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The Lord Complete Holy Book (The Quran)

in English Audio Spoken by J.D. Hall

Translated by Malik

 

Now Playing # (90) The City (Al-Balad)

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In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

I swear by this city (of Makkah where even to harm anyone is prohibited,[1] where to assassinate) you (O Muhammad) have been made lawful in this city,[2] And I swear by your father (Adam) and the children he begot (mankind),[3] certainly We have created man to be in stress.[4] Does he think that none has power over him?[5] He may boast: “I have squandered wealth in abundance!”[6] Does he think that no one observes him?[7] Have We not given him two eyes to observe?[8] One tongue and two lips to control it?[9] Then shown him the two high ways (good leading towards paradise and evil leading towards hell)?[10] Yet he does not attempt to tackle the Aqabah (steep path)![11] And what will explain to you what the Aqabah is?[12] It is the freeing of a neck (slave) from bondage;[13] or the giving of food in a day of famine[14] to an orphan relative,[15] or to a needy in distress;[16] besides this, he should be of those who believe, enjoin fortitude, encourage kindness and compassion.[17] Such are the people of the right hand (going towards paradise).[18] But those who disbelieve Our revelations, they are the people of the left hand (going towards hell),[19] having fire all around them.[20]

90:[1-20]

Admonition to the disbelievers of Makkah


Allah has given you one tongue and two lips to control it


Qualities of a righteous person

Major Issues, Divine Law and Guidance:

* An admonition to the disbelievers.
* Allah has given you two eyes, one tongue and two lips to control your tongue.
* The qualities of a righteous person: Freeing a slave, feeding the hungry, being patient, advising others about piety and compassion.

This Sürah compressed a vast subject into a few brief sentences. It is a miracle of the Qur'an that a complete ideology of life which could hardly be explained in a thick volume has been abridged most effectively in the brief sentences of this short Sürah. Its theme is to explain the true position of man in the world and of the world in relation to man and tell that Allah has shown man both the highways of good and evil. Allah has also provided for him the means to judge, see and follow them. Now it rests upon man's own effort and judgement whether he chooses the path of virtue and reaches felicity or adopts the path of evil and meets with doom.

After this, man’s misunderstanding that he is all there is in this world and that there is no superior power to watch what he does and to call him to account, has been refuted. The highway which leads to moral depravity is easy and pleasing to the self and the highway which leads to moral heights is steep like an uphill road for which man has to exercise self-restraint.

People are then advised to give up spending for ostentation, display and pride and should spend their wealth to help the orphans and the needy. They should believe in Allah, join the company of believers and participate in the construction of human society. As a result, they would become worthy of Allah’s mercy while those who will follow the wrong way would become the fuel of hell from which there is no escape.

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61 The Row (As-Saff) listen
62 Friday (Al-Jumu'ah) listen
63 The Hypocrites (Al-Munafiqoon) listen
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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
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89 The Dawn (Al-Fajr) listen
90 The City (Al-Balad) listen
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94 Relief  (Al-Inshirah) listen
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106 Quraish ( Quraish) listen
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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 # (90) The City (Al-Balad) (20 Verses)