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)

Section 2 (Verses 35:8–35:14): Truth will Prevail


اَفَمَنۡ زُیِّنَ لَہٗ سُوۡٓءُ عَمَلِہٖ فَرَاٰہُ حَسَنًا ؕ فَاِنَّ اللّٰہَ یُضِلُّ مَنۡ یَّشَآءُ وَ یَہۡدِیۡ مَنۡ یَّشَآءُ ۫ۖ فَلَا تَذۡہَبۡ نَفۡسُکَ عَلَیۡہِمۡ حَسَرٰتٍ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰہَ عَلِیۡمٌۢ بِمَا یَصۡنَعُوۡنَ ﴿۸﴾

35:8 Is he whose evil deed is made attractive to him so that he considers it good (able to be guided aright)? Now surely Allah leaves in error whom He pleases and guides aright whom He pleases, so do not let your soul waste in grief for them. Surely Allah is Knower of what they do.

وَ اللّٰہُ الَّذِیۡۤ اَرۡسَلَ الرِّیٰحَ فَتُثِیۡرُ سَحَابًا فَسُقۡنٰہُ اِلٰی بَلَدٍ مَّیِّتٍ فَاَحۡیَیۡنَا بِہِ الۡاَرۡضَ بَعۡدَ مَوۡتِہَا ؕ کَذٰلِکَ النُّشُوۡرُ ﴿۹﴾

35:9 And Allah is He Who sends the winds, so they raise a cloud, then We drive it on to a dead land, and with it We give life to the earth after its death. Even so is the rising.1

مَنۡ کَانَ یُرِیۡدُ الۡعِزَّۃَ فَلِلّٰہِ الۡعِزَّۃُ جَمِیۡعًا ؕ اِلَیۡہِ یَصۡعَدُ الۡکَلِمُ الطَّیِّبُ وَ الۡعَمَلُ الصَّالِحُ یَرۡفَعُہٗ ؕ وَ الَّذِیۡنَ یَمۡکُرُوۡنَ السَّیِّاٰتِ لَہُمۡ عَذَابٌ شَدِیۡدٌ ؕ وَ مَکۡرُ اُولٰٓئِکَ ہُوَ یَبُوۡرُ ﴿۱۰﴾

35:10 Whoever desires might, then to Allah belongs the might wholly. To Him do ascend the goodly words, and the goodly deed — He exalts it. And those who plan evil — for them is a severe punishment. And their plan will perish.2

وَ اللّٰہُ خَلَقَکُمۡ مِّنۡ تُرَابٍ ثُمَّ مِنۡ نُّطۡفَۃٍ ثُمَّ جَعَلَکُمۡ اَزۡوَاجًا ؕ وَ مَا تَحۡمِلُ مِنۡ اُنۡثٰی وَ لَا تَضَعُ اِلَّا بِعِلۡمِہٖ ؕ وَ مَا یُعَمَّرُ مِنۡ مُّعَمَّرٍ وَّ لَا یُنۡقَصُ مِنۡ عُمُرِہٖۤ اِلَّا فِیۡ کِتٰبٍ ؕ اِنَّ ذٰلِکَ عَلَی اللّٰہِ یَسِیۡرٌ ﴿۱۱﴾

35:11 And Allah created you from dust, then from the life-germ, then He made you pairs. And no female bears, nor gives birth, except with His knowledge. And no one living long is granted long life, nor is his life shortened at all, but it is in a book. Surely this is easy to Allah.3

وَ مَا یَسۡتَوِی الۡبَحۡرٰنِ ٭ۖ ہٰذَا عَذۡبٌ فُرَاتٌ سَآئِغٌ شَرَابُہٗ وَ ہٰذَا مِلۡحٌ اُجَاجٌ ؕ وَ مِنۡ کُلٍّ تَاۡکُلُوۡنَ لَحۡمًا طَرِیًّا وَّ تَسۡتَخۡرِجُوۡنَ حِلۡیَۃً تَلۡبَسُوۡنَہَا ۚ وَ تَرَی الۡفُلۡکَ فِیۡہِ مَوَاخِرَ لِتَبۡتَغُوۡا مِنۡ فَضۡلِہٖ وَ لَعَلَّکُمۡ تَشۡکُرُوۡنَ ﴿۱۲﴾

35:12 And the two seas are not alike: the one sweet, very sweet, pleasant to drink; and the other saltish, bitter. Yet from both you eat fresh flesh and bring forth ornaments which you wear. And you see the ships cleave through it, that you may seek of His bounty and that you may give thanks.

یُوۡلِجُ الَّیۡلَ فِی النَّہَارِ وَ یُوۡلِجُ النَّہَارَ فِی الَّیۡلِ ۙ وَ سَخَّرَ الشَّمۡسَ وَ الۡقَمَرَ ۫ۖ کُلٌّ یَّجۡرِیۡ لِاَجَلٍ مُّسَمًّی ؕ ذٰلِکُمُ اللّٰہُ رَبُّکُمۡ لَہُ الۡمُلۡکُ ؕ وَ الَّذِیۡنَ تَدۡعُوۡنَ مِنۡ دُوۡنِہٖ مَا یَمۡلِکُوۡنَ مِنۡ قِطۡمِیۡرٍ ﴿ؕ۱۳﴾

35:13 He makes the night to pass into the day, and makes the day to pass into the night, and He has made subservient the sun and the moon, each one moves to an appointed time. This is Allah, your Lord; His is the kingdom. And those whom you call upon besides Him own not a straw.

اِنۡ تَدۡعُوۡہُمۡ لَا یَسۡمَعُوۡا دُعَآءَکُمۡ ۚ وَ لَوۡ سَمِعُوۡا مَا اسۡتَجَابُوۡا لَکُمۡ ؕ وَ یَوۡمَ الۡقِیٰمَۃِ یَکۡفُرُوۡنَ بِشِرۡکِکُمۡ ؕ وَ لَا یُنَبِّئُکَ مِثۡلُ خَبِیۡرٍ ﴿٪۱۴﴾

35:14 If you call on them, they do not hear your call; and if they heard, they could not answer you. And on the day of Resurrection they will deny your making them partners (of Allah). And none can inform you like the All-Aware One.


  1. This is clearly the rising to spiritual life.
  2. Good words ascend to God, i.e., prosper and bear fruit, and good deeds are exalted, while the evil plans to destroy Truth perish.
  3. There is a hint that the seed of truth is sown and generates in a similar manner.