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No. Surah/ Ayah Section Title Approved Edit Approval Date
1. al-Ma`arij (The Ways of Ascent) / 2 Explantory Note The very concept of the hereafter was very difficult for the Arab polytheists to understand. They strongly resisted it. In fact they received it with so much amazement that they denied it outright. They f..... read more 08/04/2020
2. al-Ma`arij (The Ways of Ascent) / 7 Explantory Notes  Whatever they suffer as a result is for God's sake, and whatever happens to it is by His will. Goodly patience, therefore, is the only attitude that fits properly with this truth. God..... read more 08/04/2020
3. al-Ma`arij (The Ways of Ascent) / 9 Explantory Notes  he Qur'an mentions in several places that great celestial events will take place on that promised day, and as a result change will affect different celestial bodies in their positions and chara..... read more 08/04/2020
4. al-Ma`arij (The Ways of Ascent) / 36 Explantory Notes  The surah then depicts a Makkan scene in which we see the unbelievers going hurriedly to where the Prophet was reading the Qur'an. Once there, they would split into groups around him. The surah..... read more 08/04/2020
5. al-Ma`arij (The Ways of Ascent) / 41 Explantory Notes  Confirming their unimportance and lowly status, the surah states that God is able to replace them with better creatures. Furthermore, they cannot escape the punishment their actions deserve. ..... read more 08/04/2020
6. al-Ma`arij (The Ways of Ascent) / 43 Explantory Notes  This address implies a definite warning that should fill them with worry and anticipation. Indeed, the image describing them and their movements on that day should add intense fear. Moreover, it ca..... read more 08/04/2020
7. Nuh (Noah ) / 8 Explantory Notes  In his strenuous efforts to fulfil his mission, Noah used every method, addressing them openly at times. ..... read more 08/04/2020
8. Nuh (Noah ) / 9 Explantory Notes  In his strenuous efforts to fulfil his mission, Noah used every method, addressing them openly at times, and speaking to them in private. ..... read more 08/04/2020
9. Nuh (Noah ) / 10 Explantory Notes  In all this, he put before them immeasurable gains both in this life and in the life to come. The first prospect he put before them was forgiveness of their sins. ..... read more 08/04/2020
10. Nuh (Noah ) / 13 Explantory Notes We continue with Noah and his untiring efforts. We see him trying to turn people's attentions to the signs pointing to God, be these from within themselves or in the world around them. He wonders at ..... read more 08/04/2020
11. Nuh (Noah ) / 16 Explantory Notes  We continue with Noah and his untiring efforts. We see him trying to turn people's attentions to the signs pointing to God, be these from within themselves or in the world around them. He wonde..... read more 08/04/2020
12. Nuh (Noah ) / 20 Explantory Notes  Those people who came out of the earth will go back into it, because God determines so, just like He brought them into being out of it. Their ashes become mixed with its dust and they become part o..... read more 08/04/2020
13. Nuh (Noah ) / 25 Explantory Notes  It is because of their sins and disobedience that they were made to drown and enter the fire. The two events are intentionally joined in succession, because their entry into the fire is connected t..... read more 08/04/2020
14. Nuh (Noah ) / 26 Explantory Notes  In his heart of hearts, Noah felt that the earth needed to have a complete change, a change that would eradicate the evil that had become so deeply entrenched among his people. Sometimes, only such..... read more 08/04/2020
15. Muhammad (Muhammad ) / 14 Explanatory Note The comparison between the two groups continues. This by virtue of an explanation outlining why the believers are admitted into gardens of bliss in the life to come after they have been given support and..... read more 08/04/2020
16. Muhammad (Muhammad ) / 16 Explanatory Note Some of them listen to you, but no sooner do they leave your presence than they Acornfislly say to those endowed with knowledge: 'What is it that he said just now?' Such are the ones whos..... read more 08/04/2020
17. Muhammad (Muhammad ) / 17 Explanatory Note Such is the condition of the hypocrites. Those who follow Divine guidance, however, are totally different: As for those who accept Divine guidance, God increases them in guidance and causes them ..... read more 08/04/2020
18. Muhammad (Muhammad ) / 18 Explanatory Note The surah picks up its description of the hypocrites who leave the Prophet's presence having understood nothing of his teachings, which aim to enhance people's fear of God, and remind them of wha..... read more 08/04/2020
19. Muhammad (Muhammad ) / 19 Explanatory Note The surah then addresses the Prophet and the well-guided people who follow him telling them to follow a different course based on true knowledge, remembrance of God and seeking His forgiveness and feelin..... read more 08/04/2020
20. Muhammad (Muhammad ) / 20 Explanatory Note This surah describes the attitude of the hypocrites to fighting for God's cause and their utter cowardice when it is made obligatory upon Muslims. It exposes their true feelings about the whole ..... read more 08/04/2020
21. al-Jathiyah (Kneeling ) / 36 Explanatory Note All praise is due to God, the Lord of the heavens, the Lord of the earth and the Lord of all the worlds. His alone is all supremacy in the heavens and the earth. He alone is the Almighty, the Wise. ..... read more 08/04/2020
22. al-Jathiyah (Kneeling ) / 37 Explanatory Note All praise is due to God, the Lord of the heavens, the Lord of the earth and the Lord of all the worlds. His alone is all supremacy in the heavens and the earth. He alone is the Almighty, the Wise...... read more 08/04/2020
23. al-Ahqaf (Sand Dunes) / 16 Explanatory Note Thus is the attitude of a good servant of God, one equipped with sound, uncorrupted nature. The Qur'an tells us of how God looks upon such people: It is from such people that We shall accep..... read more 08/04/2020
24. al-Ahqaf (Sand Dunes) / 20 Explanatory Note The surah then puts before the unbelievers their own fate as they face the reckoning on the Day of Resurrection which they were wont to deny. This is a fast moving scene, yet it has a profound,..... read more 08/04/2020
25. al-Ahqaf (Sand Dunes) / 27 Explanatory Note We have also destroyed other communities that once lived around you, and We gave Our message in various ways so that they might return to the right way. Why did those whom they had set up as deities besi..... read more 08/04/2020
26. al-Ahqaf (Sand Dunes) / 35 Explanatory Note Every word in this verse is charged with meaning; every phrase draws a whole world of images and impressions and refers to great issues and values. This is a directive given to Muhammad (peace ..... read more 08/04/2020
27. al-Haqqah (The Manifest Reality) / 43 Explantory Notes  The statement that the Qur'an "is the word of a noble Messenger," does not mean that it is of his own composition. It rather means that it is a different type of word, one not uttered..... read more 08/04/2020
28. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 57 Explanatory Note Whenever the son of Mary is cited as an example, your people raise an outcry, saying: 'Who is better: our deities or he?' They cite him only to challenge you. They are contentious people. He was ..... read more 08/04/2020
29. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 34 Explanatory Note Were it not that all people would become one community [of unbelievers], We would have provided those who now disbelieve in the Lord of Grace with roofs of silver for houses, stairways on which to ascend..... read more 08/04/2020
30. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 58 In al-Kashshaf, a commentary on the Qur'an, al-Zamakhshari gives a broadly similar report, without mentioning its source. Both reports show clearly how argumentative the pagan Arabs were. They were exactly as the Qur'an describes them: &qu..... read more 08/04/2020
31. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 59 Explanatory Note Hence, the surah makes the following comment: "He was but a servant of Ours whom We had favoured and made an example to the Children of lsrael." (Verse 59) He was no deity to b..... read more 08/04/2020
32. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 60 The surah discusses the Arabs' legend about the angels, making it clear that they are part of God's creation. Had God willed, He would have made the angels succeed them on earth, or He would have transformed some people into angels to succ..... read more 08/04/2020
33. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 61 Explanatory Note Another statement about Jesus reminds them of the Last Hour which they denied: "He is a portent of the Last Hour. Have no doubt about it, but follow Me: this is a straight path. Let not Sata..... read more 08/04/2020
34. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 62 Explanatory Note "He is a portent of the Last Hour. Have no doubt about it, but follow Me: this is a straight path." (Verse 61) They had strong doubts about the coming of the Last Hour, but the..... read more 08/04/2020
35. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 63 Explanatory Note The surah now speaks about Jesus, stating the truth about him and what he preached, and how his people differed about him, both before and after his time: When Jesus came with clear signs, he s..... read more 08/04/2020
36. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 64 Explanatory Note Jesus' mission also clarified for them some of the questions over which they differed. Indeed, they differed on many aspects of the law of Moses, allowing their variances to split them into hostile f..... read more 08/04/2020
37. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 65 Explanatory Note Yet those who came after him disputed much, splitting into factions like those who preceded him. In this they were wrongdoers, relying on no sure information. Hence, the warning: "Woe, then,..... read more 08/04/2020
38. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 81 Explanatory Note Now the Qur'an directs the Prophet to say something to them and to leave them to face the destiny which has already been described to them: Say: 'If the Lord of Grace had a son, I would..... read more 08/04/2020
39. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 82 Explanatory Note They alleged that the angels whom they worshipped were God's daughters. Had God had any offspring, the first one to know this and act on the basis of this knowledge was God's Prophet and messenge..... read more 08/04/2020
40. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 83 Explanatory Note When we contemplate the heavens and the earth, looking at their systems and harmony, we feel the greatness and sublimity of the One who controls all this, referred to as, 'the Lord of the Throne,'..... read more 08/04/2020
41. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 84 Explanatory Note The surah continues its glorification of God, the Creator, attributing to Him what is worthy of His Lordship of the heavens and the earth as well as the mighty throne: It is He alone who is God..... read more 08/04/2020
42. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 85 Explanatory Note It is He alone who is God in heaven and God on earth; He alone is the Wise, the All-Knowing. Blessed is He to whom sovereignty over the heavens and the earth and all that is between them belongs, and wit..... read more 08/04/2020
43. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 86 Explanatory Note This statement confirms the unity of Godhead throughout the universe, making it clear that no one shares this with God Almighty who does everything according to His infinite wisdom and perfect knowledge...... read more 08/04/2020
44. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 87 Explanatory Note The surah then confronts them with something that is ingrained in their nature and concerning which they have no doubt. That is, their Creator is God. How, then, can they associate partners with Him in t..... read more 08/04/2020
45. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 88 Explanatory Note  As the surah comes to its close, it highlights the fact that the Prophet turns to his Lord complaining of their rejection of the truth and their disbelief: "And [the Prophet] says: My ..... read more 08/04/2020
46. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 89 Explanatory Note This is given in a special form that implies how keenly the Prophet felt this and how well God received it. The answer from on high is a directive to the Prophet to bear with them and not to care for the..... read more 08/04/2020
47. ad-Dukhan (Smoke) / 30 Explanatory Note This is a universe that believes in its Lord while they denied Him. Theirs were evil souls, untouchable by the universe in which they lived. Had these tyrants felt what these words imply, they would have..... read more 08/04/2020
48. ad-Dukhan (Smoke) / 31 Explanatory Note This is a universe that believes in its Lord while they denied Him. Theirs were evil souls, untouchable by the universe in which they lived. Had these tyrants felt what these words imply, they would have..... read more 08/04/2020
49. ad-Dukhan (Smoke) / 32 Explanatory Note This is a universe that believes in its Lord while they denied Him. Theirs were evil souls, untouchable by the universe in which they lived. Had these tyrants felt what these words imply, they would have..... read more 08/04/2020
50. ad-Dukhan (Smoke) / 33 Explanatory Note "And We gave them signs in which there was a clear test." (Verse 33) Thus, in turn, the Children of Israel were tested by means of these signs. When the test was over and their..... read more 08/04/2020
51. al-Haqqah (The Manifest Reality) / 43  Explantory Notes  The statement that the Qur'an "is the word of a noble Messenger," does not mean that it is of his own composition. It rather means that it is a different type of word, one not u..... read more 07/04/2020
52. al-Haqqah (The Manifest Reality) / 45 Explantory Notes  As the surah draws to its conclusion, it issues a terrifying threat to anyone who fabricates something about the very serious matter of faith. The threat is issued so as to affirm the only possible..... read more 07/04/2020
53. al-Haqqah (The Manifest Reality) / 46 Explantory Notes  Yet this confirmation is given in a scene that goes much further than the actual statement, adding some fearsome connotations, action and life. We see here the violent, scary action of someone bein..... read more 07/04/2020
54. al-Haqqah (The Manifest Reality) / 29 Explantory Notes  Long is his lamentation, miserable his tone and desperate his words. The surah presents his reaction at length and the listener almost feels his endless lamentation. This is another aspect of the Q..... read more 07/04/2020
55. al-Haqqah (The Manifest Reality) / 30 Explantory Notes  A command is given by God Almighty, and everyone in the universe moves against this miserable creature. Those to whom the command is issued will move swiftly from all corners. A hadith related by I..... read more 07/04/2020
56. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 5 Explanatory Note When this fact has been established it makes the people who speak the language in which the Qur'an has been revealed appreciate the great gift and blessing God has given them. It shows them the exten..... read more 07/04/2020
57. al-Haqqah (The Manifest Reality) / 30  Explantory Notes  A command is given by God Almighty, and everyone in the universe moves against this miserable creature. Those to whom the command is issued will move swiftly from all corners. A hadith relate..... read more 07/04/2020
58. al-Jumu`ah (Friday) / 9 Explantory Notes  Friday Prayer is a weekly prayer that must be offered in congregation. It cannot be offered by anyone on his own. Muslims meet in Friday Prayer and listen to a sermon that reminds them of their dut..... read more 07/04/2020
59. al-Jumu`ah (Friday) / 10 Explantory Notes  When they have done so, they can then return to their business, continuing to remember God. The Islamic system provides a perfect balance between the needs of life on earth, with all that it requir..... read more 07/04/2020
60. al-Jumu`ah (Friday) / 11 Explantory Notes  Jabir ibn `Abdullah reports: "We were attending the prayer with the Prophet when a caravan carrying food arrived. People flocked to it, and only 12 men remained with the Prophet, inclu..... read more 07/04/2020
61. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 34 Explanatory Note It is God who knows man's weaknesses best and what effect wealth and affluence have on him. Had it not been for the fact that people would be lured by such luxuries, God would have given to those who..... read more 07/04/2020
62. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 3 Explanatory Note God states this oath by the two letters and the clear book so as to confirm the purpose of making this Qur'an in the form it was made when revealed to the Arabs: "We have made the Quran ..... read more 07/04/2020
63. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 4 Explanatory Note He then defines what position He has assigned for the Qur'an with Him and its value in His overall plan for the universe: "It originates in the source of revelation kept with Us; it is i..... read more 07/04/2020
64. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 6 Explanatory Note In addition to this threat, they are reminded of God's law that applied to earlier communities that denied the prophets sent to them: "Many a prophet did We send to people of olden times..... read more 07/04/2020
65. al-Haqqah (The Manifest Reality) / 29  Explantory Notes  Long is his lamentation, miserable his tone and desperate his words. The surah presents his reaction at length and the listener almost feels his endless lamentation. This is another aspect of..... read more 07/04/2020
66. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 7 Explanatory Note In addition to this threat, they are reminded of God's law that applied to earlier communities that denied the prophets sent to them: "Many a prophet did We send to people of olden times..... read more 07/04/2020
67. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 8 Explanatory Note In addition to this threat, they are reminded of God's law that applied to earlier communities that denied the prophets sent to them: "Many a prophet did We send to people of olden times..... read more 07/04/2020
68. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 9 Explanatory Note Yet if you ask them, 'Who created the heavens and the earth?' they are sure to answer, The Almighty, the All-Knowing created them.' It is He who has smoothed out the earth for you and has tra..... read more 07/04/2020
69. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 10 Explanatory Note The surah takes them another step forward in outlining God's attributes and the favours He has given them: "It is He who has smoothed out the earth for you and has traced on it p..... read more 07/04/2020
70. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 11 Explanatory Note The surah then looks a step further at the process of life and the emergence of living creatures: "And He it is who sends down water from the sky in due measure. With it We raise dead land t..... read more 07/04/2020
71. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 12 Explanatory Note We learn from this surah that the Arab unbelievers used to assign a portion of their cattle to God and another portion to other beings. God, however, created cattle as one of the favours He bestows on ma..... read more 07/04/2020
72. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 13 Explanatory Note This is to remind man that God has placed him in charge of the earth, putting at his disposal its considerable and varied power and potential. It also invites man to show gratitude for God's choice a..... read more 07/04/2020
73. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 14 Explanatory Note We certainly cannot match His blessings. All that we can do is to be truly grateful and give due thanks for all that He has favoured us with. We should realise that we will eventually return to God after..... read more 07/04/2020
74. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 15 Explanatory Note Yet they assign to Him some of His own servants as offspring. Surely man is dearly bereft of all gratitude. Would He, out of all His creation, choose for Himself daughters and favour you with sons? If an..... read more 07/04/2020
75. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 16 Explanatory Note Using their own logic and standards, the Sarah ridicules their allegation that the angels are female and then their claim that they are God's offspring: "Would He, out of all His creatio..... read more 07/04/2020
76. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 17 Explanatory Note If God were to take offspring for Himself, why would He choose females and give the males to them? This is nothing less than absurd and especially when they are so distressed when a daughter is born to t..... read more 07/04/2020
77. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 18 Explanatory Note If God were to take offspring for Himself, why would He choose females and give the males to them? This is nothing less than absurd and especially when they are so distressed when a daughter is born to t..... read more 07/04/2020
78. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 19 Explanatory Note The surah then refutes another of their absurd superstitions. They alleged that the angels were female. On what basis do they make such a claim? "They claim that the angels, who are themselv..... read more 07/04/2020
79. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 20 Explanatory Note The unbelievers provide further argument to justify their absurdities, but once again the surah exposes how flawed their statements are: "They say: 'Had it been the will of the Lord of G..... read more 07/04/2020
80. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 21 Explanatory Note They simply indulge in guesswork and delusion. "Or have We given them a book before this one to which they are still holding fast?' (Verse 21) Do they have such a book as a basi..... read more 07/04/2020
81. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 22 Explanatory Note At this point, the surah exposes the reality on which they rely when holding to their absurd superstition that makes them offer false worship: "No indeed! They say, 'We found our forefat..... read more 07/04/2020
82. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 23 Explanatory Note At the end of this passage, the unbelievers are shown the fates of earlier communities that argued in the same vein and blindly followed their forefathers' footsteps, rejecting the truth clearly pres..... read more 07/04/2020
83. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 24 Explanatory Note At the end of this passage, the unbelievers are shown the fates of earlier communities that argued in the same vein and blindly followed their forefathers' footsteps, rejecting the truth clearly pres..... read more 07/04/2020
84. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 35 Explanatory Note It is God who knows man's weaknesses best and what effect wealth and affluence have on him. Had it not been for the fact that people would be lured by such luxuries, God would have given to those who..... read more 07/04/2020
85. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 46 We sent Moses with Our message to Pharaoh and his nobles; and he said: 'I am a messenger of the Lord of all the worlds,' but when he presented Our signs to them, they laughed at them. (Verses 46-47) The episode s..... read more 07/04/2020
86. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 47 Explanatory Note We sent Moses with Our message to Pharaoh and his nobles; and he said: 'I am a messenger of the Lord of all the worlds,' but when he presented Our signs to them, they laughed at them. (Ve..... read more 07/04/2020
87. at-Talaq (The Divorce ) / 9 Explantory Notes  To start with, the punishment God metes out to those who defy His orders and do not respond to His messengers is a law He has set in operation. The verse mentions more details about the way in..... read more 07/04/2020
88. al-Mulk (The Dominion ) / 7 Explantory Notes  Hell seems here to be a living creature, one suppressing its fury, but as a result of which draws its breath and boils over. Its anger is so immense that it almost bursts with hate for the unbeliev..... read more 07/04/2020
89. al-Mulk (The Dominion ) / 10 Explantory Notes  The one who denies God during his life on earth sinks further every day into the darkness of disbelief, until he ends up in an ugly shape, derived from hell. It is so ugly an image that it is unlik..... read more 07/04/2020
90. al-Qalam (The Pen ) / 13 Explantory Notes  The next characteristic is stated in translation as 'cruel', but in the Arabic original this is utull, which by its very sound connotes a host of features that no group of words can adequat..... read more 07/04/2020
91. al-Qalam (The Pen ) / 15 Explantory Notes  How ungrateful! How can anyone enjoy God's favours of children and wealth and then deride His revelations, ridicule His Messenger and denounce His message? By itself, this is equal to all the e..... read more 07/04/2020
92. al-Qalam (The Pen ) / 22 Explantory Notes  They made up their minds to harvest its fruits very early in the morning, taking all for themselves and making no allowance for the poor. They swore to this and even went to bed with this evil inte..... read more 07/04/2020
93. al-Qalam (The Pen ) / 31 Explantory Notes  Then, they finally stop blaming each other and acknowledge their common fault, hoping that God will forgive them and replace their lost harvest.  ..... read more 07/04/2020
94. al-Haqqah (The Manifest Reality) / 20 Explantory Notes  Taking one's record with one's right or left hand, or behind one's back may be a statement expressing a material fact, or it may be an idiomatic expression, following standard rules of ..... read more 07/04/2020
95. al-Haqqah (The Manifest Reality) / 23 Explantory Notes  The details of blessings made ready for such people are then announced before all. The account given here of these blessings includes some aspects of material comfort. This suited the state of thos..... read more 07/04/2020
96. al-Haqqah (The Manifest Reality) / 24 Explantory Notes  Such blessings and comforts are coupled with a special honour that is felt in the fact that the surah makes its address directly to those deserving of it, saying to them to eat and drink as they pl..... read more 07/04/2020
97. al-Haqqah (The Manifest Reality) / 26 Explantory Notes  Long is his lamentation, miserable his tone and desperate his words.  ..... read more 07/04/2020
98. al-Haqqah (The Manifest Reality) / 27 Explantory Notes  Would that death had been the end of me. ..... read more 07/04/2020
99. al-Haqqah (The Manifest Reality) / 28 Explantory Notes  He did not believe in God Almighty and he never encouraged feeding the needy. ..... read more 07/04/2020
100. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 48 Explanatory Note This is followed by a reference to the testing hardships God inflicted on Pharaoh and his people, which are detailed in other surahs: Yet each sign We showed them was greater than the preceding..... read more 07/04/2020
101. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 49 Explanatory Note This is followed by a reference to the testing hardships God inflicted on Pharaoh and his people, which are detailed in other surahs: Yet each sign We showed them was greater than the preceding..... read more 07/04/2020
102. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 50 Explanatory Note The signs shown by Moses did not provide enough motivation for people to believe, yet each was greater than the one before it. This confirms what God says in several places that such signs do not provide..... read more 07/04/2020
103. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 51 Explanatory Note Pharaoh proclaimed to his people, saying: My people, is the kingdom of Egypt not mine, with all these rivers flowing at my feet? Do you not see? Am I not better than this contemptible wretch who can hard..... read more 07/04/2020
104. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 52 Explanatory Note Pharaoh knew how to manipulate his people's hearts and delude them with his riches: "Am I not better than this contemptible wretch who can hardly make his meaning clear?" (Verse 52)..... read more 07/04/2020
105. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 53 Explanatory Note "Why have no bracelets of gold been given to him?" (Verse 53) Is such a petty thing as a gold bracelet needed to confirm a Divine message? Is a mere trifling to be valued as gr..... read more 07/04/2020
106. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 54 Explanatory Note "Thus did he make fools of his people, and they obeyed him. They were people lost in evil." (Verse 54) That tyrants make fools of their people is a familiar story. First of all..... read more 07/04/2020
107. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 55 Explanatory Note The time of tests, warnings and education was over. God was fully aware that these people would not believe. The masses willingly obeyed Pharaoh, an arrogant tyrant, turning a blind eye to God's ligh..... read more 07/04/2020
108. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 56 Explanatory Note Here, God is speaking about Himself in the context of retribution inflicted on people whom He destroyed. This is meant to highlight His limitless power. 'What the surah describes is a situation where..... read more 07/04/2020
109. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 27 Explanatory Note Abraham said to his father and his people: 'I renounce what you worship, I worship none other than Him who brought me into being. It is He who will guide me.' He made this an abiding precept amon..... read more 07/04/2020
110. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 26 Explanatory Note Abraham said to his father and his people: 'I renounce what you worship, I worship none other than Him who brought me into being. It is He who will guide me.' He made this an abiding precept amon..... read more 07/04/2020
111. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 25 Explanatory Note At the end of this passage, the unbelievers are shown the fates of earlier communities that argued in the same vein and blindly followed their forefathers' footsteps, rejecting the truth clearly pres..... read more 07/04/2020
112. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 28 Explanatory Note Abraham clearly stated this precept of God's oneness to which the whole universe testifies. He said it and made it "an abiding precept among his descendants so that they might always ret..... read more 07/04/2020
113. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 30 Explanatory Note It is as though the stirah is saying: 'Let us not talk about Abraham, for these people have no relation to him. We will discuss their situation specifically, which has no relevance to Abraham and wha..... read more 07/04/2020
114. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 31 Explanatory Note The Qur'an describes their confused values and standards as they objected to the choice of Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the one to bring them light and the message of the truth: "They..... read more 07/04/2020
115. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 32 Explanatory Note With their narrow view of worldly pleasures and lack of awareness of the nature of the Divine message, the Arabs objected to the choice of Muhammad (peace be upon him) as God's messenger, suggesting ..... read more 07/04/2020
116. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 33 Explanatory Note Were it not that all people would become one community [of unbelievers], We would have provided those who now disbelieve in the Lord of Grace with roofs of silver for houses, stairways on which to ascend..... read more 07/04/2020
117. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 23 Explanatory Note  With such a pleasant image imparting an air of relaxed enjoyment, the Prophet is instructed to say to them that he seeks no reward from them for the guidance he gives them, leading them to such las..... read more 07/04/2020
118. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 36 Explanatory Note We shall assign to whoever chooses to remain blind to the remembrance of the Lord of Grace an evil one as a comrade. These [evil ones] turn them away from the right path, making them think that they are ..... read more 07/04/2020
119. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 37 Explanatory Note Thus the evil comrade will certainly turn his comrade away from the right path, even though such a person may continue to think that he is on the right track: "These [evil ones] turn them aw..... read more 07/04/2020
120. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 38 Explanatory Note The end comes all of a sudden while they are still deluded: "When such a person comes to Us, he will say [to his comrade]: 'Would that I was as far away from you as the East is from the ..... read more 07/04/2020
121. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 39 Explanatory Note As the curtain drops on them both, we hear a word that crushes all hope for them: "Because of your wrongdoing, it will not be of any benefit to you that you are now to share your suffering.&..... read more 07/04/2020
122. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 40 Explanatory Note  Can you [Prophet] make the deaf hear? Or guide the blind or those who are in manifest error? If We take you away, We shall inflict retribution on them; and if We show you the fulfilment of what We ..... read more 07/04/2020
123. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 41 When the Prophet has done his duty, God will now determine matters: "If We take you away, We shall inflict retribution on them; and if We show you the fulfilment of what We have promised them... We have full power over them." (Ve..... read more 07/04/2020
124. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 42 Explanatory Note When the Prophet has done his duty, God will now determine matters: "If We take you away, We shall inflict retribution on them; and if We show you the fulfilment of what We have promised the..... read more 07/04/2020
125. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 43 Explanatory Note "Therefore, hold fast to what has been revealed to you: you certainly are on a straight path." (Verse 43) Hold on to what you have been given and go along your way, reassured, ..... read more 07/04/2020
126. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 44 Explanatory Note "And it is an honour for you and your people. In time, you will all be called to account." (Verse 44) This verse may be understood in two ways: this Qur'an is a reminder to..... read more 07/04/2020
127. az-Zukhruf (Ornaments) / 45 Explanatory Note "Ask any of the messengers We sent before you: 'Did We ever appoint deities to be worshipped other than the Lord of Grace?" (Verse 45) God's oneness is the central poin..... read more 07/04/2020
