The Ascending Stairways
Surah
Al-Ma'arij
70
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A challenger1 has demanded a punishment bound to come

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A supplicant asked for a punishment bound to happen1

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for the disbelievers—to be averted by none—

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To the disbelievers; of it there is no preventer.

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from Allah, Lord of pathways of ˹heavenly˺ ascent,

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[It is] from Allah, owner of the ways of ascent.

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˹through which˺ the angels and the ˹holy˺ spirit1 will ascend to Him on a Day fifty thousand years in length.2

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The angels and the Spirit [i.e., Gabriel] will ascend to Him during a Day the extent of which is fifty thousand years.

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So endure ˹this denial, O  Prophet,˺ with beautiful patience.

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So be patient with gracious patience.

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They truly see this ˹Day˺ as impossible,

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Indeed, they see it [as] distant,

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but We see it as inevitable.

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But We see it [as] near.

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On that Day the sky will be like molten brass

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On the Day the sky will be like murky oil,1

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and the mountains like ˹tufts of˺ wool.

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And the mountains will be like wool,1

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And no close friend will ask ˹about˺ their friends,

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And no friend will ask [anything of] a friend,

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