He (- the Prophet) frowned and turned aside,
Because the blind man (- Ibn umme Maktûm) came to him (interrupting him unknowingly).
And what could make you (O Prophet!) know that he might purify himself.
Or that he might have paid heed to the admonition (that God has revealed to you) and this admonition would have done him good as well.
But as to him who considers himself self-sufficient and is indifferent (to the Truth);
To this one you were very attentive,
Though you are not to blame if he does not purify himself.
Whereas (the blind man) who came to you striving in right earnest (to learn the Qur´ân),
And all the while he stands in awe (of God);
But you neglect him and pay him no regard.
This should not have been so. Verily, this (Qur´ân) is a means to rise to eminence (for you all).
So let him who desires, pay heed to it and rise to eminence.
(This Qur´ân is preserved) in such written leaves (of the Book) as are greatly honoured,
(Which are) ranked high (and) are rid of all impurities,
Which are in the hands of scribes,
Noble and virtuous.
Ruin seize the person (- one too proud to accept the reminder)! How ungrateful he is!
(Let him consider) from what (insignificant) material He has created him!
From a mere sperm-drop! He (at first) creates him, then endows him with infinite capacity (to make progress),
Then makes (his) passage (through all affair of life) easy for him.
Then He calls him to death and He assigns to him (an interim state of) a grave.
And He will again raise him to life when He will.
It cannot be (that there is no resurrection;) he has not yet carried out what He commanded him to do.
Therefore let such a person look at his food.
How (at first) We pour down water in abundance,
Then We cleave the earth, a proper cleaving,
So that We cause grain to grow therein,
As well as grapes, vegetables,
The olive, the date-palm,
Orchards with dense trees,
Fruits and herbage;
A goodly provision for you and your cattle.
Again (you should also consider) when the deafening shout shall come,
The day when a person shall flee from his brother,
And (from) his mother and his father,
And (from) his spouse and his sons,
On that day every person among them shall be concerned enough (regarding his own affairs to occupy him and) to make him indifferent (to others).
Some faces, that day, will be beaming,
Smiling (and) joyous.
Some other faces, on that day, will have dust upon them,
Gloom covering them.
Those will be (the faces of) the disbelievers and (of) the doers of evil.