Verse 70:1

سَاَلَ سَآٮِٕلٌ ۢ بِعَذَابٍ وَّاقِعٍۙ‏

A questioner might ask about the catastrophe that is bound to fall.

Verse 70:2

لِّلۡكٰفِرِيۡنَ لَيۡسَ لَهٗ دَافِعٌ ۙ‏

Upon those who oppose the truth. None can repel it.

Verse 70:3

مِّنَ اللّٰهِ ذِى الۡمَعَارِجِؕ‏

From God, Lord of the stairways of Ascent. [He enables all things to ascend, evolve and become what they are destined to be]

Verse 70:4

تَعۡرُجُ الۡمَلٰٓٮِٕكَةُ وَ الرُّوۡحُ اِلَيۡهِ فِىۡ يَوۡمٍ كَانَ مِقۡدَارُهٗ خَمۡسِيۡنَ اَلۡفَ سَنَةٍ​ۚ‏

The universal forces and the Divine Energy ascend to Him in a Day the measure of which is fifty thousand years. [All things in the Universe evolve in stages to fulfill the Divine Plan. Some of these stages take one thousand years each, and others fifty thousand years by the human calendar. The Big Picture of the Qur'an does allude to the Divine Plan. As I understand, it is the origination of a brand new Cosmos in which all things including the humans will be brought into being in incredibly higher forms, and the evolution will go on indefinitely. God stresses upon us again and again to prime our 'self' for further development in the life to come and achieve true Immortality, the Paradise, the Eternal bliss. That contrasts with mere survival where there is no progress. An existence without progress is worse than death, and the Qur'an terms it Hell. The only way to prime our 'self' is to be of benefit to God's creation. 22:47, 32:5, 35:10, 78:38, 97:4. References too many to enumerate, but any student of the Qur'an who bears in mind the development or actualization of the 'self' will find this point highlighted very frequently in the Mighty Book. No amount and no kind of ritualism can help that 'priming' of the 'self'. According to the Qur'an, no community ever faced decline or annihilation for a deficiency or lack of rituals]

Verse 70:5

فَاصۡبِرۡ صَبۡرًا جَمِيۡلًا‏

Therefore, persevere with a gracious patience.

Verse 70:6

اِنَّهُمۡ يَرَوۡنَهٗ بَعِيۡدًا ۙ‏

They see it far away.

Verse 70:7

وَّنَرٰٮهُ قَرِيۡبًا ؕ‏

But We see it near.

Verse 70:8

يَوۡمَ تَكُوۡنُ السَّمَآءُ كَالۡمُهۡلِۙ‏

The Day when the sky will melt away.

Verse 70:9

وَتَكُوۡنُ الۡجِبَالُ كَالۡعِهۡنِۙ‏

And the mountains will become as flakes of wool.

Verse 70:10

وَلَا يَسۡـَٔـلُ حَمِيۡمٌ حَمِيۡمًا ۖۚ‏

And a friend will not ask about his friend.

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