Part 30

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Chapter 78: The Great News

 

SECTION 1: The Day of Decision

 

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

1. Concerning what are they disputing? 2. Concerning the Great News, 3. About which they cannot agree. 4. Verily, they shall soon (come to) know! 5. Verily, verily they shall soon (come to) know!

 

6. Have We not made the earth as a wide expanse, 7. And the mountains as pegs? 8. And (have We not) created you in pairs, 9. And made your sleep for rest, 10. And made the night as a covering, 11. And made the day as a means of subsistence? 12. And (have We not) built over you the seven firmaments, 13. And placed (therein) a Light of Splendor? 14. And do We not send down from the clouds water in abundance, 15. That We may produce therewith corn and vegetables, 16. And gardens of luxurious growth?

17. Verily the Day of Sorting Out is a thing appointed, 18. The Day that the Trumpet shall be sounded, and you shall come forth in crowds; 19. And the heavens shall be opened as if there were doors, 20. And the mountains shall vanish, as if they were a mirage.

21. Truly Hell is as a place of ambush, 22. For the transgressors a place of destination: 23. They will dwell therein for ages. 24. Nothing cool shall they taste therein, nor any drink, 25. Save a boiling fluid and a fluid, dark, murky, intensely cold — 26. A fitting recompense (for them). 27. For that they used not to fear any account (for their deeds), 28. But they (impudently) treated Our Signs as false. 29. And all things have We preserved on record. 30. “So taste you (the fruits of your deeds); for no increase shall We grant you, except in Punishment.”

SECTION 2: The Day of Decision

31. Verily for the Righteous there will be a fulfillment of (the Heart’s) desires; 32. Gardens enclosed, and Grapevines; 33. Companions of Equal Age; 34. And a Cup full (to the Brim). 35. No Vanity shall they hear therein, nor Untruth — 36. Recompense from your Lord, a Gift, (amply) sufficient — 37. (From) the Lord of the heavens and the earth, and all between — (God) Most Gracious: none shall have power to argue with Him.

38. The Day that the Spirit and the angels will stand forth in ranks, none shall speak except any who is permitted by (God) Most Gracious, and He will say what is right. 39. That Day will be the sure Reality: therefore, whoever will, let him take a (straight) Return to his Lord! 40. Verily, We have warned you of a Penalty near — the Day when man will see (the Deeds) which his hands have sent forth, and the Unbeliever will say, “Woe unto me! Would that I were (mere) dust!”

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The Day that the Spirit and the angels will stand forth in ranks, none shall speak except any who is permitted by (God) Most Gracious, and He will say what is right. (78:38)

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Chapter 79: Those Who Tear Out

SECTION 1: The Great Commotion

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

1. By the (angels) who tear out (the souls of the wicked) with violence; 2. By those who gently draw out (the souls of the blessed); 3. And by those who glide along (on errands of mercy), 4. Then press forward as in a race, 5. Then arrange to do (the Commands of their Lord), 6. One Day everything that can be in commotion will be in violent commotion, 7. Followed by oft-repeated (commotions): 8. Hearts that Day will be in agitation; 9. Cast down will be (their owners’) eyes.

10. They say (now): “What! Shall we indeed be returned to (our) former state? 11. What! — when we shall have become rotten bones?” 12. They say: “It would, in that case, be a return with loss!”

13. But verily, it will be but a single (compelling) Cry, 14. When, behold, they will be in the (full) awakening (to Judgement).

 

15. Has the story of Moses reached you? 16. Behold, your Lord did call to him in the sacred valley of Ṭuwā — 17. “Go you to Pharaoh, for he has indeed transgressed all bounds. 18. And say to him, ‘Would you that you should be purified (from sin)? — 19. And that I guide you to your Lord, so you should fear Him?’” 20. Then did (Moses) show him the Great Sign. 21. But (Pharaoh) rejected it and disobeyed (guidance); 22. Further, he turned his back, striving hard (against God). 23. Then he collected (his men) and made a proclamation, 24. Saying, “I am your Lord, Most High.” 25. But God did punish him, (and made an) example of him — in the Hereafter, as in this life. 26. Verily in this is an instructive warning for whoever fears (God).

