Al Balad (The City)


1. Laaa uqsimu bihaazal balad


لَا أُقْسِمُ بِهَٰذَا الْبَلَدِ


I do call to witness this City;-


2. Wa anta hillum bihaazal balad


وَأَنْتَ حِلٌّ بِهَٰذَا الْبَلَدِ


And thou art a freeman of this City;-


3. Wa waalidinw wa maa walad


وَوَالِدٍ وَمَا وَلَدَ


And (the mystic ties of) parent and child;-


4. Laqad khalaqnal insaana fee kabad


لَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنْسَانَ فِي كَبَدٍ


Verily We have created man into toil and struggle.


5. Ayahsabu al-lai yaqdira 'alaihi ahad


أَيَحْسَبُ أَنْ لَنْ يَقْدِرَ عَلَيْهِ أَحَدٌ


Thinketh he, that none hath power over him?


6. Yaqoolu ahlaktu maalal lubadaa


يَقُولُ أَهْلَكْتُ مَالًا لُبَدًا


He may say (boastfully); Wealth have I squandered in abundance!


7. Ayahsabu al lam yarahooo ahad


أَيَحْسَبُ أَنْ لَمْ يَرَهُ أَحَدٌ


Thinketh he that none beholdeth him?


8. Alam naj'al lahoo 'aynayn


أَلَمْ نَجْعَلْ لَهُ عَيْنَيْنِ


Have We not made for him a pair of eyes?-


9. Wa lisaananw wa shafatayn


وَلِسَانًا وَشَفَتَيْنِ


And a tongue, and a pair of lips?-


10. Wa hadaynaahun najdayn


وَهَدَيْنَاهُ النَّجْدَيْنِ


And shown him the two highways?


11. Falaq tahamal-'aqabah


فَلَا اقْتَحَمَ الْعَقَبَةَ


But he hath made no haste on the path that is steep.


12. Wa maaa adraaka mal'aqabah


وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا الْعَقَبَةُ


And what will explain to thee the path that is steep?-


13. Fakku raqabah


فَكُّ رَقَبَةٍ


(It is:) freeing the bondman;


14. Aw it'aamun fee yawmin zee masghabah


أَوْ إِطْعَامٌ فِي يَوْمٍ ذِي مَسْغَبَةٍ


Or the giving of food in a day of privation


15. Yateeman zaa maqrabah


يَتِيمًا ذَا مَقْرَبَةٍ


To the orphan with claims of relationship,


16. Aw miskeenan zaa matrabah


أَوْ مِسْكِينًا ذَا مَتْرَبَةٍ


Or to the indigent (down) in the dust.


17. Summa kaana minal lazeena aamanoo wa tawaasaw bissabri wa tawaasaw bilmarhamah


ثُمَّ كَانَ مِنَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْمَرْحَمَةِ


Then will he be of those who believe, and enjoin patience, (constancy, and self-restraint), and enjoin deeds of kindness and compassion.


18. Ulaaa'ika As-haabul maimanah


أُولَٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ الْمَيْمَنَةِ


Such are the Companions of the Right Hand.


19. Wallazeena kafaroo bi aayaatinaa hum as-haabul Mash'amah


وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بِآيَاتِنَا هُمْ أَصْحَابُ الْمَشْأَمَةِ


But those who reject Our Signs, they are the (unhappy) Companions of the Left Hand.


20. Alaihim naarum mu'sadah


عَلَيْهِمْ نَارٌ مُؤْصَدَةٌ


On them will be Fire vaulted over (all round).