English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 27: Al-Naml — The Naml (Revealed at Makkah: 7 sections, 93 verses)

Section 7 (Verses 27:83–27:93): Passing Away of Opposition


وَ یَوۡمَ نَحۡشُرُ مِنۡ کُلِّ اُمَّۃٍ فَوۡجًا مِّمَّنۡ یُّکَذِّبُ بِاٰیٰتِنَا فَہُمۡ یُوۡزَعُوۡنَ ﴿۸۳﴾

27:83 And the day when We gather from every nation a company from among those who rejected Our messages, then they will be formed into groups.

حَتّٰۤی اِذَا جَآءُوۡ قَالَ اَکَذَّبۡتُمۡ بِاٰیٰتِیۡ وَ لَمۡ تُحِیۡطُوۡا بِہَا عِلۡمًا اَمَّا ذَا کُنۡتُمۡ تَعۡمَلُوۡنَ ﴿۸۴﴾

27:84 Until, when they come (before Him), He will say: Did you reject My messages without comprehending them by knowledge? Or what was it that you did?

وَ وَقَعَ الۡقَوۡلُ عَلَیۡہِمۡ بِمَا ظَلَمُوۡا فَہُمۡ لَا یَنۡطِقُوۡنَ ﴿۸۵﴾

27:85 And the word will come to pass against them because they were unjust, so they will not speak.

اَلَمۡ یَرَوۡا اَنَّا جَعَلۡنَا الَّیۡلَ لِیَسۡکُنُوۡا فِیۡہِ وَ النَّہَارَ مُبۡصِرًا ؕ اِنَّ فِیۡ ذٰلِکَ لَاٰیٰتٍ لِّقَوۡمٍ یُّؤۡمِنُوۡنَ ﴿۸۶﴾

27:86 Do they not see that We have made the night that they may rest in it, and the day to give light? Surely there are signs in this for a people who believe.

وَ یَوۡمَ یُنۡفَخُ فِی الصُّوۡرِ فَفَزِعَ مَنۡ فِی السَّمٰوٰتِ وَ مَنۡ فِی الۡاَرۡضِ اِلَّا مَنۡ شَآءَ اللّٰہُ ؕ وَ کُلٌّ اَتَوۡہُ دٰخِرِیۡنَ ﴿۸۷﴾

27:87 And the day when the trumpet is blown, then those in the heavens and those in the earth will be struck with terror, except such as Allah please. And all shall come to Him humbled.1

وَ تَرَی الۡجِبَالَ تَحۡسَبُہَا جَامِدَۃً وَّ ہِیَ تَمُرُّ مَرَّ السَّحَابِ ؕ صُنۡعَ اللّٰہِ الَّذِیۡۤ اَتۡقَنَ کُلَّ شَیۡءٍ ؕ اِنَّہٗ خَبِیۡرٌۢ بِمَا تَفۡعَلُوۡنَ ﴿۸۸﴾

27:88 And you see the mountains, you think them firmly fixed — they shall pass away as the passing away of the cloud: the handiwork of Allah, Who has made everything thoroughly. Surely He is Aware of what you do.2

مَنۡ جَآءَ بِالۡحَسَنَۃِ فَلَہٗ خَیۡرٌ مِّنۡہَا ۚ وَ ہُمۡ مِّنۡ فَزَعٍ یَّوۡمَئِذٍ اٰمِنُوۡنَ ﴿۸۹﴾

27:89 Whoever brings good, he will have better than it; and they will be secure from terror that day.

وَ مَنۡ جَآءَ بِالسَّیِّئَۃِ فَکُبَّتۡ وُجُوۡہُہُمۡ فِی النَّارِ ؕ ہَلۡ تُجۡزَوۡنَ اِلَّا مَا کُنۡتُمۡ تَعۡمَلُوۡنَ ﴿۹۰﴾

27:90 And whoever brings evil, these will be thrown down on their faces into the Fire. Are you rewarded (anything) except for what you did?

اِنَّمَاۤ اُمِرۡتُ اَنۡ اَعۡبُدَ رَبَّ ہٰذِہِ الۡبَلۡدَۃِ الَّذِیۡ حَرَّمَہَا وَ لَہٗ کُلُّ شَیۡءٍ ۫ وَّ اُمِرۡتُ اَنۡ اَکُوۡنَ مِنَ الۡمُسۡلِمِیۡنَ ﴿ۙ۹۱﴾

27:91 I am commanded only to serve the Lord of this city,3 Who has made it sacred, and His are all things, and I am commanded to be of those who submit,

وَ اَنۡ اَتۡلُوَا الۡقُرۡاٰنَ ۚ فَمَنِ اہۡتَدٰی فَاِنَّمَا یَہۡتَدِیۡ لِنَفۡسِہٖ ۚ وَ مَنۡ ضَلَّ فَقُلۡ اِنَّمَاۤ اَنَا مِنَ الۡمُنۡذِرِیۡنَ ﴿۹۲﴾

27:92 and to recite the Quran. So whoever goes aright, goes aright only for the good of his own soul, and whoever goes astray — say: I am only a warner.

وَ قُلِ الۡحَمۡدُ لِلّٰہِ سَیُرِیۡکُمۡ اٰیٰتِہٖ فَتَعۡرِفُوۡنَہَا ؕ وَ مَا رَبُّکَ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا تَعۡمَلُوۡنَ ﴿٪۹۳﴾

27:93 And say: Praise be to Allah! He will show you His signs so that you shall recognize them. And your Lord is not heedless of what you do.4


  1. As a foretaste of what was in store for the rejectors of the Truth, the prophecy was also brought to fulfilment in this life. The whole of Arabia recog­nized the Holy Prophet as its temporal and spiritual head, and the proud oppo­nents were humbled.
  2. In the passing away of the mountains there is a clear reference to the removal of the mighty men who opposed the Prophet’s preaching. This is also shown by the concluding words of the verse, which clearly speak of the punish­ment of the evil deeds by One Who is Aware of what they do.
  3. The statement here that the Prophet is commanded to serve the Lord of the city of Makkah contains an allusion that the servant of the Lord will be the lord of that city.
  4. Note the firmness of the tone in which the showing of signs is asserted.