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`Abasa (He Frowned)
as rendered by John Medows Rodwell
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John Medows Rodwell rendition of Surah He Frowned(`Abasa)
80:1 HE FROWNED, and he turned his back,
80:2 Because the blind man came to him!
80:3 But what assured thee that he would not be cleansed by the Faith,
80:4 Or be warned, and the warning profit him?
80:5 As to him who is wealthy -
80:6 To him thou wast all attention:
80:7 Yet is it not thy concern if he be not cleansed:
80:8 But as to him who cometh to thee in earnest,
80:9 And full of fears -
80:10 Him dost thou neglect.
80:11 Nay! but it (the Koran) is a warning;
80:12 (And whoso is willing beareth it in mind)
80:13 Written on honoured pages,
80:14 Exalted, purified,
80:15 By the hands of Scribes, honoured, righteous.
80:16 Cursed be man! What hath made him unbelieving?
80:17 Of what thing did God create him?
80:18 Out of moist germs.
80:19 He created him and fashioned him,
80:20 Then made him an easy passage from the womb,
80:21 Then causeth him to die and burieth him;
80:22 Then, when he pleaseth, will raise him again to life.
80:23 Aye! but man hath not yet fulfilled the bidding of his Lord.
80:24 Let man look at his food:
80:25 It was We who rained down the copious rains,
80:26 Then cleft the earth with clefts,
80:27 And caused the upgrowth of the grain,
80:28 And grapes and healing herbs,
80:29 And the olive and the palm,
80:30 And enclosed gardens thick with trees,
80:31 And fruits and herbage,
80:32 For the service of yourselves and of your cattle.
80:33 But when the stunning trumpet-blast shall arrive,
80:34 On that day shall a man fly from his brother,
80:35 And his mother and his father,
80:36 And his wife and his children;
80:37 For every man of them on that day his own concerns shall be enough.
80:38 There shall be faces on that day radiant,
80:39 Laughing and joyous:
80:40 And faces on that day with dust upon them:
80:41 Blackness shall cover them!
80:42 These are the Infidels, the Impure.


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