Surat Al-`Aşr (The Declining Day) – سورة العصر
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
[In the Name of ALLAH, the ENTIRELY MERCIFUL, the ESPECIALLY MERCIFUL]
By Time! — or [it ‘asr can mean the period] from the declining of the sun to sunset, or [it may denote] the afternoon prayer.
إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ
Inna al-insana lafee khusr
Indeed, mankind is in loss,
Verily man (al-insān: the generic) is in [a state of] loss, in all his bargaining,
إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ
Illa allatheena amanoowaAAamiloo assalihati watawasaw bilhaqqiwatawasaw bissabr
Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.
except those who believe and perform righteous deeds, they are not in [a state of] loss, and enjoin one another to [follow] the truth, faith, and enjoin one another to patience, in [maintaining] obedience and in refraining from [acts of] disobedience.