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AL-ASRA (17)

The Night Journey

Revealed at Mecca,Verses: 111 In the name of Allah, The Merciful, The All-merciful
  1. Glory be to Him who carried His servant by night, from the Sacred Mosque to the Distant Mosque, the surroundings of which We have blessed, that We might show him some of Our Signs; surely He is the Hearing, the Knowing.(1)
  2. And We gave Moses the Book and made it a guidance for the Children of Israel: `Do not take any caretaker apart from Me'.(2)
  3. The progeny of those We bore with Noah; surely he was a thankful servant.(3)
  4. And We decreed for the Children of Israel in the Book: `You shall cause disorder in the earth twice, and act in high arrogance'.(4)
  5. So, when the promise of the first of the two came to pass, We sent against you Our servants, men of terrible might, and they went through the inmost of the houses; and it was a promise fulfilled.(5)
  6. Then We gave you back the turn to prevail over them, and We aided you with wealth and sons and made you a greater host.(6)
  7. `If you do good, you do good for your own souls, and if you do evil, it is for the same.' Then, when the other promise came to pass that they may disgrace you and enter the Mosque as they entered it the first time, and utterly destroy whatever they overpowered.(7)
  8. It may be that your Lord will have mercy on you; but if you repeat, We shall also repeat; and We have made Hell a prison for the unbelievers.(8)
  9. Surely this Qur'an guides to the way that is most upright and gives good news to the Believers who do righteous deeds, that for them shall be a big wage;(9)
  10. and that for those who do not believe in the Hereafter, We have prepared a painful punishment.(10)
  11. And man calls for evil as he calls for good; and man is surely hasty.(11)
  12. And We have made the night and the day as two Signs, then We blotted out the Sign of the night and made the Sign of the day to show things, that you may seek bounty from your Lord, and that you may know the number of the years and the reckoning; and everything We have distinguished distinctly.(12)
  13. And every man __We have fastened to him his bird of omen on his neck, and, on the Day of Resurrection, We shall bring forth a book for him, which he shall find spread wide open: (13)
  14. `Read thy book; today thyself suffices thee as a reckoner against thee.'(14)
  15. Whoso takes the right way takes it only for himself, and whoso goes astray, goes only against himself; and no bearer of load bears the load of another; and We never punish until We send forth a Messenger.(15)
  16. And when We intend to destroy a city, We make its men who live at ease to transgress therein, then the Word is justified against it, and We destroy it utterly.(16)
  17. And how many a generation We have destroyed after Noah! And thy Lord suffices as one who is aware of and sees the sins of His servants.(17)
  18. Whoso desires this hasty world, We hasten for him therein what We will, for whomso We desire; then We appoint for him Hell; there he shall burn condemned and rejected.(18)
  19. And whoso desires the Hereafter and strives for it as he should, and he is a Believer, those __ their striving shall be thankfully accepted.(19)
  20. Everyone We help __ these as well as those __ from thy Lord's gift; and thy Lord's gift is not confined.(20)
  21. See, how We have made some of them to excel others; and the Hereafter shall be greater in ranks and greater in excellence.(21)
  22. Do not set up with God another god, or thou wilt sit condemned and forsaken.(22)
  23. And thy Lord has decreed that you shall not serve any but Him, and to be good to parents; if one of them or both of them attain old age with thee, do not say to them, `fie', nor scold them; but speak to them kind words.(23)
  24. And lower to them the wings of humbleness out of mercy, and say, `my Lord, have mercy on them, as they brought me up when I was little'.(24)
  25. Your Lord knows very well what is in your souls; if you are righteous, then surely He is Forgiving to those who turn to Him.(25)
  26. And give the kinsman his right and also to the needy and the traveller, and do not squander so utterly.(26)
  27. Surely the squanderers are the brothers of the Devil, and the Devil is unthankful to his Lord.(27)
  28. And if thou turnest from them, seeking mercy from thy Lord that thou hopest for, then speak to them gentle words.(28)
  29. And keep not thy hand chained to thy neck, nor spread it out all-wide, for then thou wilt sit reproached and denuded.(29)
  30. It is thy Lord who outspreads and straitens the provision for whom He will; He is surely aware of and sees His servants.(30)
  31. And do not kill your children for fear of poverty; We provide for them and you; surely the killing of them is a grievous sin.(31)
  32. And do not approach fornication; it is surely an indecency, and evil as a way!(32)
  33. And do not kill the soul God has forbidden, except by right: and if any is killed unjustly, We have given authority to his heir; but let him not exceed in killing; he is surely helped.(33)
  34. And do not approach the property of the orphan, except in a manner most fair till he attains maturity. And fulfil the covenant; the covenant shall surely be questioned.(34)
  35. And fill up the measure when you measure, and weigh with the straight balance; that is best and fairest in result.(35)
  36. And do not pursue that which thou hast no knowledge of; surely the ears, the eyes and the hearts, all those shall be questioned about it.(36)
  37. And do not walk in the earth proudly; thou wilt never tear the earth, nor reach the mountains in height.(37)
