Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation (2005)

66 Indeed it is an evil abode and place.’
67 Those who, when spending,
are neither wasteful nor tightfisted,
and moderation lies between these [extremes].
68 Those who do not invoke another god besides Allah,
and do not kill a soul
[whose life] Allah has made inviolable,
except with due cause,
and do not commit fornication.
(Whoever does that
shall encounter its retribution,
69 the punishment being doubled for him
on the Day of Resurrection.
In it he will abide in humiliation forever,
70 excepting those who repent, attain faith,
and act righteously.
For such,
Allah will replace their misdeeds with good deeds,1
and Allah is all-forgiving, all-merciful.
71 And whoever repents
and acts righteously
indeed turns to Allah with due penitence).
72 Those who do not give false testimony,2
and when they come upon vain talk,
pass by nobly.
73 Those who, when reminded of the signs of their Lord,
do not turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to them.

1 Or ‘their vices with virtues.’

2 Or, ‘those who do not participate in humbug.’ That is, those who do not attend music parties or take part in senseless and sinful gatherings and amusements. (See Tafsīr al-Qummī, Manhaj al-Ṣādiqīn)

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Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation, Islamic College for Advance Studies Press (ICAS), London (Distributed by The Centre for Translation of the Holy Qur’ān, Qom, Iran), Consulted online at “Quran Archive - Texts and Studies on the Quran” on 02 Dec. 2022: