In the name of Allah, the
Beneficent, the Merciful.
[17.1] Glory be to Him Who
made His servant to go on a night from the Sacred Mosque to the
remote mosque of which We have blessed the precincts, so that We
may show to him some of Our signs; surely He is the Hearing, the
[17.2] And We gave Musa the Book and made it a guidance
to the children of Israel, saying: Do not take a protector
[17.3] The offspring of those whom We bore with Nuh;
surely he was a grateful servant.
[17.4] And We had made known to the children of Israel in
the Book: Most certainly you will make mischief in the land
twice, and most certainly you will behave insolently with great
[17.5] So when the promise for the first of the two came,
We sent over you Our servants, of mighty prowess, so they went
to and fro among the houses, and it was a promise to be
[17.6] Then We gave you back the turn to prevail against
them, and aided you with wealth and children and made you a
[17.7] If you do good, you will do good for your own
souls, and if you do evil, it shall be for them. So when the
second promise came (We raised another people) that they may
bring you to grief and that they may enter the mosque as they
entered it the first time, and that they might destroy whatever
they gained ascendancy over with utter destruction.
[17.8] It may be that your Lord will have mercy on you,
and if you again return (to disobedience) We too will return (to
punishment), and We have made hell a prison for the unbelievers.
[17.9] Surely this Quran guides to that which is most
upright and gives good news to the believers who do good that
they shall have a great reward.
[17.10] And that (as for) those who do not believe in the
hereafter, We have prepared for them a painful chastisement.
[17.11] And man prays for evil as he ought to pray for
good, and man is ever hasty.
[17.12] And We have made the night and the day two signs,
then We have made the sign of the night to pass away and We have
made the sign of the day manifest, so that you may seek grace
from your Lord, and that you might know the numbering of years
and the reckoning; and We have explained everything with
[17.13] And We have made every man's actions to cling to
his neck, and We will bring forth to him on the resurrection day
a book which he will find wide open:
[17.14] Read your book; your own self is sufficient as a
reckoner against you this day.
[17.15] Whoever goes aright, for his own soul does he go
aright; and whoever goes astray, to its detriment only does he
go astray: nor can the bearer of a burden bear the burden of
another, nor do We chastise until We raise an apostle.
[17.16] And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our
commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they
transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We
destroy it with utter destruction.
[17.17] And how many of the generations did We destroy
after Nuh! and your Lord is sufficient as Knowing and Seeing
with regard to His servants' faults.
[17.18] Whoever desires this present life, We hasten to
him therein what We please for whomsoever We desire, then We
assign to him the hell; he shall enter it despised, driven away.
[17.19] And whoever desires the hereafter and strives for
it as he ought to strive and he is a believer; (as for) these,
their striving shall surely be accepted.
[17.20] All do We aid-- these as well as those-- out of
the bounty of your Lord, and the bounty of your Lord is not
[17.21] See how We have made some of them to excel
others, and certainly the hereafter is much superior in respect
[17.22] Do not associate with Allah any other god, lest
you sit down despised, neglected.
[17.23] And your Lord has commanded that you shall not
serve (any) but Him, and goodness to your parents. If either or
both of them reach old age with you, say not to them (so much
as) "Ugh" nor chide them, and speak to them a generous word.
[17.24] And make yourself submissively gentle to them
with compassion, and say: O my Lord! have compassion on them, as
they brought me up (when I was) little.
[17.25] Your Lord knows best what is in your minds; if
you are good, then He is surely Forgiving to those who turn (to
[17.26] And give to the near of kin his due and (to) the
needy and the wayfarer, and do not squander wastefully.
[17.27] Surely the squanderers are the fellows of the
Shaitans and the Shaitan is ever ungrateful to his Lord.
[17.28] And if you turn away from them to seek mercy from
your Lord, which you hope for, speak to them a gentle word.
[17.29] And do not make your hand to be shackled to your
neck nor stretch it forth to the utmost (limit) of its
stretching forth, lest you should (afterwards) sit down blamed,
[17.30] Surely your Lord makes plentiful the means of
subsistence for whom He pleases and He straitens (them); surely
He is ever Aware of, Seeing, His servants.
[17.31] And do not kill your children for fear of
poverty; We give them sustenance and yourselves (too); surely to
kill them is a great wrong.
[17.32] And go not nigh to fornication; surely it is an
indecency and an evil way.
[17.33] And do not kill any one whom Allah has forbidden,
except for a just cause, and whoever is slain unjustly, We have
indeed given to his heir authority, so let him not exceed the
just limits in slaying; surely he is aided.
[17.34] And draw not near to the property of the orphan
except in a goodly way till he attains his maturity and fulfill
the promise; surely (every) promise shall be questioned about.
[17.35] And give full measure when you measure out, and
weigh with a true balance; this is fair and better in the end.
[17.36] And follow not that of which you have not the
knowledge; surely the hearing and the sight and the heart, all
of these, shall be questioned about that.
[17.37] And do not go about in the land exultingly, for
you cannot cut through the earth nor reach the mountains in
[17.38] All this-- the evil of it-- is hateful in the
sight of your Lord.
