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`Abasa (He Frowned)
as rendered by Sayyid Qutb (transcription in progress)
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Sayyid Qutb rendition of Surah He Frowned(`Abasa)
80:1 He frowned and turned away
80:2 when the blind man came to him.
80:3 How could you tell? He might have sought to purify himself.
80:4 He might have been reminded and the reminder might have profited him.
80:5 But to the one who considered himself self- sufficient
80:6 you were all attention.
80:7 Yet the fault would not be yours if he remained uncleansed.
80:8 As to him who comes to you with zeal,
80:9 and with a feeling of fear in his heart,
80:10 him you ignore.
80:11 No indeed! This is an admonition.
80:12 Let him who will, bear it in mind.
80:13 It is written on honoured pages,
80:14 exalted, purified,
80:15 by the hands of noble and devout scribes. (15-16
80:16 [see 15
80:17 Perish man! How ungrateful he is!
80:18 Of what did God create him?
80:19 Of a drop of sperm. He created him and proportioned him.
80:20 He makes his path smooth for him.
80:21 He then causes him to die and puts him in his grave.
80:22 He will surely bring him back to life when He pleases.
80:23 But by no means has man fulfilled His bidding.
80:24 Let man reflect on the food he eats:
80:25 how We pour down the rain in torrents,
80:26 and cleave the earth in fissures;
80:27 how We bring forth the corn,
80:28 the grapes, and the fresh vegetation,
80:29 the olive and the palm,
80:30 the dense-treed gardens,
80:31 the fruit-trees and the green pastures,
80:32 for you and your cattle to delight in.
80:33 But when the stunning blast is sounded,
80:34 on that day everyone will forsake his brother,
80:35 his mother and his father,
80:36 his wife and his children:
80:37 for each one of them will on that day have enough preoccupations of his own.
80:38 Some faces on that day shall be beaming,
80:39 smiling and joyful.
80:40 Some other faces on that day shall be covered with dust,
80:41 veiled with darkness.
80:42 These shall be the faces of the unbelievers, the hardened in sin.


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