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1.  *     I swear by this city [1]
2.  *     where to assassinate) you (O Muhammad) have been made  lawful in this city,[2]
3.  *     And I swear by your father (Adam) and the children he begot  (mankind),[3]
4.  *     certainly We have created man to be in stress.[4]
5.  *     Does he think that  none has power over him?[5]
6.  *     He may boast: "I have squandered wealth in  abundance!"[6]
7.  *     Does he think that no one observes him?[7]
8.  *     Have We not given him  two eyes to observe?[8]
9.  *     One tongue and two lips to control it?[9]
10.  *     Then shown him  the two high ways (good leading towards paradise and evil leading towards hell)?[10]
11.  *     Yet he does not attempt to tackle the Aqabah (steep path)![11]
12.  *     And what will explain  to you what the Aqabah is?[12]
13.  *     It is the freeing of a neck (slave) from bondage;[13]
14.  *     or the giving of food in a day of famine[14]
15.  *     to an orphan relative,[15]
16.  *     or to a needy in  distress;[16]
17.  *     besides this, he should be of those who believe, enjoin fortitude,  encourage kindness and compassion.[17]
18.  *     Such are the people of the right hand  (going towards paradise).[18]
19.  *     But those who disbelieve Our revelations, they are the  people of the left hand (going towards hell),[19]
20.  *     having fire all around them.[20]