Chapter Scripts

Surah Al-Ma’Arij 70:21-44

70:21 And whenever good fortune comes to him, he selfishly withholds it [from others].

70:22 Not so, however, are those who consciously turn towards God in prayer.

70:23 [And] who incessantly persevere in their prayer. 

70:4 And in whose possessions there is a due share, acknowledged [by them]. 

70:25 For such as to ask [for help] and such as are deprived [of what is good in life].

70:26 And who accept as true the [coming of the] Day of Judgment. 

70:27 And who stand in dread of their Sustainer’s chastisement. 

70:28 For, behold, of their Sustainer’s chastisement none may ever feel [wholly] secure.

70:29 And who are mindful of their chastity.

70:30 [Not giving way to their desires] with any but their spouses – that is, those whom they rightfully possess [through wedlock], for then, behold, they are free of all blame. 

70:31 Whereas such as seek to go beyond that [limit] are truly transgressors. 

70:32 And who are faithful to their trusts and to their pledges. 

70:33 And who stand firm whenever they bear witness. 

70:34 And who guard their prayers [from all worldly intent].

70:35 These it is who in the gardens [of paradise] shall be honored!

70:36 What, Then, is amiss with such as are bent on denying the truth, that they run about confusedly to and fro before thee. 

70:37 [Coming upon thee] from the right and from the left, in crowds? 

70:38 Does every one of them hope to enter [by this means] a garden of bliss?

70:39 Never! For, behold, We have created them out of something that they know [only too well]!

70:40 But nay! I call to witness [Our being] the Sustainer of all the points of sunrise and sunset, Verily, well able are We. 

70:41 To replace them with [people] better than they are, for there is nothing to prevent Us [from doing what We will].

70:42 Hence, leave them to indulge in idle talk and play [with words] until they face that [Judgment] Day of theirs which they have been promised. 

70:43 The Day when they shall come forth in haste from their graves as if racing towards a goal-post. 

70:44 With downcast eyes, with ignominy overwhelming them, that Day which they were promised again and again.


The divine scriptures are God’s beacons to the world. Surely God offered His trust to the heavens and the earth, and the hills, but they shrank from bearing it and were afraid of it. And man undertook it.
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