The Landal-Balad

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

1I swear by this land.

2And you are free in this land.

3And by a father and what he fathered.

4We created the human being in distress.

5Does he think that none will ever have power over him?

6He says, “I have squandered vast wealth.”

7Does he think that no one sees him?

8Did We not make for him two eyes?

9And a tongue, and two lips?

10And We guided him to the two ways?

11But he did not brave the ascent.

12And how would you know what the ascent is?

13The freeing of a slave.

14Or the feeding on a day of hunger.

15Of an orphaned relative.

16Or a destitute in the dust.

17Then he becomes of those who believe, and advise one another to patience, and advise one another to kindness.

18These are the people of happiness.

19But as for those who defy Our revelations—these are the people of misery.

20Upon them is a padlocked Fire.