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al-Fajr (The Dawn, Daybreak)
as rendered by Sayyid Qutb (transcription in progress)
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Sayyid Qutb rendition of Surah The Dawn, Daybreak(al-Fajr)
89:1 By the dawn,
89:2 by the ten nights,
89:3 by that which is even and that which is odd,
89:4 by the night as it journeys on!
89:5 Is there not in that an oath for a man of sense?
89:6 Have you not heard how your Lord dealt with the 'Ä€d,
89:7 the people of Iram, the many- pillared [city],
89:8 the like of whom has never been created in the whole land?
89:9 And with the ThamÅ«d, who hollowed out rocks in the valley?
89:10 And with Pharaoh, of the tent- pegs?
89:11 They were all transgressors throughout their lands,
89:12 bringing about much corruption there.
89:13 Therefore, your Lord let loose on them the scourge of suffering.
89:14 Your Lord surely observes all.
89:15 As for man, whenever his Lord tries him by His generosity and with a life of ease, he says, 'My Lord is bountiful to me.'
89:16 But whenever He tries him by stinting his means, he says, 'My Lord has disgraced me.'
89:17 No indeed; but you are not generous towards the orphan,
89:18 nor do you urge one another to feed the needy. 18
89:19 You devour the inheritance [of others] greedily,
89:20 and you love wealth passionately.
89:21 No indeed! When the earth is systematically levelled down,
89:22 and your Lord comes, with the angels rank on rank,
89:23 and on that day, hell is brought near, then man will remember, but how will that remembrance avail him?
89:24 He shall say, 'Oh, would that I had prepared for my life!'
89:25 On that day, none will punish as He punishes,
89:26 and none will bind with chains as He binds. (2
89:27 'Oh soul at peace!
89:28 Return to your Lord, well pleased and well pleasing.
89:29 Enter, then, together with My servants!
89:30 Enter My paradise!'


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