English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 23: Al-Muminun — The Believers (Revealed at Makkah: 6 sections, 118 verses)


This chapter is so named because it deals with the success of the Believers. Continuing the subject-matter of the last chapter, it first asserts the success of the believers and then refers to similar success in case of the former prophets, whose history, it tells us, will be repeated in the Holy Prophet’s case. It ends with a condemnation of polytheism by its own votaries and shows how the wicked will finally regret their evil deeds. This chapter was revealed in the late period at Makkah.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. Success of the Faithful (Verses 23:1–23:22)
  2. Noah (Verses 23:23–23:32)
  3. Prophets after Noah (Verses 23:33–23:50)
  4. Higher Values of Life (Verses 23:51–23:77)
  5. Polytheism is Self-condemned (Verses 23:78–23:92)
  6. Regrets of the Wicked (Verses 23:93–23:118)