017.001 Glorified be He Who carried His servant by night from the Inviolable Place
of Worship to the Far distant place of worship the neighbourhood whereof We have
blessed, that We might show him of Our tokens! Lo! He, only He, is the Hearer, the
017.002 We gave unto Moses the Scripture, and We appointed it a guidance for the
children of Israel, saying: Choose no guardian beside Me.
017.003 (They were) the seed of those whom We carried (in the ship) along with
Noah. Lo! he was a grateful slave.
017.004 And We decreed for the Children of Israel in the Scripture: Ye verily will
work corruption in the earth twice, and ye will become great tyrants.
017.005 So when the time for the first of the two came, We roused against you slaves
of Ours of great might who ravaged (your) country, and it was a threat performed.
017.006 Then we gave you once again your turn against them, and We aided you with
wealth and children and made you more in soldiery.
017.007 (Saying): If ye do good, ye do good for your own souls, and if ye do evil, it is
for them (in like manner). So, when the time for the second (of the judgments) came
(We roused against you others of Our slaves) to ravage you, and to enter the Temple
even as they entered it the first time, and to lay waste all that they conquered with an
017.008 It may be that your Lord will have mercy on you, but if ye repeat (the crime)
We shall repeat (the punishment), and We have appointed hell a dungeon for the
017.009 Lo! this Qur'an guideth unto that which is straightest, and giveth tidings unto
the believers who do good works that theirs will be a great reward.
017.010 And that those who believe not in the Hereafter, for them We have prepared
a painful doom.
017.011 Man prayeth for evil as he prayeth for good; for man was ever hasty.
017.012 And We appoint the night and the day two portents. Then We make dark the
portent of the night, and We make the portent of the day sight-giving, that ye may
seek bounty from your Lord, and that ye may know the computation of the years, and
the reckoning; and everything have We expounded with a clear expounding.
017.013 And every man's augury have We fastened to his own neck, and We shall
bring forth for him on the Day of Resurrection a book which he will find wide open.
017.014 (And it will be said unto him): Read thy Book. Thy soul sufficeth as reckoner
against thee this day.
017.015 Whosoever goeth right, it is only for (the good of) his own soul that he goeth
right, and whosoever erreth, erreth only to its hurt. No laden soul can bear another's
load, We never punish until we have sent a messenger.
017.016 And when We would destroy a township We send commandment to its folk
who live at ease, and afterward they commit abomination therein, and so the Word (of
doom) hath effect for it, and we annihilate it with complete annihilation.
017.017 How many generations have We destroyed since Noah! And Allah sufficeth
as Knower and Beholder of the sins of His slaves.
017.018 Whoso desireth that (life) which hasteneth away, We hasten for him therein
what We will for whom We please. And afterward We have appointed for him hell;
he will endure the heat thereof, condemned, rejected.
017.019 And whoso desireth the Hereafter and striveth for it with the effort necessary,
being a believer; for such, their effort findeth favour (with their Lord).
017.020 Each do We supply, both these and those, from the bounty of thy Lord. And
the bounty of thy Lord can never be walled up.
017.021 See how We prefer one of them above another, and verily the Hereafter will
be greater in degrees and greater in preferment.
017.022 Set not up with Allah any other god (O man) lest thou sit down reproved,
017.023 Thy Lord hath decreed, that ye worship none save Him, and (that ye show)
kindness to parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age with thee, say not
"Fie" unto them nor repulse them, but speak unto them a gracious word.
017.024 And lower unto them the wing of submission through mercy, and say: My
Lord! Have mercy on them both as they did care for me when I was little.
017.025 Your Lord is Best Aware of what is in your minds. If ye are righteous, then
lo! He was ever Forgiving unto those who turn (unto Him).
017.026 Give the kinsman his due, and the needy, and the wayfarer, and squander not
(thy wealth) in wantonness.
017.027 Lo! the squanderers were ever brothers of the devils, and the devil was ever
an ingrate to his Lord.
