O thou folded in garments!
Stand (to prayer) by night, but not all night,-
Half of it,- or a little less,
Or a little more; and recite the Qur'an in slow, measured
Soon shall We send down to thee a weighty Message.
Truly the rising by night is most potent for governing (the
soul), and most suitable for (framing) the Word (of Prayer and Praise).
True, there is for thee by day prolonged occupation with
But keep in remembrance the name of thy Lord and devote
thyself to Him whole-heartedly.
(He is) Lord of the East and the West: there is no god but He:
take Him therefore for (thy) Disposer of Affairs.
And have patience with what they say, and leave them with
And leave Me (alone to deal with) those in possession of the
good things of life, who (yet) deny the Truth; and bear with them for a
With Us are Fetters (to bind them), and a Fire (to burn
And a Food that chokes, and a Penalty Grievous.
One Day the earth and the mountains will be in violent
commotion. And the mountains will be as a heap of sand poured out and
We have sent to you, (O men!) a messenger, to be a witness
concerning you, even as We sent a messenger to Pharaoh.
But Pharaoh disobeyed the messenger; so We seized him with a
Then how shall ye, if ye deny (Allah), guard yourselves against
a Day that will make children hoary-headed?-
Whereon the sky will be cleft asunder? His Promise needs must
Verily this is an Admonition: therefore, whoso will, let him
take a (straight) path to his Lord!
Thy Lord doth know that thou standest forth (to prayer) nigh
two-thirds of the night, or half the night, or a third of the night, and so
doth a party of those with thee. But Allah doth appoint night and day in due
measure He knoweth that ye are unable to keep count thereof. So He hath
turned to you (in mercy): read ye, therefore, of the Qur'an as much as may
be easy for you. He knoweth that there may be (some) among you in
ill-health; others travelling through the land, seeking of Allah's bounty;
yet others fighting in Allah's Cause, read ye, therefore, as much of the
Qur'an as may be easy (for you); and establish regular Prayer and give
regular Charity; and loan to Allah a Beautiful Loan. And whatever good ye
send forth for your souls ye shall find it in Allah's Presence,- yea, better
and greater, in Reward and seek ye the Grace of Allah: for Allah is
Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.