1. O thou folded in garments!
2. Stand (to prayer)
by night, but not all night,-
3. Half of it,- or a
4. Or a little more;
and recite the Qur'an in slow, measured rhythmic tones.
5. Soon shall We send
down to thee a weighty Message.
6. Truly the rising by
night is most potent for governing (the soul), and most suitable
for (framing) the Word (of Prayer and Praise).
7. True, there is for
thee by day prolonged occupation with ordinary duties:
8. But keep in remembrance
the name of thy Lord and devote thyself to Him whole-heartedly.
9. (He is) Lord of the
East and the West: there is no god but He: take Him therefore for
(thy) Disposer of Affairs.
10. And have patience
with what they say, and leave them with noble (dignity).
11. 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 little while.
12. With Us are Fetters
(to bind them), and a Fire (to burn them),
13. And a Food that
chokes, and a Penalty Grievous.
14. 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 flowing down.
15. We have sent to
you, (O men!) an apostle, to be a witness concerning you, even as
We sent an apostle to Pharaoh.
16. But Pharaoh disobeyed
the apostle; so We seized him with a heavy Punishment.
17. Then how shall ye,
if ye deny ((Allah)), guard yourselves against a Day that will make
18. Whereon the sky
will be cleft asunder? His Promise needs must be accomplished.
19. Verily this is an
Admonition: therefore, whoso will, let him take a (straight) path
to his Lord!
20. 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.