017.028 But if thou turn away from them, seeking mercy from thy Lord, for which
thou hopest, then speak unto them a reasonable word.
017.029 And let not thy hand be chained to thy neck nor open it with a complete
opening, lest thou sit down rebuked, denuded.
017.030 Lo! thy Lord enlargeth the provision for whom He will, and straiteneth (it for
whom He will). Lo, He was ever Knower, Seer of His slaves.
017.031 Slay not your children, fearing a fall to poverty, We shall provide for them
and for you. Lo! the slaying of them is great sin.
017.032 And come not near unto adultery. Lo! it is an abomination and an evil way.
017.033 And slay not the life which Allah hath forbidden save with right. Whoso is
slain wrongfully, We have given power unto his heir, but let him not commit excess
in slaying. Lo! he will be helped.
017.034 Come not near the wealth of the orphan save with that which is better till he
come to strength; and keep the covenant. Lo! of the covenant it will be asked.
017.035 Fill the measure when ye measure, and weigh with a right balance; that is
meet, and better in the end.
017.036 (O man), follow not that whereof thou hast no knowledge. Lo! the hearing
and the sight and the heart - of each of these it will be asked.
017.037 And walk not in the earth exultant. Lo! thou canst not rend the earth, nor
canst thou stretch to the height of the hills.
017.038 The evil of all that is hateful in the sight of thy Lord.
017.039 This is (part) of that wisdom wherewith thy Lord hath inspired thee (O
Muhammad). And set not up with Allah any other god, lest thou be cast into hell,
017.040 Hath your Lord then distinguished you (O men of Makka) by giving you
sons, and hath chosen for Himself females from among the angels ? Lo! verily ye
speak an awful word!
017.041 We verily have displayed (Our warnings) in this Qur'an that they may take
heed, but it increaseth them in naught save aversion.
017.042 Say (O Muhammad, to the disbelievers): If there were other gods along with
Him, as they say, then had they sought a way against the Lord of the Throne.
017.043 Glorified is He, and High Exalted above what they say!
017.044 The seven heavens and the earth and all that is therein praise Him, and there
is not a thing but hymneth His praise; but ye understand not their praise. Lo! He is
ever Clement, Forgiving.
017.045 And when thou recitest the Qur'an we place between thee and those who
believe not in the Hereafter a hidden barrier;
017.046 And We place upon their hearts veils lest they should understand it, and in
their ears a deafness; and when thou makest mention of thy Lord alone in the Qur'an,
they turn their backs in aversion.
017.047 We are Best Aware of what they wish to hear when they give ear to thee and
when they take secret counsel, when the evil-doers say: Ye follow but a man
017.048 See what similitudes they coin for thee, and thus are all astray, and cannot
find a road!
017.049 And they say: When we are bones and fragments, shall we forsooth, be
raised up as a new creation ?
017.050 Say: Be ye stones or iron
017.051 Or some created thing that is yet greater in your thoughts! Then they will
say: Who shall bring us back (to life). Say: He Who created you at the first. Then will
they shake their heads at thee, and say: When will it be ? Say: It will perhaps be soon;
017.052 A day when He will call you and ye will answer with His praise, and ye will
think that ye have tarried but a little while.
017.053 Tell My bondmen to speak that which is kindlier. Lo! the devil soweth
discord among them. Lo! the devil is for man an open foe.
017.054 Your Lord is Best Aware of you. If He will, He will have mercy on you, or if
He will, He will punish you. We have not sent thee (O Muhammad) as a warden over
017.055 And thy Lord is Best Aware of all who are in the heavens and the earth. And
we preferred some of the prophets above others, and unto David We gave the Psalms.
017.056 Say: Cry unto those (saints and angels) whom ye assume (to be gods) beside
Him, yet they have no power to rid you of misfortune nor to change.
017.057 Those unto whom they cry seek the way of approach to their Lord, which of
them shall be the nearest; they hope for His mercy and they fear His doom. Lo! the
doom of thy Lord is to be shunned.