SECTION 2: The Great Calamity

 

27. What! Are you the more difficult to create or the heaven (above)? (God) has constructed it: 28. On high has He raised its canopy, and He has given it order and perfection. 29. Its night does He endow with darkness, and its splendor does He bring out (with light). 30. And the earth, moreover, has He extended (to a wide expanse); 31. He draws out therefrom its moisture and its pasture; 32. And the mountains has He firmly fixed; — 33. For use and convenience to you and your cattle.

34. Therefore, when there comes the great, overwhelming (Event), — 35. The Day when man shall remember (all) that he strove for, 36. And Hell-Fire shall be placed in full view for (all) to see, — 37. Then, for such as had transgressed all bounds, 38. And had preferred the life of this world, 39. The Abode will be Hell-Fire; 40. And for such as had entertained the fear of standing before their Lord’s (tribunal) and had restrained (their) soul from lower desires, 41. Their Abode will be the Garden.

 

42. They ask you about the Hour, — ‘When will be its appointed time? 43. Wherein are you (concerned) with the declaration thereof? 44. With your Lord is the Limit fixed therefor. 45. You are but a Warner for such as fear it. 46. The Day they see it, (it will be) as if they had tarried but a single evening, or (at most ’till) the following morn! 

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What! Are you the more difficult to create or the heaven (above)? (God) has constructed it: On high has He raised its canopy, and He has given it order and perfection. (79:27-28)

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Chapter 80: He Frowned

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

1. (The Prophet) frowned and turned away, 2. Because there came to him the blind man (interrupting). 3. But what could tell you but that perchance he might grow (in spiritual understanding)? — 4. Or that he might receive admonition, and the teaching might profit him? 5. As to one who regards himself as self-sufficient, 6. To him do you attend; 7. Though it is no blame to you if he grow not (in spiritual understanding). 8. But as to him who came to you striving earnestly, 9. And with fear (in his heart), 10. Of him were you unmindful.

 

11. By no means (should it be so)! For it is indeed a Message of instruction: 12. Therefore let whoever will, keep it in remembrance.

 

13. (It is) in Books held (greatly) in honor, 14. Exalted (in dignity), kept pure and holy, 15. (Written) by the hands of scribes — 16. Honorable and Pious and Just.

 

17. Woe to man! What has made him reject God; 18. From what stuff has He created him? 19. From a sperm-drop: He has created him, and then molded him in due proportions; 20. Then does He make his path smooth for him; 21. Then He causes him to die, and puts him in his Grave; 22. Then, when it is His Will, He will raise him up (again). 23. By no means has he fulfilled what God has commanded him.

 

24. Then let man look at his food, (and how We provide it): 25. For that We pour forth water in abundance, 26. And We split the earth in fragments, 27. And produce therein Corn, 28. And Grapes and nutritious Plants, 29. And Olives and Dates, 30. And enclosed Gardens, dense with lofty trees, 31. And Fruits and Fodder, — 32. For use and convenience to you and your cattle.

 

33. At length, when there comes the Deafening Noise, — 34. That Day shall a man flee from his own brother, 35. And from his mother and his father, 36. And from his wife and his children. 37. Each one of them, that Day, will have enough concern (of his own) to make him indifferent to the others.

 

38. Some faces that Day will be beaming, 39. Laughing, rejoicing. 40. And other faces that Day will be dust-stained; 41. Blackness will cover them: 42. Such will be the Rejecters of God, the Doers of Iniquity.

