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al-Balad (The City, This Countryside)
as rendered by Ahmed Ali
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Ahmed Ali rendition of Surah The City, This Countryside(al-Balad)
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90:1 I CALL THIS earth to witness --
90:2 And you are free to live upon it, --
90:3 And the parent and the offspring,
90:4 That We created man in toil and trouble.
90:5 Does he think that no one has power over him?
90:6 He says: "I have wasted a great deal of wealth."
90:7 Does he think that no one sees him?
90:8 Did We not give him two eyes,
90:9 One tongue, and two lips,
90:10 And showed him two highways (of good and evil)?
90:11 But he could not scale the steep ascent.
90:12 How will you comprehend what the Steep ascent is? --
90:13 To free a neck (from the burden of debt or slavery),
90:14 Or to feed in times of famine
90:15 The orphan near in relationship,
90:16 Or the poor in distress;
90:17 And to be of those who believe, and urge upon one another to persevere, and urge upon each other to be kind.
90:18 They are the people of the right hand (and will succeed).
90:19 But those who deny Our revelations are the people of the left hand:
90:20 The Fire will vault them over.


   


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