The Human Truth Foundation

Sura 70 of the Qur'an

By Vexen Crabtree 2013


Title: Al-Maarij
English: The Ascending Stairways
Location: Makkah

Traditional Order:
< Sura 69 (Al-Haaqqa - The Reality)
> Sura 71 (Nooh - Nooh)

Chronological Order:
< Sura 69 (Al-Haaqqa - The Reality)
> Sura 78 (An-Naba - The Tidings)

Verses: 44

1A questioner asked of a chastisement about to fall
2for the unbelievers, which none may avert,
3from God, the Lord of the Stairways.
4To Him the angels and the Spirit mount up, in a day whereof the measure is fifty thousand years.
5So be thou patient with a sweet patience;
6behold, they see it as if far off;
7but We see it is nigh.
8Upon the day when heaven shall be as molten copper
9and the mountains shall be as plucked wool-tufts,
10no loyal friend shall question loyal friend,
11as they are given sight of them. The sinner will wish that he might ransom himself from the chastisement of that day even by his sons,
12his companion wife, his brother,
13his kin who sheltered him,
14and whosoever is in the earth, all together, so that then it might deliver him.
15Nay, verily it is a furnace
16snatching away the scalp,
17calling him who drew back and turned away,
18who amassed and hoarded.
19Surely man was created fretful,
20when evil visits him, impatient,
21when good visits him, grudging,
22save those that pray
23and continue at their prayers,
24those in whose wealth is a right known
25for the beggar and the outcast,
26who confirm the Day of Doom
27and go in fear of the chastisement of their Lord
28(from their Lord's chastisement none feels secure)
29and guard their private parts
30save from their wives and what their right hands own, then not being blameworthy
31(but whoso seeks after more than that, they are the transgressors),
32and who preserve their trusts and their covenant,
33and perform their witnessings,
34and who observe their prayers.
35Those shall be in Gardens, high-honoured.
36What ails the unbelievers, running with outstretched necks
37towards thee on the right hand and on the left hand in knots?
38What, is every man of them eager to be admitted to a Garden of Bliss?
39Not so; for We have created them of what they know.
40No! I swear by the Lord of the Easts and Wests, surely We are able
41to substitute a better than they; We shall not be outstripped.
42Then leave them alone to plunge and play until they encounter that day of theirs which they are promised,
43the day they shall come forth from the tombs hastily, as if they were hurrying unto a waymark,
44humbled their eyes, overspreading them abasement. That is the day which they were promised.