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al-Balad (The City, This Countryside)
as rendered by Linda "iLham" Barto
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Linda “iLHam” Barto rendition of Surah The City, This Countryside(al-Balad)
90:1 Oh, I attest by this city [of Mecca] to witness.
90:2 You [Prophet Muhammed] are free from restriction in this city…
90:3 …and a parent and child.
90:4 Truly, We have created humanity into struggle.
90:5 Does he/she not think that there is a greater power above him/her?
90:6 He/she may boast, “I have spent abundant wealth.”
90:7 Does he/she not think that someone sees?
90:8 Have We not made for each person a pair of eyes [in order to see the right way]?
90:9 [Have We not made] a tongue [with which to ask for guidance], and two lips [with which to speak truth]?
90:10 [Have We not] shown him/her the two roads?
90:11 But (humanity) has made no haste on the road that is high.
90:12 What will explain what is meant by “the road that is high”?
90:13 It is giving freedom to the enslaved.
90:14 It is giving food during a time of famine.
90:15 [It is providing] for the orphaned relative…
90:16 …or any poor person in dire need.
90:17 Then he/she is among the believers and endorses patience and compassion.
90:18 Such people are the companions of the right hand.
90:19 Those who reject Our signs, however, are the companions of the left hand.
90:20 Over them will be walls of fire.


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