سورة البلد / Al-Balad
I do call to witness this City;-
1. بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ لَا أُقْسِمُ بِهَذَا الْبَلَدِ
And thou art a freeman of this City;-
2. وَأَنتَ حِلٌّ بِهَذَا الْبَلَدِ
And (the mystic ties of) parent and child;-
3. وَوَالِدٍ وَمَا وَلَدَ
Verily We have created man into toil and struggle.
4. لَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ فِي كَبَدٍ
Thinketh he, that none hath power over him?
5. أَيَحْسَبُ أَن لَّن يَقْدِرَ عَلَيْهِ أَحَدٌ
He may say (boastfully); Wealth have I squandered in abundance!
6. يَقُولُ أَهْلَكْتُ مَالًا لُّبَدًا
Thinketh he that none beholdeth him?
7. أَيَحْسَبُ أَن لَّمْ يَرَهُ أَحَدٌ
Have We not made for him a pair of eyes?-
8. أَلَمْ نَجْعَل لَّهُ عَيْنَيْنِ
And a tongue, and a pair of lips?-
9. وَلِسَانًا وَشَفَتَيْنِ
And shown him the two highways?
10. وَهَدَيْنَاهُ النَّجْدَيْنِ
But he hath made no haste on the path that is steep.
11. فَلَا اقْتَحَمَ الْعَقَبَةَ
And what will explain to thee the path that is steep?-
12. وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا الْعَقَبَةُ
(It is:) freeing the bondman;
13. فَكُّ رَقَبَةٍ
Or the giving of food in a day of privation
14. أَوْ إِطْعَامٌ فِي يَوْمٍ ذِي مَسْغَبَةٍ
To the orphan with claims of relationship,
15. يَتِيمًا ذَا مَقْرَبَةٍ
Or to the indigent (down) in the dust.
16. أَوْ مِسْكِينًا ذَا مَتْرَبَةٍ
Then will he be of those who believe, and enjoin patience, (constancy, and self-restraint), and enjoin deeds of kindness and compassion.
17. ثُمَّ كَانَ مِنَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْمَرْحَمَةِ
Such are the Companions of the Right Hand.
18. أُولَئِكَ أَصْحَابُ الْمَيْمَنَةِ
But those who reject Our Signs, they are the (unhappy) Companions of the Left Hand.
19. وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بِآيَاتِنَا هُمْ أَصْحَابُ الْمَشْأَمَةِ
On them will be Fire vaulted over (all round).
20. عَلَيْهِمْ نَارٌ مُّؤْصَدَةٌ