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17:1  Most Glorified is the One Who took His servant for a journey by night from the Sacred Mosque (in Mecca) to the Farthest Mosque (in Jerusalem), whose surroundings we have blessed, so that we may show him some of Our Signs (of power & glory). Most assuredly He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.
17:2  And We gave to Moses the Scripture and made it a True Source of Enlightenment for the Children of Israel, (saying): ‘Don’t take other than Me as guardian’.
17:3  (You are) the progeny of those whom We carried (in the ark) with Noah. Indeed, he was very grateful and devoted servant.
17:4  And We delivered severe warnings to the Children of Israel in the Scripture: Most certainly you will make mischief in the land twice, and most certainly you will demonstrate high-handed attitude.
17:5  So, when the time for the first warning of the two came to pass, We sent against you servants of Ours of great might. They penetrated the very innermost parts of your houses; and it was a warning (completely) fulfilled.
17:6  Afterwards, We gave you back the turn to gain victory over them. We strengthened you with wealth and made you more numerous.
17:7  If you pursue righteousness and perfection in Faith, it is for your own benefit; and if you strive to do evil, it is for your own loss. Then, when the time (for the fulfillment) of the second warning came, We once again sent your enemies against you to make you feel the painful sting of humiliation, enter the Mosque (of Jerusalem) as they had entered it before, and demolish completely all that fell in their powers.
17:8  There is still hope that your Lord may show Mercy unto you, but if you return (to corruption), We too will return (to punishment). And We have made Gehenna a prison for those who have voluntarily and consciously abandoned the Full Knowledge of the Truth in favour of their own whims.
17:9  Verily, this Qur’ān guides to what is the most morally right and fair way, and gives the glad tidings to the Monotheistic Believers- who strive ardently to do righteous acts (in this worldly life)- that they will receive a great reward (from their Lord).
17:10  On the other hand, those who persistently don’t acknowledge the (existence of) the Hereafter, We have definitely prepared for them an extremely painful punishment.
17:11  Yet man prays for evil as much as he prays for good, and man is ever overhasty.
17:12  We have appointed the night and the day as two Signs (of Allâh’s glory & power). Then We have caused the sign of the night to pass away, and the sign of day to be apparent so that you may seek bounty from your Lord, and that you may know the computation of the years and the reckoning. So We elucidate (& classify) everything with clear clarification.
17:13  We have made the fate of every human being to cling to his neck. On the Day of Resurrection, We shall bring out for him a book, which he will find spread wide open.
17:14  (it will be said unto him): ‘Read your book! Sufficient is yourself this day to make out an account against you’.
17:15  (And) whoever strives to live before the Face of Allâh, it is for his own benefit; and whoever deviates from the path of truth, it is for his own loss. No bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another. Never will We chastise until We send forth a Messenger (to give sufficient warnings).
17:16  And when We intend to destroy a town, We command its affluent ones (to pursue righteousness & perfection in Faith). But when they continue to indulge in debauchery, the Word (of the divine retribution) is rightly justified against them. Then We devastate it with utter devastation.
17:17  (Imagine) so many generations have We utterly destroyed after Noah! Your Lord suffices as One who knows and sees the iniquitous deeds of His servants.
17:18  Whoever desires this fleeting life, We will rush to him therein what We will for whom We like. Then, afterwards, We have assigned to him Gehenna wherein he will burn, condemned and expelled (from the divine Mercy).
17:19  Whoever desires the Hereafter and strives (hard) for it in accordance with the requirements, while he is still living a life of Genuine Faith, then such are the ones whose endeavor will be highly appreciated (by Allâh).
17:20  To each We give assistance, to both these and those, from the endowment of your Lord. Lo! The endowment of your Lord can never be restricted.
17:21  See how We have given preference to some of them over others. And truly the Hereafter is greater in degrees and preferment.
17:22  Don’t set up another god besides Allâh lest you will end up disgraced, forsaken.
17:23  Your Lord has ordained that you worship none except Him, and (that you) show compassion to parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age with you, don’t you ever say to them a word of disrespect, nor rebuke them, but speak to them kindly,
17:24  And lower to them the wing of demureness out of mercy and say: “My Lord, deliver them from the consequences of all their iniquitous deeds as they raised me up when I was little’.
17:25  Your Lord has full knowledge of what is stored up in your heart . If you are righteous, (then you can rest assured that) He is certainly All-Forgiving to those who turn frequently to Him in repentance.
17:26  Now give to the kindred his due, (and also) to the needy and the hopeless wayfarer. And don’t squander your wealth in a reckless and foolish manner.
17:27  Verily, the prodigals are brothers of the devils. Lo! The devil is ever impious towards his Lord.
17:28  But if you walk away from them, seeking mercy from you Lord, for which you hope, then speak to them a gentle word.
17:29  Don’t let your hand be chained to your neck, neither do you stretch it forth completely, lest you end up disgraced, insolvent.
17:30  Verily, Allâh outspreads and straitens the means of subsistence for whom He wills. Indeed, He is Ever All-Knowing, All-Seer of His servants.
17:31  Don’t slay your children for fear of destitution. We shall provide sustenance for you and them. Indeed, slaying them is a tremendous sin.
17:32  Don’t come near adultery, It is indeed an indecency, and an evil way.
17:33  Don’t kill anyone which Allâh has forbidden except for a just reason. Whoever is slain unjustly, We have given to his heir the authority (to demand justice). But let him not exceed the limits in retaliation. Surely, he is helped (by the law).
17:34  Don’t come near the wealth of the orphan except to improve it, until he attains maturity. Fulfill the covenant. Indeed, (every) covenant shall be questioned about.
17:35  Give full measure when you measure, and weigh with a right balance! This is equitable deal and better in the end.
17:36  Don’t follow that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart, of each of those you will be interrogated (by Allâh on the Day of Judgment).
17:37  Don’t walk arrogantly on the earth. Indeed, you can neither rupture the earth, nor can you reach the mountains in height.
17:38  The evil of all these is detestable to your Lord;
17:39  This is (part) of the wisdom which your Lord has inspired you. Do not set up another god besides Allâh lest you will be cast into Gehenna, blameworthy and expelled (from the divine clemency).
17:40  Has then your Lord made you distinguished by giving you sons, and chosen (for Himself) daughters from among the Angels? Truly, by (saying this), you are uttering great blasphemies (against Allâh).
17:41  We have set forth (all kinds of parables) in this Qur'ân so that they may receive admonition, but it adds naught except to their aversion.
17:42  Say: “If there had been gods with Him, as they allege, then they would surely have sought out a way to the Lord of the Throne."
17:43  Glorified is He! And He is Highly Exalted above what they say!
17:44  The seven heavens and the earth, and all those in them do celebrate His praise and declare His glory. There is not a thing but celebrates His praise and declares His glory. And yet you don’t understand their glorification (and idolization). Indeed, He is Ever Clement, Oft-Forgiving.
17:45  And When you recite the Qur’ān, We place a hidden barrier between you and those who persistently don’t acknowledge (the existence of) the Hereafter.
17:46  And We put covers upon their hearts lest they understand it, and deafness in their ears (lest they hear it). When you make mention of your Lord alone in the Qur'ân, they turn back, displaying a strong aversion to (what you are reciting).
17:47  We already know the reason for their listening when they listen to you. And when they hold secret counsel, behold, those who have voluntarily and consciously abandoned the Full Knowledge of the Truth in favour of their own whims say: ‘You are only following a bewitched man’.
17:48  Look how they strike parables for you. So they have gone astray from the (truth). Never can they find a way to (salvation).
17:49  They say: ‘What! When we are reduced to bones and disintegrated into dust, shall we really be raised up in a new creation?’
17:50  Say: “Be stones or iron,
17:51  Or some other creature of those which are too hard (to be given a new lease on life) in your thoughts. Then, they will say: ‘Who will bring us back to life?’ Say: ‘The One Who created you in the first time’. Then, they will shake their heads at you and say: ‘When will that be?’ Say: ‘Maybe in the near future’.
17:52  It will take place on the day when He will call you and you will instantly respond by giving praise to Him. Then, You will think you have tarried (in this world) for only a little while.
17:53  Tell to My servants to say the best words (when talking to each other). Most certainly, the devil strives to sow schism among them. Most certainly, the devil proved himself to be a fierce enemy of man.
17:54  Your Lord knows you best. if He wills, He will deliver you from the consequences of your iniquitous deeds, or if He wills, He will chastise you. We have not sent you as a guardian over them.
17:55  Your Lord has full knowledge of all who are in the heavens and on the earth. Verily, We preferred some of the Prophets above others. And We gave to David the Psalms.
17:56  Say: ‘Invoke those besides Him whom you claim (to be gods)! They have neither the power to remove the misfortune from you nor even to transfer it (from you to another one).
17:57  Those whom they call (gods), they themselves seek a away to their Lord, as to which of them will be nearer. They hope in His Mercy and fear His chastisement. Verily, (His) chastisement is a thing to be avoided by all means.
