Surah 70. The Ascending Stairways, The Ways of Ascent, Sceptic
70:1. A questioner asked about a Penalty to befall-
70:2. The Unbelievers, the which there is none to ward off,-
70:3. (A Penalty) from "I AM", Lord of The Ways of Ascent.
70:4. The angels and the Spirit ascend unto Him in a Day the measure whereof is (as) fifty thousand years:
70:5. Therefore do thou hold Patience,- a Patience of beautiful (contentment).
70:6. They see the (Day) indeed as a far-off (event):
70:7. But We see it (quite) near.
70:8. The Day that the sky will be like molten brass,
70:9. And the mountains will be like wool,
70:10. And no friend will ask after a friend,
70:11. Though they will be put in sight of each other,- the sinner's desire will be: would that he could redeem himself from the Penalty of that Day by (sacrificing) his children,
70:12. His wife and his brother,
70:13. His kindred who sheltered him,
70:14. And all, all that is on Earth,- so it could deliver him:
70:15. By no means! For it would be the Fire of Hell!-
70:16. Plucking out (his Being - soul) right to the skull!-
70:17. Inviting (all) such as turn their backs and turn away their faces (from the Right),
70:18. And collect (wealth) and hide it (from use)!
70:19. Truly man was created VERY impatient;-
70:20. Fretful when evil touches him;
70:21. And niggardly when good reaches him;-
70:22. Not so those devoted to Prayer;-
70:23. Those who remain steadfast to their prayer;
70:24. And those in whose wealth is a recognised right
70:25. For the (needy) who asks and him who is prevented (for some reason from asking);
70:26. And those who hold to the truth of the Day of Judgment;
70:27. And those who fear the displeasure of their Lord,-
70:28. For their Lord's displeasure is the opposite of Peace and Tranquillity;-
70:29. And those who guard their chastity,
70:30. Except with their wives and the (captives) whom their right hands possess,- for (then) they are not to be blamed,
70:31. But those who trespass beyond this are transgressors;-
70:32. And those who respect their trusts and covenants;
70:33. And those who stand firm in their testimonies;
70:34. And those who guard (the sacredness) of their worship;-
70:35. Such will be the honoured ones in the Gardens (of Bliss).
70:36. Now what is the matter with the Unbelievers that they rush madly before thee-
70:37. From the right and from the left, in crowds?
70:38. Does every man of them long to enter the Garden of Bliss?
70:39. By no means! For We have created them out of the (base matter) they know!
70:40. Now I do call to witness the Lord of all points in the East and the West that We can certainly-
70:41. Substitute for them better (men) than they; and We are not to be defeated (in Our Plan).
70:42. So leave them to plunge in vain talk and play about, until they encounter that Day of theirs which they have been promised!-
70:43. The Day whereon they will issue from their sepulchres in sudden haste as if they were rushing to a goal-post (fixed for them),-
70:44. Their eyes lowered in dejection,- disgrace covering them (all over)! Such is the Day of which they are promised!