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I swear by this city,
this city in which you are a dweller,
by parent and offspring:
indeed, We have created man in affliction.
Does he think that no one has power over him?
He says: 'I have spent abundant wealth.'
Does he think that none observes him?
Have We not given him two eyes,
a tongue, and two lips,
and shown him the two paths?
Yet he would not scale the Ascent.
Would that you knew what the Ascent is.
It is the freeing of a slave,
or the feeding, on a day of famine,
of an orphaned near of kin,
or a needy man in distress,
and to be of those who believe and enjoin on one another to be patient in adversity, and enjoin mercy on one another.
Those who do this shall be on the right hand.
And those who deny Our revelations shall bon the left hand,
with fire closing in upon them.
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