Al-Isra (The Night Trip)
(17:0) In the name of God, the Gracious, the Compassionate.
(17:1) Glory be to the One who took His servant by night from the Restricted Temple to the most distant temple which We had blessed around, so that We may show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearer, the Seer.
(17:4) We decreed to the Children of Israel in the book, that you will make corruption twice on earth, and that you will reach the zenith of arrogance.
(17:5) So, when the promise of the first one comes to pass, We would send against you servants of Ours who are very powerful, thus they managed to breach your very homes, and this was a promise which has come to pass.
(17:6) Then We gave back to you your independence from them, and We supplied you with wealth and children, and We made you more influential.
(17:7) If you do good, then it will be good for you, and if you do bad, then so be it. But when the promise of the second time comes, they will make your faces filled with sorrow and they will enter the Temple as they did the first time, and they will strike down all that was raised up.
(17:8) Perhaps your Lord will have mercy on you, and if you revert then so will We. We made hell a prison for the ingrates.
(17:9) This Quran guides to what is more upright, and it gives glad tidings to those who acknowledge, those who do good work that they will have a great reward.
(17:10) For those who do not acknowledge the Hereafter, We have prepared for them a painful retribution.
(17:11) The human invites to evil with his invitation to good, and the human became hasty.
(17:12) We made the night and the day as two signs, so We erased the sign of night and We made the sign of day manifest, that you may seek bounty from your Lord, and that you may know the number of the years and the count. Everything We have detailed meticulously.
(17:13) We have attached every human's deeds to his own neck, and We bring forth for him a book on the day of Resurrection which he will find on display.
(17:14) Read your book! Today, you suffice as a reckoner against yourself.
(17:15) Whoever is guided is guided for himself, and whoever is misguided is for his own loss. No person shall carry the load of another, and We were not to punish until We send a messenger.
(17:16) If We wish to destroy a town, We allow its privileged hedonists to rule it, then they commit evil in it, then it deserves the punishment, then We destroy it completely.
(17:18) Whoever seeks the life of haste, We will hasten for Him what he wishes, then We will make hell for him a place which he will reach disgraced and rejected.
(17:19) Whoever seeks the Hereafter and strives for it as it deserves, and is an acknowledging person, then their effort is appreciated.
(17:20) For both groups We will bestow from the bounty of your Lord. The bounty of your Lord is never restricted.
(17:21) See how We have preferred some of them over the others; and in the Hereafter are greater levels, and greater preference.
(17:22) Do not set up with God another god; or you will find yourself disgraced, abandoned.
(17:23) Your Lord decreed that you shall not serve except Him, and do good to your parents. When one of them or both of them reaches old age, do not say to them a word of disrespect nor raise your voice at them, but say to them a kind saying.
(17:24) Lower for them the wing of humility through mercy, and say, "My Lord, have mercy upon them as they have raised me when I was small."
(17:25) Your Lord is fully aware of what is in yourselves. If you are good, then He is to those who repent a Forgiver.
(17:26) Give the relative his due, and the poor, and the wayfarer; and do not waste excessively.
(17:27) Those who waste excessively are brothers to the devils, and the devil was an unappreciative of his Lord.
(17:28) If you turn away from them to seek a mercy from your Lord which you desire, then say to them a gentle saying.
(17:29) Do not make your hand stingy by holding it to your neck, nor shall you make it fully open so you become in despair and regret.
(17:30) Your Lord lays out openly the provision for whom He wishes, and He is able to do so. He is Ever-aware and Watcher to His servants.
(17:31) Do not kill your born children out of fear of poverty; We shall provide for you and them. The killing of them was a big mistake.
(17:32) Do not go near adultery, for it is a sin and an evil path.
(17:33) Do not kill, for God has made this forbidden, except in the course of justice. Whoever is killed unjustly, then We have given his heir authority. Since he received help let him not transgress in the taking of a life.
(17:34) Do not go near the orphan's money, except for what is best, until he reaches maturity. Fulfill your oath, for the oath brings responsibility.
(17:35) Give full measure when you deal, and weigh with a balance that is straight. That is good and better in the end.
(17:36) Do not uphold what you have no knowledge of. For the hearing, eyesight, and mind, all these are held responsible for that.
(17:37) Do not walk in the land arrogantly, for you will not penetrate the earth, nor will you reach the mountains in height.
