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73. Bundled Up

THESE 20 VERSES arranged in two sections all date from Mecca, except for vv. 10, 11 and 20, which are from Madina; the short crisp Meccan verses are thus followed by a longer passage from Madina. The chapter was revealed after The Pen 68, and it refers to the Prophet's worries as he initially accepts his mission and searches for Truth. It gives us an excellent picture of his concern at this period as well as his care in attempting to fulfil his prophetic mission.

In the name of God, the Mercy-giving, the Merciful!

* You who are bundled up,
* stay up all night,
except for a little while: * half of it
or a trifle less than that,
* or [even] add some to it,
and chant the Quran distinctly
as it should be chanted. ** We will cast
a weighty statement on you!

* The onset of night is more serious for impressions, as well as more effective for speaking in. * You have lengthy employment during daylight. * Mention your Lord's name and devote yourself to Him utterly! * Lord of the East and the West, there is no deity except Him, so accept him as your Defender. ** Be patient about anything they may say, and steer clear of them in a polite manner. * Let Me deal with rejectors who are enjoying their leisure; put up with them for a while. * Before us there lie fetters and Hades, * plus food which will make you choke, and painful torment.

* Some day the earth and mountains will rumble, and the mountains spill over as if they had been turned into sand. ** We have sent a messenger to you (all) to act as a witness concerning you, just as We sent Pharaoh a messenger. * Yet Pharaoh defied the messenger, so We seized him mercilessly!

* So how will you do your duty if you already disbelieve in the day which will turn children into greybeards? * The sky will crack open from it; His promise will be fulfilled. * This is a Reminder, so let anyone who so wishes, adopt a way unto his Lord.

Prayer at Night; Vigil

(ii)** Your Lord knows how you stay up close to two thirds of the night [in prayer], half of it, and even a third of it; and [so do) a group of those who are with you. God measures out both night and daylight; He knows that you (all) will never count them up, so He has relented towards you.

Charity and Taxes

Read whatever seems feasible from the Quran. He knows that some of you may be ill while others are out travelling around the earth seeking God's bounty, and still others are fighting for God's sake. So read any of it that seems feasible, and keep up prayer and pay the welfare tax, and advance God a handsome loan. Anything good you send on ahead for yourselves, you will find [later on] with God; it is better and more important as earnings.

Seek forgiveness from God;
God will be Forgiving, Merciful.


Published with authorization from Dr.T.B.Irving .