0 SAQ 70. The Ascending Stairways 70

A questioner questioned concerning the doom about to fall Upon the disbelievers, which none can repel, ... Save worshippers ... And those who preserve their chastity Save with their wives and those whom their right hands possess.... 29:0


The lord of the ascending stairways
AbsurdityInjusticeIntolerance 70:1-7

1A questioner questioned concerning the doom about to fall

2Upon the disbelievers, which none can repel,

3From Allah, Lord of the Ascending Stairways

Someone asked about the doom that is about to fall on disbelievers, which no one can repel.

It comes from Allah, the lord of the ascending stairways.

4(Whereby) the angels and the Spirit ascend unto Him in a Day whereof the span is fifty thousand years.

5 But be patient (O Muhammad) with a patience fair to see.

6 Lo! they behold it afar off

7 While we behold it nigh:

For the angels and the Spirit [1] ascending to him,

a day is like 50,000 years. [2]

At the price of his children
AbsurdityScienceInjustice 70:8-14

8The day when the sky will become as molten copper,

9And the hills become as flakes of wool,

10 And no familiar friend will ask a question of his friend

On that day the skey will become molten copper,

and the hills like flakes of wool.

11 Though they will be given sight of them. The guilty man will long to be able to ransom himself from the punishment of that day at the price of his children

12And his spouse and his brother

13And his kin that harboured him

14And all that are in the earth, if then it might deliver him.

Fathers will try to ransom themselves with their children, wife, brothers, family, and everyone on earth.

The fire of hell - eager to roast
InjusticeIntoleranceCruelty 70:15-28

15 But nay! for lo! it is the fire of hell

16Eager to roast;

17 It calleth him who turned and fled (from truth),

18 And hoarded (wealth) and withheld it.

19 Lo! man was created anxious,

20 Fretful when evil befalleth him

21 And, when good befalleth him, grudging;

But they won't be able to escape the fire of hell,

which is eager to roast them.

22Save worshippers.

23 Who are constant at their worship

24 And in whose wealth there is a right acknowledged

25 For the beggar and the destitute;

Only worshipers

26 And those who believe in the Day of Judgment,

27 And those who are fearful of their Lord's doom -

28Lo! the doom of their Lord is that before which none can feel secure -

and those who believe in judgment day,

and are fearful of the Lord's doom

can feel secure.

Chastity - except with wives and slaves
AbsurdityWomen 70:29-35

29And those who preserve their chastity

30Save with their wives and those whom their right hands possess, for thus they are not blameworthy;

31 But whoso seeketh more than that, those are they who are transgressors;

32 And those who keep their pledges and their covenant,

33 And those who stand by their testimony

34 And those who are attentive at their worship.

And those who are chaste,

except with their wives and slaves.

35These will dwell in Gardens, honoured.

These will live in gardens.

I swear by the lord of the rising places
AbsurdityInjusticeIntoleranceCruelty 70:36-44

36What aileth those who disbelieve, that they keep staring toward thee (O Muhammad), open-eyed,

37 On the right and on the left, in groups?

38 Doth every man among them hope to enter the Garden of Delight?

39 Nay, verily. Lo! We created them from what they know.

But what's wrong with the disbelievers?

Why do they stare at you (Muhammad)?

40 But nay! I swear by the Lord of the rising-places and the setting-places of the planets that We verily are Able

41To replace them by (others) better than them. And we are not to be outrun.

I swear by the Lord of the rising and setting places of the planets that we [3] are able to replace them by others who are better than them.

42 So let them chat and play until they meet their Day which they are promised,

43 The day when they come forth from the graves in haste, as racing to a goal,

So let them chat and play until the day

when they come running out of their graves,

44With eyes aghast, abasement stupefying them: Such is the Day which they are promised.

with their eyes aghast.

That's the day they are promised.


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