(17:38) All of this is bad, and disliked by your Lord.
(17:39) That is from what your Lord has inspired to you of the wisdom. Do not make with God another god, or you will be cast into hell, blameworthy and rejected.
(17:40) Has your Lord preferred for you the males, while He takes the females as Angels? You are indeed saying a great thing!
(17:41) We have cited in this Quran so they may remember, but it only increases their aversion!
(17:42) Say, "If there had been gods with Him as they say, then they would have tried to gain a way to the Possessor of Authority."
(17:43) Be He glorified and high above from what they say.
(17:44) He is glorified by the seven heavens and the earth and who is in them, and there is not a thing but it glorifies His praise, but you do not understand their glorification. He is Compassionate, Forgiving.
(17:45) When you study the Quran, We place between you and those who do not acknowledge the Hereafter an invisible barrier.
(17:46) We place shields over their hearts, that they should not understand it, and deafness in their ears. If you mention your Lord in the Quran alone, they run away turning their backs in aversion.
(17:47) We are fully aware of what they are listening to when they are listening to you, and when they conspire secretly the wicked say, "You are but following a bewitched man!"
(17:48) See how they cite the examples for you. They have gone astray, and cannot come to the path.
(17:49) They said, "When we are bones and fragments, will we then be resurrected to a new creation?"
(17:50) Say, "Even if you be stones or iron."
(17:51) "Or a creation that is held dear in your chests." They will say, "Who will return us?" Say, "The One who initiated you the first time." They will shake their heads to you and say, "When is this?" Say, "Perhaps it is near."
(17:52) The day He calls you and you respond by His grace, and you think that you only stayed a little while.
(17:53) Say to My servants to speak what is best. The devil plants animosity between them. The devil was to the people a clear enemy.
(17:54) Your Lord is fully aware of you, if He wishes He will have mercy on you, or if He wishes He will punish you. We have not sent you as a guardian over them.
(17:56) Say, "Call on those you have claimed besides Him. For they have no power to remove harm from you or shift it."
(17:57) The ones they call on, they are themselves seeking a path to their Lord which is nearer, and they desire His mercy, and they fear His retribution. The retribution of your Lord is to be feared!
(17:59) The rejection of previous people did not stop Us from sending the signs. We sent to Thamud the camel with foresight, but they did her wrong. We do not send the signs except to alert.
(17:60) We had said to you: "Your Lord has encompassed the people." We did not make the vision that We showed you except as a test for the people, and the tree that was cursed in the Quran. We alert them, but it only increases their transgression.
(17:62) He said, "Shall I show You this one whom You have preferred over me, that if You respite me until the day of Resurrection, I will destroy his progeny, except for a few."
(17:63) He said, "Go, and whoever follows you from them. Hell shall be the reward to you all, a reward well deserved."
(17:64) "Mobilize whoever you can of them with your voice, and mobilize all your forces and men against them, and you may share with them in their money and children, and promise them." But the devil promises nothing but deceit.
(17:65) "As for My servants, you will have no power over them." Your Lord suffices as a Caretaker.
(17:66) Your Lord is the One Who drives the ships for you in the sea so that you may seek of His bounty. He is Compassionate towards you.
(17:67) When harm should afflict you at sea, then all those whom you called on besides Him suddenly vanish from you except for Him. So when He saves you to dry land, you turn away. The people are ever ungrateful.
(17:68) Are you confident that He will not cause this side of the land to swallow you up, or that He would not send a violent storm against you? Then you will find no caretaker for yourselves.
(17:69) Or are you confident that He would not send you back again in it, then He would send against you a violent wind and cause you to drown for your rejection? Then you will not find a pursuer against Us.
(17:71) The day We call every people by their record. Then, whoever are given their book by their right, they will read their book, and they will not be wronged in the least.
(17:72) Whosoever is blind in this, then he will be blind in the Hereafter and more astray from the path.
(17:73) They nearly diverted you from what We inspired to you so that you would fabricate something different against Us, and then they would have taken you as a friend!
(17:74) If We had not made you stand firm, you were about to lean towards them a little bit.
(17:75) Then, We would have made you taste double the retribution in this life and double the retribution in death. Then you would not find for yourself any victor against Us.
(17:76) They nearly enticed you to drive you out of the land. But in that case, they would have shortly been destroyed after you were gone.