Chapter 81: The Folding Up

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

1. When the sun (with its spacious light) is folded up; 2. When the stars fall, losing their luster; 3. When the mountains vanish (like a mirage); 4. When the she-camels, ten months with young, are left untended; 5. When the wild beasts are herded together (in human habitations); 6. When the oceans boil over with a swell; 7. When the souls are sorted out, (being joined, like with like); 8. When the female (infant), buried alive, is questioned — 9. For what crime she was killed; 10. When the Scrolls are laid open; 11. When the World on High is unveiled; 12. When the blazing Fire is kindled to fierce heat; 13. And when the Garden is brought near; — 14. (Then) shall each soul know what it has put forward.

 

15. So verily I call to witness the Planets — that recede, 16. Go straight, or hide; 17. And the Night as it dissipates; 18. And the Dawn as it breathes away the darkness; — 19. Verily this is the word of a most honorable Messenger, 20. Endued with Power, with rank before the Lord of the Throne, 21. With authority there, (and) faithful to his trust.

 

22. And (O people!) Your Companion is not one possessed; 23. And without doubt he saw him in the clear horizon. 24. Neither does he withhold grudgingly a knowledge of the Unseen. 25. Nor is it the word of an evil spirit accursed.

 

26. When whither go you? 27. Verily this is no less than a Message to (all) the Worlds: 28. (With profit) to whoever among you wills to go straight: 29. But you shall not will except as God wills — the Cherisher of the Worlds.

Chapter 82: The Cleaving Asunder

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

1. When the Sky is cleft asunder; 2. When the Stars are scattered; 3. When the Oceans are suffered to burst forth; 4. And when the Graves are turned upside down; — 5. (Then) shall each soul know what it has sent forward and (what it has) kept back.

 

6. O man! What has seduced you from your Lord Most Beneficent? — 7. Him Who created you, fashioned you in due proportion, and gave you a just bias; 8. In whatever Form He wills, does He put you together.

 

9. No! But you do reject Right and Judgement! 10. But verily over you (are appointed angels) to protect you, — 11. Kind and honorable — writing down (your deeds): 12. They know (and understand) all that you do.

 

13. As for the Righteous, they will be in Bliss; 14. And the Wicked — they will be in the Fire, 15. Which they will enter on the Day of Judgement, 16. And they will not be able to keep away therefrom.

 

17. And what will explain to you what the Day of Judgement is? 18. Again, what will explain to you what the Day of Judgement is? 19. (It will be) the Day when no soul shall have power (to do) anything for another: for the Command, that Day, will be (wholly) with God.

Chapter 83: The Dealers in Fraud

 

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

1. Woe to those that deal in fraud, — 2. Those who, when they have to receive by measure from men, exact full measure, 3. But when they have to give by measure or weight to men, give less than due. 4. Do they not think that they will be called to account? — 5. On a Mighty Day, 6. A Day when (all) mankind will stand before the Lord of the Worlds?

7. No! Surely the Record of the Wicked is (preserved) in Sijjīn. 8. And what will explain to you what Sijjīn is? 9. (There is) a Register (fully) inscribed. 10. Woe, that Day, to those that deny — 11. Those that deny the Day of Judgement. 12. And none can deny it but the Transgressor beyond bounds, the Sinner! 13. When Our Signs are rehearsed to him, he says, “Tales of the Ancients!”

14. By no means! But on their hearts is the stain of the (ill) which they do! 15. Verily, from (the Light of) their Lord, that Day, will they be veiled. 16. Further, they will enter the Fire of Hell. 17. Further, it will be said to them: “This is the (reality) which you rejected as false!”

18. No, verily the record of the Righteous is (preserved) in ‘Illīyīn. 19. And what will explain to you what ‘Illīyūn is? 20. (There is) a Register (fully) inscribed, 21. To which bear witness those Nearest (to God).

22. Truly the Righteous will be in Bliss: 23. On Thrones (of Dignity) will they command a sight (of all things): 24. You will recognize in their faces the beaming brightness of Bliss. 25. Their thirst will be slaked with Pure Wine sealed: 26. The seal thereof will be Musk: and for this let those aspire, who have aspirations: 27. With it will be (given) a mixture of Tasnīm: 28. A spring, from (the waters) whereof drink those Nearest to God.

