Sura Al-Isra (The Journey by Night)
Sheikh / AbdulBaset AbdulSamad

  • In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

    17:1 Glorified be He Who carried His servant by night from the Inviolable Place of Worship to the Far Distant Place of Worship, the neighborhood that We have blessed, that We might show him of Our signs! Lo! He, only He, is the Hearer, the Seer.

    17:2-7 We gave to Moses the Scripture, and We appointed it a guidance for the Children of Israel, saying: Choose no guardian beside Me. (They were) the seed of those whom We carried (in the ship) along with Noah. Lo! He was a grateful slave. And We decreed for the Children of Israel in the Scripture: You verily will work corruption in the earth twice, and you will become great tyrants. So when the time for the first of the two came, We roused against you slaves of Ours of great might who ravaged (your) country, and it was a threat performed. Then we gave you once again your turn against them, and We aided you with wealth and children and made you more in soldiery, (saying): If you do good, you do good for your own souls, and if you do evil, it is for them (in like manner). So, when the time for the second (of the judgments) came (We roused against you others of Our slaves) to ravage you, and to enter the Mosque even as they entered it the first time, and to lay waste all that they conquered with an utter wasting.

    17:8 It may be that your Lord will have mercy on you, but if you repeat (the crime) We shall repeat (the punishment), and We have appointed Hell a dungeon for the disbelievers.

    17:9-11 Lo! This Quran guides to that which is straightest, and gives tidings to the believers who do good works that theirs will be a great reward. And that those who believe not in the Hereafter, for them We have prepared a painful punishment. Man prays for evil as he prays for good, for man was ever hasty.

    17:12 And we appoint the night and the day two signs. Then We make dark the sign of the night, and We make the sign of the day sight giving, that you may seek bounty from your Lord, and that you may know the computation of the years, and the reckoning; and everything have We expounded with a clear expounding.

    17:13-14 And every man's augury have We fastened to his own neck, and We shall bring forth for him on the Day of Resurrection a book which he will find wide open. (And it will be said to him): Read your book. Your soul suffices as a reckoner against you this day.

    17:15 Whosoever goes right, it is only for (the good of) his own soul that he goes right, and whosoever errs, errs only to its hurt. No laden soul can bear another's load. We never punish until We have sent a Messenger.

    17:16-17 And when We would destroy a township We send commandment to its folk who live at ease, and afterward they commit abomination therein, and so the Word (of punishment) has effect for it, and We annihilate it with complete annihilation. How many generations have we destroyed since Noah! And God suffices as Knower and Beholder of the sins of His slaves.

    17:18-22 Whoever desires that (life) which hastens away, We hasten for him therein that which We will, for whom We please. And afterward We have appointed for him Hell; he will endure the heat thereof, condemned, rejected. And whoever desires the Hereafter and strives for it with the effort necessary, being a believer; for such, their effort finds favor (with their Lord). Each do We supply, both these and those, from the bounty of your Lord. And the bounty of your Lord can never be walled up. See how We prefer one above another, and verily the Hereafter will be greater in degrees and greater in preferment. Set not up with God any other god (O man) lest you sit down reproved, forsaken.

    17:23-25 Your Lord has decreed, that you worship none except Him, and (that you show) kindness to parents. If one of them or both of them were to attain old age with you, say not `Fie' to them nor repulse them, but speak to them a gracious word. And lower to them the wing of submission through mercy, and say: My Lord! Have mercy on them both, as they did care for me when I was little. Your Lord is best aware of what is in your minds. If you are righteous, then lo! He is ever Forgiving to those who turn (to Him).

    17:26-30 Give the kinsman his due, and the needy, and the wayfarer, and squander not (your wealth) in wantonness. Lo! The squanderers were ever brothers of the satans, and Satan was ever an ingrate to his Lord. But if you turn away from them, seeking mercy from your Lord, for which you hope, then speak to them a reasonable word. And let not your hand be chained to your neck nor open it with a complete opening, lest you sit down rebuked, denuded. Lo! Your Lord enlarges the provision for whom He wills, and straitens (it for whom He wills). Lo, He was ever Knower, Seer of His slaves.

    17:31-39 Slay not your children, fearing a fall to poverty, We shall provide for them and for you. Lo! The slaying of them is great sin. And come not near to adultery. Lo! It is an abomination and an evil way. And slay not the life, which God has forbidden except with right. Whoever is slain wrongfully, We have given power to his heir, but let him not commit excess in slaying. Lo! He will be helped. Come not near the wealth of the orphan except with that which is better till he comes to strength; and keep the covenant. Lo! Of the covenant it will be asked. Fill the measure when you measure, and weigh with a right balance; that is honest, and better in the end. (O man), follow not that whereof you have no knowledge. Lo! The hearing and the sight and the heart of each of these it will be asked. And walk not in the earth exultant. Lo! You cannot rend the earth, nor can you stretch to the height of the hills. The evil of that is hateful in the sight of your Lord. This is (part) of that wisdom with which your Lord has inspired you (O Muhammad). And set not up with God any other god, lest you be cast into Hell, reproved, abandoned.

