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al-Isra` (Children of Israel, The Israelites)
as rendered by Ali Quli Qara'i
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Ali Quli Qara'i rendition of Surah Children of Israel, The Israelites(al-Isra`)
17:1 Immaculate is He who carried His servant on a journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque whose environs We have blessed, that We might show him some of Our signs. Indeed He is the All-hearing, the All-seeing
17:2 We gave Moses the Book, and made it a guide for the Children of Israel —[saying,] ‘Do not take any trustee besides Me’&mdash
17:3 descendants of those whom We carried [in the ark] with Noah. Indeed he was a grateful servant
17:4 We revealed to the Children of Israel in the Book: ‘Twice you will cause corruption on the earth, and you will perpetrate great tyranny.&rsquo
17:5 So when the first occasion of the two [prophecies] came, We aroused against you Our servants possessing great might, and they ransacked [your] habitations, and the promise was bound to be fulfilled
17:6 Then We gave you back the turn [to prevail] over them, and We aided you with children and wealth, and made you greater in number
17:7 [saying,] ‘If you do good, you will do good to your [own] souls, and if you do evil, it will be [evil] for them.’ So when the occasion for the other [prophecy] comes, they will make your faces wretched, and enter the Temple just as they entered it the first time, and utterly destroy whatever they come upon
17:8 Maybe your Lord will have mercy on you, but if you revert, We [too] will revert, and We have made hell a prison for the faithless
17:9 Indeed this Qur’an guides to what is most upright, and gives the good news to the faithful who do righteous deeds that there is a great reward for them
17:10 As for those who do not believe in the Hereafter, We have prepared a painful punishment for them
17:11 Man prays for ill as [avidly as] he prays for good, and man is overhasty
17:12 We made the night and the day two signs. Then We effaced the sign of the night, and made the sign of the day lightsome that you may seek grace from your Lord and that you may know the number of years and the calculation [of time], and We have elaborated everything in detail
17:13 We have attached every person’s omen to his neck, and We shall bring it out for him on the Day of Resurrection as a wide open book that he will encounter
17:14 ‘Read your book! Today your soul suffices as your own reckoner.&rsquo
17:15 Whoever is guided is guided only for [the good of] his own soul, and whoever goes astray, goes astray only to its detriment. No bearer shall bear another’s burden. We do not punish [any community] until We have sent [it] an apostle
17:16 And when We desire to destroy a town We command its affluent ones [to obey Allah]. But they commit transgression in it, and so the word becomes due against it, and We destroy it utterly
17:17 How many generations We have destroyed since Noah! Your Lord suffices as one well aware and percipient of His servants’ sins
17:18 Whoever desires this transitory life, We expedite for him therein whatever We wish, for whomever We desire. Then We appoint hell for him, to enter it, blameful and spurned
17:19 Whoever desires the Hereafter and strives for it with an endeavour worthy of it, should he be faithful —the endeavour of such will be well-appreciated
17:20 To these and to those—to all We extend the bounty of your Lord, and the bounty of your Lord is not confined
17:21 Observe how We have given some of them an advantage over some others; yet the Hereafter is surely greater in respect of ranks and greater in respect of relative merit
17:22 Do not set up another god besides Allah, or you will sit blameworthy, forsaken
17:23 Your Lord has decreed that you shall not worship anyone except Him, and [He has enjoined] kindness to parents. Should they reach old age at your side —one of them or both— do not say to them, ‘Fie!’ And do not chide them, but speak to them noble words
17:24 Lower the wing of humility to them, out of mercy, and say, ‘My Lord! Have mercy on them, just as they reared me when I was [a] small [child]!&rsquo
17:25 Your Lord knows best what is in your hearts. Should you be righteous, He is indeed most forgiving toward penitents
17:26 Give the relatives their [due] right, and the needy and the traveller [as well], but do not squander wastefully
17:27 Indeed the wasteful are brothers of satans, and Satan is ungrateful to his Lord
17:28 And if you have to overlook them [for now], seeking the mercy of your Lord which you expect [in the future], speak to them gentle words
17:29 Do not keep your hand chained to your neck, nor open it altogether, or you will sit blameworthy, regretful
17:30 Indeed your Lord expands the provision for whomever He wishes, and tightens it. Indeed He is well aware and percipient of His servants
17:31 Do not kill your children for the fear of penury: We will provide for them and for you. Killing them is indeed a great iniquity
17:32 Do not approach fornication. It is indeed an indecency and an evil way
17:33 Do not kill a soul [whose life] Allah has made inviolable, except with due cause, and whoever is killed wrongfully, We have certainly given his heir an authority. But let him not commit any excess in killing, for he enjoys the support [of law]
17:34 Do not approach the orphan’s property except in the best manner until he comes of age. And fulfill the covenants; indeed all covenants are accountable
17:35 When you measure, observe fully the measure, [and] weigh with an even balance. That is better and fairer in outcome
17:36 Do not follow that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed the hearing, the eyesight, and the heart —all of these are accountable
