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al-Balad (The City, This Countryside)
as rendered by Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)
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Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) rendition of Surah The City, This Countryside(al-Balad)
90:1 I do call to witness this City;-
90:2 And thou art a freeman of this City;-
90:3 And (the mystic ties of) parent and child;-
90:4 Verily We have created man into toil and struggle.
90:5 Thinketh he, that none hath power over him?
90:6 He may say (boastfully); Wealth have I squandered in abundance!
90:7 Thinketh he that none beholdeth him?
90:8 Have We not made for him a pair of eyes?-
90:9 And a tongue, and a pair of lips?-
90:10 And shown him the two highways?
90:11 But he hath made no haste on the path that is steep.
90:12 And what will explain to thee the path that is steep?-
90:13 (It is:) freeing the bondman;
90:14 Or the giving of food in a day of privation
90:15 To the orphan with claims of relationship,
90:16 Or to the indigent (down) in the dust.
90:17 Then will he be of those who believe, and enjoin patience, (constancy, and self-restraint), and enjoin deeds of kindness and compassion.
90:18 Such are the Companions of the Right Hand.
90:19 But those who reject Our Signs, they are the (unhappy) Companions of the Left Hand.
90:20 On them will be Fire vaulted over (all round).


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