The Ways of Ascent
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
[70.1] One demanding, demanded the chastisement which must befall [70.2] The unbelievers-- there is none to avert it-- [70.3] From Allah, the Lord of the ways of Ascent. [70.4] To Him ascend the angels and the Spirit in a day the measure of which is fifty thousand years. [70.5] Therefore endure with a goodly patience. [70.6] Surely they think it to be far off, [70.7] And We see it nigh. [70.8] On the day when the heaven shall be as molten copper [70.9] And the mountains shall be as tufts of wool [70.10] And friend shall not ask of friend [70.11] (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, [70.12] And his wife and his brother [70.13] And the nearest of his kinsfolk who gave him shelter, [70.14] And all those that are in the earth, (wishing) then (that) this might deliver him. [70.15] By no means! Surely it is a flaming fire [70.16] Dragging by the head, [70.17] It shall claim him who turned and fled (from truth), [70.18] And amasses (wealth) then shuts it up. [70.19] Surely man is created of a hasty temperament [70.20] Being greatly grieved when evil afflicts him [70.21] And niggardly when good befalls him [70.22] Except those who pray, [70.23] Those who are constant at their prayer [70.24] And those in whose wealth there is a fixed portion. [70.25] For him who begs and for him who is denied (good) [70.26] And those who accept the truth of the judgment day [70.27] And those who are fearful of the chastisement of their Lord-- [70.28] Surely the chastisement of their Lord is (a thing) not to be felt secure of-- [70.29] And those who guard their private parts, [70.30] Except in the case of their wives or those whom their right hands possess-- for these surely are not to be blamed, [70.31] But he who seeks to go beyond this, these it is that go beyond the limits-- [70.32] And those who are faithful to their trusts and their covenant [70.33] And those who are upright in their testimonies, [70.34] And those who keep a guard on their prayer, [70.35] Those shall be in gardens, honored. [70.36] But what is the matter with those who disbelieve that they hasten on around you, [70.37] On the right hand and on the left, in sundry parties? [70.38] Does every man of them desire that he should be made to enter the garden of bliss? [70.39] By no means! Surely We have created them of what they know. [70.40] But nay! I swear by the Lord of the Easts and the Wests that We are certainly able [70.41] To bring instead (others) better than them, and We shall not be overcome. [70.42] 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; [70.43] The day on which they shall come forth from their graves in haste, as if they were hastening on to a goal, [70.44] Their eyes cast down; disgrace shall overtake them; that is the day which they were threatened with.