English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 35: Al-Fatir — The Originator (Revealed at Makkah: 5 sections, 45 verses)


The title of this chapter is taken from the Divine attribute the Originator mentioned in the first verse. God, as Originator of the heavens and the earth, sweeps away the old order and generates a new one. The chapter begins by referring to Divine favours upon mankind and asserts the promise that truth will prevail. It then prophesies the rising of a new generation to promote the cause of truth and justice in the world. After this, it promises success to the believers, and at the end it reiterates the law that punishment is due to evil deeds. Chapters 34 to 39 form one group, belonging most probably to the middle period at Makkah.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. Divine Favours (Verses 35:1–35:7)
  2. Truth will Prevail (Verses 35:8–35:14)
  3. A New Generation will be Raised (Verses 35:15–35:26)
  4. The Elect (Verses 35:27–35:37)
  5. Punishment due to Evil Deeds (Verses 35:38–35:45)