لَا أُقْسِمُ بِهَٰذَا الْبَلَدِ 1
Dr. Mustafa Khattab I do swear by this city ˹of Mecca˺—

وَأَنْتَ حِلٌّ بِهَٰذَا الْبَلَدِ 2
Dr. Mustafa Khattab even though you ˹O Prophet˺ are subject to abuse in this city—

وَوَالِدٍ وَمَا وَلَدَ 3
Dr. Mustafa Khattab and by every parent and ˹their˺ child!

لَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنْسَانَ فِي كَبَدٍ 4
Dr. Mustafa Khattab Indeed, We have created humankind in ˹constant˺ struggle.

أَيَحْسَبُ أَنْ لَنْ يَقْدِرَ عَلَيْهِ أَحَدٌ 5
Dr. Mustafa Khattab Do they think that no one has power over them,

يَقُولُ أَهْلَكْتُ مَالًا لُبَدًا 6
Dr. Mustafa Khattab boasting, “I have wasted enormous wealth!”?

أَيَحْسَبُ أَنْ لَمْ يَرَهُ أَحَدٌ 7
Dr. Mustafa Khattab Do they think that no one sees them?

أَلَمْ نَجْعَلْ لَهُ عَيْنَيْنِ 8
Dr. Mustafa Khattab Have We not given them two eyes,

وَلِسَانًا وَشَفَتَيْنِ 9
Dr. Mustafa Khattab a tongue, and two lips;

وَهَدَيْنَاهُ النَّجْدَيْنِ 10
Dr. Mustafa Khattab and shown them the two ways ˹of right and wrong˺?

فَلَا اقْتَحَمَ الْعَقَبَةَ 11
Dr. Mustafa Khattab If only they had attempted the challenging path ˹of goodness instead˺!