In the Name of Allah, the Most
Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
1. O you wrapped
in garments (i.e. Prophet Muhammad )!
2. Stand (to pray)
all night, except a little.
3. Half of it, or
a little less than that,
4. Or a little more;
and recite the Qur'an (aloud) in a slow, (pleasant tone
and) style .
5. Verily, We shall
send down to you a weighty Word (i.e. obligations, legal laws,
6. Verily, the rising
by night (for Tahajjud prayer) is very hard and most potent
and good for governing (the soul), and most suitable for (understanding)
the Word (of Allah).
7. Verily, there
is for you by day prolonged occupation with ordinary duties,
8. And remember the
Name of your Lord and devote yourself to Him with a complete devotion.
9. (He Alone is)
the Lord of the east and the west, La ilaha illa
Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He). So take
Him Alone as Wakil (Disposer of your affairs)
10. And be patient
(O Muhammad )
with what they say, and keep away from them in a good way.
11. And leave Me
Alone to deal with the beliers (those who deny My Verses, etc.),
and those who are in possession of good things of life. And give
them respite for a little while.
12. Verily, with
Us are fetters (to bind them), and a raging Fire.
13. And a food that
chokes, and a painful torment.
14. On the Day when
the earth and the mountains will be in violent shake, and the
mountains will be a heap of sand poured out and flowing down.
15. Verily, We have
sent to you (O men) a Messenger (Muhammad ) to be a witness over you, as
We did send a Messenger [Musa (Moses)] to Fir'aun (Pharaoh)
16. But Fir'aun (Pharaoh)
disobeyed the Messenger [Musa (Moses)], so We seized him
with a severe punishment.
17. Then how can
you avoid the punishment, if you disbelieve, on a Day that will
make the children grey-headed (i.e. the Day of Resurrection)?
18. Whereon the heaven
will be cleft asunder? His Promise is certainly to be accomplished.
19. Verily, this
is an admonition, therefore whosoever will, let him take a Path
to His Lord!
20. Verily, your
Lord knows that you do stand (to pray at night) a little less
than two-thirds of the night, or half the night, or a third of
the night, and so do a party of those with you, And Allah
measures the night and the day. He knows that you are unable to
pray the whole night, so He has turned to you (in mercy). So,
recite you of the Qur'an as much as may be easy for you.
He knows that there will be some among you sick, others travelling
through the land, seeking of Allah's Bounty; yet others
fighting in Allah's Cause. So recite as much of the Qur'an
as may be easy (for you), and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat)
and give Zakat, and lend to Allah a goodly
loan, and whatever good you send before you for yourselves, (i.e.
Nawafil non-obligatory acts of worship: prayers,
charity, fasting, Hajj and 'Umrah, etc.), you will
certainly find it with Allah, better and greater in reward.
And seek Forgiveness of Allah. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving,
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