VERSES
111
PAGES
282-293

Name

This Surah takes its name (Bani Israil) from v. 4. But this name is merely a distinctive appellation like the names of many other surahs and not a descriptive title, and does not mean that "Bani Isra'il" is the theme of this Surah.

Period of Revelation

The very first verse indicates that this Surah was revealed on the occasion of Mi`raj (Ascension). According to the Traditions and books on the life of the Holy Prophet, this event happened one year before Hijrah. Thus, this Surah is one of those which were revealed in the last stage of Prophethood at Makkah.

Background

The Holy Prophet had been propagating Tauhid for the previous twelve years and his opponents had been doing all they could to make his Mission a failure, but in spite of all their opposition, Islam had spread to every corner of Arabia and there was hardly any clan which had not been influenced by his invitation. In Makkah itself the true Believers had formed themselves into a small community and were ready and willing to face every danger to make Islam a success. Besides them, a very large number of the people of Aus and Khazraj (two influential clans of Al-Madinah) had accepted Islam. Thus the time had come for the Holy Prophet to emigrate from Makkah to Al- Madinah and there gather together the scattered Muslims and establish a state based on the principles of Islam.

These were the conditions when Mi`raj took place and on his return the Holy Prophet brought down the Message contained in this Surah.

Theme and Topics

This Surah is a wonderful combination of warning, admonition and instruction, which have been blended together in a balanced proportion.

The disbelievers of Makkah had been admonished to take a lesson from the miserable end of the Israelites and other communities and mend their ways within the period of respite given by Allah, which was about to expire. They should, therefore, accept the invitation that was being extended by Muhammad (Allah's peace be upon him) and the Quran. Otherwise they shall be annihilated and replaced by other people. Incidentally, the Israelites, with whom Islam was going to come in direct contact in the near future at Al-Madinah have also been warned that they should learn a lesson from the chastisements that have already been inflicted on them. They were warned, "Take advantage of the Prophethood of Muhammad (Allah's peace be upon him) because that is the last opportunity which is being given to you. If even now you behave as you have been behaving, you shall meet with a painful torment."

As regards the education of mankind, it has been impressed that human success or failure, gain or loss, depends upon the right understanding of Tauhid, life-after- death and Prophethood. Accordingly, convincing arguments have been put forward to prove that the Quran is the Book of Allah and its teachings are true and genuine the doubts of the disbelievers about these basic realities have been removed and on suitable occasions they have been admonished and rebuked in regard to their ways of ignorance.

In this connection, those fundamental principles of morality and civilization on which the Islamic System of life is meant to be established have been put forward. Thus this was a sort of the Manifesto of the intended Islamic state which had been proclaimed a year before its actual establishment. It has been explicitly stated that that was the sketch of the system on which Muhammad (Allah's peace be upon him) intended to build human life first in his own country and then in the outside world.

Besides these, the Holy Prophet has been instructed to stick firmly to his stand without minding the opposition and difficulties which he was encountering and should never think of making a compromise with unbelief. The Muslims who sometimes showed signs of impatience, when they met with persecution, calumny, and crooked arguments, have also been instructed to face adverse circumstances with patience and fortitude and keep full control over their feelings and passions. Moreover, salat was prescribed in order to reform and purify their souls, as if to say, "This is the thing which will produce in you those high qualities of character which are essential for everyone who intends to struggle in the righteous way Incidentally, we learn from Traditions that Mi'raj was the first occasion on which the five daily Prayers were prescribed to be offered at fixed times.

Source: Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi - Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Quran

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وَأَنَّ الَّذِينَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ بِالْآخِرَةِ أَعْتَدْنَا لَهُمْ عَذَابًا أَلِيمًا

French

et à ceux qui ne croient pas en l'au-delà, que Nous leur avons préparé un châtiment douloureux.

Sahih International

And that those who do not believe in the Hereafter - We have prepared for them a painful punishment.

ﭿ

وَيَدْعُ الْإِنسَانُ بِالشَّرِّ دُعَاءَهُ بِالْخَيْرِ ۖ وَكَانَ الْإِنسَانُ عَجُولًا

French

L'homme appelle le mal comme il appelle le bien, car l'homme est très hâtif .

