Section 1 He (the Prophet) frowned and turned away
when there came to him the blind man (Ibn Umme Maktum, who came to the Prophet and interrupted his conversation with the chiefs of Makkah).
How could you tell? He might have sought to purify himself
or become reminded and might have benefited from Our reminder.
As for him who is indifferent,
to whom you were attending;
you will not be held responsible if he would not purify himself.
Yet to him who came to you with zeal on his own
and with fear of Allah in his heart,
you gave no heed.
It should not be so! Indeed, this is but an admonition;
let him who wants, accept it.
It is written in scrolls, which are honored,
and which remain in the hands of scribes,
who are noble and virtuous.
Woe to man! What a disbeliever he is!
Out of what Allah has created him?
Out of a semen-drop! Allah created him and then fashioned him in due proportion,
then makes his way of life smooth for him,
then causes him to die and stows him in a grave.
Then He will surely bring him back to life when He pleases.
By no means has he fulfilled the duty that Allah had assigned him.
Let man reflect on the food he eats,
How We pour down rainwater in abundance
and cleave the soil asunder.
How We bring forth grain,
grapes and nutritious vegetation;
olives and dates,
fruits and fodder,
as a means of sustenance for you and your cattle.
Finally when there come the deafening blast,
on that Day each man shall flee from his own brother,
his mother and his father,
his wife and his children.
For each one of them, on that Day, shall have enough concern of his own to make him indifferent to the others.
Some faces on that Day shall be shining,
smiling and joyful.
And some faces on that Day shall be dusty
and veiled with darkness.
These shall be the faces of the disbelieving wicked.