29. Those in sin used to laugh at those who believed, 30. And whenever they passed by them, used to wink at each other (in mockery); 31. And when they returned to their own people, they would return jesting; 32. And whenever they saw them, they would say, “Behold! These are the people truly astray!” 33. But they had not been sent as Keepers over them! 34 But on this Day the Believers will laugh at the Unbelievers:

35. On Thrones (of Dignity) they will command (a sight) (of all things).

36. Will not the Unbelievers have been paid back for what they did?

Chapter 84: The Rending Asunder

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

1. When the Sky is rent asunder, 2. And listens to (the Command of) its Lord, — and it must needs (do so); — 3. And when the earth is flattened out, 4. And casts forth what is within it, and becomes (clean) empty, 5. And listens to (the Command of) its Lord, — and it must needs (do so); — (then will come home the full Reality).

 

6. O you man! Verily you are ever toiling on towards your Lord — painfully toiling, — but you shall meet Him. 7. Then he who is given his Record in his right hand, 8. Soon will his account be taken by an easy reckoning, 9. And he will turn to his people, rejoicing! 10. But he who is given his Record behind his back, — 11. Soon will he cry for Perdition, 12. And he will enter a blazing Fire. 13. Truly, did he go about among his people, rejoicing! 14. Truly, did he think that he would not have to return (to Us)! 15. No, no! For his Lord was (ever) watchful of him!

 

16. So I do call to witness the ruddy glow of Sunset; 17. The Night and its Homing; 18. And the Moon in her Fullness: 19. You shall surely travel from stage to stage.

 

20. What then is the matter with them, that they believe not? — 21. And when the Qur’ān is read to them, they fall not prostrate, 22. But on the contrary the Unbelievers reject (it). 23. But God has full Knowledge of what they secrete (in their breasts). 24. So announce to them a Penalty grievous, 25. Except to those who believe and work righteous deeds: for them is a Reward that will never fail.

Chapter 85: The Zodiacal Signs

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

1. By the sky, (displaying) the Zodiacal Signs; 2. By the promised Day (of Judgement); 3. By one that witnesses, and the subject of the witness; — 4. Woe to the makers of the pit (of fire), 5. Fire supplied (abundantly) with Fuel: 6. Behold! They sat over against the (fire), 7. And they witnessed (all) that they were doing against the Believers. 8. And they ill-treated them for no other reason than that they believed in God, Exalted in Power, Worthy of all Praise! — 9. Him to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth! And God is Witness to all things.

 

10. Those who persecute (or draw into temptation) the Believers, men and women, and do not turn in repentance, will have the Penalty of Hell: they will have the Penalty of the burning Fire. 11. For those who believe and do righteous deeds, will be Gardens; beneath which Rivers flow: that is the great Salvation, (the fulfillment of all desires),

 

12. Truly strong is the Grip (and Power) of your Lord. 13. It is He Who creates from the very beginning, and He can restore (life). 14. And He is the Oft-Forgiving, Full of loving-kindness, 15. Lord of the Throne of Glory, 16. Doer (without let) of all that He intends.

 

17. Has the story reached you, of the Forces — 18. Of Pharaoh and the Thamūd? 19. And yet the Unbelievers (persist) in rejecting (the Truth)! 20. But God does encompass them from behind!

 

21. No, this is a Glorious Qur’ān, 22 (Inscribed) in a Tablet Preserved!

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For those who believe and do righteous deeds, will be Gardens; beneath which Rivers flow: that is the great Salvation, (the fulfillment of all desires), (85:11)

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Chapter 86: The Night-Visitant

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

1. By the Sky and the Night-Visitant (therein); — 2. And what will explain to you what the Night-Visitant is? — 3. (It is) the Star of piercing brightness; — 4. There is no soul but has a protector over it.

 

5. Now let man but think from what he is created! 6. He is created from a drop emitted — 7. Proceeding from between the backbone and the ribs: 8. Surely (God) is able to bring him back (to life)!

