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al-Balad (The City, This Countryside)
as rendered by John Medows Rodwell
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John Medows Rodwell rendition of Surah The City, This Countryside(al-Balad)
90:1 I NEED not to swear by this SOIL,
90:2 This soil on which thou dost dwell,
90:3 Or by sire and offspring!
90:4 Surely in trouble have we created man.
90:5 What! thinketh he that no one hath power over him?
90:6 "I have wasted," saith he, "enormous riches!"
90:7 What! thinketh he that no one regardeth him?
90:8 What! have we not made him eyes,
90:9 And tongue, and lips,
90:10 And guided him to the two highways?
90:11 Yet he attempted not the steep.
90:12 And who shall teach thee what the steep is?
90:13 It is to ransom the captive,
90:14 Or to feed in the day of famine,
90:15 The orphan who is near of kin,
90:16 or the poor that lieth in the dust;
90:17 Beside this, to be of those who believe, and enjoin stedfastness on each other, and enjoin compassion on each other.
90:18 These shall be the people of the right hand:
90:19 While they who disbelieve our signs, Shall be the people of the left.
90:20 Around them the fire shall close.


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