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The Lord Complete Holy Book (The Quran)

in English Audio Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik


Now Playing # (70) The Ways of Ascent (Al-Ma'arij)

(44 Verses)
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In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

A questioner asked you about the punishment which is bound to happen.[1] It is for the disbelievers and there is none to avert it.[2] It will come from Allah, the Owner of the Ways of Ascent.[3] The angels and the Spirit ascend to Him in a Day the measure of which is fifty thousand years.[4] Therefore, endure with graceful patience.[5] They see it (Day of Judgment) to be far-off:[6] but We see it quite near.[7] On that Day, the sky shall become like molten brass[8] and the mountains like tufts of wool;[9] even a close friend will not ask of his friend,[10] though they will see each other. To save himself from the punishment of that Day, the culprit (disbeliever) will wish to give his children,[11] his wife, his brother,[12] his relatives - who gave him shelter - [13] and all that is in the earth, in ransom to save himself.[14] By no means! It will be the fire of hell,[15] eager to pluck out his skull,[16] it will be calling all those who try to escape and turn their back,[17] who collected wealth and withheld it.[18] Indeed, man has been created impatient,[19] when evil befalls him, he becomes despondent;[20] but when blessed with good fortune, he becomes stingy;[21] with the exception of those who offer the Salah (prayer),[22] remain steadfast in their Salah (prayer),[23] set aside a due share in their wealth[24] for the beggars and the deprived,[25] accept the truth of the Day of Judgment,[26] dread the punishment of their Rabb[27] - for none is secure from the punishment of their Rabb -[28] and guard their private parts,[29] except from their wives and those whom their right hands possess, for in their case they are not blameworthy.[30] As for those who seek to go beyond this, they are transgressors.[31] Those who keep their trusts and honor their promises,[32] who stand firm in their testimonies[33] and strictly guard their Salah (prayers).[34] It is they who shall live with honor in paradise.[35]


The Day of Judgment will be equal to fifty thousand years

Disbelievers will wish to save themselves from the punishment at the expense of their children, wives, brothers and relatives, but it will not happen

What is the matter with the disbelievers that they are rushing towards you,[36] from the right and from the left, in groups?[37] Are they each seeking to enter the garden of bliss?[38] By no means! Surely, We have created them out of that what they (unbelievers) know.[39] But nay! I swear by the Rabb of the easts and the wests, that We have the power[40] to destroy them and replace them with others better than them, and nothing can hinder Us from doing so.[41] Therefore, leave them to plunge in vain talk and blunder about until they face that Day of theirs which they are being promised.[42] The Day when they shall rush forward from their graves, as if they were racing towards a goal, with downcast eyes and countenances distorted with shame.[43] Such will be the Day, which they are being promised.[44]


Paradise is not for the disbelievers

Disbelievers will have downcast eyes and countenances distorted with shame

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* The Day of Judgement will be equal to fifty thousand years.
* Disbelievers will wish to save themselves from the punishment at the expense of their children, wives, brothers and relatives, but it will not happen.
* Paradise is not for the disbelievers.
* Disbelievers will have downcast eyes and countenances distorted with shame.

In this Sürah Allah admonished and gave warning to those disbelievers who were making fun of the Resurrection, the Hereafter, and hell and heaven, and challenged the Prophet (pbuh) to cause resurrection to take place if what he said was true.

The whole Sürah is meant to answer this question saying: "Resurrection, which they desire to be hastened out of jest and fun, is terrible, and when it comes, it will cause great distress to the culprits. At that time they will even be prepared to give away their wives and children and their nearest kinfolks in ransom to escape the punishment, but they will not be able to escape it. On that Day, the destinies of mankind will be decided strictly on the basis of their belief and their conduct. Those who turn away from the Truth in this world, amass wealth and withhold it from the needy, will be doomed to hell; and those who fear the punishment of Allah, believe in the Hereafter, establish Salah (keep up the prayers), discharge the rights of the needy out of their wealth, strictly avoid immoral and wicked deeds, practise honesty in all their dealings, fulfill their pledges and trust and bear true witness, will have a place of honor in paradise”

In conclusion, the disbelievers of Makkah are warned: “If you do not believe, Allah will replace you by other people who will be better than you,” and the Prophet (pbuh) is consoled, so as to say: “Do not take to heart their mockery and jesting; leave them to indulge in their idle talk and foolish conduct if they choose to face the disgrace and humiliation on the Day of the Resurrection."

