English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 44: Ad-Dukhan — The Drought (Revealed at Makkah: 3 sections, 59 verses)

Section 2 (Verses 44:30–44:42): Good and Evil Rewarded


وَ لَقَدۡ نَجَّیۡنَا بَنِیۡۤ اِسۡرَآءِیۡلَ مِنَ الۡعَذَابِ الۡمُہِیۡنِ ﴿ۙ۳۰﴾

44:30 And We indeed delivered the Children of Israel from the humiliating punishment,

مِنۡ فِرۡعَوۡنَ ؕ اِنَّہٗ کَانَ عَالِیًا مِّنَ الۡمُسۡرِفِیۡنَ ﴿۳۱﴾

44:31 from Pharaoh. Surely he was high-handed, committing excesses.

وَ لَقَدِ اخۡتَرۡنٰہُمۡ عَلٰی عِلۡمٍ عَلَی الۡعٰلَمِیۡنَ ﴿ۚ۳۲﴾

44:32 And certainly We chose them above the nations, in having knowledge.

وَ اٰتَیۡنٰہُمۡ مِّنَ الۡاٰیٰتِ مَا فِیۡہِ بَلٰٓـؤٌا مُّبِیۡنٌ ﴿۳۳﴾

44:33 And We gave them signs in which was clear blessing.

اِنَّ ہٰۤؤُلَآءِ لَیَقُوۡلُوۡنَ ﴿ۙ۳۴﴾

44:34 These do indeed say:

اِنۡ ہِیَ اِلَّا مَوۡتَتُنَا الۡاُوۡلٰی وَ مَا نَحۡنُ بِمُنۡشَرِیۡنَ ﴿۳۵﴾

44:35 There is only our first death and we shall not be raised again.

فَاۡتُوۡا بِاٰبَآئِنَاۤ اِنۡ کُنۡتُمۡ صٰدِقِیۡنَ ﴿۳۶﴾

44:36 So bring our fathers (back), if you are truthful.

اَہُمۡ خَیۡرٌ اَمۡ قَوۡمُ تُبَّعٍ ۙ وَّ الَّذِیۡنَ مِنۡ قَبۡلِہِمۡ ؕ اَہۡلَکۡنٰہُمۡ ۫ اِنَّہُمۡ کَانُوۡا مُجۡرِمِیۡنَ ﴿۳۷﴾

44:37 Are they better or the people of Tubba,1 and those before them? We destroyed them, for surely they were guilty.

وَ مَا خَلَقۡنَا السَّمٰوٰتِ وَ الۡاَرۡضَ وَ مَا بَیۡنَہُمَا لٰعِبِیۡنَ ﴿۳۸﴾

44:38 And We did not create the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in sport.

مَا خَلَقۡنٰہُمَاۤ اِلَّا بِالۡحَقِّ وَ لٰکِنَّ اَکۡثَرَہُمۡ لَا یَعۡلَمُوۡنَ ﴿۳۹﴾

44:39 We did not create them but with truth, but most of them do not know.

اِنَّ یَوۡمَ الۡفَصۡلِ مِیۡقَاتُہُمۡ اَجۡمَعِیۡنَ ﴿ۙ۴۰﴾

44:40 Surely the day of Decision is the term for them all,

یَوۡمَ لَا یُغۡنِیۡ مَوۡلًی عَنۡ مَّوۡلًی شَیۡئًا وَّ لَا ہُمۡ یُنۡصَرُوۡنَ ﴿ۙ۴۱﴾

44:41 the day when friend will not avail friend in the least, nor will they be helped —

اِلَّا مَنۡ رَّحِمَ اللّٰہُ ؕ اِنَّہٗ ہُوَ الۡعَزِیۡزُ الرَّحِیۡمُ ﴿٪۴۲﴾

44:42 except those on whom Allah has mercy. Surely He is the Mighty, the Merciful.


  1. Generally Tubba‘ is taken to be the title of the kings of the Himyar in Yaman. The particular Tubba spoken of here is said to have been a prophet.