The Town (Al-Balad)
20 verses, revealed in Mecca after Q (Qaaf) before The Comet (Al-Taareq)
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
۞ I swear by this city (Mecca) (1) And thou art a freeman of this City;- (2) by the begetter, and that he begot, (3) Verily, We have created man in toil. (4) Does he think that no one can overpower him? (5) He may say (boastfully); Wealth have I squandered in abundance! (6) Does he believe that none has seen him? (7) Have We not made for him two eyes? (8) and a tongue, and a pair of lips, (9) And guide him to the parting of the mountain ways? (10) But he hath not attempted the Ascent - (11) Would that you knew what Aqaba is! (12) It is freeing someone's neck from slavery; (13) And to feed in the day of hunger. (14) an orphaned relative (15) Or some poor wretch in misery, (16) and being, withal, of those who have attained to faith, and who enjoin upon one another patience in adversity, and enjoin upon one another compassion. (17) Their place will be on the right hand. (18) But those who disbelieve in Our verses, they are the Companions of the Left, (19) On them will be Fire vaulted over (all round). (20)
True are the words of Allah the Almighty.
End of Surah: The Town (Al-Balad). Sent down in Mecca after Q (Qaaf) before The Comet (Al-Taareq)