[17.39] This is of what your Lord has revealed to you of
wisdom, and do not associate any other god with Allah lest you
should be thrown into hell, blamed, cast away.
[17.40] What! has then your Lord preferred to give you
sons, and (for Himself) taken daughters from among the angels?
Most surely you utter a grievous saying.
[17.41] And certainly We have repeated (warnings) in this
Quran that they may be mindful, but it does not add save to
[17.42] Say: If there were with Him gods as they say,
then certainly they would have been able to seek a way to the
Lord of power.
[17.43] Glory be to Him and exalted be He in high
exaltation above what they say.
[17.44] The seven heavens declare His glory and the earth
(too), and those who are in them; and there is not a single
thing but glorifies Him with His praise, but you do not
understand their glorification; surely He is Forbearing,
[17.45] And when you recite the Quran, We place between
you and those who do not believe in the hereafter a hidden
[17.46] And We have placed coverings on their hearts and
a heaviness in their ears lest they understand it, and when you
mention your Lord alone in the Quran they turn their backs in
[17.47] We know best what they listen to when they listen
to you, and when they take counsel secretly, when the unjust
say: You follow only a man deprived of reason.
[17.48] See what they liken you to! So they have gone
astray and cannot find the way.
[17.49] And they say: What! when we shall have become
bones and decayed particles, shall we then certainly be raised
up, being a new creation?
[17.50] Say: Become stones or iron,
[17.51] Or some other creature of those which are too
hard (to receive life) in your minds! But they will say: Who
will return us? Say: Who created you at first. Still they will
shake their heads at you and say: When will it be? Say: Maybe it
has drawn nigh.
[17.52] On the day when He will call you forth, then
shall you obey Him, giving Him praise, and you will think that
you tarried but a little (while).
[17.53] And say to My servants (that) they speak that
which is best; surely the Shaitan sows dissensions among them;
surely the Shaitan is an open enemy to man.
[17.54] Your Lord knows you best; He will have mercy on
you if He pleases, or He will chastise you if He pleases; and We
have not sent you as being in charge of them.
[17.55] And your Lord best knows those who are in the
heavens and the earth; and certainly We have made some of the
prophets to excel others, and to Dawood We gave a scripture.
[17.56] Say: Call on those whom you assert besides Him,
so they shall not control the removal of distress from you nor
[17.57] Those whom they call upon, themselves seek the
means of access to their Lord-- whoever of them is nearest-- and
they hope for His mercy and fear His chastisement; surely the
chastisement of your Lord is a thing to be cautious of.
[17.58] And there is not a town but We will destroy it
before the day of resurrection or chastise it with a severe
chastisement; this is written in the Divine ordinance.
[17.59] And nothing could have hindered Us that We should
send signs except that the ancients rejected them; and We gave
to Samood the she-camel-- a manifest sign-- but on her account
they did injustice, and We do not send signs but to make (men)
[17.60] And when We said to you: Surely your Lord
encompasses men; and We did not make the vision which We showed
you but a trial for men and the cursed tree in the Quran as
well; and We cause them to fear, but it only adds to their great
[17.61] And when We said to the angels: Make obeisance to
Adam; they made obeisance, but Iblis (did it not). He said:
Shall I make obeisance to him whom Thou hast created of dust?
[17.62] He said: Tell me, is this he whom Thou hast
honored above me? If Thou shouldst respite me to the day of
resurrection, I will most certainly cause his progeny to perish
except a few.
[17.63] He said: Be gone! for whoever of them will follow
you, then surely hell is your recompense, a full recompense:
[17.64] And beguile whomsoever of them you can with your
voice, and collect against them your forces riding and on foot,
and share with them in wealth and children, and hold out
promises to them; and the Shaitan makes not promises to them but
[17.65] Surely (as for) My servants, you have no
authority over them; and your Lord is sufficient as a Protector.
[17.66] Your Lord is He Who speeds the ships for you in
the sea that you may seek of His grace; surely He is ever
Merciful to you.
[17.67] And when distress afflicts you in the sea, away
go those whom you call on except He; but when He brings you safe
to the land, you turn aside; and man is ever ungrateful.
[17.68] What! Do you then feel secure that He will not
cause a tract of land to engulf you or send on you a tornado?
Then you shall not find a protector for yourselves.
[17.69] Or, do you feel secure that He will (not) take
you back into it another time, then send on you a fierce gale
and thus drown you on account of your ungratefulness? Then you
shall not find any aider against Us in the matter.
[17.70] And surely We have honored the children of Adam,
and We carry them in the land and the sea, and We have given
them of the good things, and We have made them to excel by an
appropriate excellence over most of those whom We have created.
[17.71] (Remember) the day when We will call every people
with their Imam; then whoever is given his book in his right
hand, these shall read their book; and they shall not be dealt
with a whit unjustly.
[17.72] And whoever is blind in this, he shall (also) be
blind in the hereafter; and more erring from the way.
[17.73] And surely they had purposed to turn you away
from that which We have revealed to you, that you should forge
against Us other than that, and then they would certainly have
taken you for a friend.
