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Sura 90
Aya 1

Chapter 90

The Cityal-Balad ( البلد )

20 verses • revealed at Meccan

»The surah that opens with the emphatic oath of the Divine One swearing by The City, that mankind us under the absolute power and watchfulness of God. It takes its name after the “city” or “town” (balad) mentioned in verse 1. The essential point of this surah is that man is created to work and be judged. He should therefore seek to do good deeds rather than indulge in arrogance and wastefulness.«

The surah is also known as (This) Countryside, The Earth, The Land, The Town

بِسمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحمٰنِ الرَّحيمِ

Muhammad Asad: In The Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Dispenser of Grace:

لا أُقسِمُ بِهٰذَا البَلَدِ

Muhammad Asad

ALTHOUGH Suyuti places this surah in the middle of the Mecca period (after surah 50), it is most probable that it belongs to the earliest years of Muhammad's prophethood.
NAY! I call to witness this land