English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 32: Al-Sajdah — The Adoration (Revealed at Makkah: 3 sections, 30 verses)


The name of this chapter is taken from v. 15 where the faithful are spoken of as falling down in adoration, or prostrating, when the Divine messages are recited to them. The chapter foretells the establishment of Islam, the punishment for the opponents in this very life and the raising of the dead earth to life. Chapters 29 to 32 form one group revealed near the close of the early period at Makkah.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. Islam will be Established (Verses 32:1–32:11)
  2. Believers and Disbelievers — a Comparison (Verses 32:12–32:22)
  3. Dead Earth will Receive Life (Verses 32:23–32:30)