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O’ you who wrap himself in garments!
Stand (to pray) all night, except for a little.
Half of it, or lessen it a little,
Or add to it, and recite the ‘Qurʾān’ with measured rhythmic recitation.
Indeed, We will cast upon you a heavy speech.
Indeed, getting up at night for payer is the most potent for purifying (the heart), and the most effective in speech.
Indeed, you have, during the day, prolonged occupation.
Glorify the (Majestic) Name of your Lord, and devote yourself to Him with a complete devotion.
He is the Lord of the east and the west. There is no God but He. Thus, take Him as your Guardian.
Resort to patience and constancy, (O' Muhammad), in whatever they say and find a polite way to avoid them.
Let Me deal with the possessor of the hoarded (wealth), who refuse to admit the truth of Allah’s Oneness, and give them respite for a little while.
Indeed, We have prepared for them shackles and blazing fire,
As well as bitter foods and painful punishment.
There will come a day when the earth and the mountains will quake. And the mountains will turn into flowing sand dunes.
Indeed, We have sent to you a ‘Messenger’, a witness against you, as We sent a ‘Messenger’ to ‘Pharaoh’.
As ‘Pharaoh’ refused to follow the ‘Messenger’, We seized him with stern punishment.
Then how, if you refuse to accept Allâh into your life, can you protect yourselves against a day so terrifying that will make the children grey-haired.
On that day, the heaven will be rent asunder. His promise is bound to be fulfilled.
Indeed, this is an admonition, therefore whoever wills, then let him take a way to his Lord.
Indeed, your Lord, (O' ‘Muhammad’), knows perfectly well that you stand forth (to prayer) sometimes nearly two-thirds of the night, or half of it or a third of it, and so does a party of those who are with you. Allah measures the night and the day. He knows perfectly well that you, (‘Monotheistic Believers’), will not be able to pray all night, and so He has turned unto you in forgiveness. Recite, then, of the ‘Qurʾān’ as much as may be easy for you. He knows perfectly well that there will be among you sick, others travelling throughout the land, seeking the Bounty of Allâh; yet others fighting for (serving) the cause of Allâh. Recite, then, of the ‘Qurʾān’ as much as may be easy for you, establish the regular Prayer, pay Zakāt (i.e. the Prescribed Purifying Alms), and give virtuous loans to Allâh. Whatever good thing you put forward for yourselves, you will find it with Allâh, better and greater in the reward. Thus, seek forgiveness of Allâh. Indeed, Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
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