Quran Surah 70 - Al-Ma'arij (The Ways of Ascent)
Ayat 1 - AN INQUIRER ASKED for the affliction that is to come
Ayat 2 - Upon the infidels -- which none would be able to repel --
Ayat 3 - From God, the Lord of the steps (of progression),
Ayat 4 - To whom the angels and the soul take a day to ascend, whose length is fifty thousand years.
Ayat 5 - So persevere with becoming patience.
Ayat 6 - They surely take it to be far away,
Ayat 7 - But We see it very near.
Ayat 8 - The day the sky becomes like molten brass,
Ayat 9 - The mountains like the tufts of (carded) wool,
Ayat 10 - And no friend inquires after friend
Ayat 11 - Though within sight of one another. The sinner would like to ransom himself from the torment of that Day by offering his sons,
Ayat 12 - His wife and his brother,
Ayat 13 - And his family who had stood by him,
Ayat 14 - And all those who are on the earth, to save himself.
Ayat 15 - But never. It is pure white flame
Ayat 16 - That would skin the scalp.
Ayat 17 - It will summon whoever turns his back and flees,
Ayat 18 - Who amasses and then hoards.
Ayat 19 - Surely man is greedy by nature.
Ayat 20 - If evil befalls him he is perturbed;
Ayat 21 - If good comes to him he holds back his hand,
Ayat 22 - Except those who closely follow (the Book of God),
Ayat 23 - Who persevere in devotion,
Ayat 24 - In whose wealth a due share is included
Ayat 25 - For the needy and those dispossessed,
Ayat 26 - And those who believe in the Day of Judgement,
Ayat 27 - And those who fear the punishment of their Lord, --
Ayat 28 - Surely no one can be secure from the punishment of his Lord, --
Ayat 29 - And those who guard their sex except from their wives and women slaves of old
Ayat 30 - Are free of blame,
Ayat 31 - But those who seek more than this will be transgressors;
Ayat 32 - And those who fulfil their trusts and covenants,
Ayat 33 - Who uphold their testimonies,
Ayat 34 - And those who are mindful of their moral obligations.
Ayat 35 - They will live in gardens with honour.
Ayat 36 - What is the matter with unbelievers that they stare at you with fixed gazes and hasten towards you
Ayat 37 - In crowds, right and left?
Ayat 38 - Does every one of them wish to enter the garden of tranquility?
Ayat 39 - Never so. We have created them from what they know.
Ayat 40 - So I swear by the Lord of the Easts and the Wests that We are certainly able
Ayat 41 - To bring better people than they in their place; and they will not be able to thwart Us.
Ayat 42 - So leave them to their vain disputes and amusement till they meet their day (of reckoning) promised them,
Ayat 43 - The day when they will come out of their graves in all haste as though rushing to their altars,
Ayat 44 - Eyes lowered, shame attending. That is the day they have been promised!