Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation (2005)

6 Indeed the watch of the night is firmer in tread
and more upright in respect to speech,
7 for indeed during the day you have
drawn-out engagements.
8 So celebrate the Name of your Lord
and dedicate yourself to Him with total dedication.1
9 Lord of the east and the west,
there is no god except Him,
so take Him for your trustee,
10 and be patient over what they say,
and keep away from them in a graceful manner.
11 Leave Me [to deal] with the deniers, the opulent,
and give them a little respite.
12 Indeed with Us are heavy fetters and a fierce fire,
13 and a food that chokes [those who gulp it],
and a painful punishment [prepared for]
14 the day when the earth and the mountains will quake,
and the mountains will be like dunes of shifting sand.
15 Indeed We have sent to you an apostle,
to be a witness to you,
just as We sent an apostle to Pharaoh.
16 But Pharaoh disobeyed the apostle;
so We seized him with a terrible seizing.
17 So, if you disbelieve, how will you avoid the day
which will make children white-headed,
18 and where in the sky will be rent apart?
His promise is bound to be fulfilled.
19 This is indeed a reminder.

1 Or ‘supplicate with your forefinger pointed towards heaven’ (see al-Tafsīr al-Burhān for traditions relating to tabattul).

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Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation, Islamic College for Advance Studies Press (ICAS), London (Distributed by The Centre for Translation of the Holy Qur’ān, Qom, Iran), Consulted online at “Quran Archive - Texts and Studies on the Quran” on 02 Dec. 2022: