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No. Surah/ Ayah Section Title Approved Edit Approval Date
1. 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
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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
11. 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
12. 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
13. 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
14. 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
15. 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
16. 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
17. 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
18. 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
19. 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
20. 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
21. 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
22. 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
23. 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
24. 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
25. 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
26. 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
27. 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
28. 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
29. 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
30. 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
31. 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
32. 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
33. 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
34. 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
35. 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
36. 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
37. 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
38. 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
39. 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
40. 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
41. 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
42. 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
43. 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
44. 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
45. 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
46. 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
47. 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
48. 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
49. 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
50. 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
51. 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
52. 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
53. 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
54. 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
55. 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
56. 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
57. 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
58. 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
59. 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
60. 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
61. 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
62. 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
63. 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
64. 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
65. 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
66. 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
67. 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
68. 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
69. 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
70. 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
71. 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
72. 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
73. 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
74. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 89 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
75. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 91 Explanatory Note If that dying person is one of those who are drawn close to God he will have repose, fulfilment and a garden of bliss. If he is one of those on the right, a greeting of peace will welcome you by the ones..... read more 03/04/2020
76. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 92 Explanatory Note "But if he happens to be one of those who denied the truth and went astray he will be welcomed with scalding water, and the heat of a blazing fire." (Verses 92-94) ..... read more 03/04/2020
77. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 93 Explanatory Note How miserable a welcome! How terrible is the suffering of scalding water and blazing fire! It all appears before such a person and he knows that he will have to experience it. ..... read more 03/04/2020
78. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 94 Explanatory Note "But if he happens to be one of those who denied the truth and went astray he will be welcomed with scalding water, and the heat of a blazing fire." (Verses 92-94) How miserabl..... read more 03/04/2020
79. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 95 Explanatory Note Now that this climax has been reached, the conclusion is profound and serious in its tone: "This is surely the indubitable truth. Extol, then, the glory of the name of your Lord, the Supreme..... read more 03/04/2020
80. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 96 Explanatory Note The great weight assigned to this absolute truth in God's scales thus combines with the inevitable event mentioned at the beginning of the surah. The final feeling reflects the effect of this firm be..... read more 03/04/2020
81. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 38 Explanatory Note And they are specially assigned and devoted "for those on the right." (Verse 38) ..... read more 02/04/2020
82. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 39 Explanatory Note These people on the right consist of "A good many of them are from earlier times and a good many from later generations." (Verses 39-40) This means that they are greater in num..... read more 02/04/2020
83. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 40 Explanatory Note These people on the right consist of "A good many of them are from earlier times and a good many from later generations." (Verses 39-40) This means that they are greater in num..... read more 02/04/2020
84. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 41 Explanatory Note The surah now speaks about the third group, the people on the left, to whom a general reference was made earlier on:   And those on the left, what people are they? They will dwell amid..... read more 02/04/2020
85. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 42 Explanatory Note While the people on the right enjoy extended shade and constantly flowing water, these on the left "dwell amid scorching wind and scalding water in the shadows of black smoke, neither cool n..... read more 02/04/2020
86. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 43 Explanatory Note The whole atmosphere is of a scorching heat that penetrates and burns the skin. The water they have to drink is also scalding, giving no refreshment. They also have shade, but it is no more than the shad..... read more 02/04/2020
87. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 44 Explanatory Note It is a shade painted in irony, for such shade is devoid of coolness, inviting no rest, and giving no sensation other than that produced by suffocating heat.  ..... read more 02/04/2020
88. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 45 Explanatory Note Such hardship is a fitting requital, for "in times gone 4 they overindulged in luxury." (Verse 45) The absence of comfort for those who are used to indulging and excessing in l..... read more 02/04/2020
89. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 46 Explanatory Note They also "persisted in heinous sin", associating partners with God. The Arabic word used here for sin is hinth, which means 'breach, violation'. ..... read more 02/04/2020
90. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 47 Explanatory Note  They are certainly in breach of that pledge. They used to say: "What! When we have died and become mere dust and bones, are we to be raised up again? And our forefathers, too?"(Ve..... read more 02/04/2020
91. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 48 Explanatory note They are certainly in breach of that pledge. They used to say: "What! When we have died and become mere dust and bones, are we to be raised up again? And our forefathers, too?"(Verses 4..... read more 02/04/2020
92. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 49 Explanatory Note The surah seizes this appropriate moment to answer their question, which they unfold in an exaggerated sense of incredulity: "Say: All people of the earliest and latest generations will inde..... read more 02/04/2020
93. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 50 Explanatory Note The surah seizes this appropriate moment to answer their question, which they unfold in an exaggerated sense of incredulity: "Say: All people of the earliest and latest generations will inde..... read more 02/04/2020
94. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 51 Explanatory Note The surah resumes the description of the suffering that awaits those who deny the truth of God's oneness: "Then, you who have gone astray and denied the truth will eat from the fruit of ..... read more 02/04/2020
95. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 52 Explanatory Note  The surah resumes the description of the suffering that awaits those who deny the truth of God's oneness: "Then, you who have gone astray and denied the truth will eat from the fru..... read more 02/04/2020
96. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 53 Explanatory Note The surah resumes the description of the suffering that awaits those who deny the truth of God's oneness: "Then, you who have gone astray and denied the truth will eat from the fruit of ..... read more 02/04/2020
97. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 54 Explanatory Note Hunger is overpowering. Hard and thorny food will inevitably require a drink to ease its swallowing and refresh the stomach. They, however, "will drink scalding water." (Verse 54) ..... read more 02/04/2020
98. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 55 Explanatory Note Such a drink can never refresh or satisfy a thirsty person. Yet these people "will drink it like insatiably thirsty camels drink." (Verse 55) ..... read more 02/04/2020
99. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 56 Explanatory Note These camels have a well known illness making them always thirsty. "Such will be their dwelling place on the Day of Judgement." (Verse 56) A dwelling place is one that is suppo..... read more 02/04/2020
100. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 57 Explanatory Note This whole issue of faith is the same as the first instance of creation and the end, the giving of life and inevitable death. It is familiar, seen at all times. How come, then, that people do not believe..... read more 02/04/2020
101. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 58 Explanatory Note "Consider the semen you discharge: do you create it, or are We the Creator?" (Verses 58-59) Man's role in the process of creation is no more than the man depositing his see..... read more 02/04/2020
102. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 59 Explanatory Note "Consider the semen you discharge: do you create it, or are We the Creator?" (Verses 58-59) Man's role in the process of creation is no more than the man depositing his see..... read more 02/04/2020
103. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 60 Explanatory Note Such is the beginning; but the end is in no way less miraculous or amazing, even though it is so familiar a sight: "We have decreed that death shall be among you. Nothing can prevent Us.&quo..... read more 02/04/2020
104. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 61 Explanatory Note Once it is over, then the second life begins: "or bringing you into being anew in a way unknown to you." (Verse 61) This is in the realm that lies beyond the reach of our perce..... read more 02/04/2020
105. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 62 Explanatory Note  Such is how people are brought into being a second time: "You have learned how you have come into being in the first instance. Why then, do you not reflect?" (Verse 62) T..... read more 02/04/2020
106. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 63 Explanatory Note Once more the Qur'an, in perfect ease and simplicity, puts before people something which is well known to them and which they repeatedly see. It shows how God's hand works to bring it about, show..... read more 02/04/2020
107. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 64 Explanatory Note What role do humans play in plant growth that culminates in fruition? They certainly till the earth and plant the seeds made by God, but that is about it. Their role is then finished, leaving the matter ..... read more 02/04/2020
108. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 65 Explanatory note Consider the seeds you sow in the ground is it you who makes them grow, or We? Were it Our will, We could turn it into chaff and leave you to wail, 'We are burdened with debt; we have been deprived.&..... read more 02/04/2020
109. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 66 Explanatory Note Yet people say: "We have planted" when they have not gone beyond laying the seeds. As for the miracle that shoots out and grows, it is all of God's making. Had He willed, i..... read more 02/04/2020
110. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 67 Explanatory Note Yet people say: "We have planted" when they have not gone beyond laying the seeds. As for the miracle that shoots out and grows, it is all of God's making. Had He willed, it would not have ..... read more 02/04/2020
111. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 68 Explanatory Note Such is the first time life comes into being. Why should a second time be thought strange? Consider the water you drink: is it you who brings it down from the clouds, or We? Were it Our will, W..... read more 02/04/2020
112. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 69 Explanatory Note Water is the source of life, its most essential component. God has so willed that without water no life is possible. What role does man play with water? Is it anything beyond the fact that he drinks it? ..... read more 02/04/2020
113. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 70 Explanatory Note It is He who has made water sweet. Had He willed otherwise, He could have made it 'salty and bitter', undrinkable, and unable to produce life. Is it not right then that they should express their ..... read more 02/04/2020
114. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 71 Explanatory Note Consider the fire you kindle: is it you who grows its tree, or We? We made it a reminder for man, and a comfort for desert travellers (Verses 71-73)   ..... read more 02/04/2020
115. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 72 Explanatory Note Consider the fire you kindle: is it you who grows its tree, or We? We made it a reminder for man, and a comfort for desert travellers (Verses 71-73)   ..... read more 02/04/2020
116. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 73 Explanatory Note The mention of fire here is also used as a reminder of the fire of hell: "We made it a reminder for man," reminding man of the life to come. God has also made fire "a comfort for d..... read more 02/04/2020
117. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 74 Explanatory Note The mention of fire here is also used as a reminder of the fire of hell: "We made it a reminder for man," reminding man of the life to come. God has also made fire "a comfort for d..... read more 02/04/2020
118. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 75 Explanatory Note 1 do swear by the positions of the stars — a mighty oath, if you but knew — that this is indeed a most honourable Qur'an, in a well-guarded record that only the purified can touch: a reve..... read more 02/04/2020
119. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 76 Explanatory Note "I do swear by the positions of the stars - a mighty oath, if you but knew it!" (Verses 75-76) These verses make an oath which is correctly rendered in the translation her..... read more 02/04/2020
120. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 77 Explanatory Note The point is that this great truth does not need an oath to establish it, as it is already clear and well confirmed: "This is indeed a most honourable Qur'an, in a well-guarded record th..... read more 02/04/2020
121. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 78 Explanatory Note The point is that this great truth does not need an oath to establish it, as it is already clear and well confirmed: "This is indeed a most honourable Qur'an, in a well-guarded record that only ..... read more 02/04/2020
122. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 78 Explanatory Note The point is that this great truth does not need an oath to establish it, as it is already clear and well confirmed: "This is indeed a most honourable Qur'an, in a well-guarded record that only ..... read more 02/04/2020
123. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 79 Explanatory Note The point is that this great truth does not need an oath to establish it, as it is already clear and well confirmed: "This is indeed a most honourable Qur'an, in a well-guarded record th..... read more 02/04/2020
124. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 80 Explanatory Note In this life on earth anyone can handle the Qur'an: someone who is purified or someone who is contaminated, a believer or an unbeliever. To take the negation as applying to the book containing the Qu..... read more 02/04/2020
125. ad-Dhariyat (The Scattering Winds) / 4 Explanatory Note God states an oath by the winds that move and scatter things such as dust, grain, pollen, clouds and other material known or unknown to us; by the clouds carrying water and driven by God Almighty to wher..... read more 01/04/2020
126. ad-Dhariyat (The Scattering Winds) / 25 Explanatory Note Abraham's hospitality appears very clearly from the first moment his guests arrived. Once they greeted him and received his reply, and despite the fact that they are total strangers, he immediately g..... read more 01/04/2020
127. ad-Dhariyat (The Scattering Winds) / 44 Explanatory Note And in Thamud too, when they were told: 'You can enjoy your life for a while,' but they insolently defied their Lord's commandment. So, the thunderbolt struck them while they were helple..... read more 01/04/2020
128. ad-Dhariyat (The Scattering Winds) / 45 Explanatory Note And in Thamud too, when they were told: 'You can enjoy your life for a while,' but they insolently defied their Lord's commandment. So, the thunderbolt struck them while they were helple..... read more 01/04/2020
129. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 3 Explanatory note Therefore, the surah mentions teaching the Qur'an ahead of man's creation: "He created man and taught him to articulate thought and speech." (Verses 3-4) We will leave aside for now the..... read more 01/04/2020
130. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 4 Explanatory note The system of speech is an infinitely amazing wonder: the lips, tongue, jaws, teeth, larynx, trachea, bronchi and lungs, all participate in the vocalization process and form a ring in the chain of speech..... read more 01/04/2020
131. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 5 Explanatory Note The gravity of both the sun and the moon is also an important factor on the earth's stability, position and movement in space. Our solar system moves in space at a speed of 20,000 miles an hour, head..... read more 01/04/2020
132. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 6 Explanatory Note "The stars and the trees prostrate themselves [before Him]." (Verse 6) The last reference was to the accurate measure observed in the structure of the great universe. Now the r..... read more 01/04/2020
133. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 7 Explanatory Note   "He has raised the skies high, and has set the balance, so that you may not exceed the balance. Weigh, therefore, with justice and do not fall short in the balance." (Vers..... read more 01/04/2020
134. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 8 Explanatory Note Along with raising the sky high, God has 'set the balance' of truth. This is well established so as to define the values of things, events and people. Thus, values are measured by the balance of ..... read more 01/04/2020
135. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 9 Explanatory Note "He has raised the skies high, and has set the balance, so that you may not exceed the balance. Weigh, therefore, with justice and do not fall short in the balance." (Verses 7-9)..... read more 01/04/2020
136. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 17 Explanatory Note "He is the Lord of the two risings and the Lord of the two settings. Which, then, of your Lord's blessings do you both deny?" (Verses 17-18) This reference fills our hearts..... read more 01/04/2020
137. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 19 Explanatory Note The two bodies of water, expressed in the Arabic text as the two seas', are in fact the salty bodies of water including seas and oceans and the unsalted ones or rivers. God left them free to run and ..... read more 01/04/2020
138. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 23 Explanatory Note Man makes precious jewellery from both pearls and corals. God mentions both as part of His blessings and the surah adds here the usual comment: "Which, then, of your Lord's blessings do ..... read more 01/04/2020
139. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 26 Explanatory Note All that lives on it perishes; but forever will remain the face of your Lord, full of majesty, granting grace. Which, then, of your Lord's blessings do you both deny? (Verses 26-28)..... read more 01/04/2020
140. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 32 Explanatory Note A more literal translation of the threat would say: "We shall be free to attend to you two..." God — limitless is He in His glory — is not preoccupied with somethin..... read more 01/04/2020
141. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 37 Explanatory Note The surah devotes its remaining part to images and scenes of the Last Day, starting with a universal upheaval, followed by images of reckoning, requital and reward. This commences with an image of the un..... read more 01/04/2020
142. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 10 Explanatory Note "He has laid the earth for His creatures, with all its fruits, its palm trees with sheathed clusters, its husked grain and its sweet-smelling plants." (Verses 10-12) Because we..... read more 01/04/2020
143. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 11 Explanatory Note "He has laid the earth for His creatures, with all its fruits, its palm trees with sheathed clusters, its husked grain and its sweet-smelling plants." (Verses 10-12) Because we..... read more 01/04/2020
144. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 14 Explanatory Note God — all glory belongs to Him — then states the substances used for creating humans and jinn. These are also created by God. Man is created from clay that has dried and gives a sound when be..... read more 01/04/2020
145. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 15 Explanatory Note As for the creation of the jinn from raging flames of fire, this is something beyond human knowledge. The only source on this is the Qur'an, given by God who knows what He has created. The fire is de..... read more 01/04/2020
146. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 16 Explanatory Note The address here is to both jinn and humans, reminding both of God's blessing in their creation out of their respective origins. This is the central blessing, which brings with it all other blessings..... read more 01/04/2020
147. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 18 Explanatory Note  God's Lordship of the two risings and the two settings reflects some of His blessings. Hence, the comment familiar in this surah is repeated: "Which, then, of your Lord's bless..... read more 01/04/2020
148. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 21 Explanatory Note Almost all rivers end in the sea, transporting various salts and compounds from land to sea. Thus, rivers do not change the nature of sea water. Normally rivers run at a higher elevation than sea level. ..... read more 01/04/2020
149. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 27 Explanatory Note All sounds become hushed, breathing faint, and limbs stop moving. The air of death spreads over all living creatures, stopping every move throughout the heavens and earth. Only the majesty of the Eternal..... read more 01/04/2020
150. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 28 Explanatory Note  It paints a scene of total emptiness that leaves the whole universe motionless after it had been bustling with life. Yet it instils in us an image which we cannot understand from our experience but..... read more 01/04/2020
151. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 29 Explanatory Note The truth of God's eternity gives rise to another truth: all creatures are bound to perish and, therefore, they all address everything related to their existence to the One who is without equal, eter..... read more 01/04/2020
152. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 30 Explanatory Note All glory to Him, He manifests Himself every day in a different way. This universe, the limits of which are unknown to us, is in its entirety subject to His will, functioning under His control. Such cont..... read more 01/04/2020
153. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 31 Explanatory Note "We shall attend to you two huge communities [of jinn and mankind]." (Verse 31) What a frightening threat that neither man nor jinn can face. Indeed firm mountains, stars and g..... read more 01/04/2020
154. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 33 Explanatory Note The surah continues with this frightening tone, challenging both man and jinn to pass beyond their own world: "Jinn and mankind if you can pass beyond the regions of heaven and earth, t..... read more 01/04/2020
155. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 38 Explanatory Note "When the sky is rent asunder and becomes rose-red like [burning] oil." (Verse 37) The same question is again asked: "Which, then, of your Lord's blessings do ..... read more 01/04/2020
156. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 43 Explanatory Note Can there be any denial then? As this is going on, the surah addresses its audience, as if they are witnessing this continuing process of casting the guilty, with their forelocks and feet combined, into ..... read more 01/04/2020
157. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 22 Explanatory Note The surah also adds here some of the blessings God has placed in these two bodies of water, some of which can easily be seen: "Pearls and corals come from both." (Verse 22) The..... read more 01/04/2020
158. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 24 Explanatory Note The surah then mentions the ships that sail through the sea, some of which are very large, looking like mountains: "His are the lofty ships that sail like floating mountains through the seas..... read more 01/04/2020
159. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 25 Explanatory Note Nothing keeps them afloat in the sea, through its waves and currents except God's care. Hence, they belong to Him. They remain among the great favours with which He blesses human life. They provide a..... read more 01/04/2020
160. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 34 Explanatory Note No authority can be given except by the One who has it. Once more, they are faced with the question: "Which, then, of your Lord's blessings do you both deny?" (Verse 34) ..... read more 01/04/2020
161. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 35 Explanatory Note  A flash of fire will be sent against you, and molten brass, and you will be left without support. Which, then, of your Lord's blessings do you both deny?   ..... read more 01/04/2020
162. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 36 Explanatory Note "A flash of fire will be sent against you, and molten brass, and you will be left without support. Which, then, of your Lord's blessings do you both deny?" (Verses 35-36) ..... read more 01/04/2020
163. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 39 Explanatory Note "On that day neither mankind nor jinn will be asked about their sins." (Verse 39) This applies to a particular situation on that day when all will be present. It is a day with ..... read more 01/04/2020
164. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 40 Explanatory Note This verse speaks of a particular situation when no human or jinn will be asked about their sins. Everything is already well known, and the deeds of all are out in the open. Signs of misery appear as bla..... read more 01/04/2020
165. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 41 Explanatory Note "The guilty ones will be known by their mark and shall be seized by their forelocks and their feet." (Verse 41) This is a scene that combines force with humiliation: forelocks ..... read more 01/04/2020
166. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 44 Explanatory Note It is present here, as you are now seeing it. "They will go round between its flames and scalding water." (Verse 44) It is exceedingly hot; they have nowhere to go other than r..... read more 01/04/2020
167. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 45 Explanatory Note Look at them as they go round now: "Which, then, of your Lord's blessings do you both deny?" (Verse 45) ..... read more 01/04/2020
168. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 46 Explanatory Note For the first time in the Qur'an so far two gardens are mentioned, and there are probably more within the great garden of heaven. Their mention here, in particular, may be to stress their importance...... read more 01/04/2020
169. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 48 Explanatory Note  Whatever the case may be, let us look at this first grouping of two gardens, feeling their bliss. They are "With shading branches." (Verse 48) The Arabic word used for br..... read more 01/04/2020
170. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 50 Explanatory Note These gardens have "a pair of flowing springs." (Verse 50) Thus, they are never short of water.   ..... read more 01/04/2020
171. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 52 Explanatory Note Moreover, they are "With every kind of fruit in pairs." (Verse 52) Their fruits are plentiful and varied. How will the dwellers of these gardens live? "They will recline o..... read more 01/04/2020
172. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 54 Explanatory Note " (Verse 54) Such is the lining of their couches: the top is left to our imagination. And then "the fruit of both these gardens will be within easy reach." (Verse 54) It i..... read more 01/04/2020
173. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 56 Explanatory Note This, however, does not complete the aspects of luxury that await these people. There is still more to consider: "In both [gardens] will be mates of modest gaze, whom neither man nor jinn wi..... read more 01/04/2020
174. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 58 Explanatory Note They do not look to anyone other than their spouses. Besides, they instill a sense of luxury and brightness, appearing " like rubies and corals." (Verse 58)   ..... read more 01/04/2020
175. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 60 Explanatory Note All this comes as the reward for a person who stands in this life in fear of his Lord's presence and worships Him as if he sees Him. He feels that God sees him and he works to attain the superior gra..... read more 01/04/2020
176. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 61 Explanatory Note In this presentation of these two lofty gardens and what they contain, every aspect of blessing and comfort is followed by the familiar comment: "Which, then, of your Lord's blessings do..... read more 01/04/2020
177. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 62 Explanatory Note The surah then describes what the other group, also with two gardens, will have: "Besides these two there are two other gardens." (Verse 62) ..... read more 01/04/2020
178. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 68 Explanatory Note Here we have "fruits, date palms and pomegranate trees, (Verse 68) while we had there "every kind of fruit in pairs. ..... read more 01/04/2020
179. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 74 Explanatory Note However both groups of mates share in the same qualities of chastity and faithful devotion: "Neither man nor jinn will have touched them before." (Verse 74) ..... read more 01/04/2020
180. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 76 Explanatory Note We see the dwellers of these two gardens enjoying their luxuries: "They will recline on green cushions and fine carpets." (Verse 76) The fine quality of the carpets in these ga..... read more 01/04/2020
181. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 5 Explanatory Note When that which is certain to happen will have come to pass no one will then deny its having come to pass, abasing [some], exalting [others]. When the earth is violently shaken and the mountains crumble ..... read more 01/04/2020
182. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 6 Explanatory Note  The frightening event then begins to take shape in the very structure of the earth, which people always think to be firm and stable. The event shows it being violently shaken, a reality that fits w..... read more 01/04/2020
183. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 13 Explanatory Note The surah takes a short pause here to say who achieves this grade. Thus, we are told: "A good many of them are from earlier times and a few from later generations." (Verses 13-14)..... read more 01/04/2020
184. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 64 Explanatory Note "Both of the deepest green." (Verse 64) Their green colour is very dark, almost black.  ..... read more 01/04/2020
185. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 66 Explanatory Note They have "two gushing springs." (Verse 66) Their water gushes forth, which is again different from, or less than, the flowing water of the springs in the first two gardens.&nb..... read more 01/04/2020
186. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 70 Explanatory Note " (Verse 52) Moreover, "there will be in [these gardens] all things most excellent and beautiful." (Verse 70) Further aspects are added in the next verse: "[They will..... read more 01/04/2020
187. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 72 Explanatory Note " (Verse 72) The pavilions, or decorated tents, add connotations of bedouin luxury, gratifying those used to desert life. The mates they have here are sheltered', while the ones..... read more 01/04/2020
188. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 77 Explanatory Note When compared with what the first two gardens contain, these are clearly more modest. Yet the familiar comment is added after every aspect of blessing mentioned here: "Which, then, of your L..... read more 01/04/2020
189. ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful ) / 78 Explanatory Note The surah concludes with a final note of glorification of the Lord whose face, full of majesty, will remain after all creation has perished. This is the most apt conclusion to a surah that bears the name..... read more 01/04/2020
190. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 1 Explanatory Note When that which is certain to happen will have come to pass no one will then deny its having come to pass, abasing [some], exalting [others]. When the earth is violently shaken and the mountains crumble ..... read more 01/04/2020
191. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 2 Explanatory Note This special style particularly suits the extremely frightening image the surah opens with. The surah denotes the event of resurrection by the term al-waqi’ ah, which primarily refers to something ..... read more 01/04/2020
192. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 3 Explanatory Note As this heavy object falls, we expect it to produce some turmoil or shaking up. This expectation is fulfilled as the event is described as " abasing [some] exalting [others]." (Verse 3)..... read more 01/04/2020
193. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 4 Explanatory Note When that which is certain to happen will have come to pass no one will then deny its having come to pass, abasing [some], exalting [others]. When the earth is violently shaken and the mountains crumble ..... read more 01/04/2020
194. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 7 Explanatory Note Here, people are divided into three groups, unlike in most other Qur'anic statements where they are shown to be in two groups. ..... read more 01/04/2020
195. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 8 Explanatory Note The surah first mentions the people of the right side, but does not give us any details about them. Instead, a question is asked about them, enhancing the feeling of expectation: "There are ..... read more 01/04/2020
196. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 9 Explanatory Note The same method is used for the opposite group: "And the people of the left side: what people are they?" (Verse 9) The third group is then mentioned, and these are the ones to ..... read more 01/04/2020
197. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 10 Explanatory Note They are described by the same quality of being ahead of all: "there are those to the fore, who shall be foremost." (Verse 10) It is as if the surah says these are the ones, an..... read more 01/04/2020
198. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 11 Explanatory Note These will be brought nearest to God, in gardens of bliss. A good many of them are from earlier times and a few from later generations. On gold-encrusted couches they will recline facing each other. Immo..... read more 01/04/2020
199. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 12 Explanatory Note  "These will be brought nearest to God, in gardens of bliss." (Verses 11-12) The gardens of bliss, with all that they contain, is nothing compared to that topmost favour o..... read more 01/04/2020
200. al-Waqi`ah (The Occurrence) / 14 Explanatory Note The second view says that both the majority and the minority belong to the followers of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), with the ones of earlier times' belonging to its first generations, a..... read more 01/04/2020