English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 37: Al-Saffat — Those Ranging in Ranks (Revealed at Makkah: 5 sections, 182 verses)


The title of this chapter is taken from its opening words which give a description of the faithful. It begins by announcing a clear prophecy of the ultimate victory of the doctrine of Oneness of God and then establishes the truth of the judgment. After this, the preachings of a number of prophets are mentioned, the last of these being Jonah. The chapter concludes with a prediction of the triumph of the Holy Prophet. Chapters 34 to 39 form one group, belonging most probably to the middle period at Makkah.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. Unity will Prevail (Verses 37:1–37:21)
  2. The Judgment (Verses 37:22–37:74)
  3. Noah and Abraham (Verses 37:75–37:113)
  4. Moses, Aaron, Elias and Lot (Verses 37:114–37:138)
  5. Jonah and Holy Prophet’s Triumph (Verses 37:139–37:182)