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al-Balad (The City, This Countryside)
as rendered by Talal A Itani
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Talal A. Itani (new translation) rendition of Surah The City, This Countryside(al-Balad)
90:1 I swear by this land
90:2 And you are a resident of this land
90:3 And by a father and what he fathered
90:4 We created man in distress
90:5 Does he think that no one has power over him
90:6 He says, 'I have used up so much money.'
90:7 Does he think that no one sees him
90:8 Did We not give him two eyes
90:9 And a tongue, and two lips
90:10 And We showed him the two ways
90:11 But he did not brave the ascent
90:12 And what will explain to you what the ascent is
90:13 The freeing of a slave
90:14 Or the feeding on a day of hunger
90:15 An orphan near of kin
90:16 Or a destitute in the dust
90:17 Then he becomes of those who believe, and advise one another to patience, and advise one another to kindness
90:18 These are the people of happiness
90:19 But as for those who defy Our revelations—these are the people of misery
90:20 Upon them is a padlocked Fire


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