70) Sūrat Al-Ma`ārij

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THIS CHAPTER containing 44 early to middle Meccan verses was revealed after the previous one called Reality 69 and before The Announcement 78. The Arabic word al-Maarij, meaning staircases or ladders, is the plural of Miraj, which appears as the title of Chapter 17, where it is translated as The Night Journey that was made on one of them. The chapter deals mainly with what one can expect to find in the Hereafter. Morals and proper conduct are also discussed. The rhymes in the Arabic add to the effect of the theme, although they areunfortunately lost through translation. In the name of God, the Mercy-giving, the Merciful! (i)
Sa'ala Sā'ilun Bi`adhābinqi`in    070-001* A skeptic was asking about torment that is bound to happen ‍‍ ‍‍‌‌ ‌‍‍
Lilkāfiryna Laysa Lahu Dāfi`un    070-002* to disbelievers; there will be no defence against it ‌ ‌‌
Mina Al-Lahi Dhī Al-Ma`āriji    070-003* [since it comes] from God Who owns the staircases leading upward. ‍ ‌
Ta`ruju Al-Malā'ikatu Wa Ar-Rūĥu 'Ilayhi Fī Yawmin Kāna Miqruhu Khamsīna 'Alfa Sanahin    070-004* The angels and the Spirit will climb up to Him on a day whose range is fifty thousand years ‍‍‌‌ ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‌‌ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‌
şbir Şaban Jamīlāan    070-005* So act patient with a handsome patience! ‍‍‍‌ ‍‍‍‍‍‍‌
'Innahum Yarawnahu Ba`īdāan    070-006* They consider it is far away ‍‍ ‍ ‌ ‌
Wa Narāhu Qarībāan    070-007* while We see it as nearby ‍‍‌ ‍‍
Yawma Takūnu As-Samā'u Kālmuhli    070-008* on a day when the sky will be like molten brass ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‌‌ ‍
Wa Takūnu Al-Jibālu Kāl`ihni    070-009* and the mountains like tufts of yarn. ‍‍ ‍‍
Wa Lā Yas'alu Ĥamīmun Ĥamīmāan    070-010* No close friend will question any [other] friend; ‌ ‍‍‍‍
Yubaşşarūnahum ۚ Yawaddu Al-Mujrimu Law Yaftadī Min `Adhābi Yawmi'idhin Bibanīhi    070-011* they will merely give each other a knowing look. A criminal might like to ransom himself from that day's torment through his children, ‍‍‍‌ ۚ ‌‌ ‍‍‍‍‍‍‌ ‌ ‍‍‍‍
Wa Şāĥibatihi Wa 'Akhīhi    070-012* his wife, a brother of his, ‍‍ ‍‍‌ ‌‌‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍
Wa Faşīlatihi Allatī Tu'uwyhi    070-013* his family circle which has sheltered him, ‍‍
Wa Man Al-'Arđi Jamī`āan Thumma Yunjīhi    070-014* and everyone who is on earth if [such action] might then save him. ‌‍ ‌ ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍
Kallā ۖ 'Innahā Lažá    070-015* Of course not; it would flare up ۖ‍‍‌ ‍‍‍‍‌
Nazzā`atan Lilshshawá    070-016* tugging at his scalp, ‌ ‌‌
Tad`ū Man 'Adbara Wa Tawallá    070-017* claiming anyone who tries to escape and turns away, ‌ ‌‌ ‌‌
Wa Jama`a Fa'aw`á    070-018* through saving (things) up and hoarding (them).