  38. All these, the evil thereof is hateful in the sight of thy Lord.(38)
  39. This is of the wisdom that thy Lord has revealed to thee; and do not set up another god with God, or thou wilt be cast into Hell reproached and rejected.(39)
  40. What! has your Lord favoured you with sons and taken to Himself out of the angels females? Surely you say a monstrous thing!(40)
  41. And We have turned about (signs) in this (Qur'an), that they may pay heed; but it increases them not except in aversion.(41)
  42. Say, `if there had been other gods with Him', as they say, `then certainly they would have sought a way to the Lord of the Throne'.(42)
  43. He is Holy, High, Exalted, above that they say!(43)
  44. The seven heavens and the earth and whoso is in them extol Him; nothing is there but it celebrates His praise, though you do not understand their extolling; surely He is Forbearing Forgiving.(44)
  45. And when thou readest the Qur'an, We place between thee and those who do not believe in the Hereafter a hidden veil;(45)
  46. and We lay coverings on their hearts and heaviness in their ears, lest they understand it. And when thou mentionest thy Only Lord in the Qur'an, they turn their backs in aversion.(46)
  47. We know very well how they listen when they listen to thee and when they conspire, when the wrongdoers say, `you follow only a bewitched man!'(47)
  48. Look, how they strike similitudes for thee, and have gone astray, and cannot find the way.(48)
  49. And they say, `what ! when we are bones and broken bits, shall we be raised up in a new creation?'(49)
  50. Say, `let you be stones or iron,(50)
  51. or a creation harder in your thoughts.' Then they will say, `who will bring us back?' Say, `He who originated you the first time.' Then they will shake their heads at thee and say, `when will it be?' Say, `may be it is near.(51)
  52. On the day when He will call you, you will answer praising Him, and you will think that you stayed but a little.''(52)
  53. And say to My servants that they speak what is very handsome; the Devil provokes strife between them; surely the Devil is an open enemy to man.(53)
  54. Your Lord knows you very well; if He will, He will have mercy on you, or if He will, He will punish you; and We have not sent thee to be a caretaker.(54)
  55. And thy Lord knows very well whoso is in the heavens and the earth; and We have exalted some Prophets over others, and We gave to David Psalms.(55)
  56. Say, `call on those you assert. apart from Him, but they have no power to remove distress from you, or to transfer it.'(56)
  57. Those they call upon, themselves seek the means of access to their Lord, which of them shall be nearer, and they hope for His mercy and fear His punishment; surely thy Lord's punishment is a thing to beware of.(57)
  58. And no city is there, but We shall destroy it before the Day of Resurrection, or punish it with a terrible punishment; that is written in the Book.(58)
  59. And nothing has prevented Us from sending the Signs except that the ancients gave lies to them; and We gave Thamood the She-camel as a visible Sign, but they did her wrong; and We send the Signs only to frighten.(59)
  60. And when We said to thee, `thy Lord encompasses men', and We made the vision that We showed thee, and the tree cursed in the Qur'an, to be only a trial for men; and We frighten them but it increases them only in gross insolence.(60)
  61. And when We said to the angels, `prostrate yourselves before Adam', so they prostrated themselves, except Ibils; he said, `shall I prostrate myself before one whom Thou hast created of clay?'(61)
  62. He also said, `hast Thou considered that this one whom Thou hast honoured above me, if Thou deferest me to the Day of Resurrection, I shall surely subdue his offspring except a few'.(62)
  63. God said, `begone! surely those of them who follow thee, Hell shall be your recompense, an ample recompense!(63)
  64. And startle with thy voice whom thou canst and assault them with thy horsemen and thy foot-soldiers, and share with them in wealth and children, and give them promises. But the Devil promises them naught except delusion.(64)
  65. Indeed over My servants thou shalt have no authority; for thy Lord suffices as a caretaker'.(65)
  66. Your Lord is He who drives for you the ships in the sea, that you may seek of His bounty; He is surely Merciful to you.(66)
  67. And when harm visits you at sea, those whom you call upon are lost, except Him; then when He delivers you to the land, you turn aside, for man is surely thankless.(67)
  68. But do you feel secure that He will not cause you to be swallowed up at the land, or send upon you a violent sand-storm, then you will not find any caretaker for you?(68)
  69. Or do you feel secure that He will not take you back into it a second time, and send against you a hurricane of wind, and drown you for your thanklessness; then you will not find for you any prosecutor against Us.(69)
  70. And We have surely honoured the Children of Adam, and carried them on land and sea, and provided them with good things, and exalted them greatly above many of those that We have created.(70)
  71. On the day when We shall call every people with their leader then whoso is given his Book in his right hand, they shall read their Book, and they shall not be wronged a date-thread.(71)
  72. And whoso is blind in this (world) shall be blind in the Hereafter and further astray from the way.(72)
  73. And they almost seduced thee away from that We have revealed to thee, that thou mightest forge against Us other than it; and then they would have surely taken thee as a friend.(73)
