70. Al-Ma'arij (The Places of Ascent)

Meccan, 44 verses

In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

  1. A questioner asked about a punishment bound to happen.

  2. None can prevent it for the disbelievers.

  3. (It is) from God, the owner of the places of ascent.

  4. The angels and the spirit ascend to Him in a day that its measure is fifty thousand years.

  5. So be patient, a nice patience.

  6. Indeed they see it far

  7. while We see it near.

  8. A day that the sky is like the melted copper,

  9. and the mountains are like the colored wool,

  10. and a friend does not ask about a friend

  11. (although) they are made to see them. The guilty wishes to redeem himself from the punishment of that day by (offering) his children

  12. and his spouse and his brother

  13. and his family who sheltered him

  14. and everyone on the earth, so that it saves him.

  15. No way. Indeed it is flame (of hell)

  16. stripping off the scalp (by burning it),

  17. calling anyone who turned his back and turned away

  18. and collected and withheld (his wealth).

  19. Indeed human being is created greedy (and anxious),

  20. impatient (and worried) when badness touches him,

  21. and miserly (and stingy) when goodness touches him,

  22. except the performers of mandatory prayers,

  23. those who perform their mandatory prayer all the time

  24. and those in their wealth there is a known right

  25. for the beggar and the disadvantaged,

  26. and those who acknowledge the Judgment Day

  27. and those who are afraid of their Lord's punishment,

  28. as indeed no one is safe from their Lord's punishment,

  29. and those who guard their private parts,

  30. except from their spouses or what their right hands own as indeed they are blameless

  31. and anyone who looks for (anything) beyond this then they are of those exceeding the limits,

  32. and those who observe their trusts and their promise

  33. and those who are upstanding in their testimony

  34. and those who guard their mandatory prayer,

  35. they are the honored ones in gardens.

  36. So what is with those who disbelieve, rushing (and staring) toward you

  37. from the right and from the left, in groups?

  38. Does every one of them expect to enter a garden of delight?

  39. No way. Indeed We created them from what they know.

  40. So I swear by the Lord of the easts and the wests that We are certainly able

  41. to substitute (them with) better than them, and We are not incapable (and can not be stopped from doing that).

  42. So leave them to engage in useless/false discussion and play until they meet their day which they are promised.

  43. A day that they come out of the graves in a hurry as if they are rushing to an idol.

  44. Lowering their eyes, humiliation overcomes them, that is the day that they were being promised.