AL BALAD (THE CITY)

(Revealed at Mecca - contains 20 verses - 1 section)

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Allah beginning with the name of the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

AYAT

TRANSLATION

1

لَا أُقْسِمُ بِهَٰذَا الْبَلَدِ

I swear by this city (Mecca)

2

وَأَنتَ حِلٌّ بِهَٰذَا الْبَلَدِ

For you (O dear Prophet Mohammed peace and blessings be upon him) are in this city.

3

وَوَالِدٍ وَمَا وَلَدَ

And by oath of your forefather Ibrahim, and by you his illustrious son!

4

لَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ فِي كَبَدٍ

We have indeed created man surrounded by hardships.

5

أَيَحْسَبُ أَن لَّن يَقْدِرَ عَلَيْهِ أَحَدٌ

Does man think that no one will ever have power over him?

6

يَقُولُ أَهْلَكْتُ مَالًا لُّبَدًا

He says, I destroyed vast wealth.

7

أَيَحْسَبُ أَن لَّمْ يَرَهُ أَحَدٌ

Does man think that no one saw him?

8

أَلَمْ نَجْعَل لَّهُ عَيْنَيْنِ

Did We not make two eyes for him?

9

وَلِسَانًا وَشَفَتَيْنِ

And a tongue and two lips?

10

وَهَدَيْنَاهُ النَّجْدَيْنِ

And did We not guide him to the two elevated things?

11

فَلَا اقْتَحَمَ الْعَقَبَةَ

So he did not quickly enter the steep valley.

12

وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا الْعَقَبَةُ

And what have you understood, what the valley is!

13

فَكُّ رَقَبَةٍ

The freeing of a slave!

14

أَوْ إِطْعَامٌ فِي يَوْمٍ ذِي مَسْغَبَةٍ

Or the feeding on a day of hunger.

15

يَتِيمًا ذَا مَقْرَبَةٍ

Of a related orphan,

16

أَوْ مِسْكِينًا ذَا مَتْرَبَةٍ

Or of a homeless needy person!

17

ثُمَّ كَانَ مِنَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْمَرْحَمَةِ

And moreover to be of those who accepted faith, and who urged patience to one another and who urged graciousness to one another.

18

أُولَٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ الْمَيْمَنَةِ

These are the people of the right.

19

وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بِآيَاتِنَا هُمْ أَصْحَابُ الْمَشْأَمَةِ

And those who denied Our signs, are the people of the left.

20

عَلَيْهِمْ نَارٌ مُّؤْصَدَةٌ

Upon them is a fire, in which they are imprisoned, closed and shut above them.

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