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17:1  All Extolment be (to Him), Who made His bondman to set forth by night from the Inviolable Mosque to the Further (Literally: Remotest) Mosque, around which We have blessed, that We might show him (some) of Our signs. Surely He, Ever He, is The Ever-Hearing, The Ever-Beholding
17:2  And We brought Musa (Moses) the Book and We made it a guidance to the Seeds (Or: Sons) of Israel) (saying), "Do not take to yourselves any trustee apart from Me."
17:3  Offspring of whomever We carried with Nuh, (Noah) surely he was a constantly thankful bondman
17:4  And We decreed for Seeds (Or: Sons) of Israel) in the Book: "Indeed you will definitely corrupt in the earth twice, and indeed you will definitely (become) exalted a great exaltation
17:5  Then, when the promise of the first of the two came, We cause to rise against you bondmen of Ours endowed with strict violence, and so they went (ravaging) amidst (your) residences; and it was a promise performed
17:6  Thereafter We turned back to you to recur (prevailing against them), and We supplied you with riches and sons and made you of more manpower (in battle)
17:7  In case you do fair (deeds), you do (fair deeds) for yourselves; and in case you do odious deeds, they are against yourselves. Then, when the promise of the Hereafter comes, (Some consider all of these to be past events) (other bondmen of Ours) are to deface (Literally: to vex your faces, i.e. to do odious deeds to you) you and to enter the Mosque, as they entered it the first time, and to annihilate utterly (Literally: with "an utter) whatever they got exalted over
17:8  It may be that your Lord will have mercy on you; and in case you go back, We will go back; and We have made Hell a place of detention for the disbelievers."
17:9  Surely this Qur'an guides to (the way) that is more upright, and gives good tidings to the believers who do deeds of righteousness that they will a great reward
17:10  And (gives the tidings) that that the ones who do not believe in the Hereafter, We have readied for them a painful torment
17:11  And man invokes for evil, as is his invocation for charity, (i.e., welfare) and man has constantly been hasty
17:12  And We have made the night and the day (time) as two signs; so We have erased the sign of the night and We have made the sign of the day-time a beholder (i.e., when man can behold) that you may seek Grace from your Lord, and that you may know the number of the years and the reckoning. And everything We have expounded with (a distinct) expounding
17:13  And every man We have imposed on him his bird (of augury) upon his neck, and We will bring out for him, on the Day of the Resurrection, a book (that) he will meet with, spread open
17:14  "Read your book! Your self suffices you this day as a constant-reckoner against you."
17:15  Whoever is guided, surely he is guided only for himself; (i.e., for his own gain) and whoever errs (away), then surely he errs (away) only upon himself; (i.e., to his own loss) and no encumbered self will be encumbered with the encumbrance of another (self); and in no way are We tormenting (anyone) until We have sent forth a Messenger
17:16  And when We will to cause a town to perish, We command its (people) luxurious (life), then they committed immorality therein; so the Word came true against it, (and) then We destroyed it an utter destruction
17:17  And how many generations We have caused to perish even after Nuh; (Noah) and your Lord suffices as One Who is Ever-Cognizant of (and) Ever-Beholding of the guilty (deeds) of His bondmen
17:18  Whoever is willing (to gain) (this) hasty (world), We (quickly) hasten for him therein whatever We decide to whomever We will; thereafter We make for him Hell where he will roast, reprobated and (regretfully) rejected
17:19  And whoever is willing (to gain) the Hereafter and diligently endeavors after it as he should (endeavor), being a believer, then those, their endeavor is to be thanked
17:20  Each do We supply, these and these (too) from your Lord?s gift, and in no way can your Lord's gift be walled up
17:21  Look how We have graced some of them over the others, (Literally: over some "others") and indeed the Hereafter is greater in degrees and greater with marked graciousness
17:22  Do not make up with Allah another god, for then you will sit reprobated (and) abandoned
17:23  And your Lord has decreed that you should not worship any except Him (only) and (to show) fairest companionship to parents; in case ever one or both of them reaches old age (Literally: being great "in years") in your presence, do not say to them, "Fie!" nor scold them; and speak to them respectful words (Literally: say to them an honorable saying)
17:24  And lower to them the wing of humbleness out of mercy and say, "Lord! Have mercy on them, as they reared me (when I was) small."