 

9. The Day that (all) things secret will be tested, 10. (Man) will have no power, and no helper.

 

11. By the Firmament which returns (in its round), 12. And by the Earth which opens out (for the gushing of springs or the sprouting of vegetation), — 13Behold this is the Word that distinguishes (Good from Evil): 14. It is not a thing for amusement.

 

15. As for them, they are but plotting a scheme, 16. And I am planning a scheme. 17. Therefore grant a delay to the Unbelievers: give respite to them gently (for a while).

Chapter 87: The Most High

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

1. Glorify the name of your Guardian-Lord Most High, 2. Who has created, and further, given order and proportion; 3. Who has ordained laws. And granted guidance; 4. And Who brings out the (green and luscious) pasture, 5. And then does make it (but) swarthy stubble.

 

6. By degrees shall We teach you to declare (the Message), so you shall not forget, 7. Except as God wills: for He knows what is manifest and what is hidden.

 

8. And We will make it easy for you (to follow) the simple (Path). 9. Therefore give admonition in case the admonition profits (the hearer). 10. The admonition will be received by those who fear (God): 11. But it will be avoided by those most unfortunate ones, 12. Who will enter the Great Fire, 13. In which they will then neither die nor live.

14. But those will prosper who purify themselves, 15. And glorify the name of their Guardian-Lord, and (lift their hearts) in prayer.

 

16. No (behold), you prefer the life of this world; 17. But the Hereafter is better and more enduring.

 

18. And this is in the Books of the earliest (Revelations), — 19. The Books of Abraham and Moses.

Chapter 88: The Overwhelming Event

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

1. Has the story reached you of the Overwhelming (Event)? 2. Some faces, that Day, will be humiliated, 3. Laboring (hard), weary, — 4. The while they enter the blazing Fire, — 5. The while they are given, to drink, of a boiling hot spring, 6. No food will there be for them but a bitter Ḍarī‘, 7. Which will neither nourish nor satisfy hunger.

 

8. (Other) faces that Day will be joyful, 9. Pleased with their Striving, — 10. In a Garden on high, 11. Where they shall hear no (word) of vanity: 12. Therein will be a bubbling spring: 13. Therein will be Thrones (of dignity), raised on high, 14. Goblets placed (ready), 15. And Cushions set in rows, 16. And rich carpets (all) spread out.

 

17. Do they not look at the Camels, how they are made? — 18. And at the Sky, how it is raised high? — 19. And at the Mountains, how they are fixed firm? — 20. And at the Earth, how it is spread out?

 

21. Therefore do you give admonition, for you are one to admonish. 22. You are not one to manage (men’s) affairs. 23. But if any turn away and reject God, — 24. God will punish him with a mighty Punishment, 25. For to Us will be their return; 26. Then it will be for Us to call them to account. 

Chapter 89: The Break of Day

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

1. By the Break of Day; 2. By the Nights twice five; 3. By the Even and Odd (contrasted); 4. And by the Night when it passes away; — 5. Is there (not) in these an adjuration (or evidence) for those who understand?

6. See you not how your Lord dealt with the ‘Ād (people), — 7. Of the (city of) Iram, with lofty pillars, 8. The like of which were not produced in (all) the land? 9. And with the Thamūd (people), who cut out (huge) rocks in the valley? — 10. And with Pharaoh, Lord of Stakes? 11. (All) these transgressed beyond bounds in the lands, 12. And heaped therein mischief (on mischief). 13. Therefore did your Lord pour on them a scourge of diverse chastisements: 14. For your Lord is (as a Guardian) on a watchtower.

15. Now, as for man, when his Lord tries him, giving him honor and gifts, then says he, (puffed up), “My Lord has honored me.” 16. But when He tries him, restricting his subsistence for him, then says he (in despair), “My Lord has humiliated me!”

17. No, no! But you honor not the orphans! 18. Nor do you encourage one another to feed the poor! — 19. And you devour Inheritance — all with greed, 20. And you love wealth with inordinate love!

