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SURA LXX (70) - The Steps or Ascents (Mecca - 44 verses) (XLVII - 72)
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the MercifulA suitor sued for punishment to light suddenly
God from inflicting it, the master of those Ascents,
By which the angels and the spirit ascend to him in a day, whose lengthis fifty thousand years.
The day when the heavens shall become as molten brass,
And the mountains shall become like flocks of wool:70:10 And friend shall not question of friend,
Though they look at one another. Fain would the wicked redeem himself
from punishment on that day at the price of his children,Of his spouse and his brother,
And of all who are on the earth that then it might deliver him.But no. For the fire,
Shall claim him who turned his back and went away,And amassed and hoarded.
And of whose substance there is a due and stated portion
For him who asketh, and for him who is ashamed to beg;And who own the judgment-day a truth,
And who thrill with dread at the chastisement of their Lord -
For there is none safe from the chastisement of their Lord -And who control their desires,
70:30 (Save with their wives or the slaves whom their right hands have won,for there they shall be blameless;
But whoever indulge their desires beyond this are transgressors);
And who are true to their trusts and their engagements,And who witness uprightly,
These shall dwell, laden with honours, amid gardens.
But what hath come to the unbelievers that they run at full stretcharound thee,
Is it that every man of them would fain enter that garden of delights?
Not at all. We have created them, they know of what.
70:40 It needs not that I swear by the Lord of the East and of the West thatwe have power
To replace them with better than themselves: neither are we to behindred.
Wherefore let them flounder on and disport them, till they come face toface with their threatened day,
The day on which they shall flock up out of their graves in haste likemen who rally to a standard: -
Their eyes downcast; disgrace shall cover them. Such their threatenedday.