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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by George Sale
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George Sale rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
70:1 One demanded and called for vengeance to fall on the unbelievers
70:2 There shall be none to avert the sam
70:3 from being inflicted by God, the possessor of the steps
70:4 by which the angels ascend unto Him, and the spirit Gabriel also, in a day whose space is fifty thousand years
70:5 Wherefore bear the insults of the Meccans with becoming patience
70:6 for they see their punishment afar off
70:7 but We see it nigh at hand
70:8 On a certain day the heaven shall become like molten brass
70:9 and the mountains like wool of various colours, scattered abroad by the wind
70:10 And a friend shall not ask a friend concerning his condition, althoug
70:11 they see one another. The wicked shall wish to redeem himself from the punishment of that day, by giving up his children
70:12 and his wife, and his brother
70:13 and his kindred who shewed kindness unto him
70:14 and all who are in the earth; and that this might deliver him
70:15 By no means: For hell fire
70:16 dragging them by their scalps
70:17 shall call him who shall have turned his back, and fled from the faith
70:18 and shall have amassed riches, and covetously hoarded them
70:19 Verily man is created extremely impatient
70:20 When evil toucheth him, he is full of complaint
70:21 but when good befalleth him, he becometh niggardly
70:22 Except those who are devoutly given
70:23 and who persevere in their prayers
70:24 and those of whose substance a due and certain portion is ready to be give
70:25 unto him who asketh, and him who is forbidden by shame to ask
70:26 And those who sincerely believe the day of judgment
70:27 and who dread the punishment of their Lord
70:28 -- For there is none secure from the punishment of their Lord: -
70:29 And who abstain from the carnal knowledg
70:30 of women other than their wives, or the slaves which their right hands possess; -- for as to them they shall be blameless
70:31 but whoever coveteth any woman besides these, they are transgressors: -
70:32 And those who faithfully keep what they are intrusted with, and their covenant
70:33 and who are upright in their testimonies
70:34 and who carefully observe the requisite rites in their prayers
70:35 These shall dwell amidst gardens, highly honoured
70:36 What aileth the unbelievers, that they run before the
70:37 in companies, on the right hand and on the left
70:38 Doth every man of them wish to enter into a garden of delight
70:39 By no means: Verily We have created them of that which they know
70:40 I swear by the Lord of the east and of the west, that We are able to destroy them
70:41 and to substitute better than them in their room; neither are We to be prevented, if We shall please so to do
70:42 Wherefore suffer them to wade in vain disputes, and to amuse themselves with sport: Until they meet their day with which they have been threatened
70:43 the day whereon they shall come forth hastily from their graves, as though they were troops hastening to their standard
70:44 Their looks shall be downcast; ignominy shall attend them. This is the day with which they have been threatened


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