128. al-Jumu`ah (Friday) / 2 Explantory Notes  Having started with this sublime glorification of God's limitless glory, the surah goes straight to its main theme. It is said that the Arabs were called ummiiyyun, or 'unlettered..... read more 06/04/2020
129. al-Jumu`ah (Friday) / 3 Explantory Notes  We have several reports explaining who these others are. Al-Bukhari relates on Abu Hurayrah's authority: "We were sitting with the Prophet when Surah al-Jumucah, or The Congregation, was r..... read more 06/04/2020
130. al-Jumu`ah (Friday) / 4 Explantory Notes He is able to choose as He pleases, and in His wisdom He is fully aware of the most appropriate choices. His choice, of both the earlier and the later generations, means a great honour to those t..... read more 06/04/2020
131. al-Jumu`ah (Friday) / 5 Explantory Notes  The surah then adds a statement that implies that the Israelites' role as trustees of God's message has ended. Their hearts are no longer alert, dedicated and active enough to enable them t..... read more 06/04/2020
132. al-Jumu`ah (Friday) / 6  Explantory Notes  The Israelites used always to allege that they were God's chosen people and His beloved race, while all others are Goyim or Gentiles. They claimed that in their position they were not req..... read more 06/04/2020
133. al-Jumu`ah (Friday) / 7 Explantory Notes  What this invitation entails is that the two groups stand together face to face and they all pray to God to inflict punishment on the group upholding falsehood. All groups the Prophet invited to su..... read more 06/04/2020
134. al-Jumu`ah (Friday) / 8 Explantory Notes  A statement follows that establishes the nature of death and what comes after it. It shows them that their attempts to escape from death are of little use. It will inevitably overtake them. After d..... read more 06/04/2020
135. al-Jumu`ah (Friday) / 2 Explantory Notes  Having started with this sublime glorification of God's limitless glory, the surah goes straight to its main theme. It is said that the Arabs were called ummiiyyun, or 'unlettered..... read more 06/04/2020
136. al-Mumtahanah (The Woman Examined) / 9 Explantory Notes Islam is a religion of peace, a faith based on love. It wants only for others to benefit from and implement its sound way of life. It wants all people to come together, under God's banner, as a frate..... read more 06/04/2020
137. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 21 Explanatory Note "Do they believe in alleged partners [of God] who ordain for them things which God has not sanctioned?" (Verse 21) None of God's creatures may legislate anything that is at..... read more 06/04/2020
138. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 37 Explanatory Note Who shun grave sins and gross indecencies." (Verse 37) Purity of heart which ensures that behaviour is free of grave sin and indecency is a product of sound faith. It is also a nece..... read more 06/04/2020
139. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 38 Explanatory Note "Who respond to their Lord." (Verse 38) They remove all impediments that prevent such response. These impediments are within the human soul, created by one's desires, aspir..... read more 06/04/2020
140. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 39 Explanatory Note "And who, when oppressed, defend themselves." (Verse 39) As we stated earlier, that this quality is mentioned in a Makkan surah is significant. It means that rising against opp..... read more 06/04/2020
141. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 40 Explanatory Note It was for these and similar reasons that a policy of peaceful coexistence and perseverance was followed during the Makkan period, while the permanent nature of the Muslim community based on self defence..... read more 06/04/2020
142. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 41 Explanatory Note We then have another confirmation, which is more detailed: "However, no blame attaches to those who defend themselves after having been wronged. Blame attaches only to those who oppress othe..... read more 06/04/2020
143. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 42 Explanatory Note We then have another confirmation, which is more detailed: "However, no blame attaches to those who defend themselves after having been wronged. Blame attaches only to those who oppress othe..... read more 06/04/2020
144. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 43 Explanatory Note The surah again refers to the need for self restraint, patience in adversity and forgiveness in personal cases, when such forgiveness is exercised as an act of magnanimity taken from a position of streng..... read more 06/04/2020
145. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 19 Explanatory Note  The surah now speaks about the sustenance God, out of His grace, provides for all people. "God is most kind towards His creatures. He provides for whoever He will. He is the Powerful, ..... read more 06/04/2020
146. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 18 Explanatory Note  The surah describes the different attitudes of people concerning the Last Hour: "Those who do not believe in it seek to hasten it, whereas the believers stand in awe of it and know it ..... read more 06/04/2020
147. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 17 Explanatory Note It is God who revealed His book to set forth the truth, and it is He who ordained justice, making His book the criterion to judge in all disputes among the followers of earlier religions, as also in all ..... read more 06/04/2020
148. al-Mumtahanah (The Woman Examined) / 5 Explantory Notes   This prayer is an appeal to God not to give the unbelievers mastery over the believers, which would strengthen the former's rejection of true faith.   They would t..... read more 06/04/2020
149. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 20 Explanatory Note The link between this verse and the previous one speaking about the Last Hour and the different attitudes people take towards it seems unclear. However, it becomes very apparent when we read the next ver..... read more 06/04/2020
150. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 23 Explanatory Note  Those wrongdoers are shown as they will be on the Day of Judgement, afraid of what will happen to them. During their lives on earth, however, they entertained no such fear. On the contrary, they ri..... read more 06/04/2020
151. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 22 Explanatory Note Those wrongdoers are shown as they will be on the Day of Judgement, afraid of what will happen to them. During their lives on earth, however, they entertained no such fear. On the contrary, they ridicule..... read more 06/04/2020
152. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 24 Explanatory Note This verse tackles the last excuse the unbelievers offer to justify their attitude to revelation: "Do they say, 'He has invented a lie about God?'" (Verse 24) Is this w..... read more 06/04/2020
153. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 25 Explanatory Note It is He who accepts the repentance of His servants and pardons bad deeds. He knows everything you do. He responds to those who believe and do righteous deeds, and gives them much more of His bounty; but..... read more 06/04/2020
154. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 26 Explanatory Note Again the surah refers to what believers and unbelievers will receive in reward or punishment. Those who believe and do good deeds are the ones who respond to their Lord's call. He, therefore, gives ..... read more 06/04/2020
155. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 27 Explanatory Note In this life, however, it is given according to a set criterion. God knows that in their lives on earth, human beings cannot cope with God's bounty should it be given to them without measure: ..... read more 06/04/2020
156. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 28 It is He who sends down rain when they have lost all hope, and spreads His grace far and wide. He is the Protector, worthy of all praise. (Verse 28) Again, we are reminded of some aspects of God's grace as He bestows..... read more 06/04/2020
157. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 29 Explanatory Note This universal sign incorporates another, for God did not only create the heavens and the earth. He also created "all the living creatures which He placed in them." (Verse 29) ..... read more 06/04/2020
158. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 30 Explanatory Note The surah then tells them of what happens to the unbelievers in this life, as a result of what they perpetrate. Yet God does not take them to task for all this; He overlooks a great many of their actions..... read more 06/04/2020
159. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 31 Explanatory Note The surah then tells them of what happens to the unbelievers in this life, as a result of what they perpetrate. Yet God does not take them to task for all this; He overlooks a great many of their actions..... read more 06/04/2020
160. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 32 Explanatory Note And among His signs are the ships that sail like floating mountains through the seas. If He wills, He stills the wind, and then they lie motionless on the surface of the sea. In this there are signs inde..... read more 06/04/2020
161. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 33 Explanatory Note "If He wills, He stills the wind, and then they lie motionless on the surface of the sea." (Verse 33) The wind may die down at times and ships will lie motionless, as though li..... read more 06/04/2020
162. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 34 Explanatory Note "Or else He may cause them to perish because of what they have wrought." (Verse 34) He may cause the ships to be destroyed or drowned as a result of people's sins or deviat..... read more 06/04/2020
163. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 35 Explanatory Note "Let those who call Our messages into question know that there is no escape for them." (Verse 35) Should God want to smite them, destroy their ships or visit them with some oth..... read more 06/04/2020
164. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 36 Explanatory Note The surah sets before us the Divine standard of values, showing us which of these are transitory and which are enduring and inalterable. Muslims will, thus, have a clear vision, one free of confusion. Th..... read more 06/04/2020
165. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 37 Explanatory Note Whatever you are given is but for the enjoyment of life in this world, but that which is with God is much better and more enduring. shall be given] to those who believe and place their trust in their Lan..... read more 06/04/2020
166. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 38 Explanatory Note What faith gives to man is to free him from the pressures of personal desire, interest and gain. With faith, man's heart looks up to a goal that lies beyond his own soul. He realises that he has no s..... read more 06/04/2020
167. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 39 Explanatory Note Once the Gordian knot of disbelief had been cut, it was easy to unfasten the other knots that bound them. And once the Prophet had opened their hearts to Islam, he did not have to struggle at each step t..... read more 06/04/2020
168. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 40 Explanatory Note Whatever you are given is but for the enjoyment of life in this world, but that which is with God is much better and more enduring. shall be given] to those who believe and place their trust in their Lan..... read more 06/04/2020
169. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 41 Explanatory Note Whatever you are given is but for the enjoyment of life in this world, but that which is with God is much better and more enduring. shall be given] to those who believe and place their trust in their Lan..... read more 06/04/2020
170. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 44 Explanatory Note Having outlined the qualities of believers who have ample and more lasting reward from God, the surah paints the opposite picture of those who go astray and inflict injustice. They will inevitably suffer..... read more 06/04/2020
171. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 45 Explanatory Note It will be clear then that the believers are the ones who state the truth: "The believers will then say: The true losers are the ones who have forfeited  themselves and their kindred on..... read more 06/04/2020
172. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 46 Explanatory Note He whom God lets go astray will have no one else to protect him. When the wrongdoers come face to face with the suffering [awaiting them], you will see them exclaiming, 'Is there any way of return?&#..... read more 06/04/2020
173. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 47 Explanatory Note Now the surah addresses those who stubbornly opposed the Prophet's message with an order to respond to their Lord before such a fate comes upon them, all of a sudden, when they will be without suppor..... read more 06/04/2020
174. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 48 Explanatory Note Having made the warning and the directive abundantly clear, these verses portray the nature of the one who opposes the Divine message and stubbornly refuses to submit to its truth. He is fickle, wildly r..... read more 06/04/2020
175. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 49 Explanatory Note To God belongs sovereignty over the heavens and the earth. He creates what He will. He grants female offspring to whomever He will, and male to whomever He will; or gives both male and female to whomever..... read more 06/04/2020
176. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 50 To God belongs sovereignty over the heavens and the earth. He creates what He will. He grants female offspring to whomever He will, and male to whomever He will; or gives both male and female to whomever He will, and causes whomever He will to be ..... read more 06/04/2020
177. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 51 Explanatory Note As it draws to its conclusion, the surah picks up its main theme again, which is the truth of revelation and message. It now speaks of the nature of this contact between God and His chosen servants and h..... read more 06/04/2020
178. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 52 Explanatory Note It was by means of such contact that revelation was given to the Prophet: "Thus have We revealed a spirit to you [Muhammad] by Our command." (Verse 52) The process was the same as revel..... read more 06/04/2020
179. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 53 Explanatory Note "You most certainly give guidance to the straight path, the path of God to whom belongs all that is in the heavens and earth." (Verses 52-53) Guidance shows us the path of God,..... read more 06/04/2020
180. al-Jumu`ah (Friday) / 1 Explanatory Notes The Surah starts with a statement confirming the fact that everything in the heavens and earth extols God's glory, adding a number of His attributes that have a subtle bearing on the theme ..... read more 04/04/2020
181. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 6 Explanatory Notes  This opening of the surah ends with a reference to those who take for themselves protectors other than God, when it has become clear that no one else in the universe can give any protection. In th..... read more 03/04/2020
182. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 7 Explanatory Note So We have revealed to you a discourse in the Arabic tongue in order that you may warn the Mother City and all who dwell around it; that you may forewarn them of the Day of the Gathering, of which there ..... read more 03/04/2020
183. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 8 Explanatory Note Had God so willed, He could have made them all one single community, but He admits to His grace whoever He will, whereas " the wrongdoers will have no one to protect them and no one to ..... read more 03/04/2020
184. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 9 Explanatory Note Again, the surah disapprovingly asks: "Have they chosen protectors other than Him?' (Verse 9) It follows this rhetorical question with a statement making it clear that God is th..... read more 03/04/2020
185. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 10 Explanatory Note "Whatever the subject of your disputes, the final word belongs to God." (Verse 10) God has made His judgement clear in this Qur'an, stating His final word concerning this l..... read more 03/04/2020
186. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 11 Explanatory Note A further comment is then made to consolidate this truth: "He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth. He made mates for you from among yourselves, just as He made mates for animals, ..... read more 03/04/2020
187. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 12 Explanatory Note Given that He makes His judgement final in all people's disputes, this can only mean that this rule is based on the fact that having originated the heavens and the earth and set their laws in operati..... read more 03/04/2020
188. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 13 Explanatory Note In matters of faith, He has ordained for you the same as He had enjoined on Noah - that which We have revealed to you [Muhammad] - and as We enjoined on Abraham, Moses and Jesus: 'Steadfastly uphold ..... read more 03/04/2020
189. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 14 Explanatory Note Again the surah speaks of the followers of earlier messengers who divided into sects and groups although the messengers preached the same faith: "They became divided, out of selfish rivalry,..... read more 03/04/2020
190. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 15 Explanatory Therefore, call people to that faith, and follow the straight path as you have been commanded. Do not follow their likes and dislikes, but say: I believe in whatever revelation God has bestowed from on high. ..... read more 03/04/2020
191. ash-Shura (Consultation ) / 16 Explanatory Note As the issues have thus been clarified and the community of believers have assuredly responded to God's message, the argument of those still disputing about God appears to be both singular and trivia..... read more 03/04/2020
192. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 82 Explanatory Note Are you in doubt about what you are told concerning a second life, denying the truth of the Qur'an and what it tells you about the Day of Judgement, or the principles of faith it lays down for you?..... read more 03/04/2020
193. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 83 Explanatory Note The surah paints this situation in an inspiring way, drawing all its aspects in quick touches: "When the soul [of a dying person] comes up to the throat while you are helplessly looking on W..... read more 03/04/2020
194. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 90 Explanatory Note The surah now explains the fate of the soul that has turned its back on this world to begin its new and permanent life:   If that dying person is one of those who are drawn close to Go..... read more 03/04/2020
195. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 81 Explanatory Note The final passage in the surah speaks of the moment of death, which sends a shudder of fear into everyone. This is the moment when all argument stops, when a person stands at the end of one road and..... read more 03/04/2020
196. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 84 Explanatory Note We almost hear a rattling sound in the throat, see the features decline and sense the distress: "When the soul [of a dying person] comes up to the throat." We almost see the despair on the face..... read more 03/04/2020
197. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 85 Explanatory Note At this point, when the soul is no longer concerned with anything in this world; when it has put the whole earthly world behind it; when it is about to see a world totally unknown and for which it has no..... read more 03/04/2020
198. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 86 Explanatory Note The surah now puts forward a challenge that ends all argument: "Why if you think you are not to be judged, can you not restore that [ebbing life], if what you claim is true?" (Verses 86..... read more 03/04/2020
199. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 87 Explanatory Note The surah now puts forward a challenge that ends all argument: "Why if you think you are not to be judged, can you not restore that [ebbing life], if what you claim is true?" (Verses 86..... read more 03/04/2020
200. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 88 Explanatory Note The surah now explains the fate of the soul that has turned its back on this world to begin its new and permanent life:   If that dying person is one of those who are drawn close to Go..... read more 03/04/2020