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AL-BALAD (THE CITY, THIS COUNTRYSIDE)
Total Verses: 20
Revealed At: MAKKA
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
090.001 Y: I do call to witness this City;-
P: Nay, I swear by this city -
S: Nay! I swear by this city.
090.002 Y: And thou art a freeman of this City;-
P: And thou art an indweller of this city -
S: And you shall be made free from obligation in this cityŚ
090.003 Y: And (the mystic ties of) parent and child;-
P: And the begetter and that which he begat,
S: And the begetter and whom he begot.
090.004 Y: Verily We have created man into toil and struggle.
P: We verily have created man in an atmosphere:
S: Certainly We have created man to be in distress.
090.005 Y: Thinketh he, that none hath power over him?
P: Thinketh he that none hath power over him?
S: Does he think that no one has power over him?
090.006 Y: He may say (boastfully); Wealth have I squandered in abundance!
P: And he saith: I have destroyed vast wealth:
S: He shall say: I have wasted much wealth.
090.007 Y: Thinketh he that none beholdeth him?
P: Thinketh he that none beholdeth him?
S: Does he think that no one sees him?
090.008 Y: Have We not made for him a pair of eyes?-
P: Did We not assign unto him two eyes
S: Have We not given him two eyes,
090.009 Y: And a tongue, and a pair of lips?-
P: And a tongue and two lips,
S: And a tongue and two lips,
090.010 Y: And shown him the two highways?
P: And guide him to the parting of the mountain ways?
S: And pointed out to him the two conspicuous ways?
090.011 Y: But he hath made no haste on the path that is steep.
P: But he hath not attempted the Ascent -
S: But he would not attempt the uphill road,
090.012 Y: And what will explain to thee the path that is steep?-
P: Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Ascent is! -
S: And what will make you comprehend what the uphill road is?
090.013 Y: (It is:) freeing the bondman;
P: (It is) to free a slave,
S: (It is) the setting free of a slave,
090.014 Y: Or the giving of food in a day of privation
P: And to feed in the day of hunger.
S: Or the giving of food in a day of hunger
090.015 Y: To the orphan with claims of relationship,
P: An orphan near of kin,
S: To an orphan, having relationship,
090.016 Y: Or to the indigent (down) in the dust.
P: Or some poor wretch in misery,
S: Or to the poor man lying in the dust.
090.017 Y: Then will he be of those who believe, and enjoin patience, (constancy, and self-restraint), and enjoin deeds of kindness and compassion.
P: And to be of those who believe and exhort one another to perseverance and exhort one another to pity.
S: Then he is of those who believe and charge one another to show patience, and charge one another to show compassion.
090.018 Y: Such are the Companions of the Right Hand.
P: Their place will be on the right hand.
S: These are the people of the right hand.
090.019 Y: But those who reject Our Signs, they are the (unhappy) Companions of the Left Hand.
P: But those who disbelieve Our revelations, their place will be on the left hand.
S: And (as for) those who disbelieve in our communications, they are the people of the left hand.
090.020 Y: On them will be Fire vaulted over (all round).
P: Fire will be an awning over them.
S: On them is fire closed over.
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