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Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

17. The Night Journey (71 – 96)

71On the Day when We summon each community, along with its leader,c See 16: 89. those who are given their record in their right hand will read it [with pleasure].a Cf. 69: 19–24. But no one will be wronged in the least: 72those who were blind in this life will be blind in the Hereafter, and even further off the path. 73[Prophet], the disbelievers tried to tempt you away from what We revealed to you, so that you would invent some other revelation and attribute it to Us and then they would have taken you as a friend. 74If We had not made you stand firm, you would almost have inclined a little towards them. 75In that case, We would have made you taste a double punishment in this life, and a double punishment after death and then you would have found no one to help you against Us.76They planned to scare you off the land, but they would not have lasted for more than a little while after you. 77Such was Our way with the messengers We sent before you, and you will find no change in Our ways.

78So perform the regular prayers in the period from the time the sun is past its zenith till the darkness of the night, and [recite] the Qurʾan at dawn—dawn recitation is always witnessedb By the angels. See Bukhari, Sahih, ‘Mawaqit’, 16.79and during the night wake up and pray, as an extra offering of your own, so that your Lord may raise you to a [highly] praised status. 80Say, ‘My Lord, make me go in truthfully, and come out truthfully, and grant me supporting authority from You.’ 81And say, ‘The truth has come, and falsehood has passed away: falsehood is bound to pass away.’

82We send down the Qurʾan as healing and mercy to those who believe; as for those who disbelieve, it only increases their loss. 83When We favour man he turns arrogantly to one side, but when harm touches him, he falls into despair. 84Say, ‘Everyone does things their own way, but your Lord is fully aware of who follows the best-guided path.’

85[Prophet], they ask you about the Spirit. Say, ‘The Spirit is part of my Lord's domain. You have only been given a little knowledge.’ 86If We pleased, We could take away what We have revealed to you— then you would find no one to plead for you against Us—87if it were not for your Lord's mercy: His favour to you has been truly great. 88Say, ‘Even if all mankind and jinn came together to produce something like this Qurʾan, they could not produce anything like it, however much they helped each other.’ 89In this Qurʾan, We have set out all kinds of examples for people, yet most of them persist in disbelieving. 90They say, ‘We will not believe for you [Muhammad] until you make a spring gush out of the ground for us;91or until you have a garden of date palms and vines, and make rivers pour through them; 92or make the sky fall on us in pieces, as you claimed will happen; or bring God and the angels before us face to face; 93or have a house made of gold; or ascend into the sky—even then, we will not believe in your ascension until you send a real book down for us to read.’ Say, ‘Glory be to my Lord! Am I anything but a mortal, a messenger?’ 94The only thing that kept these people from believing, when guidance came to them, was that they said, ‘How could God have sent a human being as a messenger?’95Say, ‘If there were angels walking about on earth, feeling at home, We would have sent them an angel from Heaven as a messenger.’ 96Say, ‘God is witness enough between me and you. He knows and observes His servants well.’

Notes:

c See 16: 89.

a Cf. 69: 19–24.

b By the angels. See Bukhari, Sahih, ‘Mawaqit’, 16.

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