||O thou folded in garments!
||Stand (to prayer) by night, but not all
||Half of it,- or a little less,
||Or a little more; and recite the Qur'an in
slow, measured rhythmic tones.
||Soon shall We send down to thee a weighty
||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 ordinary duties:
||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
||And have patience with what they say, and
leave them with noble (dignity).
||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.
||With Us are Fetters (to bind them), and a Fire
(to burn them),
||And a Food that chokes, and a Penalty
||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.
||We have sent to you, (O men!) an apostle, to
be a witness concerning you, even as We sent an apostle to
||But Pharaoh disobeyed the apostle; so We
seized him with a heavy Punishment.
||Then how shall ye, if ye deny (God), guard
yourselves against a Day that will make children
||Whereon the sky will be cleft asunder? His
Promise needs must be accomplished.
||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 God 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 God's bounty ; yet others fighting in
God'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 God a Beautiful Loan. And
whatever good ye send forth for your souls ye shall f ind it
in God's Presence,- yea, better and greater, in Reward and
seek ye the Grace of God: for God is Oft-Forgiving, Most