17:25  Your Lord knows best whatever is in your selves. In case you are righteous, then surely He has been Ever-Forgiving to the constant resorters (to Him)
17:26  And bring to a near kinsman his true (right) and (to) the indigent and the wayfarer; and do not squander wantonly (Literally: in "wanton" squandering)
17:27  Surely the squanderers have been brethren of Ash-Shayatin (The all-vicious ones, i.e., the devils), and Ash-Shaytan has ever been ever-disbelieving to his Lord
17:28  And in case ever you definitely veer away from them, seeking mercy from your Lord that you hope for, then speak to them a reasonable saying
17:29  And do not set up your hand shackled to your neck, (i.e., Do not be niggardly) nor outspread it widespread altogether, (Literally: outspread it all outspreading, i.e., do not be a spendthrift) for then you will sit blamed and regretfully rejected
17:30  Surely your Lord outspreads the provision to whomever He decides and estimates (it); surely He has been Ever-Cognizant of (and) Ever-Beholding His bondmen
17:31  And do not kill your children in apprehension of want; We provide for them and for you (too); surely the killing of them has been a great sinning
17:32  And do not come near to adultery; surely it has been an obscenity and odious as a way
17:33  And do not kill the self that Allah has prohibited, except by truthful (right) (Literally: with the truth). And whoever is killed unjustly, We have (already) appointed to his patron authority. So let him not exceed (Literally: be extravagant) in killing; surely he will be vindicated
17:34  And do not draw near the wealth of the orphan except in the fairest (manner) until he reaches full age; and fulfil the covenant. Surely the covenant will be questioned of
17:35  And fill up the measure when you measure, and weigh with the straight equitableness; that is more charitable and fairest in interpretation (Or: determination, outcome)
17:36  And do not pursue what you have no knowledge of; surely hearing and beholding and heart-sight, (Or: perception) all of those will be questioned of
17:37  And do not walk in the earth merrily; surely you will never pierce the earth, and you will never reach the mountains in height
17:38  All of that, the odiousness of it is hateful in the Meeting of your Lord
17:39  That is of (the) Wisdom your Lord has revealed to you; and do not make up with Allah another god, (or) then you will be cast in Hell blamed (and) rejected
17:40  Has your Lord then elected for you (only) sons and taken to Him from the Angels females? Surely you are indeed saying a monstrous saying
17:41  And indeed We have already propounded (i.e., Our warnings) in this Qur'an that they may constantly remember; and in no way does it increase them except in repulsion
17:42  Say, "If there had been (other) gods with Him, as they say, lo, indeed they would have constantly sought a way to The Owner of the Throne."
17:43  All Extolment be to Him and Supremely Exalted be He above whatever they say, by a great exaltation
17:44  The seven heavens and the earth and whoever is in them extol to Him, and decidedly not a thing (is) except that it extols His praise, but you do not comprehend their Extolment. Surely He has been Ever-Forbearing, Ever-Forgiving
17:45  And when you read the Qur'an, We make between you and the ones who do not believe in the Hereafter a screened curtain
17:46  And We make lids upon their hearts so that they could not comprehend it, and (we make) in their ears an obstruction. And when you mention your Lord alone in the Qur'an, they turn their backs in repulsion
17:47  We know best what (intention) it is that they listen with as they listen to you, and as they have private conferences, as the unjust (of them) say, "Decidedly you are following (none) except a man bewitched."
17:48  Look how they strike similitudes for you. So they have erred and have been unable (to find) a way."
17:49  And they said, "Is it (true) that when we are bones and decomposed remains, will we indeed be made to rise again (as) a new creation?"
17:50  Say, "Be you stones, or iron
17:51  Or (some) creation from among that which is (yet) greatly (admired) in your breasts!" Then they will soon say, "Who will bring us back?" Say, "The one who originated you the first time." Then they will wag their heads at you and they will say, "When will it be?" Say, "It may be drawing near."
17:52  The Day when He will call you (and) so you respond with His praise and you surmise (that) decidedly you have not lingered except a little
17:53  And say to My bondmen (that) they say that which is fairest, (i.e., which is kindest) (for) surely Ash-Shaytan (The all-vicious, i.e., the Devil) incites (discord) between them. Surely Ash-Shaytan has been an evident enemy to man
17:54  Your Lord knows you best; in case He (so) decides, He will have mercy on you, or, in case He (so) decides, He will torment you. And in no way have We sent you a constant trustee over them
17:55  And your Lord knows best whomever are in the heavens and the earth; and indeed We have readily graced some Prophets over others; (Literally: over some "others") and We brought Dawud (David) a Scripture (Zabur, the psalms)
17:56  Say, "Invoke the ones you asserted apart from Him; yet they possess (no power) for lifting off adversity from you, nor (its) transference."