(17:77) This is the way of those whom We sent before you of Our messengers. You will not find any change in Our way.
(17:78) You shall hold the contact prayer at the setting of the sun, until the darkness of the night; and the Quran at dawn, the Quran at dawn has been witnessed.
(17:79) From the night you shall reflect upon it additionally for yourself, perhaps your Lord would grant you to a high rank.
(17:80) Say, "My Lord, admit me an entrance of truth and let me exit an exit of truth, and grant me from Yourself a victorious authority."
(17:81) Say, "The truth has come and falsehood has perished. Falsehood is always bound to perish!"
(17:82) We send down from the Quran what is a healing and mercy to those who acknowledge. It only increases the wicked in their loss.
(17:83) When We bless the human being, he turns away and turns his side. But when adversity touches him, he is ever in despair!
(17:84) Say, "Let each work according to his own. Your Lord is fully aware of who is best guided to the path."
(17:85) They ask you concerning the Spirit. Say, "The Spirit is from the command of my Lord, and the knowledge you were given was but very little."
(17:86) If We wished, We would take away what We have inspired to you. Then you would not find for yourself with it against Us a caretaker.
(17:87) Except for a mercy from your Lord. His favor upon you has been great.
(17:88) Say, "If all the humans and the Jinn were to gather to bring a Quran like this, they could not come with its like, even if they were helping one another."
(17:89) We have cited to the people in this Quran of every example, but most of the people refuse to be anything but ingrates!
(17:90) They said, "We will not acknowledge you until you cause a spring of water to burst from the land"
(17:91) "Or that you have a garden of palm trees and grapes, and you cause gushing rivers to burst through it."
(17:92) "Or that you make the sky fall upon us in pieces as you claimed, or that you bring God and the angels before us."
(17:93) "Or that you have a luxurious mansion, or that you can ascend into the heavens. We will not acknowledge your ascension unless you bring for us a book that we can study." Say, "Glory be to my Lord. Am I anything other than a human messenger!"
(17:94) Nothing stopped the people from acknowledging when the guidance came to them, except they said, "Has God sent a human messenger?"
(17:95) Say, "If the earth had angels walking about at ease, We would have sent down to them from heaven an angel as a messenger."
(17:96) Say, "God suffices as a witness between me and you. He is Ever-aware and Watcher over His servants."
(17:97) Whomever God guides is the truly guided one. Whomever He misguides then you will not find for them any allies except for Him. We gather them on the day of Resurrection on their faces, blind, mute, and deaf; their abode will be hell. Every time it dies down, We increase for them the fire.
(17:98) Such is their recompense that they rejected Our signs, and they said, "If we are bones and fragments, will we be sent into a new creation?"
(17:99) Did they not see that God who has created the heavens and the earth is able to create their like? He has made an appointed time for them in which there is no doubt. But the wicked refuse anything except rejection.
(17:100) Say, "If you were the ones possessing the vaults of my Lord's mercy, you would have held back for fear of spending. The human being became stingy!"
(17:102) He said, "You know that no one has sent these down except for the Lord of the heavens and the earth as visible proofs. I think that you Pharaoh are doomed!"
(17:103) So he wanted to entice them out of the land. But We drowned him and all those with him.
(17:104) We said after him to the Children of Israel: "Dwell in the land, then, when the time of the second promise comes, We will bring you all together as a mixed crowd."
(17:105) It is with truth that We have sent it down, and with truth it came down. We have not sent you except as a bearer of good news and a warner.
(17:106) A Quran/Recitation that We have separated, so that you may relate it to the people over time; and We have brought it down gradually.
(17:107) Say, "Acknowledge it or do not acknowledge. Those who have been given the knowledge before it, when it is recited to them, they fall to their chins prostrating.
(17:108) They say, "Praise be to our Lord. Truly, the promise of our Lord was fulfilled."
(17:109) They fall upon their chins crying, and it increases them in humility.
(17:110) Say, "Call on God or call on the Gracious. Whichever it is you call on, to Him are the best names." Do not be loud/public in your contact prayer, nor quiet/private; but seek a path in between.
(17:111) Say, "Praise is to God, who has not taken a son, nor does He have a partner in sovereignty, nor does He have an ally out of weakness." Glorify Him greatly.