    17:40-41 Has your Lord then distinguished you (O men of Mecca) by giving you sons, and has chosen for Himself females from among the angels? Lo! Verily you speak an awful word! We verily have displayed (Our warnings) in this Quran that they may take heed, but it increases them in nothing except aversion.

    17:42-43 Say (O Muhammad to the disbelievers): If there were other gods along with Him, as they say, then had they sought a way against the Lord of the Throne. Glorified is He, and High Exalted above what they say!

    17:44 The seven heavens and the earth and all that is therein praise Him, and there is not a thing but hymns his praise; but you understand not their praise. Lo! He is ever Forbearing, Forgiving.

    17:45-48 And when you recite the Quran We place between you, and those who believe not in the Hereafter a hidden barrier; and We place upon their hearts veils lest they should understand it, and in their ears a deafness; and when you make mention of your Lord alone, in the Quran, they turn their backs in aversion. We are best aware of what they wish to hear when they give ear to you and when they take secret counsel, when the evildoers say: You follow but a man bewitched. See what similitudes they coin for you, and thus are they all astray, and cannot find a road!

    17:49-52 And they say: When we are bones and fragments, shall we, forsooth, be raised up as a new creation? Say: Be you stones or iron. Or some created thing that is yet greater in your thoughts! Then they will say: Who shall bring us back (to life). Say: He who created you at the first. Then will they shake their heads at you, and say: When will it be? Say: It will perhaps be soon; a day when He will call you and you will answer with His praise, and you will think that you have tarried but a little while.

    17:53-54 Tell My bondmen to speak that, which is kindlier. Lo! Satan sows discord among them. Lo! Satan is for man an open foe. Your Lord is best aware of you. If He will, He will have mercy on you, or if He will, He will punish you. We have not sent you (O Muhammad) as a warden over them.

    17:55 And your Lord is best aware of all who are in the heavens and the earth. And we preferred some of the Prophets above others, and to David We gave the Psalms.

    17:56-57 Say: Cry to those (saints and angels) whom you assume (to be gods) beside Him, yet they have no power to rid you of misfortune or to change. Those to whom they cry seek the way of approach to their Lord, which of them shall be the nearest; they hope for His mercy and they fear His punishment. Lo! The punishment of your Lord is to be shunned.

    17:58-60 There is not a township but We shall destroy it ere the Day of Resurrection, or punish it with dire punishment. That is set forth in the Book (of Our decrees). Nothing hinders Us from sending signs except that the folk of old denied them. And We gave Thamud the she camel – a clear sign – but they did wrong in respect to her. We send not signs except to warn. And (it was a warning) when We told you: Lo! Your Lord encompasses people, and We appointed the vision which We showed you as an ordeal for people, and (likewise) the Accursed Tree in the Quran. We warn them, but it increases them in nothing except gross impiety.

    17:61-65 And when We said to the angels: Fall down prostrate before Adam and they fell prostrate all except Ibis, he said: Shall I fall prostrate before that which You have created of clay? He said: See You this (creature) whom You have honored above me, if You give me grace until the Day of Resurrection I verily will seize his seed, except but a few. He said: Go, and whoever of them follows you – lo! Hell will be your payment, ample payment. And excite any of them whom you can with your voice, and urge your horse and foot against them, and be a partner in their wealth and children, and promise them. Satan promises them only to deceive. Lo! My (faithful) bondmen – over them you have no power, and your Lord suffices as (their) guardian.

    17:66-70 (O people!) your Lord is He Who drives for you the ship upon the sea that you may seek of His bounty. Lo! He was ever Merciful toward you. And when harm touches you upon the sea, all to whom you cry for succor) fail except Him (alone), but when He brings you safe to land, you turn away, for man was ever thankless. Feel you then secure that He will not cause a slope of the land to engulf you, or send a sandstorm, upon you, and then you will find that you have no protector? Or feel you secure that He will not return you to that (plight) a second time, and send against you a hurricane of wind and drown you for your thanklessness, and then you will not find therein that you have any avenger against Us? Verily We have honored the children of Adam. We carry them on the land and the sea, and have made provision of good things for them, and have preferred them above many of those whom We created with a marked preferment.

    17:71-72 On the Day when We shall summon ill men with their record, whoever is given his book in his right hand – such will read their book and they will not be wronged a shred. Whoever is blind here will be blind in the Hereafter, and yet further from the road.

