By the dawn;
By the ten nights (i.e. the first ten days of the month of Dhul-Hijjah) ,
And by the even and the odd (of all the creations of Allah).
And by the night when it departs.
There is indeed in them (the above oaths) sufficient proofs for men of understanding (and that, they should avoid all kinds of sins and disbeliefs)!
Saw you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) not how your Lord dealt with 'Ad (people)
Of Iram (who were very tall) like (lofty) pillars,
The like of which were not created in the land?
And (with) Thamud (people), who hewed out rocks in the valley (to make dwellings)?
And (with) Fir'aun (Pharaoh) who had the stakes (to torture men by binding them to the stakes)?
Who did transgress beyond bounds in the lands (in the disobedience of Allah).
And made therein much mischief.
So your Lord poured on them different kinds of severe torment.
Verily, your Lord is Ever Watchful (over them).
As for man, when his Lord tries him by giving him honour and bounties, then he says (in exultation): "My Lord has honoured me."
But when He tries him by straitening his means of life, he says: "My Lord has humiliated me!"
Nay! But you treat not the orphans with kindness and generosity (i.e. you neither treat them well, nor give them their exact right of inheritance)!
And urge not one another on the feeding of Al-Miskin (the poor)!
And you devour the inheritance all with greed.
And you love wealth with much love.
Nay! When the earth is ground to powder.
And your Lord comes with the angels in rows.
And Hell will be brought near that Day. On that Day will man remember, but how will that remembrance (then) avail him?
He will say: "Alas! Would that I had sent forth (good deeds) for (this) my life!"
So on that Day none will punish as He will punish.
And none will bind (the wicked, disbelievers and polytheists) as He will bind.
(It will be said to the pious believers of Islamic Monotheism): "O (you) the one in (complete) rest and satisfaction!
"Come back to your Lord well-pleased (yourself) and well-pleasing (unto Him)!
"Enter you then among My (honoured) slaves,
"And enter you My Paradise!"