English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 47: Muhammad — Muhammad (Revealed at Madinah: 4 sections, 38 verses)


This chapter is entitled Muhammad from the mention of the Holy Prophet’s name in v. 2, foretelling that the condition of those who believe in him will be improved. The first half of the chapter says that those who prevent people from accepting the truth will be defeated in war and Makkah will be subjugated by the Muslims. The second half refers to the weak-hearted among the Muslims and how a separation will be brought about between them and the truly faithful. This chapter was revealed at Madinah in 1 A.H. when war with the Quraish had not yet begun.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. Opponents will Perish in War (Verses 47:1–47:11)
  2. Oppressors Shall be Brought Low (Verses 47:12–47:19)
  3. The Weak-hearted Ones (Verses 47:20–47:28)
  4. An Exhortation (Verses 47:29–47:38)