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al-Balad (The City, This Countryside)
as rendered by Maududi
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Maududi rendition of Surah The City, This Countryside(al-Balad)
90:1 Nay! I swear by this city
90:2 – this city wherein you have been rendered violable–
90:3 and I swear by the parent and his offspring:
90:4 Verily We have created man into toil and hardship.
90:5 Does he think that no one can overpower him?
90:6 He says: "I have squandered enormous wealth."
90:7 Does he believe that none has seen him?
90:8 Did We not grant him two eyes,
90:9 and a tongue and two lips?
90:10 And did We not show him the two highroads (of good and evil)?
90:11 But he did not venture to scale the difficult steep.
90:12 And what do you know what that difficult steep is?
90:13 It is freeing someone´s neck from slavery;
90:14 or giving food on a day of hunger
90:15 to an orphan near of kin;
90:16 or to a destitute lying in dust;
90:17 and, then besides this, he be one of those who believed, and enjoined upon one another steadfastness and enjoined upon one another compassion.
90:18 These are the People of the Right Hand.
90:19 As for those who rejected Our Signs, they are the People of the Left Hand.
90:20 Upon them shall be a Fire that will hem them in.


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