17. The Night Journey (Al-Isrá)
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Revealed before the
Hijrah. This chapter has 111 verses.
In the Name of Allah,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
to (Allah) Who did take His Servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred
Mosque to the Farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We
might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all
2. We gave
Moses the Book, and made it a Guide to the Children of Israel, (commanding):
"Take not other than Me as Disposer of (your) affairs."
3. O ye
that are sprung from those whom We carried (in the Ark) with Noah! Verily he
was a devotee most grateful.
4. And We
decreed for the Children of Israel in the Book, that twice would they do
mischief on the earth and be elated with mighty arrogance (and twice would they
the first of the warnings came to pass, We sent against you Our servants given
to terrible warfare. They entered the very inmost parts of your homes; and it
was a warning (completely) fulfilled.
did We grant you victory over them: We gave you increase in resources and sons,
and made you the more numerous in man-power.
7. If ye
did well, ye did well for yourselves; if ye did evil, (ye did it) against
yourselves. So when the second of the warnings came to pass, (We permitted your
enemies) to disfigure your faces, and to enter your Temple as they had entered it before, and
to visit with destruction all that fell into their power.
8. It may
be that your Lord may (yet) show Mercy unto you; but if ye revert (to your
sins), We shall revert (to Our punishments): And we have made Hell a prison for
those who reject (all Faith).
this Qurán doth guide to that which is most right (or stable), and giveth the
Glad Tidings to the Believers who work deeds of righteousness, that they shall
have a magnificent reward;
10. And to
those who believe not in the Hereafter, (it announceth) that We have prepared
for them a Chastisement Grievous (indeed).
prays for evil as he prays for good; for man is given to hasty (deeds).
have made the Night and the Day as two (of Our) Signs: the Sign of the Night
have We made dark, while the Sign of the Day We have made bright; that ye may
seek bounty from your Lord, and that ye may know the number and count of the
years: all things have We explained in detail.
man's fate We have fastened on his own neck: On the Day of Judgment We shall
bring out for him a scroll, which he will see spread open.
will be said to him:) "Read thine (own) record: Sufficient is thy soul
this day to make out an account against thee."
receiveth guidance, receiveth it for his own benefit: who goeth astray doth so
to his own loss. No bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another: nor would
We punish until We had sent a messenger (to give warning).
We decide to destroy a population, We command those among them who are given
the good things of this life (to be obedient), but they continued to
transgress; so that the word is proved true against them: then We destroy them
many generations have We destroyed after Noah? and enough is thy Lord to note
and see the sins of His servants.
18. If any
do wish for the transitory things (of this life), We readily grant them - such
things as We will, to such person as We will: in the end have We provided Hell
for them: they will burn therein, disgraced and rejected.
who do wish for the (things of) the Hereafter, and strive therefor with all due
striving, and have Faith,- they are the ones whose striving will be thanked (by
20. Of the
bounties of thy Lord We bestow freely on all-these as well as those. The
bounties of thy Lord are not closed (to anyone).
how We have bestowed more on some than on others; but verily the Hereafter is
more in rank and gradation and more in excellence.
not with Allah another god; or thou (O man!) wilt sit in disgrace and
Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents.
Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word
of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor.
out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: "My Lord!
bestow on them Thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood."
Lord knoweth best what is in your hearts: If ye do deeds of righteousness,
verily He is Most Forgiving to those who turn to Him again and again (in true
render to the kindred their due rights, as (also) to those in want, and to the
wayfarer: But squander not (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift.
spendthrifts are brothers of the Satans; and the Satan is to his Lord (himself)
even if thou hast to turn away from them in pursuit of the Mercy from thy Lord
which thou dost expect, yet speak to them a word of easy kindness.
not thy hand tied (like a niggard's) to thy neck, nor stretch it forth to its
utmost reach, so that thou become blameworthy and destitute.
thy Lord doth provide sustenance in abundance for whom He pleaseth, and He
straiten it. For He doth know and regard all His servants.
not your children for fear of want: We shall provide sustenance for them as
well as for you. Verily the killing of them is a great sin.
come nigh to adultery: for it is an indecent (deed) and an evil way.
take life - which Allah has made sacred - except for just cause. And if anyone
is slain wrongfully, we have given his heir authority (to demand Qisás or to
forgive): but let him nor exceed bounds in the matter of taking life; for he is
helped (by the Law).
not nigh to the orphan's property except to improve it, until he attains the
age of full strength; and fulfill (every) engagement, for (every) engagement
will be inquired into (on the Day of Reckoning).
full measure when ye measure, and weigh with a balance that is straight: that
is the most fitting and the most advantageous in the final determination.
pursue not that of which thou hast no knowledge; for surely the hearing, the
sight, the heart, all of those shall be questioned of (on the Day of
walk on the earth with insolence: for thou canst not rend the earth asunder,
nor reach the mountains in height.
38. Of all
such things the evil is hateful in the sight of thy Lord.
are among the (precepts of) wisdom, which thy Lord has revealed to thee. Take
not, with Allah, another object of worship, lest thou shouldst be thrown into
Hell, blameworthy and rejected.
then your Lord (O Pagans!) preferred for you sons, and taken for Himself
daughters among the angels? Truly ye utter a most dreadful saying!
have explained (things) in various (ways) in this Qurán, in order that they may
receive admonition, but it only increases their flight (from the Truth)!
If there had been (other) gods with Him, as they say,- behold, they would
certainly have sought out a way in submitting to the Lord of the Throne!
to Him! He is high above all that they say!- Exalted and Great (beyond
seven heavens and the earth, and all beings therein, declare His glory: there
is not a thing but celebrates His praise; And yet ye understand not how they
declare His glory! Verily He is Oft-Forbear, Most Forgiving!
thou dost recite the Qurán, We put, between thee and those who believe not in
the Hereafter, a veil invisible:
46. And We
put coverings over their hearts (and minds) lest they should understand the
Qurán, and deafness into their ears: when thou dost mention thy Lord and Him
alone in the Qurán, they turn on their backs, fleeing (from the Truth).
know best what it is they listen, when they listen to thee; and when they meet
in private, behold, the wicked say, "Ye follow none other than a man
what similes they strike for thee: but they have gone astray, and never can
they find a way.
say: "What! when we are reduced to bones and dust, should we really be
raised up (to be) a new creation?"
"(Nay!) be ye stones or iron,