Sahih International

And man supplicates for evil as he supplicates for good, and man is ever hasty.

وَجَعَلْنَا اللَّيْلَ وَالنَّهَارَ آيَتَيْنِ ۖ فَمَحَوْنَا آيَةَ اللَّيْلِ وَجَعَلْنَا آيَةَ النَّهَارِ مُبْصِرَةً لِّتَبْتَغُوا فَضْلًا مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَلِتَعْلَمُوا عَدَدَ السِّنِينَ وَالْحِسَابَ ۚ وَكُلَّ شَيْءٍ فَصَّلْنَاهُ تَفْصِيلًا

Sahih International

And We have made the night and day two signs, and We erased the sign of the night and made the sign of the day visible that you may seek bounty from your Lord and may know the number of years and the account [of time]. And everything We have set out in detail.

French

Nous avons fait de la nuit et du jour deux signes, et Nous avons effacé le signe de la nuit, tandis que Nous avons rendu visible le signe du jour, pour que vous recherchiez des grâces de votre Seigneur, et que vous sachiez le nombre des années et le calcul du temps. Et Nous avons expliqué toute chose d'une manière détaillée.

وَكُلَّ إِنسَانٍ أَلْزَمْنَاهُ طَائِرَهُ فِي عُنُقِهِ ۖ وَنُخْرِجُ لَهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ كِتَابًا يَلْقَاهُ مَنشُورًا

French

Et au cou de chaque homme, Nous avons attaché son oeuvre. Et au Jour de la Résurrection, Nous lui sortirons un écrit qu'il trouvera déroulé :

Sahih International

And [for] every person We have imposed his fate upon his neck, and We will produce for him on the Day of Resurrection a record which he will encounter spread open.

اقْرَأْ كِتَابَكَ كَفَىٰ بِنَفْسِكَ الْيَوْمَ عَلَيْكَ حَسِيبًا

French

"Lis ton écrit. Aujourd'hui, tu te suffis d'être ton propre comptable".

Sahih International

[It will be said], "Read your record. Sufficient is yourself against you this Day as accountant."

مَّنِ اهْتَدَىٰ فَإِنَّمَا يَهْتَدِي لِنَفْسِهِ ۖ وَمَن ضَلَّ فَإِنَّمَا يَضِلُّ عَلَيْهَا ۚ وَلَا تَزِرُ وَازِرَةٌ وِزْرَ أُخْرَىٰ ۗ وَمَا كُنَّا مُعَذِّبِينَ حَتَّىٰ نَبْعَثَ رَسُولًا

Sahih International

Whoever is guided is only guided for [the benefit of] his soul. And whoever errs only errs against it. And no bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another. And never would We punish until We sent a messenger.

French

Quiconque prend le droit chemin ne le prend que pour lui-même; et quiconque s'égare, ne s'égare qu'à son propre détriment. Et nul ne portera le fardeau d'autrui. Et Nous n'avons jamais puni [un peuple] avant de [lui] avoir envoyé un Messager.

وَإِذَا أَرَدْنَا أَن نُّهْلِكَ قَرْيَةً أَمَرْنَا مُتْرَفِيهَا فَفَسَقُوا فِيهَا فَحَقَّ عَلَيْهَا الْقَوْلُ فَدَمَّرْنَاهَا تَدْمِيرًا

French

Et quand Nous voulons détruire une cité, Nous ordonnons à ses gens opulents [d'obéir à Nos prescriptions], mais (au contraire) ils se livrent à la perversité. Alors la Parole prononcée contre elle se réalise, et Nous la détruisons entièrement.

Sahih International

And when We intend to destroy a city, We command its affluent but they defiantly disobey therein; so the word comes into effect upon it, and We destroy it with [complete] destruction.

ﯿ

وَكَمْ أَهْلَكْنَا مِنَ الْقُرُونِ مِن بَعْدِ نُوحٍ ۗ وَكَفَىٰ بِرَبِّكَ بِذُنُوبِ عِبَادِهِ خَبِيرًا بَصِيرًا

Sahih International

And how many have We destroyed from the generations after Noah. And sufficient is your Lord, concerning the sins of His servants, as Acquainted and Seeing.

