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al-Fajr (The Dawn, Daybreak)
as rendered by John Medows Rodwell
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John Medows Rodwell rendition of Surah The Dawn, Daybreak(al-Fajr)
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89:1 By the DAYBREAK
89:2 and ten nights.
89:3 By that which is double and that which is single,
89:4 By the night when it pursues its course!
89:5 Is there not in this an oath becoming a man of sense?
89:6 Hast thou not seen how thy Lord dealt with Ad,
89:7 At Irem adorned with pillars,
89:8 Whose like have not been reared in these lands!
89:9 And with Themoud who hewed out the rocks in the valley;
89:10 And with Pharaoh the impaler;
89:11 Who all committed excesses in the lands,
89:12 And multiplied wickedness therein.
89:13 Wherefore thy Lord let loose on them the scourge of chastisement,
89:14 For thy Lord standeth on a watch tower.
89:15 As to man, when his Lord trieth him and honoureth him and is bounteous to him, Then saith he, "My Lord honoureth me:"
89:16 But when he proveth him and limiteth his gifts to him, He saith, "My Lord despiseth me."
89:17 Aye. But ye honour not the orphan,
89:18 Nor urge ye one another to feed the poor,
89:19 And ye devour heritages, devouring greedily,
89:20 And ye love riches with exceeding love.
89:21 Aye. But when the earth shall be crushed with crushing, crushing,
89:22 And thy Lord shall come and the angels rank on rank,
89:23 And Hell on that day shall be moved up, - Man shall on that day remember himself. But how shall remembrance help him?
89:24 He shall say, Oh! would that I had prepared for this my life!
89:25 On that day none shall punish as God punisheth,
89:26 And none shall bind with such bonds as He.
89:27 Oh, thou soul which art at rest,
89:28 Return to thy Lord, pleased, and pleasing him:
89:29 Enter thou among my servants,
89:30 And enter thou my Paradise.


   


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