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al-Fajr (The Dawn, Daybreak)
as rendered by Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938)
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Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) rendition of Surah The Dawn, Daybreak(al-Fajr)
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89:1 By the break of Day
89:2 By the Nights twice five;
89:3 By the even and odd (contrasted);
89:4 And by the Night when it passeth away;-
89:5 Is there (not) in these an adjuration (or evidence) for those who understand?
89:6 Seest thou not how thy Lord dealt with the 'Ad (people),-
89:7 Of the (city of) Iram, with lofty pillars,
89:8 The like of which were not produced in (all) the land?
89:9 And with the Thamud (people), who cut out (huge) rocks in the valley?-
89:10 And with Pharaoh, lord of stakes?
89:11 (All) these transgressed beyond bounds in the lands,
89:12 And heaped therein mischief (on mischief).
89:13 Therefore did thy Lord pour on them a scourge of diverse chastisements:
89:14 For thy Lord is (as a Guardian) on a watch-tower.
89:15 Now, as for man, when his Lord trieth him, giving him honour and gifts, then saith he, (puffed up), "My Lord hath honoured me."
89:16 But when He trieth him, restricting his subsistence for him, then saith he (in despair), "My Lord hath humiliated me!"
89:17 Nay, nay! but ye honour not the orphans!
89:18 Nor do ye encourage one another to feed the poor!-
89:19 And ye devour inheritance - all with greed,
89:20 And ye love wealth with inordinate love!
89:21 Nay! When the earth is pounded to powder,
89:22 And thy Lord cometh, and His angels, rank upon rank,
89:23 And Hell, that Day, is brought (face to face),- on that Day will man remember, but how will that remembrance profit him?
89:24 He will say: "Ah! Would that I had sent forth (good deeds) for (this) my (Future) Life!"
89:25 For, that Day, His Chastisement will be such as none (else) can inflict,
89:26 And His bonds will be such as none (other) can bind.
89:27 (To the righteous soul will be said:) "O (thou) soul, in (complete) rest and satisfaction!
89:28 "Come back thou to thy Lord,- well pleased (thyself), and well-pleasing unto Him!
89:29 "Enter thou, then, among My devotees!
89:30 "Yea, enter thou My Heaven!


   


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