French

Que de générations avons-nous exterminées, après Noé ! Et ton Seigneur suffit qu'Il soit Parfaitement Connaisseur et Clairvoyant sur les péchés de Ses serviteurs.

مَّن كَانَ يُرِيدُ الْعَاجِلَةَ عَجَّلْنَا لَهُ فِيهَا مَا نَشَاءُ لِمَن نُّرِيدُ ثُمَّ جَعَلْنَا لَهُ جَهَنَّمَ يَصْلَاهَا مَذْمُومًا مَّدْحُورًا

Sahih International

Whoever should desire the immediate - We hasten for him from it what We will to whom We intend. Then We have made for him Hell, which he will [enter to] burn, censured and banished.

French

Quiconque désire [la vie] immédiate Nous nous hâtons de donner ce que Nous voulons; à qui Nous voulons. Puis, Nous lui assignons l'Enfer où il brûlera méprisé et repoussé.

وَمَنْ أَرَادَ الْآخِرَةَ وَسَعَىٰ لَهَا سَعْيَهَا وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَأُولَٰئِكَ كَانَ سَعْيُهُم مَّشْكُورًا

French

et ceux qui cherchent l'au-delà et fournissent les efforts qui y mènent, tout en étant croyants... alors l'effort de ceux-là sera reconnu.

Sahih International

But whoever desires the Hereafter and exerts the effort due to it while he is a believer - it is those whose effort is ever appreciated [by Allah ].

كُلًّا نُّمِدُّ هَٰؤُلَاءِ وَهَٰؤُلَاءِ مِنْ عَطَاءِ رَبِّكَ ۚ وَمَا كَانَ عَطَاءُ رَبِّكَ مَحْظُورًا

French

Nous accordons abondamment à tous; ceux-ci comme ceux-là, des dons de ton Seigneur. Et les dons de ton Seigneur ne sont refusés [à personne].

Sahih International

To each [category] We extend - to these and to those - from the gift of your Lord. And never has the gift of your Lord been restricted.

ﭿ

انظُرْ كَيْفَ فَضَّلْنَا بَعْضَهُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ ۚ وَلَلْآخِرَةُ أَكْبَرُ دَرَجَاتٍ وَأَكْبَرُ تَفْضِيلًا

Sahih International

Look how We have favored [in provision] some of them over others. But the Hereafter is greater in degrees [of difference] and greater in distinction.

French

Regarde comment Nous favorisons certains sur d'autres. Et dans l'au-delà, il y a des rangs plus élevés et plus privilégiés.

لَّا تَجْعَلْ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَٰهًا آخَرَ فَتَقْعُدَ مَذْمُومًا مَّخْذُولًا

Sahih International

Do not make [as equal] with Allah another deity and [thereby] become censured and forsaken.

French

N'assigne point à Allah d'autre divinité; sinon tu te trouveras méprisé et abandonné.

وَقَضَىٰ رَبُّكَ أَلَّا تَعْبُدُوا إِلَّا إِيَّاهُ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا ۚ إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِندَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ كِلَاهُمَا فَلَا تَقُل لَّهُمَا أُفٍّ وَلَا تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُل لَّهُمَا قَوْلًا كَرِيمًا

Sahih International

And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], "uff," and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word.

French

et ton Seigneur a décrété : "n'adorez que Lui; et (marquez) de la bonté envers les père et mère : si l'un d'eux ou tous deux doivent atteindre la vieillesse auprès de toi; alors ne leur dis point : "Fi ! " et ne les brusque pas, mais adresse-leur des paroles respectueuses.

وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا

French

et par miséricorde; abaisse pour eux l'aile de l'humilité; et dis : "ô mon Seigneur, fais-leur; à tous deux; miséricorde comme ils m'ont élevé tout petit".

Sahih International

And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, "My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small."

رَّبُّكُمْ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا فِي نُفُوسِكُمْ ۚ إِن تَكُونُوا صَالِحِينَ فَإِنَّهُ كَانَ لِلْأَوَّابِينَ غَفُورًا

Sahih International

Your Lord is most knowing of what is within yourselves. If you should be righteous [in intention] - then indeed He is ever, to the often returning [to Him], Forgiving.

