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070 TheWaysOfAscent

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

 1. One demanding, demanded the chastisement which must 

 2. The unbelievers-- there is none to avert it-- 

 3. From Allah, the Lord of the ways of Ascent.

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

 S. Therefore endure with a goodly patience.

 6. Surely they think it to be far off,

 7. And We see it nigh.

 8. On the day when the heaven shall be as molten copper

 9. And the mountains shall be as tufts of wool

 10. And friend shall not ask of friend

 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,

 12. And his wife and his brother

 13. And the nearest of his kinsfolk who gave him shelter,

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

 15. By no means! Surely it is a flaming fire

 16. Dragging by the head,

 17. It shall claim him who turned and fled (from truth),

 18. And amasses (wealth) then shuts it up.

 19. Surely man is created of a hasty temperament

 20. Being greatly grieved when evil afflicts him

 21. And niggardly when good befalls him

 22. Except those who pray,

 23. Those who are constant at their prayer

 24. And those in whose wealth there is a fixed portion.

 25. For him who begs and for him who is denied (good)

 26. And those who accept the truth of the judgment day

 27. And those who are fearful of the chastisement of their 

 28. Surely the chastisement of their Lord is (a thing) not 
 to be felt secure of-- 

 29. And those who guard their private parts,

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

 31. But he who seeks to go beyond this, these it is that go 
 beyond the limits-- 

 32. And those who are faithful to their trusts and their 

 33. And those who are upright in their testimonies,

 34. And those who keep a guard on their prayer,

 35. Those shall be in gardens, honored.

 36. But what is the matter with those who disbelieve that 
 they hasten on around you,

 37. On the right hand and on the left, in sundry parties?

 38. Does every man of them desire that he should be made to 
 enter the garden of bliss?

 39. By no means! Surely We have created them of what they 

 40. But nay! I swear by the Lord of the Easts and the Wests 
 that We are certainly able

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

 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;

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

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