Surah 70 - Ways of Ascent
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Qur'an - Translation
Ways of Ascent

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

[70.1] One demanding, demanded the chastisement which must befall

[70.2] The unbelievers -- there is none to avert it --

[70.3] From Allah, the Lord of the ways of Ascent.

[70.4] To Him ascend the angels and the Spirit in a day the measure of which is fifty thousand years.

[70.5] Therefore endure with a goodly patience.

[70.6] Surely they think it to be far off,

[70.7] And We see it nigh.

[70.8] On the day when the heaven shall be as molten copper,

[70.9] And the mountains shall be as tufts of wool;

[70.10] And friend shall not ask of friend,

[70.11] (Though) they shall be made to see each other. The guilty one would fain redeem himself from the chastisement of that day by (sacrificing) his children,

[70.12] And his wife and his brother,

[70.13] And the nearest of his kinsfolk who gave him shelter,

[70.14] And all those that are in the earth, (wishing) then (that) this might deliver him.

[70.15] By no means! Surely it is a flaming fire,

[70.16] Dragging by the head,

[70.17] It shall claim him who turned and fled (from truth),

[70.18] And amasses (wealth) then shuts it up.

[70.19] Surely man is created of a hasty temperament;

[70.20] Being greatly grieved when evil afflicts him,

[70.21] And niggardly when good befalls him,

[70.22] Except those who pray,

[70.23] Those who are constant at their prayer,

[70.24] And those in whose wealth there is a fixed portion.

[70.25] For him who begs and for him who is denied (good),

[70.26] And those who accept the truth of the judgment day,

[70.27] And those who are fearful of the chastisement of their Lord --

[70.28] Surely the chastisement of their Lord is (a thing) not to be felt secure of –

[70.29] And those who guard their private parts,

[70.30] Except in the case of their wives or those whom their right hands possess -- for these surely are not to be blamed,

[70.31] But he who seeks to go beyond this, these it is that go beyond the limits –

[70.32] And those who are faithful to their trusts and their covenant,

[70.33] And those who are upright in their testimonies,

[70.34] And those who keep a guard on their prayer,

[70.35] Those shall be in gardens, honored.

[70.36] But what is the matter with those who disbelieve that they hasten on around you,

[70.37] On the right hand and on the left, in sundry parties?

[70.38] Does every man of them desire that he should be made to enter the garden of bliss?

[70.39] By no means! Surely We have created them of what they know.

[70.40] But nay! I swear by the Lord of the Easts and the Wests that We are certainly able

[70.41] To bring instead (others) better than them, and We shall not be overcome.

[70.42] Therefore leave them alone to go on with the false discourses and to sport until they come face to face with that day of theirs with which they are threatened;

[70.43] The day on which they shall come forth from their graves in haste, as if they were hastening on to a goal,

[70.44] Their eyes cast down; disgrace shall overtake them; that is the day which they were threatened with.

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