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1 The Opening (Al-Fatiha) listen
2 The Cow (Al-Baqrah) listen
3 The Family of Imran (Aal-Imran) listen
4 The Women (An-Nisah) listen
5 The Table (Al-Maeda) listen
6 The Cattle (Al-An'aam) listen
7 The Heights (Al-A'raf) listen
8 The Spoils of War (Al-Anfal) listen
9 The Repentance(At-Tawba) listen
10 Jonah (Yunus) listen
11 The Prophet Hud (Hud) listen
12 Joseph (Yusuf) listen
13 The Thunder (Al-Ra'd) listen
14 Abraham (Imbrahim) listen
15 The Rocky Tract(Al-Hijr) listen
16 The Bees (An-Nahl) listen
17 The Night Journey (Al-Isra) listen
18 The Cave (Al-Kahf) listen
19 Mary (Maryam) listen
20 Ta-Ha (Ta-Ha) listen
21 The Prophets (Al-Anbiya) listen
22 The Pilgrimage (Al-Hajj) listen
23 The Believers (Al-Muminun) listen
24 The Light (An-Nour) listen
25 The Criterion (Al-Furqan) listen
26 The Poets (Ash-Shu'ara) listen
27 The Ants (An-Naml) listen
28 The Narration (Al-Qasas) listen
29 The Spider (Al-Ankaboot) listen
30 The Romans (Al-Rum) listen
31 Luqman (Luqman) listen
32 The Prostration (As-Sajda) listen
33 The Confederates (Al-Ahzab) listen
34 Sheba (Saba) listen
35 The Originator of Creation (Fatir) listen
36 Ya-Seen (Ya Seen) listen
37 The Rangers (As-Saffat) listen
38 The Letter Sad (Sad) listen
39 The Groups (Az-Zumar) listen
40 The Forgiver (Ghafir) listen
41 Explained in Detail (Fussilat) listen
42 The Consultation (Ash-Shura) listen
43 Ornaments of Gold (Az-Zukruf) listen
44 The Smoke (Ad-Dukhan) listen
45 The Kneeling (Al-Jathiya) listen
46 The Curved Sand hills (Al-Ahqaf) listen
47 Muhammad listen
48 The Victory (Al-Fath) listen
49 The Dwellings (Al-Hujurat) listen
50 The Letter Qaf (Qaf) listen
51 The Winds that Scatter (Az-Zariyat) listen
52 The Mount (At-Tur) listen
53 The Star (An-Najm) listen
54 The Moon (Al-Qamar) listen
55 The Most Beneficent (Ar-Rahman) listen
56 The Event (Al-Waqi'a) listen
57 The Iron (Al-Hadid) listen
58 She That Dispute (Al-Mujidala) listen
59 The Gathering (Al-Hashr) listen
60 The Examined One (Al-Mumtahina) listen
61 The Row (As-Saff) listen
62 Friday (Al-Jumu'ah) listen
63 The Hypocrites (Al-Munafiqoon) listen
64 Loss and Gain (At-Taghabun) listen
65 The Divorce (At-Talaq) listen
66 Prohibition (At-Tahreem) listen
67 Dominion (Al-Mulk) listen
68 The Pen (Al-Qalam) listen
69 The Reality (Al-Haaqqa) listen
70 The Ways of Ascent (Al-Ma'arij) listen
71 Noah (Nuh) listen
72 The Jinn (Al-Jinn) listen
73 The Enshrouded One (Al-Muzzammil) listen
74 The Cloaked One (Al-Muddathir) listen
75 The-Resurrection (Al-Qiyamah) listen
76 Man (Al-Insan) listen
77 Those Sent Forth (Al-Mursalat) listen
78 The News (An-Naba) listen
79 Those Who Pull Out (An-Naziat) listen
80 He frowned (Abasa) listen
81 The Folding Up (At-Takwir) listen
82 The Cleaving (Al-Infitar) listen
83 Those Who Deal in Fraud (Al-Mutaffifin) listen
84 The Splitting Asunder (Al-Inshiqaq) listen
85 The Mansions of the Stars (Al-Burooj) listen
86 The Night Comer (At-Tariq) listen
87 The Most High (Al-A'la) listen
88 The Overwhelming (Al-Ghashiya) listen
89 The Dawn (Al-Fajr) listen
90 The City (Al-Balad) listen
91 The Sun (Ash-Shams) listen
92 The Night (Al-Layl) listen
93 The Morning Hours (Ad-Dhuha) listen
94 Relief  (Al-Inshirah) listen
95 The Figs (At-Teen) listen
96 The Clot (Al-Alaq) listen
97 The Night of Decree (Al-Qadr) listen
98 The Clear Proof (Al-Bayyina) listen
99 The Earthquake (Az-Zalzala) listen
100 The Courser (Al-Adiyat) listen
101 The Calamity (Al-Qariah) listen
102 Rivalry in world increase (At-Takathur) listen
103 The Declining Day (Al-Asr) listen
104 The Slanderer (Al-Humaza) listen
105 The Elephant (Al-Feel) listen
106 Quraish ( Quraish) listen
107 Small Kindnesses (Al-Maun) listen
108 Abundance (Al-Kawthar) listen
109 The Disbelievers (Al-Kafiroon) listen
110 Divine- Support (An-Nasr) listen
111 The Flame (Al-Masadd) listen
112 Sincerity (Al-Ikhlas) listen
113 The Daybreak (Al-Falaq) listen
114 The Mankind (An-Nas) listen


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The Lord Complete Audio English Quran in MP3 Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik

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Now Playing # (70) The Ways of Ascent (Al-Ma'arij) (44 Verses)