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al-Balad (The City, This Countryside)
as rendered by Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
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Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri rendition of Surah The City, This Countryside(al-Balad)
90:1 I swear by this city (Mecca),
90:2 (O My Esteemed Beloved,) because you are residing in it.*
90:3 (O My Esteemed Beloved!) By (your) father (Adam or Ibrahim [Abraham]) and by those who are born,*
90:4 Indeed, We have created man (ever suffering) in rigours.
90:5 Does he think that no one can ever overpower him?
90:6 (Boasting,) he says: ‘I have spent heaps of wealth.’
90:7 Does he think that no one has seen him (making this extravagant spending)?
90:8 Have We not made for him two eyes?
90:9 And (have We not given him) a tongue and two lips?
90:10 And (have We also not) shown him the two highways (of good and evil)?
90:11 But he has not yet attempted the steep ascent (of the Din [Religion]) of truth and the practical life dedicated to good and piety).
90:12 And what have you thought of the steep ascent (of the rigours of the Din [Religion] of truth)?
90:13 It is freeing a neck (from slavery and subjugation),
90:14 Or feeding on a day of scarcity (the poor and the needy during famine and scarcity i.e., striving to put an end to their sufferings and economic crises),
90:15 The orphaned relative,
90:16 Or the poverty-stricken destitute who is completely rundown (and homeless).
90:17 (Provided this striving soul is) one of those who believe and advise one another patience and tolerance and urge one another for mutual affection and mercy.
90:18 These are the people of the Right Hand (i.e., the privileged and the pardoned).
90:19 And those who reject Our signs are the people of the Left Hand (the callous and the doomed).
90:20 Fire will be enclosed upon them (covering from all sides).


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