017.058 There is not a township but We shall destroy it ere the Day of Resurrection,
or punish it with dire punishment. That is set forth in the Book (of Our decrees).
017.059 Naught hindereth Us from sending portents save that the folk of old denied
them. And We gave Thamud the she-camel - a clear portent save to warn.
017.060 And (it was a warning) when we told thee: Lo! thy Lord encompasseth
mankind, and We appointed the sight which We showed thee as an ordeal for
mankind, and (likewise) the Accursed Tree in the Qur'an. We warn them, but it
increaseth them in naught save gross impiety.
017.061 And when We said unto the angels: Fall down prostrate before Adam and
they fell prostrate all save Iblis, he said: Shall I fall prostrate before that which Thou
hast created of clay ?
017.062 He said: Seest Thou this (creature) whom Thou hast honoured above me, if
Thou give me grace until the Day of Resurrection I verily will seize his seed, save but
017.063 He said: Go, and whosoever of them followeth thee - lo! hell will be your
payment, ample payment.
017.064 And excite any of them whom thou canst with thy voice, and urge thy horse
and foot against them, and be a partner in their wealth and children, and promise
them. Satan promiseth them only to deceive.
017.065 Lo! My (faithful) bondmen - over them thou hast no power, and thy Lord
sufficeth as (their) guardian.
017.066 (O mankind), your Lord is He Who driveth for you the ship upon the sea that
ye may seek of His bounty. Lo! He was ever Merciful toward you.
017.067 And when harm toucheth you upon the sea, all unto whom ye cry (for
succour) fail save Him (alone), but when He bringeth you safe to land, ye turn away,
for man was ever thankless.
017.068 Feel ye then secure that He will not cause a slope of the land to engulf you,
or send a sand-storm upon you, and then ye will find that ye have no protector ?
017.069 Or feel ye secure that He will not return you to that (plight) a second time,
and send against you a hurricane of wind and drown you for your thanklessness, and
then ye will not find therein that ye have any avenger against Us ?
017.070 Verily we have honoured the Children of Adam. We carry them on the land
and the sea, and have made provision of good things for them, and have preferred
them above many of those whom We created with a marked preferment.
017.071 On the day when We shall summon all men with their record, whoso is given
his book in his right hand - such will read their book and they will not be wronged a
017.072 Whoso is blind here will be blind in the Hereafter, and yet further from the
017.073 And they indeed strove hard to beguile thee (Muhammad) away from that
wherewith We have inspired thee, that thou shouldst invent other than it against Us;
and then would they have accepted thee as a friend.
017.074 And if We had not made thee wholly firm thou mightest almost have inclined
unto them a little.
017.075 Then had we made thee taste a double (punishment) of living and a double
(punishment) of dying, then hadst thou found no helper against Us.
017.076 And they indeed wished to scare thee from the land that they might drive
thee forth from thence, and then they would have stayed (there) but a little after thee.
017.077 (Such was Our) method in the case of those whom We sent before thee (to
mankind), and thou wilt not find for Our method aught of power to change.
017.078 Establish worship at the going down of the sun until the dark of night, and
(the recital of) the Qur'an at dawn. Lo! (the recital of) the Qur'an at dawn is ever
017.079 And some part of the night awake for it, a largess for thee. It may be that thy
Lord will raise thee to a praised estate.
017.080 And say: My Lord! Cause me to come in with a firm incoming and to go out
with a firm outgoing. And give me from Thy presence a sustaining Power.
017.081 And say: Truth hath come and falsehood hath vanished away. Lo! falsehood
is ever bound to vanish.
017.082 And We reveal of the Qur'an that which is a healing and a mercy for
believers though it increase the evil-doers in naught save ruin.
017.083 And when We make life pleasant unto man, he turneth away and is averse;
and when ill toucheth him he is in despair.
017.084 Say: Each one doth according to his rule of conduct, and thy Lord is Best
Aware of him whose way is right.
