Ways of Ascent
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
[70.1] One demanding, demanded the chastisement which must befall
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.
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.
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),
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
[70.21] And niggardly when good befalls him
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.
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
[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
[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,
On the right hand and on the left, in sundry parties?
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.