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al-Fajr (The Dawn, Daybreak)
as rendered by Arthur John Arberry
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Arthur John Arberry rendition of Surah The Dawn, Daybreak(al-Fajr)
89:1 By the dawn
89:2 and ten nights,
89:3 by the even and the odd,
89:4 by the night when it journeys on!
89:5 Is there in that an oath for a mindful man?
89:6 Hast thou not seen how thy Lord did with Ad,
89:7 Iram of the pillars,
89:8 the like of which was never created in the land,
89:9 and Thamood, who hollowed the rocks in the valley,
89:10 and Pharaoh, he of the tent-pegs,
89:11 who all were insolent in the land
89:12 and worked much corruption therein?
89:13 Thy Lord unloosed on them a scourge of chastisement;
89:14 surely thy Lord is ever on the watch.
89:15 As for man, whenever his Lord tries him, and honours him, and blesses him, then he says, 'My Lord has honoured me.'
89:16 But when he tries him and stints for him his provision, then he says, 'My Lord has despised me.'
89:17 No indeed; but you honour not the orphan,
89:18 and you urge not the feeding of the needy,
89:19 and you devour the inheritance greedily,
89:20 and you love wealth with an ardent love
89:21 No indeed! When the earth is ground to powder,
89:22 and thy Lord comes, and the angels rank on rank,
89:23 and Gehenna is brought out, upon that day man will remember; and how shall the Reminder be for him?
89:24 He shall say, 'O would that I had forwarded for my life!'
89:25 Upon that day none shall chastise as He chastises,
89:26 none shall bind as He binds.
89:27 'O soul at peace,
89:28 return unto thy Lord, well-pleased, well-pleasing!
89:29 Enter thou among My servants!
89:30 Enter thou My Paradise!'


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