French

Votre Seigneur connaît mieux ce qu'il y a dans vos âmes. Si vous êtes bons; Il est certes Pardonneur pour ceux qui Lui reviennent se repentant.

وَآتِ ذَا الْقُرْبَىٰ حَقَّهُ وَالْمِسْكِينَ وَابْنَ السَّبِيلِ وَلَا تُبَذِّرْ تَبْذِيرًا

Sahih International

And give the relative his right, and [also] the poor and the traveler, and do not spend wastefully.

French

"Et donne au proche parent ce qui lui est dû ainsi qu'au pauvre et au voyageur (en détresse). Et ne gaspille pas indûment,

ﯿ

إِنَّ الْمُبَذِّرِينَ كَانُوا إِخْوَانَ الشَّيَاطِينِ ۖ وَكَانَ الشَّيْطَانُ لِرَبِّهِ كَفُورًا

Sahih International

Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful.

French

car les gaspilleurs sont les frères des diables ; et le Diable est très ingrat envers son Seigneur.

وَإِمَّا تُعْرِضَنَّ عَنْهُمُ ابْتِغَاءَ رَحْمَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكَ تَرْجُوهَا فَقُل لَّهُمْ قَوْلًا مَّيْسُورًا

French

Si tu t'écartes d'eux à la recherche d'une miséricorde de Ton Seigneur, que tu espères; adresse-leur une parole bienveillante .

Sahih International

And if you [must] turn away from the needy awaiting mercy from your Lord which you expect, then speak to them a gentle word.

وَلَا تَجْعَلْ يَدَكَ مَغْلُولَةً إِلَىٰ عُنُقِكَ وَلَا تَبْسُطْهَا كُلَّ الْبَسْطِ فَتَقْعُدَ مَلُومًا مَّحْسُورًا

French

Ne porte pas ta main enchaînée à ton cou [par avarice], et ne l'étend pas non plus trop largement, sinon tu te trouveras blâmé et chagriné.

Sahih International

And do not make your hand [as] chained to your neck or extend it completely and [thereby] become blamed and insolvent.

إِنَّ رَبَّكَ يَبْسُطُ الرِّزْقَ لِمَن يَشَاءُ وَيَقْدِرُ ۚ إِنَّهُ كَانَ بِعِبَادِهِ خَبِيرًا بَصِيرًا

French

En vérité ton Seigneur étend Ses dons largement à qu'Il veut ou les accorde avec parcimonie. Il est, sur Ses serviteurs, Parfaitement Connaisseur et Clairvoyant

Sahih International

Indeed, your Lord extends provision for whom He wills and restricts [it]. Indeed He is ever, concerning His servants, Acquainted and Seeing.

ﭿ

وَلَا تَقْتُلُوا أَوْلَادَكُمْ خَشْيَةَ إِمْلَاقٍ ۖ نَّحْنُ نَرْزُقُهُمْ وَإِيَّاكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ قَتْلَهُمْ كَانَ خِطْئًا كَبِيرًا

Sahih International

And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin.

French

Et ne tuez pas vos enfants par crainte de pauvreté; c'est Nous qui attribuons leur subsistance; tout comme à vous . Les tuer, c'est vraiment, un énorme pêché.

وَلَا تَقْرَبُوا الزِّنَا ۖ إِنَّهُ كَانَ فَاحِشَةً وَسَاءَ سَبِيلًا

Sahih International

And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way.

French

Et n'approchez point la fornication. En vérité, c'est une turpitude et quel mauvais chemin !

وَلَا تَقْتُلُوا النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ ۗ وَمَن قُتِلَ مَظْلُومًا فَقَدْ جَعَلْنَا لِوَلِيِّهِ سُلْطَانًا فَلَا يُسْرِف فِّي الْقَتْلِ ۖ إِنَّهُ كَانَ مَنصُورًا

French

Et; sauf en droit, ne tuez point la vie qu'Allah a rendu sacrée. Quiconque est tué injustement, alors Nous avons donné pouvoir à son proche [parent] . Que celui-ci ne commette pas d'excès dans le meurtre, car il est déjà assisté (par la loi).

