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 -- (1) And thou art an indweller of this city - (2) And (the mystic ties of) parent and child;- (3) that We have created man into a life of toil and trial. (4) Thinketh he that none hath power over him? (5) He boasts, "I have spent wealth abundant!" (6) Does he think that no one has seen him? (7) Have We not given him two eyes, (8) And a tongue and two lips, (9) And did We not show him the two highroads (of good and evil)? (10) But he hath not attempted the Ascent - (11) Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Ascent is! - (12) The freeing of a slave, (13) Or to feed in times of famine (14) An orphan, of kin, (15) or to a needy person in distress; (16) and to be one of those who believe and urge one another to steadfastness and compassion. (17) Those are the Companions of the Right. (18) As for those who disbelieve in Our revelations, they are the people of the left (19) On them will be Fire vaulted over (all round). (20)
True are the words of God the Almighty.
End of Surah: The Town (Al-Balad). Sent down in Mecca after Q (Qaaf) before The Comet (Al-Taareq)