Marmaduke Pickthall, The Meaning of The Glorious Koran. An Explanatory Translation (1930)


Al-Muzammil takes its title from a word in verse 1. After his first trance and vision, the Prophet went to his wife Khadîjah and told her to wrap him up in cloaks, and that was afterwards his habit on such occasions, at any rate, in the early days at Mecca.

A very early Meccan revelation with the exception of the last verse, which all authorities assign to Al-Madînah.

The Enshrouded One

Revealed at Mecca
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

1. O them wrapped up in thy raiment!

2. Keep vigil the night long, save a little —

3. A half thereof, or abate a little thereof

4. Or add (a little) thereto and chant the Qur’ân in measure,

5. For We shall charge thee with a word of weight.

6. Lo! the vigil of the night is (a time) when impression is more keen and speech more certain.

7. Lo! thou hast by day a chain, of business.

8. So remember trie name of thy Lord and devote thyself with a complete devotion —

9. Lord of the East and the West; there is no God save Him; so choose tnou Him alone for thy defender —

10. And bear with patience what they utter, and part from them with a fair leave-taking.

11. Leave Me to deal with the deniers, lords of ease and comfort (in this life); and do thou respite them awhile.

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Marmaduke Pickthall, The Meaning of The Glorious Koran. An Explanatory Translation, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, Consulted online at “Quran Archive - Texts and Studies on the Quran” on 27 Mar. 2023: