THE ENSHROUDED ONE, BUNDLED UP, CHAPTER NO. 073
With the Name of Allah, the Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer
073.001 O thou folded in garments!
073.002 Stand (to prayer) by night, but not all night,-
073.003 Half of it,- or a little less,
073.004 Or a little more; and recite the Quran in slow, measured rhythmic tones.
073.005 Soon shall We send down to thee a weighty Message.
073.006 Truly the rising by night is most potent for governing (the soul), and most suitable for (framing) the Word (of Prayer and Praise).
073.007 True, there is for thee by day prolonged occupation with ordinary duties:
073.008 But keep in remembrance the name of thy Lord and devote thyself to Him whole-heartedly.
073.009 (He is) Lord of the East and the West: there is no god but He: take Him therefore for (thy) Disposer of Affairs.
073.010 And have patience with what they say, and leave them with noble (dignity).
073.011 And leave Me (alone to deal with) those in possession of the good things of life, who (yet) deny the Truth; and bear with them for a little while.
073.012 With Us are Fetters (to bind them), and a Fire (to burn them),
073.013 And a Food that chokes, and a Penalty Grievous.
073.014 One Day the earth and the mountains will be in violent commotion. And the mountains will be as a heap of sand poured out and flowing down.
073.015 We have sent to you, (O men!) an apostle, to be a witness concerning you, even as We sent an apostle to Pharaoh.
073.016 But Pharaoh disobeyed the apostle; so We seized him with a heavy
073.017 Then how shall ye, if ye deny (Allah), guard yourselves against a Day that will make children hoary-headed?-
073.018 Whereon the sky will be cleft asunder? His Promise needs must be accomplished.
073.019 Verily this is an Admonition: therefore, whoso will, let him take a (straight) path to his Lord!
073.020 Thy Lord doth know that thou standest forth (to prayer) nigh two-thirds of the night, or half the night, or a third of the night, and so doth a party of those with thee. But Allah doth appoint night and day in due measure He knoweth that ye are unable to keep count thereof. So He hath turned to you (in mercy): read ye, therefore, of the Quran as much as may be easy for you. He knoweth that there may be (some) among you in ill-health; others travelling through the land, seeking of Allahs bounty; yet others fighting in Allahs Cause, read ye, therefore, as much of the Quran as may be easy (for you); and establish regular Prayer and give regular Charity; and loan to Allah a Beautiful Loan. And whatever good ye send forth for your souls ye shall find it in Allahs Presence,- yea, better and greater, in Reward and seek ye the Grace of Allah: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.