Sura 90, The Town (Al-Balad)

[90:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

[90:1] I solemnly swear by this town.

[90:2] The town where you live.

[90:3] The begetting and the begotten.

[90:4] We created the human being to work hard (to redeem himself).*

*90:4 See the Introduction and Appendix 7 for the purpose behind our creation.

[90:5] Does he think that no one will ever call him to account?

[90:6] He boasts, “I spent so much money!”

[90:7] Does he think that no one sees him?

[90:8] Did we not give him two eyes?

[90:9] A tongue and two lips?

[90:10] Did we not show him the two paths?

[90:11] He should choose the difficult path.

[90:12] Which one is the difficult path?

[90:13] The freeing of slaves.

[90:14] Feeding, during the time of hardship.

[90:15] Orphans who are related.

[90:16] Or the poor who is in need.

[90:17] And being one of those who believe, and exhorting one another to be steadfast, and exhorting one another to be kind.

[90:18] These have deserved happiness.

[90:19] As for those who disbelieved in our revelations, they have incurred misery.

[90:20] They will be confined in the Hellfire.