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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by Maududi
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Maududi rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
70:1 A beseecher besought the visitation of chastisement
70:2 (a chastisement meant) for the unbelievers, one which none can avert
70:3 a chastisement from Allah, the Lord of the ascending steps
70:4 by which the angels and the Spirit ascend to Him in one Day the duration of which is fifty thousand years
70:5 So, (O Prophet), persevere with gracious perseverance
70:6 Verily they think that the chastisement is far off
70:7 while We think that it is near at hand
70:8 It shall befall on a Day whereon the sky will become like molten brass
70:9 and the mountains will become like dyed tufts of wool
70:10 and no bosom friend will enquire about any of his bosom friend
70:11 although they shall be within sight of one another. The guilty one would fain ransom himself from the torment of that Day by offering his children
70:12 and his spouse and his brother
70:13 and his kinsfolk who had stood by him
70:14 and all persons of the earth, if only he could thus save himself
70:15 By no means! It will be the fierce flam
70:16 that will strip off the scalp
70:17 It shall insistently summon him who turned his back and retreated
70:18 and amassed wealth and covetously hoarded it
70:19 Verily man is impatient by nature
70:20 bewailing when evil befalls him
70:21 and tight-fisted when good fortune visits him
70:22 except those that pray
70:23 and are constant in their Prayer
70:24 and those in whose wealth there is a known righ
70:25 for those that ask and those that are dispossessed
70:26 those who firmly believe in the Day of Recompense
70:27 and fear the chastisement of their Lord
70:28 surely the chastisement of their Lord is a thing none can feel secure from
70:29 and those who guard their private parts
70:30 except in regard to their spouses and those whom their right hands possess, for in regard to them they are not reproachable
70:31 but any who seeks to go beyond that, it is indeed they who are the transgressors
70:32 and those who fulfil their trusts and their covenants
70:33 and those who are upright in their testimonies
70:34 and who take due care of their Prayer
70:35 all these shall live honourably in the Gardens
70:36 But what is the matter with the unbelievers who are hurrying towards yo
70:37 in crowds, both on the right and on the left
70:38 Does everyone of them wish to enter the Garden of Bliss
70:39 By no means! They know that which We have created them from
70:40 I swear by the Lord of the easts and the wests that We have the powe
70:41 to replace them by others who would be better than they; and We shall certainly not be overpowered
70:42 So leave them to engage in vain talk and to amuse themselves until they come face to face with the Day which they are promised
70:43 the Day on which they will hastily come forth from their graves, as though they were hurrying on to the altars of their deities
70:44 Their eyes will be downcast and disgrace will overwhelm them. Such is the Day that they were promised


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