21. No! When the earth is pounded to powder, 22. And your Lord comes, and His angels, rank upon rank, 23. And Hell, that Day, is brought (face to face), — on that Day will man remember, but how will that remembrance profit him? 24. He will say: “Ah! Would that I had sent forth (Good Deeds) for (this) my (Future) Life!” 25. For, that Day, His Chastisement will be such as none (else) can inflict, 26. And His bonds will be such as none (other) can bind.

27. (To the righteous soul will be said:) “O (you) soul, in (complete) rest and satisfaction! 28. Come back you to your Lord, — well pleased (yourself), and well-pleasing unto Him! 29. Enter you, then, among My devotees! 30. Indeed, enter you My Heaven!

Chapter 90: The City

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

1. I do call to witness this City; — 2. And you are a freeman of this City; — 3. And (the mystic ties of) Parent and Child; — 4. Verily We have created man into toil and struggle.

 

5. Thinks he, that none has power over him? 6. He may say (boastfully): “Wealth have I squandered in abundance!” 7. Thinks he that none beholds him?

 

8. Have We not made for him a pair of eyes? — 9. And a tongue, and a pair of lips? — 10. And shown him the two highways? 11. But he has made no haste on the path that is steep. 12. And what will explain to you the path that is steep? — 13. (It is:) freeing the bond man; 14. Or the giving of food in a day of privation, 15. To the orphan with claims of relationship, 16. Or to the indigent (down) in the dust.

 

17. Then will he be of those who believe, and enjoin patience, (constancy, and self-restraint), and enjoin deeds of kindness and compassion. 18. Such are the Companions of the Right Hand.

 

19. But those who reject Our Signs, they are the (unhappy) Companions of the Left Hand. 20. On them will be Fire vaulted over (all round).

Chapter 91: The Sun

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

1. By the Sun and his (glorious) splendor; 2. By the Moon as she follows him; 3. By the Day as it shows up (the Sun’s) glory; 4. By the Night as it conceals it; 5. By the Firmament and its (wonderful) structure; 6. By the Earth and its (wide) expanse: 7. By the Soul, and the proportion and order given to it; 8. And its enlightenment as to its wrong and its right; — 9. Truly he succeeds that purifies it, 10. And he fails that corrupts it!

11. The Thamūd (people) rejected (their prophet) through their inordinate wrong-doing, 12. Behold, the most wicked man among them was deputed (for impiety). 13. But the Messenger of God said to them: “It is a She-camel of God! And (bar her not from) having her drink!” 14. Then they rejected him (as a false prophet), and they hamstrung her. So their Lord, on account of their crime, obliterated their traces and made them equal (in destruction, high and low)! 15. And for Him is no fear of its consequences.

Chapter 92: The Night

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

1. By the Night as it conceals (the light); 2. By the Day as it appears in glory; 3. By (the mystery of) the creation of male and female; — 4. Verily, (the ends) you strive for are diverse.

5. So he who gives (in charity) and fears (God), 6. And (in all sincerity) testifies to the best, — 7. We will indeed make smooth for him the path to Bliss. 8. But he who is a greedy miser and thinks himself self-sufficient, 9. And gives the lie to the Best, — 10. We will indeed make smooth for him the path to Misery; 11. Nor will his wealth profit him when he falls headlong (into the Pit).

12. Verily We take upon Ourselves to guide, 13. And verily unto Us (belong) the End and the Beginning.

14. Therefore do I warn you of a Fire blazing fiercely; 15. None shall reach it but those most unfortunate ones, 16. Who give the lie to Truth and turn their backs.

17. But those most devoted to God shall be removed far from it, — 18. Those who spend their wealth for increase in self-purification, 19. And have in their minds no favor from anyone for which a reward is expected in return, 20. But only the desire to seek for the Countenance of their Lord Most High; 21. And soon will they attain (complete) satisfaction.

Chapter 93: The Glorious Morning  Light

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

1. By the Glorious Morning Light, 2. And by the Night when it is still, — 3. Your Guardian-Lord has not forsaken you, nor is He displeased. 4. And verily the Hereafter will be better for you than the present. 5. And soon will your Guardian-Lord give you (that with which) you shall be well-pleased.