17:37 Do not walk exultantly on the earth. Indeed you will neither pierce the earth, nor reach the mountains in height
17:38 The evil of all these is detestable to your Lord
17:39 These are among [precepts] that your Lord has revealed to you of wisdom. Do not set up another god besides Allah, or you will be cast into hell, blameworthy, banished
17:40 Did your Lord prefer you for sons, and [Himself] adopt females from among the angels? Indeed you say a monstrous word
17:41 Certainly We have paraphrased [the principles of guidance] in this Qur’an so that they may take admonition, but it increases them only in aversion
17:42 Say, ‘Were there [other] gods besides Him, as they say, they would surely encroach on the Lord of the Throne
17:43 Immaculate is He, and greatly exalted above what they say!&rsquo
17:44 The seven heavens glorify Him, and the earth [too], and whoever is in them. There is not a thing but celebrates His praise, but you do not understand their glorification. Indeed He is all-forbearing, all-forgiving
17:45 When you recite the Qur’an, We draw between you and those who do not believe in the Hereafter a hidden curtain
17:46 and We cast veils on their hearts, lest they should understand it, and a deafness into their ears. When you mention your Lord alone in the Qur’an, they turn their backs in aversion
17:47 We know best what they listen for, when they listen to you, and when they hold secret talks, when the wrongdoers say, ‘[If you follow him] You will be following just a bewitched man.&rsquo
17:48 Look, how they coin epithets for you; so they go astray, and cannot find a way
17:49 They say, ‘What, when we have become bones and dust, shall we really be raised in a new creation?&rsquo
17:50 Say, ‘Should you be stones, or iron
17:51 or a creature more fantastic to your minds!’ They will say, ‘Who will bring us back?’ Say, ‘He who originated you the first time.’ They will nod their heads at you, and say, ‘When will that be?’ Say, ‘Maybe it is near
17:52 The day He calls you, you will respond to Him, praising Him, and you will think you remained only a little.&rsquo
17:53 Tell My servants to speak in a manner which is the best. Indeed Satan incites ill feeling between them, and Satan is indeed man’s manifest enemy
17:54 Your Lord knows you best. He will have mercy on you, if He wishes, or punish you, if He wishes, and We did not send you to watch over them
17:55 Your Lord knows best whoever is in the heavens and the earth. Certainly We gave some prophets an advantage over others, and We gave David the Psalms
17:56 Say, ‘Invoke those whom you claim [to be gods] besides Him. They have no power to remove your distress nor to bring about any change [in your state]
17:57 They [themselves] are the ones who supplicate, seeking a recourse to their Lord, whoever is nearer [to Him], expecting His mercy and fearing His punishment.’ Indeed your Lord’s punishment is a thing to beware of
17:58 There is not a town but We will destroy it before the Day of Resurrection, or punish it with a severe punishment. That has been written in the Book
17:59 Nothing keeps Us from sending signs except that the ancients denied them. We gave Thamud the she-camel as an eye-opener, but they wronged her. We do not send the signs except for deterrence
17:60 When We said to you, ‘Indeed your Lord comprehends all mankind,’ We did not appoint the vision that We showed you except as a test for the people and the tree cursed in the Qur’an. We deter them, but it only increases them in great rebellion
17:61 When We said to the angels, ‘Prostrate before Adam,’ they [all] prostrated, but not Iblis: he said, ‘Shall I prostrate before someone whom You have created from clay?&rsquo
17:62 Said he, ‘Do You see this one whom You have honoured above me? If You respite me until the Day of Resurrection, I will surely destroy his progeny, [all] except a few.&rsquo
17:63 Said He, ‘Begone! Whoever of them follows you, indeed the hell shall be your requital, an ample reward
17:64 Instigate whomever of them you can with your voice; and rally against them your cavalry and your infantry, and share with them in wealth and children, and make promises to them!’ But Satan promises them nothing but delusion
17:65 ‘As for My servants, you shall have no authority over them.’ And your Lord suffices as trustee
17:66 Your Lord is He who drives for you the ships in the sea, that you may seek His grace. Indeed He is most merciful to you
17:67 And when distress befalls you at sea, those whom you invoke besides Him are forsaken. But when He delivers you to land, you are disregardful [of Him]. And man is very ungrateful
17:68 Do you feel secure that He will not make the coastland swallow you, or He will not unleash upon you a rain of stones? Then you will not find any defender for yourselves
17:69 Do you feel secure that He will not send you back into it another time and unleash against you a shattering gale and drown you because of your unfaith? Then you will not find for yourselves any redresser against Us
17:70 Certainly We have honoured the Children of Adam, and carried them over land and sea, and provided them with all the good things, and given them an advantage over many of those We have created with a complete preference
17:71 The day We shall summon every group of people with their imam, then whoever is given his book in his right hand —they will read it, and they will not be wronged so much as a single date-thread
17:72 But whoever has been blind in this [world], will be blind in the Hereafter, and [even] more astray from the [right] way
17:73 They were about to beguile you from what Allah has revealed to you so that you may fabricate against Us something other than that, whereat they would have befriended you
