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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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