[17.1] 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 Seer.
[17.2] We gave unto Moses the Scripture, and We appointed it a
guidance for the children of Israel, saying: Choose no guardian
[17.3] (They were) the seed of those whom We carried (in the
ship) along with Noah. Lo! he was a grateful slave.
[17.4] 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.
[17.5] 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.
[17.6] Then we gave you once again your turn against them, and
We aided you with wealth and children and made you more in
[17.7] (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 utter wasting.
[17.8] 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 disbelievers.
[17.9] 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.
[17.10] And that those who believe not in the Hereafter, for
them We have prepared a painful doom.
[17.11] Man prayeth for evil as he prayeth for good; for man was
[17.12] 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
[17.13] 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.
[17.14] (And it will be said unto him): Read thy Book. Thy soul
sufficeth as reckoner against thee this day.
[17.15] 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.
[17.16] 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.
[17.17] How many generations have We destroyed since Noah! And
Allah sufficeth as Knower and Beholder of the sins of His
[17.18] 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.
[17.19] 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).
[17.20] 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.
[17.21] See how We prefer one of them above another, and verily
the Hereafter will be greater in degrees and greater in
[17.22] Set not up with Allah any other god (O man) lest thou
sit down reproved, forsaken.
[17.23] 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.
[17.24] 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.
[17.25] 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).
[17.26] Give the kinsman his due, and the needy, and the
wayfarer, and squander not (thy wealth) in wantonness.
[17.27] Lo! the squanderers were ever brothers of the devils,
and the devil was ever an ingrate to his Lord.
[17.28] But if thou turn away from them, seeking mercy from thy
Lord, for which thou hopest, then speak unto them a reasonable
[17.29] And let not thy hand be chained to thy neck nor open it
with a complete opening, lest thou sit down rebuked, denuded.
[17.30] 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.
[17.31] Slay not your children, fearing a fall to poverty, We
shall provide for them and for you. Lo! the slaying of them is
[17.32] And come not near unto adultery. Lo! it is an
abomination and an evil way.
[17.33] 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
[17.34] 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.
[17.35] Fill the measure when ye measure, and weigh with a right
balance; that is meet, and better in the end.
[17.36] (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.
[17.37] And walk not in the earth exultant. Lo! thou canst not
rend the earth, nor canst thou stretch to the height of the
[17.38] The evil of all that is hateful in the sight of thy
[17.39] 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, reproved, abandoned.
[17.40] 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!
[17.41] We verily have displayed (Our warnings) in this Qur'an
that they may take heed, but it increaseth them in naught save
[17.42] 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.
[17.43] Glorified is He, and High Exalted above what they say!
[17.44] 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,
[17.45] And when thou recitest the Qur'an we place between thee
and those who believe not in the Hereafter a hidden barrier;
[17.46] 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.
[17.47] 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 bewitched.
[17.48] See what similitudes they coin for thee, and thus are
all astray, and cannot find a road!
[17.49] And they say: When we are bones and fragments, shall we
forsooth, be raised up as a new creation ?
[17.50] Say: Be ye stones or iron
[17.51] 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
[17.52] 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
[17.53] Tell My bondmen to speak that which is kindlier. Lo! the
devil soweth discord among them. Lo! the devil is for man an
[17.54] 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 them.
[17.55] 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.
[17.56] 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.
[17.57] 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
[17.58] 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).
[17.59] 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.
[17.60] 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.
[17.61] 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
[17.62] 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 a few.
[17.63] He said: Go, and whosoever of them followeth thee - lo!
hell will be your payment, ample payment.
[17.64] 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.
[17.65] Lo! My (faithful) bondmen - over them thou hast no
power, and thy Lord sufficeth as (their) guardian.
[17.66] (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.
[17.67] 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.
[17.68] 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 ?
[17.69] 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 ?
[17.70] 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.
[17.71] 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 shred.
[17.72] Whoso is blind here will be blind in the Hereafter, and
yet further from the road.
[17.73] 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.
[17.74] And if We had not made thee wholly firm thou mightest
almost have inclined unto them a little.
[17.75] 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.
[17.76] 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.
[17.77] (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.
[17.78] 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 witnessed.
[17.79] 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
[17.80] 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.
[17.81] And say: Truth hath come and falsehood hath vanished
away. Lo! falsehood is ever bound to vanish.
[17.82] 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.
[17.83] And when We make life pleasant unto man, he turneth away
and is averse; and when ill toucheth him he is in despair.
[17.84] Say: Each one doth according to his rule of conduct, and
thy Lord is Best Aware of him whose way is right.
[17.85] 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.
[17.86] 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.
[17.87] (It is naught) save mercy from thy Lord. Lo! His
kindness unto thee was ever great.
[17.88] 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.
[17.89] And verily We have displayed for mankind in this Qur'an
all kind of similitudes, but most of mankind refuse aught save
[17.90] And they say: We will not put faith in thee till thou
cause a spring to gush forth from the earth for us;
[17.91] Or thou have a garden of date-palms and grapes, and
cause rivers to gush forth therein abundantly;
[17.92] Or thou cause the heaven to fall upon us piecemeal, as
thou hast pretended, or bring Allah and the angels as a warrant;
[17.93] 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
[17.94] And naught prevented mankind from believing when the
guidance came unto them save that they said: Hath Allah sent a
mortal as (His) messenger ?
[17.95] Say: If there were in the earth angels walking secure,
We had sent down for them from heaven an angel as messenger.
[17.96] Say: Allah sufficeth for a witness between me and you.
Lo! He is Knower, Seer of His slaves.
[17.97] 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.
[17.98] 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 ?
[17.99] 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.
[17.100] 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.
[17.101] 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.
[17.102] 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 Pharaoh.
[17.103] And he wished to scare them from the land, but We
drowned him and those with him, all together.
[17.104] 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
[17.105] 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.
[17.106] 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.
[17.107] 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,
[17.108] Saying: Glory to our Lord! Verily the promise of our
Lord must be fulfilled.
[17.109] They fall down on their faces, weeping, and it
increaseth humility in them.
[17.110] 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
[17.111] 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.