17:74 Had We not fortified you, certainly you might have inclined toward them a bit
17:75 Then We would have surely made you taste a double [punishment] in this life and a double [punishment] after death, and then you would have not found for yourself any helper against Us
17:76 They were about to hound you out of the land, to expel you from it, but then they would not have stayed after you but a little
17:77 A precedent of those We have sent from among Our apostles before you, and you will not find any change in Our precedent
17:78 Maintain the prayer from the sun’s decline till the darkness of the night, and [observe particularly] the dawn recital. Indeed the dawn recital is attended [by angels]
17:79 And keep vigil for a part of the night, as a supererogatory [devotion] for you. It may be that your Lord will raise you to a praiseworthy station
17:80 And say, ‘My Lord! ‘Admit me with a worthy entrance, and bring me out with a worthy departure, and render me a favourable authority from Yourself.&rsquo
17:81 And say, ‘The truth has come, and falsehood has vanished. Indeed falsehood is bound to vanish.&rsquo
17:82 We send down in the Qur’an that which is a cure and mercy for the faithful; and it increases the wrongdoers only in loss
17:83 When We bless man, he is disregardful and turns aside; but when an ill befalls him, he is despondent
17:84 Say, ‘Everyone acts according to his character. Your Lord knows best who is better guided with regard to the way.&rsquo
17:85 They question you concerning the Spirit. Say, ‘The Spirit is of the command of my Lord, and you have not been given of the knowledge except a few [of you].&rsquo
17:86 If We wish, We would take away what We have revealed to you. Then you would not find for yourself any defender against Us
17:87 except a mercy from your Lord. Indeed His grace has been great upon you
17:88 Say, ‘Should all humans and jinn rally to bring the like of this Qur’an, they will not bring the like of it, even if they assisted one another.&rsquo
17:89 We have certainly interspersed for the people this Qur’an with every [kind of] parable, but most people are only intent on ingratitude
17:90 They say, ‘We will not believe you until you make a spring gush forth for us from the ground
17:91 Or until you have a garden of date palms and vines and you make streams gush through it
17:92 Or until you cause the sky to fall in fragments upon us, just as you would aver. Or until you bring Allah and the angels [right] in front of us
17:93 Or until you have a house of gold, or you ascend into the sky. And we will not believe your ascension until you bring down for us a book that we may read.’ Say, ‘Immaculate is my Lord! Am I anything but a human, an apostle?!&rsquo
17:94 Nothing kept the people from believing when guidance came to them, but their saying, ‘Has Allah sent a human as an apostle?!&rsquo
17:95 Say, ‘Had there been angels in the earth, walking around and residing [in it like humans do], We would have sent down to them from the heaven an angel as apostle.&rsquo
17:96 Say, ‘Allah suffices as a witness between me and you. Indeed He is well aware and percipient of His servants.&rsquo
17:97 Whomever Allah guides is rightly guided, and whomever He leads astray you will never find them any guardians besides Him. On the Day of Resurrection, We shall muster them [scrambling] on their faces, blind, dumb, and deaf. Their refuge shall be hell. Whenever it subsides, We shall intensify the blaze for them
17:98 That is their requital because they defied Our signs and said, ‘What, when we have become bones and dust, shall we really be raised in a new creation?&rsquo
17:99 Do they not see that Allah, who created the heavens and the earth, is able to create the like of them? He has appointed for them a term, in which there is no doubt; yet the wrongdoers are only intent on ingratitude
17:100 Say, ‘Even if you possessed the treasuries of my Lord’s mercy, you would withhold them for the fear of being spent, and man is very niggardly.&rsquo
17:101 Certainly We gave Moses nine manifest signs. So ask the Children of Israel. When he came to them, Pharaoh said to him, ‘O Moses, indeed I think you are bewitched.&rsquo
17:102 He said, ‘You certainly know that no one has sent these [signs] except the Lord of the heavens and the earth as eye-openers, and I, O Pharaoh, indeed think you are doomed.&rsquo
17:103 He desired to exterminate them from the land, so We drowned him and all those who were with him
17:104 After him We said to the Children of Israel, ‘Take up residence in the land, and when the occasion of the other [promise] comes, We shall gather you in mixed company.&rsquo
17:105 With the truth did We send it down, and with the truth did it descend, and We did not send you except as a bearer of good news and as a warner
17:106 We have sent the Qur’an in [discrete] parts so that you may read it to the people a little at a time, and We have sent it down piecemeal
17:107 Say, ‘Whether you believe in it, or do not believe in it, indeed those who were given knowledge before it when it is recited to them, fall down in prostration on their faces
17:108 and say, ‘‘Immaculate is our Lord! Indeed Our Lord’s promise is bound to be fulfilled.’&rsquo
17:109 Weeping, they fall down on their faces, and it increases them in humility.&rsquo
17:110 Say, ‘Invoke ‘‘Allah’’ or invoke ‘‘the All-beneficent.’’ Whichever [of His Names] you may invoke, to Him belong the Best Names.’ Be neither loud in your prayer, nor murmur it, but follow a middle course between these
17:111 and say, ‘All praise belongs to Allah, who has neither taken any son, nor has He any partner in sovereignty, nor has He [taken] any ally out of weakness,’ and magnify Him with a magnification [worthy of Him]


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