90. Al-Balad (The Land)

Meccan, 20 verses

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

  1. I swear by this land

  2. while you are a resident of this land

  3. and by the father and what he fathered,

  4. (that) We have certainly created human being in difficulty.

  5. Does he think that no one will ever have power over him?

  6. He says: “I wasted a lot of wealth.”

  7. Does he think that no one saw him?

  8. Did we not make two eyes for him

  9. and a tongue and two lips?

  10. And We guided him to the two ways,

  11. but he did not take/attempt the winding mountain road.

  12. And how would you know what the winding mountain road is?

  13. (It is) freeing a slave,

  14. or in a day of famine, feeding

  15. an orphan being related

  16. or a poor person in ruins (and penniless),

  17. then being of those who believe and recommend one another to the perseverance (and patience) and recommend one another to kindness.

  18. They are associates of the right hand (the fortunate).

  19. And those who disbelieve in Our signs, they are associates of the left hand (the unfortunate),

  20. and a fire is closed over upon them (all over them).