By the night when she lets fall her darkness,
by the day in full splendour,
by Him who created the male and the female:
surely your endeavours have divergent ends.
As for him who gives and is God-fearing
and believes in the truth of the ultimate good,
We shall smooth the way to perfect ease.
But as for him who is a miser and deems himself self-sufficient,
and rejects the truth of the ultimate good,
We shall smooth the way to affliction.
What will his wealth avail him when he goes down [to his grave] .
It is for Us to give guidance,
and Ours is the life to come, and this first life.
I warn you, therefore, of the raging fire,
which none shall have to endure but the most hapless wretch,
who denies the truth and turns away.
Kept away from it will be him who is God- fearing,
who gives away his money to purify himself,
not in recompense of any favours done him by anyone.
but only out of a longing for the countenance of his Lord, the Most High.
He shall indeed be well pleased.