17:57  Those they invoke are (themselves) seeking the means for (close) proximity to their Lord, whichever of them will be nearer; and they hope for His mercy and fear His torment. Surely your Lord?s torment is a thing to be wary of
17:58  And decidedly not a city is there excepting that We will be causing it to perish before the Day of the Resurrection, or We will be tormenting it with a strict torment. That has been in the Book inscribed
17:59  And nothing prevented Us from sending the signs except that the earliest (people) cried lies to them; and We brought Thamud the she-camel (as) (a thing) beheld, (i.e., for them to behold) yet they did an injustice regarding her. And in no way do We send the signs except for frightening
17:60  And as We said to you, "Surely your Lord has encompassed mankind." And in no way did We make the vision that We showed you except as a temptation to mankind, and (likewise) (we made) the Tree cursed in the Qur'an; and We frighten them, yet in no way does it increase them except in great in ordinance (Literally: tyranny)
17:61  And as We said to the Angels, "Prostrate (yourselves) to ??dam." So they prostrated themselves, except Iblis. He said, "Shall I prostrate myself to (one) whom You created of clay?"
17:62  Said he, "Have You seen? This, whom you have honored above me, indeed in case you defer me to the Day of the Resurrection, indeed I will definitely bring his offspring under my subjection, (Literally: under my palate; i.e., between my jaws) except a few."
17:63  Said He, "Go! So, whoever of them follows you, then surely Hell will be your recompense, an ample recompense
17:64  And startle whomever of them you can with your voice, and rally against them your horsemen and your foot (soldiers); and be a partner with them in (their) riches and (their) children, and promise them!" And in no way does Ash-Shaytan (The all-vicious, i.e., the Devil) promise them anything except delusion
17:65  "Surely over My bondmen you shall have no all-binding authority." And your Lord suffices as an Ever-Trusted Trustee
17:66  Your Lord is (the One) Who urges on for you the ships in the sea that you may seek of His Grace; surely He has been Ever-Merciful towards you
17:67  And when adversity touches you in the sea, the ones whom you invoke err away (from you) except Him (only); then as soon as He safely delivers you to land, you veer away. And man has been constantly disbelieving (i.e., ever-thankless
17:68  Do you then (feel) secure that He will not cause a side of the land to cave you in, or send against you a squall of gravel? Thereafter you will find no constant trustee for you
17:69  Or even do you (feel) secure that He will not bring you back into it on another occasion, so send against you a rumbling wind (and) so drown you for that you have disbelieved? Thereafter you will find no attending followers for you against Us
17:70  And indeed We have already honored the Seeds (Or: sons) of Adam and carried them on land and sea, (Literally: in the land the sea) and provided them of the good (things), and graced them over many of whom We created with marked graciousness
17:71  On the Day (when) We will call all folks with theirImam; (Their leader; or: their record, their register) so whoever is brought his book with his right (hand), then those will read their book and they will not be done any injustice, even (to) a single date-plaiting (i.e., not even to a small degree)
17:72  And whoever is blind in this (life), then he will be blind in the Hereafter and will be (even) further erring away from the way
17:73  And decidedly they were indeed almost about to tempt you (The Prophet) from (that) which We have revealed to you, that you might fabricate against Us another, and lo, they would have indeed taken you to themselves a (close) fellow
17:74  And if we had not made you stand firm, indeed you were already almost about to (seek) support from them a (very) little
17:75  Then indeed We would have let you taste the double of life and the double of dying; thereafter you would have found none to be a ready vindicator against Us
17:76  And decidedly they were indeed almost about to startle you from the land, to drive you out of it; and they would have not lingered even to succeed you except a little
17:77  (This was) the enactment for the ones We already sent before you of Our Messengers; and you will not find any transference to Our Enactment
17:78  Keep up the prayer at the sinking of the sun to the dusk of the night and (the reading) of the Qur'an at dawn; surely the reading of the Qur'an at dawn has been witnessed
17:79  And keep constant vigil with it (The Qur'an) (part) of the night (These are the late night supererogatory prayers) as an accordance for you; it may be that your Lord will make you rise again to a praised station
17:80  And say, "Lord! Cause me to enter a sincere entry and cause me to go out a sincere outgoing, and make for me, from very close to You, a ready vindicating all - binding authority."
17:81  And say, "The Truth has come and untruth has expired; surely the untruth has been certain to expire." (Literally: ever-expiring
17:82  And We are sending down, of the Qur'an, that which is a cure and a mercy to the believers; and it increases the unjust in nothing except in greater loss
17:83  And when We (confer) favors upon man, he veers away and retires aside; and when evil touches him, he has been constantly despairing
17:84  Say, "Each one does according to his own manner; yet your Lord is He who knows best whoever is best guided to the way."