17:58  There is not a town but We will devastate it before the day of Resurrection, or chastise its (inhabitants) with extremely severe punishment. That has been inscribed in the Book- (the Preserved Table- the heavenly preserved record of all that has happened and will happen).
17:59  Nothing prevented Us from sending the (requested) Signs but that the ancients persistently refused to acknowledge them. And We gave to (the people of) Thamūd the she-camel as an irrefutable Sign, but they unfairly rejected her. And We only send Signs to deter (men form spreading corruption).
17:60  And (recall) when We said to you: ‘Indeed, your Lord encompasses the people (in knowledge and power)’. And We didn’t appoint the vision that We showed you (during the Night Journey) but a trial for the people, and the cursed tree (Zaqqum, mentioned) in the Qur'ân as well. We (intend to) deter them, but Our deterrence only increases them in gross transgression.
17:61  And (recall) when We said unto the Angels: "Prostrate to Adam." They all did prostrate except for Iblīs-(Satan). He said: “Shall I prostrate to the one whom You created from mud?"
17:62  He added: ‘Do you see this one whom you have honored above me? If it happens that you give me respite until the Day of Judgment, I will definitely cause his offspring to perish except a few’.
17:63  (Allâh) said: ‘Go, and whoever of them follows you, Gehenna will surely be the reward for all of you, an ample reward.
17:64  Incite whomsoever you can among them with your voice. Make assaults on them with your cavalrymen and your infantrymen. And be a partner in their wealth and children. And make promises to them’. But Satan promises them nothing but deliberate deception.
17:65  Indeed, over My (pious) servants, you have no power (or right to enforce obedience). And All-Sufficient is your Lord as a Guardian.
17:66  Your Lord is the One Who causes the ship to move on the surface of the sea so that you may seek of His Bounty. Most assuredly He is Ever Most Merciful towards you.
17:67  And When misfortune touches you in the middle of the sea, all of those whom you invoke will abandon you except Him. But when He brings you safely to the shore, you fall away (from the Faith). Lo! Man is ever impious (towards his Lord).
17:68  Do you then feel secure that He won’t allow part of the land to swallow you or send against you a fierce sandstorm? Then, you will find no guardian (other than Him).
17:69  Or do you then feel secure that He won’t send you back to the sea another time, then sends against you a cyclone with destructive wind and drown you because of your persistent denial? Then, you will find therein no avenger for you against Our retribution.
17:70  Verily We have honored the children of Adam, carried them on land and sea, provided them with pure and wholesome things, and preferred them above many of those whom We created with a marked preference.
17:71  And (mention) the day when We shall call forth all the human beings with their record (of deeds). They won’t be dealt unfairly, (not even as much a) hair on a date-seed.
17:72  Whoever is (spiritually) blind in (this worldly life) will be blind in the Hereafter, and even far more astray from the path of truth.
17:73  Verily, they were about to beckon you away from that which We have revealed to you so that you might invent something other than it against Us, and then they would certainly have taken you for a friend.
17:74  Had We not invigorated your faith, you would almost have yield to them a little.
17:75  Then, We would have made you taste a double (punishment) both in life and after death, and then you would not have found for yourself a helper against Our (punishment).
17:76  And Verily, they spared nothing to annoy you in order to drive you out of the land. (Had they succeeded), then they themselves would not have tarried behind you except a little while (before the divine punishment befalls them).
17:77  Such has been Our Mode with the Messengers We sent before you, and you won’t find any alteration in Our Mode.
17:78  Establish prayer from the declining of the sun till the darkening of the night, and recite the Qur'ân in the early morning. Indeed, the recitation of the Qur'ân in the early morning is ever witnessed.
17:79  As for the night, stay vigil a part of it, and pray as an additional prayer for you. Maybe your Lord will raise you to a position of great glory.
17:80  Say: ‘My Lord, grant me safe entry that leads into the truth, and an exit route that leads into the truth. And grant me from Yourself an authority to help me."
17:81  Say: “The truth has come, and falsehood has vanished away. Surely, falsehood is ever bound to vanish.”
17:82  And We send down of the Qur'ân that which is a healing and a mercy for those who live a life of Genuine Faith. Yet It adds nothing to those who have voluntarily and consciously abandoned the Full Knowledge of the Truth in favour of their own whims but ruin (over ruin).
17:83  Yet when We bestow Our graces upon man, he turns away, and acts with excessive pride. But when evil touches him, he falls into despair.
