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al-Balad (The City, This Countryside)
as rendered by Muhammad Asad
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Muhammad Asad rendition of Surah The City, This Countryside(al-Balad)
90:1 NAY! I call to witness this land –
90:2 this land in which thou art free to dwell -
90:3 and [I call to witness] parent and offspring:
90:4 Verily, We have created man into [a life of] pain, toil and trial.
90:5 Does he, then, think that no one has power over him?
90:6 He boasts, "I have spent wealth abundant!"
90:7 Does he, then, think that no one sees him?
90:8 Have We not given him two eyes,
90:9 and a tongue, and a pair of lips,
90:10 and shown him the two highways [of good and evil]?
90:11 But he would not try to ascend the steep uphill road...
90:12 And what could make thee conceive what it is, that steep uphill road?
90:13 [It is] the freeing of one's neck [from the burden of sin],
90:14 or the feeding, upon a day of [one's own] hunger,
90:15 of an orphan near of kin,
90:16 or of a needy [stranger] lying in the dust –
90:17 and being, withal, of those who have attained to faith, and who enjoin upon one another patience in adversity, and enjoin upon one another compassion.
90:18 Such are they that have attained to righteousness;
90:19 whereas those who are bent on denying the truth of Our messages – they are such as have lost themselves in evil,
90:20 [with] fire closing in upon them.


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