17:85  And they ask you about the Spirit. Say, "The Spirit is of the Command of my Lord; and in no way have you been brought of knowledge except a little."
17:86  And indeed in case We decided, indeed We would definitely go away with that which We have revealed to you; thereafter you would not find for you a constant trustee there over against Us
17:87  Excepting (by some) mercy from your Lord; surely His Grace over you has been great
17:88  Say, "Indeed in case humankind and the jinn gathered together to come up with the like of this Qur'an, they would not come up with its like, even if they were backers of one another."
17:89  And indeed We have already propounded for mankind in this Qur'an every type of similitude; yet most of mankind have refused (all) except constant disbelief
17:90  And they have said, "We will never believe you till you make a fountain to gush forth from the earth for us
17:91  Or (till) you have a garden of palms and vine (s); then you make rivers to erupt forth amidst it abundantly (Literally: with "all manner of" eruption)
17:92  Or you make the heaven to fall down, as you have asserted, on us in lumps, or you come up with Allah, and the Angels and their (dependent) tribes
17:93  Or you have a home of wonderful decoration, or you ascend into the heaven, and we will never believe your ascent till you keep sending down on us a book that we (can) read." Say, All Extolment be to my Lord! Have I been anything except a mortal, as Messenger?"
17:94  And nothing (whatever) prevented mankind from believing (i.e., made them not to believe) as the guidance came to them, except that they said, "Has Allah sent forth a mortal as Messenger?"
17:95  Say, "If there were in the earth Angels walking composed, indeed We would have been sending down upon them from the heaven an Angel as a Messenger."
17:96  Say, " Allah suffices as an Ever-Present Witness between you and me; surely He has been Ever-Cognizant of (and) Ever-Beholding His bondmen."
17:97  And whomever Allah guides, then he is (rightly) guided; and whomever He leads into error, then you will never find for them any patrons apart from Him. And We will muster them on the Day of the Resurrection upon their faces, blind and dumb and deaf. Their abode will be Hell; whenever it abates, We will increase for them the Blaze
17:98  That is their recompense for that they disbelieved in Our signs and said, "Is it (true) that when we are bones and decomposed remains, surely will we indeed be made to rise again as a new creation?"
17:99  And have they not seen that Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth is Ever-Determiner over creating the like of them? And He has appointed (Literally: made) for them a term; there is no suspicion about it; yet the unjust (among them) refuse (all) except constant disbelief
17:100  Say, "If you possessed the treasuries of the mercy of my Lord, then lo, you would indeed hold back in apprehension of expending." (i.e., You would be miserly) and man has been constantly grudging
17:101  And indeed We already brought Musa (Moses) nine supremely evident signs. So ask the Seeds (Or: sons) of Israel) (about that). As he came to them, (then) Firaawn (Pharaoh) said to him, "Surely I indeed surmise, O Musa, that you are bewitched."
17:102  He said, "Indeed you already know (that) in no way did anyone send these down except Allah) The Lord of the heavens and the earth, as supreme demonstrations. And surely I indeed surmise, O Firaawn, you are detrimented."
17:103  So he would (have) startled them from the land; so We drowned him and the ones with him, altogether
17:104  And We said to Seeds of after him, "Dwell in the land; then when the promise of the Hereafter comes, We will cause you to come clustering."
17:105  And with the Truth We have sent it down, and with the Truth it has come down; and in no way have We sent you except (as) a constant bearer of good tidings and a constant warner
17:106  And (this is) a Qur'an; We have distinctly separated (its verses) that you may read it to man-kind staidly, (Or: at intervals) and We have been sending it down successively (i.e., by successive revelation on different occasions)
17:107  Say, "Believe in it or do not believe. Surely the ones who were brought the knowledge even before it, when it is recited to them, collapse upon their faces (Literally: up to the chins) constantly prostrating
17:108  And they say, All Extolment be to our Lord! Decidedly the promise of our Lord has indeed been performed!"
17:109  And they collapse upon their faces weeping, and it increases them in submissiveness. A prostration is to be performed here
17:110  Say, "Invoke Allah, or invoke The All-Merciful. Whichever you call upon, so to Him (belong) the Fairest Names." And do not be (too) loud in your prayer nor hushed therein, and seek for a way between that
17:111  And say, "Praise be to Allah, Who has not taken to Him a child, and Who has not any associate in the Kingdom, nor any patron out of humbleness." And magnify Him with all magnificence (i.e., say: Allahu Akbaru Kabira)