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al-Ma`arij (The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders)
as rendered by T.B.Irving
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T.B.Irving rendition of Surah The Ascending Stairways, The Ladders(al-Ma`arij)
70:1 A skeptic was asking about torment that is bound to happen
70:2 to disbelievers; there will be no defense against it
70:3 [since it comes] from God Who owns the staircases leading upward.
70:4 The angels and the Spirit will climb up to Him on a day whose range is fifty thousand years
70:5 So act patient with a handsome patience!
70:6 They consider it is far away
70:7 while We see it as nearby
70:8 on a day when the sky will be like molten brass
70:9 and the mountains like tufts of yarn.
70:10 No close friend will question any [other] friend;
70:11 they will merely give each other a knowing look. A criminal might like to ransom himself from that day´s torment through his children,
70:12 his wife, a brother of his,
70:13 his family circle which has sheltered him,
70:14 and everyone who is on earth if [such action] might then save him.
70:15 Of course not; it would flare up
70:16 tugging at his scalp,
70:17 claiming anyone who tries to escape and turns away,
70:18 through saving (things) up and hoarding (them).
70:19 Man has been created restless,
70:20 so he panics whenever any evil touches him,
70:21 and withdraws when some good touches him;
70:22 except for the prayerful
70:23 who are constant at their prayers
70:24 and whose wealth comprises an acknowledged responsibility
70:25 towards the beggar and the destitute;
70:26 and the ones who accept the Day for Repayment,
70:27 and those who are apprehensive about their Lord´s torment-
70:28 (their Lord´s torment is nothing to feel too safe from!)-
70:29 and the ones who preserve their chastity,
70:30 except with their own spouses or those living under their control; with such they are blameless.
70:31 Those who desire [to go] beyond that, will be going too far___
70:32 and the ones who preserve their trusts and oaths,
70:33 and the ones who stand by their testimony,
70:34 and the ones who attend to their prayer-
70:35 those will be honored in gardens.
70:36 Yet what is wrong with those who disbelieve, that they should try to dash on ahead of you
70:37 in batches to the right and on the left?
70:38 Does every man among them aspire to enter the Garden of Bliss?
70:39 Of course not! We created them out of something they well know.
70:40 And I do swear by the Lord of the Eastern places and the Western places that We are Able
70:41 to replace them with someone better than they are. We shall never be overruled!
70:42 Leave them speculating and playing around until they face their day which they have been promised,
70:43 the day when they will hasten forth from their graves as if they were rushing towards some objective,
70:44 their eyesight cast down, disgrace overshadowing them on that day which they have been threatened with!


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