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Surah Dhariyat Ayat 17 in Arabic Text

كَانُوا۟ قَلِيلًۭا مِّنَ ٱلَّيْلِ مَا يَهْجَعُونَ
kaanoo qaleelam minal laili maa yahja’oon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 17

Sahih International
They used to sleep but little of the night,

Yusuf Ali
They were in the habit of sleeping but little by night,

Abul Ala Maududi
they used to sleep but little by night,

Muhsin Khan
They used to sleep but little by night [invoking their Lord (Allah) and praying, with fear and hope].

Pickthall
They used to sleep but little of the night,

Dr. Ghali
They used to slumber (only) little of the night;

Abdel Haleem
sleeping only little at night,

Quran 51 Verse 17 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Dhariyat ayat 17, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(51:17) they used to sleep but little by night,[15]


15. Some commentators have given this meaning of this verse: Seldom did it so happen that they spent the whole night sleeping and did not spend a part of it, in the beginning of the night or in the middle or in the end of it, awake in the worship of Allah. This commentary with a little variation in wording has been related from lbn Abbas, Anas bin Malik, Muhammad al-Baqir, Mutrif bin Abdullah, Abul Aliyah, Mujahid, Qatadah, Rabi bin Anas and others. According to some other commentators, it means this: They spent the major part of their nights in the worship of Allah Almighty and slept little. This meaning has been reported from Hasan Basri, Ahnaf bin Qais, and Ibn Shihab Zuhri, and the later commentators and translators have preferred this, for this appears to be in better agreement with the words of the verse and the context.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Ad-Dhariyat verse 17 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Dhariyat ayat 15 which provides the complete commentary from verse 15 through 23.

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