017.085 They are asking thee concerning the Spirit. Say: The Spirit is by command of
my Lord, and of knowledge ye have been vouchsafed but little.
017.086 And if We willed We could withdraw that which We have revealed unto
thee, then wouldst thou find no guardian for thee against Us in respect thereof.
017.087 (It is naught) save mercy from thy Lord. Lo! His kindness unto thee was ever
017.088 Say: Verily, though mankind and the jinn should assemble to produce the
like of this Qur'an, they could not produce the like thereof though they were helpers
one of another.
017.089 And verily We have displayed for mankind in this Qur'an all kind of
similitudes, but most of mankind refuse aught save disbelief.
017.090 And they say: We will not put faith in thee till thou cause a spring to gush
forth from the earth for us;
017.091 Or thou have a garden of date-palms and grapes, and cause rivers to gush
forth therein abundantly;
017.092 Or thou cause the heaven to fall upon us piecemeal, as thou hast pretended,
or bring Allah and the angels as a warrant;
017.093 Or thou have a house of gold; or thou ascend up into heaven, and even then
we will put no faith in thine ascension till thou bring down for us a book that we can
read. Say (O Muhammad): My Lord be Glorified! Am I aught save a mortal
017.094 And naught prevented mankind from believing when the guidance came unto
them save that they said: Hath Allah sent a mortal as (His) messenger ?
017.095 Say: If there were in the earth angels walking secure, We had sent down for
them from heaven an angel as messenger.
017.096 Say: Allah sufficeth for a witness between me and you. Lo! He is Knower,
Seer of His slaves.
017.097 And he whom Allah guideth, he is led aright; while, as for him whom He
sendeth astray, for them thou wilt find no protecting friends beside Him, and We shall
assemble them on the Day of Resurrection on their faces, blind, dumb and deaf; their
habitation will be hell; whenever it abateth, We increase the flame for them.
017.098 That is their reward because they disbelieved Our revelations and said: When
we are bones and fragments shall we, forsooth, be raised up as a new creation ?
017.099 Have they not seen that Allah Who created the heavens and the earth is Able
to create the like of them, and hath appointed for them an end whereof there is no
doubt ? But the wrong-doers refuse aught save disbelief.
017.100 Say (unto them): If ye possessed the treasures of the mercy of my Lord, ye
would surely hold them back for fear of spending, for man was ever grudging.
017.101 And verily We gave unto Moses nine tokens, clear proofs (of Allah's
Sovereignty). Do but ask the Children of Israel how he came unto them, then Pharaoh
said unto him: Lo! I deem thee one bewitched, O Moses.
017.102 He said: In truth thou knowest that none sent down these (portents) save the
Lord of the heavens and the earth as proofs, and lo! (for my part) I deem thee lost, O
017.103 And he wished to scare them from the land, but We drowned him and those
with him, all together.
017.104 And We said unto the Children of Israel after him: Dwell in the land; but
when the promise of the Hereafter cometh to pass We shall bring you as a crowd
gathered out of various nations.
017.105 With truth have We sent it down, and with truth hath it descended. And We
have sent thee as naught else save a bearer of good tidings and a warner.
017.106 And (it is) a Qur'an that We have divided, that thou mayst recite it unto
mankind at intervals, and We have revealed it by (successive) revelation.
017.107 Say: Believe therein or believe not, lo! those who were given knowledge
before it, when it is read unto them, fall down prostrate on their faces, adoring,
017.108 Saying: Glory to our Lord! Verily the promise of our Lord must be fulfilled.
017.109 They fall down on their faces, weeping, and it increaseth humility in them.
017.110 Say (unto mankind): Cry unto Allah, or cry unto the Beneficent, unto
whichsoever ye cry (it is the same). His are the most beautiful names. And thou
(Muhammad), be not loud-voiced in thy worship nor yet silent therein, but follow a
017.111 And say: Praise be to Allah, Who hath not taken unto Himself a son, and
Who hath no partner in the Sovereignty, nor hath He any protecting friend through
dependence. And magnify Him with all magnificence.