Man's Character
'Inna Al-'Insāna Khuliqa Halū`āan    070-019* Man has been created restless, ‍‍‍‍ ‍‍
'Idhā Massahu Ash-Sharru Jazū`āan    070-020* so he panics whenever any evil touches him, ‌‌‌ ‍‌ ‌
Wa 'Idhā Massahu Al-Khayru Manū`āan    070-021* and withdraws when some good touches him; ‌‌‌‌ ‍‍‍‌
'Illā Al-Muşallīna    070-022* except for the prayerful ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍
Al-Ladhīna Hum `Alá Şalātihim Dā'imūna    070-023* who are constant at their prayers ‍‍‍‍ ‌ ‍ ‌‍‍‌‍‍
Wa Al-Ladhīna Fī 'Amwālihim Ĥaqqun Ma`lūmun    070-024* and whose wealth comprises an acknowledged responsibility ‍‍‍‍ ‍‌‌ ‍‍‍‌ ‍‍‍
Lilssā'ili Wa Al-Maĥrūmi    070-025* towards the beggar and the destitute;
Moral's; Conduct
Wa Al-Ladhīna Yuşaddiqūna Biyawmi Ad-Dīni    070-026* and the ones who accept the Day for Repayment, ‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍
Wa Al-Ladhīna Hum Min `Adhābi Rabbihim Mushfiqūna    070-027* and those who are apprehensive about their Lord's torment- ‍‍‍‍ ‍ ‍‍‌ ‌‍‍‍‍‍‍‍
'Inna `Adhāba Rabbihim Ghayru Ma'mūnin    070-028* (their Lord's torment is nothing to feel too safe from!)- ‍‍‌ ‌‍ ‍‌ ‍‍‍
Wa Al-Ladhīna Hum Lifurūjihim Ĥāfižūna    070-029* and the ones who preserve their chastity, ‍‍‍‍ ‌ ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍
'Illā `Alá 'Azwājihim 'Aw Mā Malakat 'Aymānuhum Fa'innahum Ghayru Malūmīna    070-030* except with their own spouses or those living under their control; with such they are blameless. ‌ ‍‍‌ ‌‌‌‌ ‌‌‌ ‌ ‌ ‍‍ ‍‌ ‍‍‍‍
Famani Abtaghá Warā'a Dhālika Fa'ūlā'ika Humu Al-`Ādūna    070-031* Those who desire [to go] beyond that, will be going too far___ ‍‍‍‍‍‍‌ ‌‌‍‍‌‌‌ ‌ ‍‍‌‍‍‍ ‍‍‌
Wa Al-Ladhīna Hum Li'mānātihim Wa `Ahdihim `ūna    070-032* and the ones who preserve their trusts and oaths, ‍‍‍‍ ‌ ‌‍‌‍‍‍
Wa Al-Ladhīna Hum Bishahādātihim Qā'imūna    070-033* and the ones who stand by their testimony, ‍‍‍‍ ‍ ‌‌ ‍‍‍‍‍‍
Wa Al-Ladhīna Hum `Alá Şalātihim Yuĥāfižūna    070-034* and the ones who attend to their prayer- ‍‍‍‍ ‌ ‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍
'Ūlā'ika Fī Jannātin Mukramūna    070-035* those will be honored in gardens.
The Fate of Disbelievers (ii)
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Famāli Al-Ladhīna Kafarū Qibalaka Muhţi`īna    070-036* Yet what is wrong with those who disbelieve, that they should try to dash on ahead of you ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍ ‌‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍
`Ani Al-Yamīni Wa `Ani Ash-Shimāli `Izīna    070-037* in batches to the right and on the left? ‍‍‍‍ ‌ ‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍
'Ayaţma`u Kullu Amri'in Minhum 'An Yudkhala Jannata Na`īmin    070-038* Does every man among them aspire to enter the Garden of Bliss? ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‌ ‌‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍
Kallā ۖ 'Innā Khalaqnāhum Mimmā Ya`lamūna    070-039* Of course not! We created them out of something they well know. ۖ‍‍‌ ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‌ ‍‍‍
Falā 'Uqsimu Birabbi Al-Mashāriqi Wa Al-Maghāribi 'Innā Laqādirūna    070-040* And I do swear by the Lord of the Eastern places and the Western places that We are Able ‌ ‌‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍ ‍‍‍‍‌ ‍‍‍‍‌‌‍‍‌
`Alá 'An Nubaddila Khayan Minhum Wa Mā Naĥnu Bimasbūqīna    070-041* to replace them with someone better than they are. We shall never be overruled! ‍‌ ‍‌ ‌ ‌‌ ‍‍‍‍‍
Fadharhum Yakhūđū Wa Yal`abū Ĥattá Yulāqū Yawmahumu Al-Ladhī Yū`adūna    070-042* Leave them speculating and playing around until they face their day which they have been promised, ‌ ‍‍‍‌ ‌‌ ‌ ‍‍‍ ‍‍‌
Yawma Yakhrujūna Mina Al-'Ajthi Si`āan Ka'annahum 'Ilá Nuşubin Yūfiđūna    070-043* the day when they will hasten forth from their graves as if they were rushing towards some objective, ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‌‍‍ ‌‌ ‍‍‍‌ ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍
Khāshi`atan 'Abşāruhum Tarhaquhum Dhillatun ۚ Dhālika Al-Yawmu Al-Ladhī Kānū Yū`adūna    070-044* their eyesight cast down, disgrace overshadowing them on that day which they have been threatened with! ‍ ‌‍‍‍‍‍‍‌ ‍‍‍‍ ‌‌ۚ ‍‍‌
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