17:84  Say: ‘Let everyone act according to his own moral conduct. Your Lord is fully aware of the one walks in the path of truth’.
17:85  They ask you about the Spirit say: ‘The Spirit is one of the commands of my Lord. And of knowledge you are not given aught but a little’.
17:86  If it happens that We intend to take away that which We have revealed to you, then you will find no guardian for you against Our retribution in that respect.
17:87  Except as a mercy from your Lord. Indeed, His grace upon you is ever great.
17:88  Say: ‘If it should happen that all the people and the jinn were to come together to produce the like of this Qur'ân, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they all were to help each other.
17:89  We have set forth all kinds of parables in this Qur'ân for the people, but most of the them refuse aught other than impiety.
17:90  They said:’We won’t believe you unless you cause a spring to gush forth from the earth for us,
17:91  Or (until we see that) you have a garden of palms and grapes, and cause rivers to gush forth abundantly in it,
17:92  Or you let the sky fall into pieces upon us, as you have claimed openly, or bring Allâh and the Angels before our eyes.
17:93  Or you have a house embellished with gold and silver, or you ascend into the sky, and even then we won’t believe your ascension until you bring down for us a book that we are able to read it’. Say: ‘Glory Be To My Lord! Am I not more than a mortal Messenger?’
17:94  Nothing prevented people from Living by Faith when they received the Knowledge of truth, except that they said: ‘Has Allâh raised up a mortal to be a Messenger?’
17:95  Say: ‘If there were Angels walking secure, we would surely have sent down for them an Angelic Messenger from the sky’.
17:96  Say: ‘Sufficient is Allâh as a Witness between you and me. Indeed, He is the All-Knowing, the All-Seer of His servants’.
17:97  And whomever Allâh enlightens his path, he is the one who strives to be saved by living before the face of Allâh. And whomever He lets go astray, for such you will find no guardian besides Him. We shall gather them together on the Day of Resurrection on their faces, blind, dumb and deaf. Their abode will be Gehenna. Whenever its flames subside, We shall intensify the blaze for them.
17:98  That is their requital, because they persistently refused to acknowledge what We have revealed of the Knowledge of the Truth and said: ‘What! When we are reduced to bones and disintegrated into dust, shall we really be raised up in a new creation?’
17:99  Do they not see that Allâh, Who created the heavens and the earth, is Most Capable of creating the like of them? He has appointed for them a term, whereof there is no doubt. But those who have voluntarily and consciously abandoned the Full Knowledge of the Truth in favour of their own whims yield to aught other than spiritual darkness.
17:100  Say: ‘If it happens that you possess the treasures of mercy of my Lord, then you will surely withhold out of fear of spending. Man is ever parsimonious’.
17:101  And verily We gave to Moses nine manifest Signs (of Allâh's supremacy). Go and ask then the Children of Israel: when he came to them, Pharaoh said unto him: ‘O’ Moses, I think you are totally bewitched’.
17:102  Moses said: ‘Surely you know pretty well that these (signs) have been sent down by none but by the Lord of the heavens and earth as irrefutable Signs. O’ Pharaoh, I think you are indeed doomed to face perdition.
17:103  As Pharaoh sought to expel them from the land, We drowned him and all those who were with him.
17:104  And We said thereafter unto the Children of Israel: ‘Dwell in the land! But when the promise of the Hereafter comes to pass, We will bring you forth in an intermingled crowd (of various nations).
17:105  With truth, We have sent the Qur’ān down, and with truth It has come down. And We have sent you for no other reason but as a Herald ( to give people the glad tidings of how to attain eternal salvation), and a Messenger (to give the people sufficient warnings about how to avoid Hellfire).
17:106  It is the Qur'ân We have separated into parts so that you may recite It to the people at intervals. We have revealed it (to you) gradually.
17:107  Say: ‘Whether you believe in it or not, those who have spiritual gift of knowledge before It do fall down on their faces in humble prostration when it is recited to them’.
17:108  They say: ‘Glory Be To Our Lord. Surely, the promise of our Lord has become effective’.
17:109  They fall down on their faces weeping, and it increases them in humility.
17:110  Say: ‘Invoke Allâh or invoke the True Merciful (God). By whatever name you invoke Him, (it is all the same) as the Most Honorable (& Glorious) Names belongs unto Him. Do not utter your prayer loudly or soundless, but rather seek a way between these.
17:111  Say: “All praise is due to Allâh, Who has not taken to Himself a son, Who has no partner in (His Divine) Sovereignty, and Who has no (need of a) guardian out of weakness. Magnify Him with all the magnificence.