English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 28: Al-Qasas — The Narrative (Revealed at Makkah: 9 sections, 88 verses)


This chapter is chiefly a narrative of the story of Moses. After relating events of the life of Moses it announces that a prophet like him had now appeared with true revelation like the revelation of Moses, and its opponents will be humbled. In the end it says that their great wealth will not make them successful and prophesies that the Holy Prophet will return to Makkah in triumph. This chapter belongs to the middle period at Makkah, although v. 85 would appear to have been revealed when the Holy Prophet was fleeing from Makkah to Madinah.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. History of Moses — Infancy (Verses 28:1–28:13)
  2. History of Moses — Flees Egypt (Verses 28:14–28:21)
  3. History of Moses — In Midian (Verses 28:22–28:28)
  4. History of Moses — Prophethood and Mission (Verses 28:29–28:42)
  5. A Prophet like Moses (Verses 28:43–28:50)
  6. The Truth of Revelation (Verses 28:51–28:60)
  7. Opponents Shall be Brought Low (Verses 28:61–28:75)
  8. Korah’s Wealth Leads him to Ruin (Verses 28:76–28:82)
  9. The Prophet will Return to Makkah (Verses 28:83–28:88)