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90:1  I swear by this city,
90:2  this city in which you are a dweller,
90:3  by parent and offspring:
90:4  indeed, We have created man in affliction.
90:5  Does he think that no one has power over him?
90:6  He says: 'I have spent abundant wealth.'
90:7  Does he think that none observes him?
90:8  Have We not given him two eyes,
90:9  a tongue, and two lips,
90:10  and shown him the two paths?
90:11  Yet he would not scale the Ascent.
90:12  Would that you knew what the Ascent is.
90:13  It is the freeing of a slave,
90:14  or the feeding, on a day of famine,
90:15  of an orphaned near of kin,
90:16  or a needy man in distress,
90:17  and to be of those who believe and enjoin on one another to be patient in adversity, and enjoin mercy on one another.
90:18  Those who do this shall be on the right hand.
90:19  And those who deny Our revelations shall bon the left hand,
90:20  with fire closing in upon them.