[by] ten nights
[by] the even [number] and the odd
[by] the night when it passes,
there [not] in [all] that an oath [sufficient] for one of perception?
you not considered how your Lord dealt with ‘Aad –
Iram – who had lofty pillars,
likes of whom had never been created in the land?
[with] Thamūd, who carved out the rocks in the valley?
[with] Pharaoh, owner of the stakes? –
of] whom oppressed within the lands
increased therein the corruption.
your Lord poured upon them a scourge of punishment.
your Lord is in observation.
as for man, when his Lord tries him and [thus] is generous to him and favors
him, he says, "My Lord has honored me."
when He tries him and restricts his provision, he says, "My Lord has
But you do not honor the orphan
you do not encourage one another to feed the poor.
you consume inheritance, devouring [it] altogether,
you love wealth with immense love.
When the earth has been leveled – pounded and crushed –
your Lord has come and the angels, rank upon rank,
brought [within view], that Day, is Hell – that Day, man will remember, but
what good to him will be the remembrance?
will say, "Oh, I wish I had sent ahead [some good] for my life."
on that Day, none will punish [as severely] as His punishment,
none will bind [as severely] as His binding [of the evildoers].
the righteous it will be said], "O reassured soul,
to your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing [to Him],
enter among My [righteous] servants
enter My Paradise."