70-The Levels / Al-Ma'arij:

In God’s Name, whose Mercy is Great and Continuous:

(70:1)   Some reject My message and ask for My punishment to happen.

(70:2)   To those who reject My warning, there is nothing to save them.

(70:3)   It is coming down from Me through many dimensions.

(70:4)   Gabriel and the angels travel up to Me in a day that would be like fifty thousand years. It defies your understanding.

(70:5)   So be patient and no complaining.

(70:6)   They think it is far,

(70:7)   but I know it is near.

(70:8)   On the day the sky will be like molten metal, the real punishment is coming.

(70:9)   The mountains will be like colored wool torn and floating.

(70:10-11) On that day, no one cares about their loved ones even though they see them. Those who spend their lives sinning, to save themselves on that day, would trade their children,

(70:12) their wives or girlfriends, or their brothers

(70:13) or relatives who used to protect them.

(70:14) To save themselves, they would trade anyone or everyone.

(70:15) No, the punishment is Hell churning.

(70:16) Its heat tears the skin off faces, and

(70:17) it will be calling those who turn away from this warning.

(70:18) It will be calling those who spent their lives collecting money and power, which in the end will betray them.

(70:19) You were created selfish and unstable.

(70:20) If you lose something, you are not patient,

(70:21) and if you get something you are not thankful and refuse to share it;

(70:22) except those who pray:

(70:23) Those who do their prayers to Me consistently and

(70:24-25) know what they owe to those who ask and to those who don’t ask from the poor and needy.

(70:26) They believe in the Day of Judgment and

(70:27) are scared of doing something to earn My punishment.

(70:28) You can never feel safe from My judgment.

(70:29-30) They protect their chastity and are intimate only with those whom they are with lawfully.

(70:31) If you look for something beyond this, you have disobeyed Me.

(70:32) They follow through on their promises and protect things entrusted.

(70:33) They deliver their testimony truthfully,

(70:34) and perform their prayers sincerely and completely.

(70:35) They will be honored in gardens in heaven for all eternity.

(70:36) How can people so quickly turn away rejecting,

(70:37) while they are to your right and left in their groups sitting?

(70:38) How can they all think they will go to Heaven?

(70:39) No they won’t, and they are dreaming. They know what they were created from, so how can they so arrogantly reject this message and warning?

(70:40) I swear by Me, the Lord of where the sun rises and sets daily, I can

(70:41) destroy them and replace them with people who worship Me sincerely. If I decide to, none can prevent Me.

(70:42) So let them talk and play until they reach their day I promise is approaching.

(70:43) On that day, they will be brought out of their graves running like how they keep going today to their false gods and idols and worshiping.

(70:44) On that day, they will look down humiliated and fearing what will happen to them for rejecting this warning. This is the day I promise is coming.

Chapter Notes:

Verse 3: In several places in the Quran, God uses the phrase “seven heavens.” Sometimes this is a reference to the layers of the atmosphere. In other places, it refers to what could be described as numerous dimensions. The entire visible universe is in the first ‘heaven.’ We are told that there are six other ‘heavens’ or dimensions filled with angels constantly praying to God and making a pilgrimage to a special house of worship in the seventh heaven. In addition and separate from this, God created Paradise which also has many levels of reward in it.

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1- The Opening / Al-Fatihah

2-The Cow - Part 1
2-The Cow - Part 2
2-The Cow - Part 3
2-The Cow - Part 4
2-The Cow - Part 5
2-The Cow - Part 6
2-The Cow - Part 7
18-The Cave / Al-Kahf
19-Mary Mother of Jesus / Maryam
24-The Light 35-40
29-The Spider
67-God's Kingdom / Al-Mulk
68-The Pen / Al-Qalam

69-Day of Accountability / Al-Haqqah
70-The Levels / Al-Ma'arij:
71- Noah / Nuh
72- The Jinn / Al-Jinn
73-Wrapped with Responsibility / Al-Muzzammil

74-Get out of Bed / Al-Muddaththir

75-Day of Resurrection / Al-Qiyamah

76-Humanity / Al-Insan

77-What I send / Mursalat

78-The News / An-Naba

79-The Angels Who Pull Out Your Souls / An-Naziat

80-He Frowned / Abasa

81-When the Sun Collapses and Dies / At-Takwir

82-The Tearing / Al-Infitar

83-The Cheaters / Al-Mutaffifin

84-Ripped Open / Al-Inshiqaq
85-The Constellations / Al-Buruj

86-The Brilliant Stars / At-Tariq
87-The Most High / Al-A'la
88-The Overhelming Day / Al-Ghashiyah
89-The Dawn / Al-Fajr
90-The Sacred Land of Makkah / Al-Balad
91-The Sun / Ash-Shams
92-The Night / Al-Lail
93-Morning / Ad-Duha
94-Insight and Understanding / Ash-Sharh
95-The Fig / At-Teen
96-The Clot / Al-Alaq
97-The Night of Destiny / Al-Qadr
98-Clear Evidence / Al-Bayyinah

99-The Earthquake / Al-Zalzalah
100-Running Horses /Al-Adiyat
101-Terrifying / Al-Qariah
102-Collecting Things / Al-Takathur
103-Time / Asr
104-Backbiting / Al-Humazah
105-The Elephant / Al-Feel
106-The Tribe of Quraish / Quraish
107-Small Assistance / Al-Ma'un
108-A River in Paradise Called Kauthar / Al-Kauthar
109-Those Who Reject the Truth
110-My Support / Al-Nasr
111-Twisted Braided Rope / Al-Masad
112-Pure Intention / Al-Ikhlas
113-Daybreak / Al-Falaq
114-People / Al-Nas