Surah Al-Isra (The Night Journey ) 17 : 20

كُلًّا نُّمِدُّ هَٰٓؤُلَآءِ وَهَٰٓؤُلَآءِ مِنْ عَطَآءِ رَبِّكَ ۚ وَمَا كَانَ عَطَآءُ رَبِّكَ مَحْظُورًا

Translations

 
 Muhsin Khan
 Pickthall
 Yusuf Ali
Quran Project
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.

1. Lessons/Guidance/Reflections/Gems

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Explanatory Note

Yet both groups receive God’s bounty which is open to all and restricted to none. Both those who seek only this world’s pleasures and enjoy them to the full and those who pursue the reward of the life to come partake of God’s bounty which God grants to all:

“On all — these as well as those — do We bestow the bounty of your Lord. Indeed your Lord’s bounty is not denied [to anyone].” (Verse 20)

This bounty bestowed by God differs widely, in accordance with people’s means, aims and actions. They differ despite the fact that the scope on earth is very limited and its expanse so narrow. How then will they differ when they are in the other place, where the scope is limitless? How can we compare the expanses of the two worlds, when, in God’s sight, this world and all that it contains counts for less that the span of a mosquito’s wings, as stated by the Prophet?

2. Linguistic Analysis

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7. Period of Revelation

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The very first verse indicates that this Surah was revealed on the occasion of the ascension (Mi’raj). According to the narrations (hadith) on the life of the Prophet, this event happened one year before migration (Hijrah). Thus this Surah was revealed in the last stage of Prophethood in Makkah.

8. Reasons for Revelation

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The Prophet had been propagating Monotheism (Tawhid) for twelve years now. In spite of all the opposition, Islam had spread to every corner of Arabia and there was hardly a clan which had not been influenced by the invitation. In Makkah itself, the true Believers had formed themselves into a small community.  A large number of the people from the Aws and Khazraj tribes (two influential clans of Madinah) had also now accepted Islam. Thus the time had come for the Muslims to emigrate from Makkah to Madinah, at behest of the Aws and Khazraj to establish an Islamic state.

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