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al-Balad (The City, This Countryside)
as rendered by George Sale
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George Sale rendition of Surah The City, This Countryside(al-Balad)
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90:1 I swear by this territory,
90:2 -- and thou, O prophet, residest in this territory, --
90:3 and by the begetter, and that which He hath begotten;
90:4 verily We have created man in misery.
90:5 Doth he think that none shall prevail over him?
90:6 He saith, I have wasted plenty of riches.
90:7 Doth he think that none seeth him?
90:8 Have we not made him two eyes,
90:9 and a tongue, and two lips;
90:10 and shewn him the two highways of good and evil?
90:11 Yet he attempteth not the cliff.
90:12 What shall make thee to understand what the cliff is?
90:13 It is to free the captive;
90:14 or to feed, in the day of famine,
90:15 the orphan who is of kin,
90:16 or the poor man who lieth on the ground.
90:17 Whoso doth this, and is one of those who believe, and recommend perseverance unto each other, and recommend mercy unto each other;
90:18 these shall be the companions of the right-hand.
90:19 But they who shall disbelieve our signs, shall be the companions of the left-hand:
90:20 Above them shall be arched fire.


   


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