  74. And had We not made thee firm, thou wert almost inclined to them a little.(74)
  75. And then, We would have surely let thee taste double in life and double on death, and then, thou wouldst not have found any helper against Us.(75)
  76. And they almost startled thee from the land to expel thee from it, but then they would have also not stayed after thee but a little.(76)
  77. It is a tradition of those We sent before thee of Our Messengers, and thou shalt not find Our tradition turning.(77)
  78. Establish the Prayer at the decline of the sun to the darkening of the night, and the reading of the Qur'an at dawn; surely the reading of the Qur'an at dawn is witnessed.(78)
  79. And keep awake with it at night,it is additional for thee; it may be that thy Lord will raise thee up to a laudable status.(79)
  80. And say, `my Lord, lead me in with a firm ingoing, and lead me out with a firm outgoing, and give me from Thee a helping authority.'(80)
  81. And say, `the truth has come, and falsehood has vanished; surely falsehood is a thing to vanish!(81)
  82. And We send down of the Qur'an that which is a healing and a mercy for the Believers, yet it increases the wrong-doers nothing but loss.(82)
  83. And when We bless man, he turns away and withdraws aside; and when evil afflicts him he is in despair.(83)
  84. Say, `everyone works in his own manner, and it is your Lord who know best as to who is best guided on the way'.(84)
  85. And they ask thee concerning the Spirit. Say, `the Spirit is of the command of my Lord, and you have not been given of the knowledge but a little'. (85)
  86. And if We will, We would take away what We have revealed to thee, then thou wouldst not find any concerning it to plead for thee against Us,(86)
  87. except by some mercy of thy Lord; surely His bounty to thee is great.(87)
  88. Say, `if men and jinn combined to produce the like of this Qur'an, they would not produce the like of it, even if they backed one another'.(88)
  89. And We have turned about in this Qur'an every kind of similitude for men; yet most men refuse but unbelief.(89)
  90. And they say, `we will not believe thee, till thou makest for us a spring to gush forth from the earth;(90)
  91. or thou hast a garden of palms and vines, and thou makest streams to gush forth abundantly all through it;(91)
  92. or as thou assertest, thou makest heaven to fall on us in fragments; or thou bringest God and the angels face to face;(92)
  93. or thou hast a house of gold; or thou goest up in heaven; but we will not believe even thy going np till thou sendest down on us a Book that we read.' Say, `Holy be my Lord; am I anything but a mortal, a Messenger?'(93)
  94. And nothing prevented men from believing, when the guidance came to them, but that they said, `has God sent forth a mortal as Messenger?'(94)
  95. Say, `had there been on the earth angels walking at peace, We would have sent down upon them from the heaven an angel as Messenger'.(95)
  96. Say, `God suffices as a witness between me and you; He is surely aware of and sees His servants'.(96)
  97. And he whom God guides is the one guided, and whom He sends astray, for them thou wilt not find any protectors, apart from Him. And We shall muster them on the Day of Resurrection, with their faces down, blind, dumb, and deaf. Their abode shall be Hell; whenever it abates, We shall increase the Blaze for them.(97)
  98. That shall be their recompense for they disbelieved in Our Signs, and said, `what! when we are bones and broken bits, shall we be raised up in a new creation?'(98)
  99. Have they not considered that God, who created the heavens and the earth and has, no doubt, appointed a term for them, is powerful enough to create the like of them? But the wrong-doers refuse except unbelief.(99)
  100. Say, `if you possessed the treasures of My Lord's mercy, you would have held them back for fear of spending out; and man is surely niggardly.'(100)
  101. And We gave Moses nine clear Signs; ask Children of Israel. When he came to them and Pharaoh said to him, `I surely think thee, O Moses, bewitched!'(101)
  102. He said, `thou indeed knowest that none has sent these down, except the Lord of the heavens and the earth, as clear proofs; and I do think that thou, O Pharaoh, art doomed to perish'.(102)
  103. And he desired to startle them from the land, but We drowned him and those with him, all together.(103)
  104. And, after him, We said to the Children of Israel, `dwell in the land; and when the promise of the Hereafter comes We shall bring you together rolled up'.(104
  105. And, with the truth, We have sent it down, and, with the truth, it has come down; and We have sent not thee but as a bearer of good news and as a warner.(105)
  106. And a Qur'an (reading) We have divided and sent it down successively, that thou mayest read it to men at intervals.(106)
  107. Say, `believe you in it or believe you not. Srely those who were given the knowledge before it, when it is recited to them, they fall down on their faces prostrating;(107)
  108. and they say, `Holy be our Lord; our Lord's promise shall surely be fulfilled.'(108)
  109. And they fall down on their faces weeping, and it increases them in humility.'(109)
  110. Say, `call upon God or call upon the All-merciful; by whichever name you call upon, His are the names most beautiful.' And be thou not loud in thy prayer nor be in low tones, but seek for a way in between.(110)
  111. And say, `Praise be to God who has not taken to Him a son, and who has no associate in sovreignty, and who has no protector out of humbleness'; and magnify Him magnificently. (111)
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