English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 11: Hud — Hud (Revealed at Makkah: 10 sections, 123 verses)


The history of the Prophet Hūd is referred to in this chapter. While the last chapter dealt mostly with abstract questions relating to the truth of revelation, this chapter illustrates the truth of those questions by referring to the histories of former prophets. Thus it deals with the histories of Noah, Hūd, Sālih, Abraham, Lot and Shuaib. A cruel and persecuting enemy is warned of the fate that befell previous people. This chapter was revealed during the last four years of the period of the Holy Prophet’s life at Makkah.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. A Warning (Verses 11:1–11:8)
  2. Truth of Revelation (Verses 11:9–11:24)
  3. History of Noah (Verses 11:25–11:35)
  4. History of Noah (Verses 11:36–11:49)
  5. History of Hud (Verses 11:50–11:60)
  6. History of Salih (Verses 11:61–11:68)
  7. Abraham and Lot (Verses 11:69–11:83)
  8. History of Shuaib (Verses 11:84–11:95)
  9. The Wrongdoers and the Righteous (Verses 11:96–11:109)
  10. Believers are Comforted (Verses 11:110–11:123)