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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

70. The Ways of Ascent (19 – 44)

19Man was truly created anxious: 20he is fretful when misfortune touches him, 21but tight-fisted when good fortune comes his way. 22Not so those who pray 23and are constant in their prayers; 24who give a due share of their wealth 25to beggars and the deprived; 26who believe in the Day of Judgement27and fear the punishment of their Lord—28none may feel wholly secure from it—29who guard their chastity 30from all but their spouses or their slave-girls—there is no blame attached to [relations with] these, 31but those whose desires exceed this limit are truly transgressors—32who are faithful to their trusts and their pledges; 33who give honest testimony 34and are steadfast in their prayers.35They will be honoured in Gardens of bliss. 36What is wrong with the disbelievers? Why do they rush to peer at you [Prophet], 37from right and left, in crowds? 38Does every one of them expect to enter a Garden of bliss? 39No! We created them from the substance they know,a They deny the Resurrection, and this points out to them that God has the power to create them from such a small beginning and that He can bring about the Resurrection. Cf. 56: 56–62. 40and, by the Lord of every sunrise and sunset, We have the power 41to substitute for them others better than they are—nothing can prevent Us from doing this. 42So leave them to wallow in idle talk, until they come face to face with their promised Day, 43the Day they will rush out of their graves as if rallying to a flag, 44eyes downcast and covered in shame: that is the Day of which they were warned.

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a They deny the Resurrection, and this points out to them that God has the power to create them from such a small beginning and that He can bring about the Resurrection. Cf. 56: 56–62.

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