    17:73-77 And they indeed strove hard to deceive you (O Muhammad) away from that wherewith We have inspired you, that you should invent other than it against Us; and then would they have accepted you as a friend. And if We had not made you wholly firm you might almost have inclined to them a little. Then had We made you taste a double (punishment) of living and a double (punishment) of dying, then had you found no helper against Us. And they indeed wished to scare you from the land that they might drive you forth from there, and then they would have stayed (there) but a little after you. (Such was Our) method in the case of those whom We sent before you (to people), and you will not find for Our method any of power to change.

    17:78-81 Establish worship at the going down of the sun until the dark of night, and (the recital of) the Quran at dawn. Lo! (The recital of) the Quran at dawn is ever witnessed. And some part of the night awake for it, a largesse for you. It may be that your Lord will raise you to a praised estate. And say: My Lord! Let me enter in truth and cause me to go forth in truth. And give me from You a sustaining power. And say: Truth has come and falsehood has vanished away. Lo! Falsehood is ever bound to vanish.

    17:82-84 And We reveal of the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy for believers though it increases the evildoers in nothing except ruin. And when We make life pleasant to man, he turns away and is averse; and when ill touches him he is in despair. Say: Each one does according to his rule of conduct, and your Lord is Best Aware of him whose way is right.

    17:85 They will ask you concerning the spirit. Say: The spirit is by command of my Lord, and of knowledge you have been given but little.

    17:86-87 And if We willed We could withdraw that which We have revealed to you, then would you find no guardian for you against Us in respect thereof. (It is nothing) except mercy from your Lord. Lo! His kindness to you was ever great.

    17:88-89 Say: Verily, though humankind and the jinn should assemble to produce the like of this Quran, they could not produce the like thereof though they were helpers of one another. And verily We have displayed for people in this Quran all kinds or similitude, but most of people refuse anything except disbelief.

    17:90-93 And they say: We will not put faith in you till you cause a spring to gush forth from the earth for us; or you have a garden of date palms and grapes, and cause rivers to gush forth therein abundantly; or you cause the heaven to fall upon us piecemeal, as you have pretended, or bring God and the angels as a warrant; or you have a house of gold; or you ascend up into heaven, and even then we will put no faith in your ascension till you bring down for us a book that we can read. Say (O Muhammad): My Lord be glorified! Am I nothing except a mortal Messenger?

    17:94-96 And nothing prevented people from believing when the guidance came to them except that they said: Has God sent a mortal as (His) Messenger? Say: If there were in the earth angels walking secure, We had sent down for them from heaven an angel as Messenger. Say: God suffices for a witness between me and you Lo! He is Knower and Seer of His slaves.

    17:97-99 And he whom God guides, he is rightly guided ; while , as for him whom He sends astray, for them you will find no helpers (and protectors) beside Him , and We shall assemble them on the Day of Resurrection on their faces , blind , dumb and deaf; their habitation will be Hell; whenever it abates, We increase the flame for them . That is their reward because they disbelieved Our revelations and said: When we are bones and fragments shall we, forsooth, be raised up as a new creation? Have they not seen that God Who created the heavens and the earth is able to create the like of them, and has appointed for them an end of which there is no doubt? But the wrongdoers refuse anything except disbelief.

    17:100 Say (to them): If you possessed the treasures of the mercy of my Lord, you would surely hold them back for fear of spending, for man was ever grudging.

    17:101-104 And verily We gave to Moses nine signs, clear proofs (of God's supreme power). Do but ask the Children of Israel how he came to them, then Pharaoh said to him: Lo! I deem you one bewitched, O Moses. He said: In truth you know that none sent down these (signs) except the Lord of the heavens and the earth as proofs, and lo! (For my part) I deem you lost, O Pharaoh. And he wished to scare them from the land, but We drowned him and those with him, all together. And We said to the Children of Israel after him: Dwell in the land; but when the promise of the Hereafter comes to pass we shall bring you as a crowd gathered out of various nations.

    17:105-109 With truth have We sent it down, and with truth has it descended. And We have sent you as nothing else except a bearer of good tidings and a warner. And (it is) a Quran that We have divided, that you may recite it to people at intervals, and We have revealed it by (successive) revelation. Say: Believe therein or believe not, lo! Those who were given knowledge before it, when it is read to them, fall down prostrate on their faces, adoring, saying: Glory to our Lord! Verily the promise of our Lord must be fulfilled. They fall down on their faces, weeping, and it increases humility in them.

    17:110-111 Say (to people): Cry to God, or cry to the Beneficent, to whichever you cry (it is the same). His are the most beautiful names. And you (O Muhammad), be not loud voiced in your worship nor yet silent therein, but follow a way between. And say: Praise be to God, Who has not taken to Himself a son, and Who has no partner in the supreme power, nor has He any helper (and protector) through dependence. And magnify Him with all magnificence.