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You who are enwrapped in your clothing!
stay up at night, except a little,
half of it, or a little less,
or a little more, and recite the Qur´an distinctly.
We will impose a weighty Word upon you.
Certainly rising at night has a stronger effect and is more conducive to concentration.
In the daytime much of your time is taken up by business matters.
Remember the Name of your Lord, and devote yourself to Him completely.
Lord of the East and West there is no god but Him so take Him as your Guardian.
Be steadfast in the face of what they say and cut yourself off from them but courteously.
Leave the deniers, who live a life of ease, to Me, alone, and tolerate them a little longer.
With Us there are shackles and a Blazing Fire
and food that chokes and a painful punishment,
on the Day the earth and mountains shake and the mountains become like shifting dunes.
We have sent you a Messenger to bear witness against you just as We sent Pharaoh a Messenger.
But Pharaoh disobeyed the Messenger, so We seized him with terrible severity.
How will you safeguard yourselves, if you are kafir, against a Day which will turn children grey,
by which heaven will be split apart? His promise will be fulfilled.
This truly is a reminder, so let anyone who wills take the Way towards his Lord.
Your Lord knows that you stay up nearly two-thirds of the night or half of it, or a third of it and a group of those with you. Allah determines the night and day. He knows you will not keep count of it, so He has turned towards you. Recite as much of the Qur´an as is easy for you. He knows that some of you are ill and that others are travelling in the land seeking Allah´s bounty, and that others are fighting in the Way of Allah. So recite as much of it as is easy for you. And establish salat and pay zakat and lend a generous loan to Allah. Whatever good you send ahead for yourselves you will find it with Allah as something better and as a greater reward. And seek forgiveness from Allah. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
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