English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 46: Al-Ahqaf — The Sandhills (Revealed at Makkah: 4 sections, 35 verses)


The title of this chapter is taken from the tracts of sand mentioned in v. 21 which contributed to the destruction of the tribe of Ād. Chapters 40 to 46 form one group; see the introductory note to chapter 40. This chapter deals first with the truth of revelation and the witness of truth. Then, referring to the fate of Ād, it contains a warning for those who reject the truth.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. Truth of Revelation (Verses 46:1–46:10)
  2. Witness of Truth (Verses 46:11–46:20)
  3. The Fate of Ad (Verses 46:21–46:26)
  4. A Warning (Verses 46:27–46:35)