Surah 90

THE CITY (Al-Balad)

We created man in an atmosphere
Absurdity 90:1-11

1 Nay, I swear by this city -

2 And thou art an indweller of this city -

3 And the begetter and that which he begat,

4 We verily have created man in an atmosphere:

5 Thinketh he that none hath power over him?

6 And he saith: I have destroyed vast wealth:

7 Thinketh he that none beholdeth him?

We [Allah] have created man in an atmosphere.

8 Did We not assign unto him two eyes

9 And a tongue and two lips,

10 And guide him to the parting of the mountain ways?

11 But he hath not attempted the Ascent -

Didn't we give him two eyes,

a tongue, and two lips?

Exhort one another to pity
Good Stuff 90:12-18

12 Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Ascent is! -

What is the ascent?

13 (It is) to free a slave,

14 And to feed in the day of hunger.

15 An orphan near of kin,

16 Or some poor wretch in misery,

17 And to be of those who believe and exhort one another to perseverance and exhort one another to pity.

It's to free a slave,

feed the hungry,

care for an orphan,

provide for the poor,

and encourage each other to pity.

18 Their place will be on the right hand.

Those who do so will be on the right hand.

An awning of fire
Injustice Intolerance Cruelty 90:19-20

19 But those who disbelieve Our revelations, their place will be on the left hand.

20 Fire will be an awning over them.

But those who disbelieve our revelations will be on the left hand,

with fire enclosing them.