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90:1  NAY! I call to witness this land –
90:2  this land in which thou art free to dwell
90:3  and [I call to witness] parent and offspring
90:4  Verily, We have created man into [a life of] pain, toil and trial
90:5  Does he, then, think that no one has power over him
90:6  He boasts, "I have spent wealth abundant!"
90:7  Does he, then, think that no one sees him
90:8  Have We not given him two eyes
90:9  and a tongue, and a pair of lips
90:10  and shown him the two highways [of good and evil]
90:11  But he would not try to ascend the steep uphill road..
90:12  And what could make thee conceive what it is, that steep uphill road
90:13  [It is] the freeing of one's neck [from the burden of sin]
90:14  or the feeding, upon a day of [one's own] hunger
90:15  of an orphan near of kin
90:16  or of a needy [stranger] lying in the dust –
90:17  and being, withal, of those who have attained to faith, and who enjoin upon one another patience in adversity, and enjoin upon one another compassion
90:18  Such are they that have attained to righteousness
90:19  whereas those who are bent on denying the truth of Our messages – they are such as have lost themselves in evil
90:20  [with] fire closing in upon them