The Town (Al-Balad)
20 verses, revealed in Mecca after Q (Qaaf) before The Comet (Al-Taareq)
In the name of Allah, most benevolent, ever-merciful
۞ I CALL THIS earth to witness -- (1) this land in which thou art free to dwell (2) And the parent and the offspring, (3) Certainly We have created man to be in distress. (4) Does he think then that no one has power over him? (5) He may say (boastfully); Wealth have I squandered in abundance! (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 pointed out to him the two conspicuous ways? (10) But he has not broken through the difficult pass. (11) and what shall teach thee what is the steep? (12) (It is) Freeing a neck (slave, etc.) (13) Or, feeding, in a day of privation, (14) Of a related orphan, (15) or some needy person in distress, (16) And to be of those who believe, and urge upon one another to persevere, and urge upon each other to be kind. (17) Such are the Companions of the Right Hand. (18) But those who reject Our Signs, they are the (unhappy) Companions of the Left Hand. (19) The Fire will vault them over. (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)