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 swear by this city, Makkah - (1) in which you are now living (2) by the begetter, and that he begot, (3) Certainly We have created man to be in distress. (4) Does man think that no one will ever have power over him? (5) He will say: 'I have destroyed a vast wealth' (6) Does he think that none has observed 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 hath made no haste on the path that is steep. (11) And what can make you know what is [breaking through] the difficult pass? (12) The freeing of a slave! (13) Or, feeding, in a day of privation, (14) to an orphaned relative (15) or some needy person in distress, (16) Then he is of those who believe and charge one another to show patience, and charge one another to show compassion. (17) Those are the Companions of the Right. (18) And (as for) those who disbelieve in our communications, they are the people of the left hand. (19) The Fire will vault them over. (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)