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The Qurʾan What is This? A current English-language version of the Qur'an, published in 2004
Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

17. The Night Journey (85 – 111)

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.’

97[Prophet], anyone God guides is truly guided, and you will find no protector other than Him for anyone He leaves astray. On the Day of Resurrection We shall gather them, lying on their faces, blind, dumb, and deaf. Hell will be their Home. Whenever the Fire goes down, We shall make it blaze more fiercely for them. 98This is what they will get for rejecting Our signs and saying, ‘What? When we are turned to bones and dust, how can we be raised in a new act of creation?’ 99Do they not see that God, who created the heavens and earth, can create the likes of them [anew]? He has ordained a time for them—there is no doubt about that—but the evildoers refuse everything except disbelief. 100 Say, ‘If you possessed the very stores of my Lord's bounty, you would hold them back in your fear of spending: man is ever grudging.’

101In the past, We gave Moses nine clear signs—ask the Children of Israel. When Moses came to [the Egyptians], Pharaoh said to him, ‘Moses, I think you are bewitched.’ 102He said, ‘You know very well that only the Lord of the heavens and earth could have sent these signs as clear proof. I think that you, Pharaoh, are doomed.’103So he wanted to wipe them off the [face of the] earth, but We drowned him and those with him. 104After his death, We told the Children of Israel, ‘Live in the land, and when the promise of the Hereafter is fulfilled, We shall bring you to the assembly of all people.’

105We sent down the Qurʾan with the truth, and with the truth it has come down—[Prophet], We sent you only to give good news and warning—106it is a recitation that We have revealed in parts, so that you can recite it to people at intervals; We have sent it down little by little. 107Say, ‘Whether you believe it or not, those who were given knowledge earlier fall down on their faces when it is recited to them, 108and say, “Glory to our Lord! Our Lord's promise has been fulfilled.” 109They fall down on their faces, weeping, and [the Qurʾan] increases their humility.’ 110Say [to them], ‘Call on God, or on the Lord of Mercy—whatever names you call Him, the best names belong to Him.’ [Prophet], do not be too loud in your prayer, or too quiet, but seek a middle way 111and say, ‘Praise belongs to God, who has no child nor partner in His rule. He is not so weak as to need a protector. Proclaim His limitless greatness!’

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