The Town (Al-Balad)
20 verses, revealed in Mecca after Q (Qaaf) before The Comet (Al-Taareq)
Allah - beginning with the name of - the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
۞ I swear by yonder city (1) And you shall be made free from obligation in this city-- (2) And the parent and the offspring, (3) We have indeed created man surrounded by hardships. (4) Thinketh he, that none hath power over him? (5) He boasts, "I have spent wealth abundant!" (6) Does he think that no one sees him? (7) Did We not assign unto him two eyes (8) a tongue, and two lips, (9) And shown unto him the two highways? (10) So he did not quickly enter the steep valley. (11) Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Ascent is! - (12) (It is) Freeing a neck (slave, etc.) (13) Or the giving of food in a day of hunger (14) To the orphan with claims of relationship, (15) or of a needy [stranger] lying in the dust (16) Then he is of those who believe and charge one another to show patience, and charge one another to show compassion. (17) These are the People of the Right Hand. (18) And those who denied Our signs, are the people of the left. (19) Upon them is a fire, in which they are imprisoned, closed and shut above them. (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)