English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 36: Ya Sin — Ya Sin (Revealed at Makkah: 5 sections, 83 verses)


The title of this chapter is taken from the initial letters Yā Sīn which form the first verse, meaning O man or O Perfect man, addressing the Holy Prophet. The chapter declares the truth of the Quran and begins by saying that its revelation will, after initial opposition, give life to a dead humanity. This is illustrated by a parable. Signs in nature are pointed to, indicating that the same law is working in the spiritual world. It goes on to show that acceptors and rejectors of truth will be dealt with distinctly. In the end it draws attention to the Resurrection and life after death, an awareness of which makes a person feel responsible for his actions. Chapters 34 to 39 form one group, belonging most probably to the middle period at Makkah.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. Truth of the Quran (Verses 36:1–36:12)
  2. Confirmation of the Truth (Verses 36:13–36:32)
  3. Signs of the Truth (Verses 36:33–36:50)
  4. Reward and Punishment (Verses 36:51–36:67)
  5. The Resurrection (Verses 36:68–36:83)