
76:19 They shall be attended by boys graced with eternal youth, who to the beholder‘s eyes will seem like sprinkled pearls.
76:20 When you gaze and gaze upon that scene, you shall behold a kingdom blissful and glorious.
76:21 They shall be arrayed in garments of fine green silk and rich brocade, and adorned with bracelets of silver. Their Lord will give them pure nectar to drink.
76:22 Thus shall you be rewarded; your endeavours shall earn much thanks.
76:23 It was We who sent down to you the Koran by gradual revelation;
76:24 therefore await with patience the judgement of your Lord, and yield to none of them, sinner or blasphemer.
76:25 Remember the name of your Lord morning and evening;
76:26 in the night time bow to Him: and praise Him all night long.
76:27 Surely the unbelievers love this fleeting life too well, and leave behind them a heavy day of doom.
76:28 We created them, and endowed their limbs and joints with strength; but if We please, We can replace them by others like them.
76:29 This is indeed an Admonition. Let him that will, take the right path to his Lord.
76:30 Yet you cannot will, except by the will of God. God is omniscient and wise.
76:31 He admits into His mercy whom He will: and for the wrongdoers He has prepared a woeful punishment.


   


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