[73.1] O thou wrapped up in
[73.2] Keep vigil the night long, save a little -
[73.3] A half thereof, or abate a little thereof
[73.4] Or add (a little) thereto - and chant the Qur'an in
[73.5] For we shall charge thee with a word of weight.
[73.6] Lo! the vigil of the night is (a time) when impression is
more keen and speech more certain.
[73.7] Lo! thou hast by day a chain of business.
[73.8] So remember the name of thy Lord and devote thyself with
a complete devotion -
[73.9] Lord of the East and the West; there is no God save Him;
so choose thou Him alone for thy defender -
[73.10] And bear with patience what they utter, and part from
them with a fair leave-taking.
[73.11] Leave Me to deal with the deniers, lords of ease and
comfort (in this life); and do thou respite them awhile.
[73.12] Lo! with Us are heavy fetters and a raging fire,
[73.13] And food which choketh (the partaker), and a painful
[73.14] On the day when the earth and the hills rock, and the
hills become a heap of running sand.
[73.15] Lo! We have sent unto you a messenger as witness against
you, even as We sent unto Pharaoh a messenger.
[73.16] But Pharaoh rebelled against the messenger, whereupon We
seized him with no gentle grip.
[73.17] Then how, if ye disbelieve, will ye protect yourselves
upon the day which will turn children grey,
[73.18] The very heaven being then rent asunder. His promise is
to be fulfilled.
[73.19] Lo! This is a Reminder. Let him who will, then, choose a
way unto his Lord.
[73.20] Lo! thy Lord knoweth how thou keepest vigil sometimes
nearly two-thirds of the night, or (sometimes) half or a third
thereof, as do a party of those with thee. Allah measureth the
night and the day. He knoweth that ye count it not, and turneth
unto you in mercy. Recite, then, of the Qur'an that which is
easy for you. He knoweth that there are sick folk among you,
while others travel in the land in search of Allah's bounty, and
others (still) are fighting for the cause of Allah. So recite of
it that which is easy (for you), and establish worship and pay
the poor-due, and (so) lend unto Allah a goodly loan. Whatsoever
good ye send before you for your souls, ye will find it with
Allah, better and greater in the recompense. And seek
forgiveness of Allah. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.