 

6. Did He not find you an orphan and give you shelter (and care)? 7. And He found you wandering, and He gave you guidance. 8. And He found you in need, and made you independent. 9. Therefore, treat not the orphan with harshness, 10. Nor repulse the petitioner (unheard); 11. But the Bounty of your Lord — rehearse and proclaim!

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And He found you wandering, and He gave you guidance. (93:7)

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Chapter 94: The Expansion

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

1. Have We not expanded you your breast? — 2. And removed from you your burden, 3. The which did gall your back? — 4. And raised high the esteem (in which) you (are held)?

5. So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief: 6. Verily, with every difficulty there is relief. 7. Therefore, when you are free (from your immediate task), still labor hard, 8. And to your Lord turn (all) your attention. 

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Verily, with every difficulty there is relief. (94:6)

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Chapter 95: The Fig

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

1. By the Fig and the Olive, 2. And the Mount of Sinai, 3. And this City of security, – 4. We have indeed created man in the best of molds, 5. Then do We abase him (to be) the lowest of the low, – 6. Except such as believe and do righteous deeds: for they shall have a reward unfailing. 7. Then what can, after this, contradict you, as to the Judgement (to come)? 8. Is not God the wisest of Judges?

Chapter 96: The Clinging Clot

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

1. Proclaim! (or Read!) in the name of your Lord and Cherisher, Who created — 2. Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood: 3. Proclaim! And your Lord is Most Bountiful, — 4. He Who taught (the use of) the Pen, — 5. Taught man that which he knew not.

 

6. No, but man does transgress all bounds, 7. In that he looks upon himself as self-sufficient. 8. Verily, to your Lord is the return (of all).

 

9. See you one who forbids — 10. A votary when he (turns) to pray? 11. See you if he is on (the road of) Guidance? — 12. Or enjoins Righteousness? 13. See you if he denies (Truth) and turns away?

 

14. Knows he not that God does see? 15. Let him beware! If he desist not, We will drag him by the forelock, — 16. A lying, sinful forelock! 17. Then, let him call (for help) to his council (of comrades): 18. We will call on the angels of punishment (to deal with him)!

 

19. No, heed him not: but bow down in adoration, and bring yourself the closer (to God)!

Chapter 97: The Night of Power or Honor

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

1. We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power: 2. And what will explain to you what the Night of Power is? 3. The Night of Power is better than a thousand Months. 4. Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by God’s permission, on every errand: 5. Peace! … This until the rise of Morn!

Chapter 98: The Clear Evidence

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

1. Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, were not going to depart (from their ways) until there should come to them Clear Evidence, — 2. A messenger from God, rehearsing scriptures kept pure and Holy: 3. Wherein are laws (or decrees) right and straight.

4. Nor did the People of the Book make schisms, until after there came to them Clear Evidence. 5. And they have been commanded no more than this: to worship God, offering Him sincere devotion, being true (in faith); to establish regular prayer; and to practice regular charity; and that is the Religion Right and Straight.

6. Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, will be in Hell-Fire, to dwell therein (forever). They are the worst of creatures. 7. Those who have faith and do righteous deeds, — they are the best of creatures. 8. Their reward is with God: Gardens of Eternity, beneath which rivers flow; they will dwell therein forever; God well pleased with them, and they with Him: all this for such as fear their Lord and Cherisher.

Chapter 99: The Convulsion

In the name of God,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

1. When the Earth is shaken to her (utmost) convulsion, 2. And the Earth throws up her burdens (from within), 3. And man cries (distressed): ‘What is the matter with her?’ — 4. On that Day will she declare her tidings: 5. For that your Lord will have given her inspiration. 6. On that Day will men proceed in companies sorted out, to be shown the Deeds that they (had done). 7. Then shall anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good, see it! 8. And anyone who has done an atom’s weight of evil, shall see it.