[17.74] And had it not been that We had already
established you, you would certainly have been near to incline
to them a little;
[17.75] In that case We would certainly have made you to
taste a double (punishment) in this life and a double
(punishment) after death, then you would not have found any
helper against Us.
[17.76] And.surely they purposed to unsettle you from the
land that they might expel you from it, and in that case they
will not tarry behind you but a little.
[17.77] (This is Our) course with regard to those of Our
apostles whom We sent before you, and you shall not find a
change in Our course.
[17.78] Keep up prayer from the declining of the sun till
the darkness of the night and the morning recitation; surely the
morning recitation is witnessed.
[17.79] And during a part of the night, pray Tahajjud
beyond what is incumbent on you; maybe your Lord will raise you
to a position of great glory.
[17.80] And say: My Lord! make me to enter a goodly
entering, and cause me to go forth a goodly going forth, and
grant me from near Thee power to assist (me).
[17.81] And say: The truth has come and the falsehood has
vanished; surely falsehood is a vanishing (thing).
[17.82] And We reveal of the Quran that which is a
healing and a mercy to the believers, and it adds only to the
perdition of the unjust.
[17.83] And when We bestow favor on man, he turns aside
and behaves proudly, and when evil afflicts him, he is
[17.84] Say: Every one acts according to his manner; but
your Lord best knows who is best guided in the path.
[17.85] And they ask you about the soul. Say: The soul is
one of the commands of my Lord, and you are not given aught of
knowledge but a little.
[17.86] And if We please, We should certainly take away
that which We have revealed to you, then you would not find for
it any protector against Us.
[17.87] But on account of mercy from your Lord-- surely
His grace to you is abundant.
[17.88] Say: If men and jinn should combine together to
bring the like of this Quran, they could not bring the like of
it, though some of them were aiders of others.
[17.89] And certainly We have explained for men in this
Quran every kind of similitude, but most men do not consent to
aught but denying.
[17.90] And they say: We will by no means believe in you
until you cause a fountain to gush forth from the earth for us.
[17.91] Or you should have a garden of palms and grapes
in the midst of which you should cause rivers to flow forth,
[17.92] Or you should cause the heaven to come down upon
us in pieces as you think, or bring Allah and the angels face to
face (with us).
[17.93] Or you should have a house of gold, or you should
ascend into heaven, and we will not believe in your ascending
until you bring down to us a book which we may read. Say: Glory
be to my Lord; am I aught but a mortal apostle?
[17.94] And nothing prevented people from believing when
the guidance came to them except that they said: What! has Allah
raised up a mortal to be an apostle?
[17.95] Say: Had there been in the earth angels walking
about as settlers, We would certainly have sent down to them
from the heaven an angel as an apostle.
[17.96] Say: Allah suffices as a witness between me and
you; surely He is Aware of His servants, Seeing.
[17.97] And whomsoever Allah guides, he is the follower
of the right way, and whomsoever He causes to err, you shall not
find for him guardians besides Him; and We will gather them
together on the day of resurrection on their faces, blind and
dumb and deaf; their abode is hell; whenever it becomes allayed
We will add to their burning.
[17.98] This is their retribution because they
disbelieved in Our communications and said What! when we shall
have become bones and decayed particles, shall we then indeed be
raised up into a new creation?
[17.99] Do they not consider that Allah, Who created the
heavens and the earth, is able to create their like, and He has
appointed for them a doom about which there is no doubt? But the
unjust do not consent to aught but denying.
[17.100] Say: If you control the treasures of the mercy
of my Lord, then you would withhold (them) from fear of
spending, and man is niggardly.
[17.101] And certainly We gave Musa nine clear signs; so
ask the children of Israel. When he came to them, Firon said to
him: Most surely I deem you, O Musa, to be a man deprived of
[17.102] He said: Truly you know that none but the Lord
of the heavens and the earth has sent down these as clear proof
and most surely I believe you, O Firon, to be given over to
[17.103] So he desired to destroy them out of the earth,
but We drowned him and those with him all together;
[17.104] And We said to the Israelites after him: Dwell
in the land: and when the promise of the next life shall come to
pass, we will bring you both together in judgment.
[17.105] And with truth have We revealed it, and with
truth did it come; and We have not sent you but as the giver of
good news and as a warner.
[17.106] And it is a Quran which We have revealed in
portions so that you may read it to the people by slow degrees,
and We have revealed it, revealing in portions.
[17.107] Say: Believe in it or believe not; surely those
who are given the knowledge before it fall down on their faces,
making obeisance when it is recited to them.
[17.108] And they say: Glory be to our Lord! most surely
the promise of our Lord was to be fulfilled.
[17.109] And they fall down on their faces weeping, and
it adds to their humility.
[17.110] Say: Call upon Allah or call upon, the
Beneficent God; whichever you call upon, He has the best names;
and do not utter your prayer with a very raised voice nor be
silent with regard to it, and seek a way between these.
[17.111] And say: (All) praise is due to Allah, Who has
not taken a son and Who has not a partner in the kingdom, and
Who has not a helper to save Him from disgrace; and proclaim His
greatness magnifying (Him).