Sahih International

And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden, except by right. And whoever is killed unjustly - We have given his heir authority, but let him not exceed limits in [the matter of] taking life. Indeed, he has been supported [by the law].

وَلَا تَقْرَبُوا مَالَ الْيَتِيمِ إِلَّا بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ حَتَّىٰ يَبْلُغَ أَشُدَّهُ ۚ وَأَوْفُوا بِالْعَهْدِ ۖ إِنَّ الْعَهْدَ كَانَ مَسْئُولًا

Sahih International

And do not approach the property of an orphan, except in the way that is best, until he reaches maturity. And fulfill [every] commitment. Indeed, the commitment is ever [that about which one will be] questioned.

French

Et n'approchez les biens de l'orphelin que de la façon la meilleur, jusqu'à ce qu'il atteigne sa majorité. Et remplissez l'engagement, car on sera interrogé au sujet des engagements

وَأَوْفُوا الْكَيْلَ إِذَا كِلْتُمْ وَزِنُوا بِالْقِسْطَاسِ الْمُسْتَقِيمِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ خَيْرٌ وَأَحْسَنُ تَأْوِيلًا

Sahih International

And give full measure when you measure, and weigh with an even balance. That is the best [way] and best in result.

French

Et donnez la pleine mesure quand vous mesurez; et pesez avec une balance exacte. C'est mieux [pour vous] et le résultat en sera meilleur.

ﯿ

وَلَا تَقْفُ مَا لَيْسَ لَكَ بِهِ عِلْمٌ ۚ إِنَّ السَّمْعَ وَالْبَصَرَ وَالْفُؤَادَ كُلُّ أُولَٰئِكَ كَانَ عَنْهُ مَسْئُولًا

French

Et ne poursuis pas ce dont tu n'as aucune connaissance. L'ouïe, la vue et le cœur : sur tout cela, en vérité, on sera interrogé.

Sahih International

And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart - about all those [one] will be questioned.

وَلَا تَمْشِ فِي الْأَرْضِ مَرَحًا ۖ إِنَّكَ لَن تَخْرِقَ الْأَرْضَ وَلَن تَبْلُغَ الْجِبَالَ طُولًا

Sahih International

And do not walk upon the earth exultantly. Indeed, you will never tear the earth [apart], and you will never reach the mountains in height.

French

Et ne foule pas la terre avec orgueil : tu ne sauras jamais fendre la terre et tu ne pourras jamais atteindre la hauteur des montagnes !

كُلُّ ذَٰلِكَ كَانَ سَيِّئُهُ عِندَ رَبِّكَ مَكْرُوهًا

French

Ce qui est mauvais en tout cela est détesté de ton Seigneur.

Sahih International

All that - its evil is ever, in the sight of your Lord, detested.

ذَٰلِكَ مِمَّا أَوْحَىٰ إِلَيْكَ رَبُّكَ مِنَ الْحِكْمَةِ ۗ وَلَا تَجْعَلْ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَٰهًا آخَرَ فَتُلْقَىٰ فِي جَهَنَّمَ مَلُومًا مَّدْحُورًا

Sahih International

That is from what your Lord has revealed to you, [O Muhammad], of wisdom. And, [O mankind], do not make [as equal] with Allah another deity, lest you be thrown into Hell, blamed and banished.

French

Tout cela fait partie de ce que ton Seigneur t'a révélé de la Sagesse. N'assigne donc pas à Allah d'autre divinité, sinon tu seras jeté dans l'Enfer, blâmé et repoussé.

أَفَأَصْفَاكُمْ رَبُّكُم بِالْبَنِينَ وَاتَّخَذَ مِنَ الْمَلَائِكَةِ إِنَاثًا ۚ إِنَّكُمْ لَتَقُولُونَ قَوْلًا عَظِيمًا

Sahih International

Then, has your Lord chosen you for [having] sons and taken from among the angels daughters? Indeed, you say a grave saying.

French

Votre Seigneur, aurait-Il réservé exclusivement pour vous des fils, et Lui, aurait-Il pris pour Lui des filles parmi les Anges ! Vous prononcez là une parole monstrueuse.

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