In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
O THOU ENFOLDED in thy mantle,
Stand up all night, except a small portion of it, for prayer:
Half; or curtail the half a little,
Or add to it: And with measured tone intone the Koran,
For we shall devolve on thee weighty words.
Verily, at the oncoming of night are devout impressions strongest, and words
are most collected;
But in the day time thou hast continual employ
And commemorate the name of thy Lord, and devote thyself to Him with entire
Lord of the East and of the West! No God is there but He! Take Him for thy
And endure what they say with patience, and depart from them with a decorous
And let Me alone with the gainsayers, rich in the pleasures of this life; and
bear thou with them yet a little while:
For with Us are strong fetters, and a flaming fire,
And food that choketh, and a sore torment.
The day cometh when the earth and the mountains shall be shaken; and the
mountains shall become a loose sand heap.
Verily, we have sent you an Apostle to witness against you, even as we sent
an Apostle to Pharaoh:
But Pharaoh rebelled against the Apostle, and we therefore laid hold on him
with a severe chastisement.
And how, if ye believe not, will you screen yourselves from the day that
shall turn children greyheaded?
The very heaven shall be reft asunder by it: this threat shall be carried
Lo! this is a warning. Let him then who will, take the way to his Lord.
Of a truth, thy Lord knoweth that thou prayest almost two-thirds, or half,
or a third of the night, as do a part of thy followers. But God measureth the
night and the day: He knoweth that ye cannot count its hours aright, and
therefore, turneth to you mercifully. Recite then so much of the Koran as may
be easy to you. He knoweth that there will be some among you sick, while
others travel through the earth in quest of the bounties of God; and others
do battle in his cause. Recite therefore so much of it as may be easy. And
observe the Prayers and pay the legal Alms, and lend God a liberal loan: for
whatever good works ye send on before for your own behoof, ye shall find with
God. This will be best and richest in the recompense. And seek the
forgiveness of God: verily, God is forgiving, Merciful.
- -- SURA LXXIII. THE ENFOLDED1 [III.], MECCA