English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 50: Qaf — Qaf (Revealed at Makkah: 3 sections, 45 verses)


This chapter takes its name from its initial letter Qāf, referring to the great power of God, and deals with the Resurrection, both the spiritual resurrection of this life and the greater Resurrection of the life after death. It begins by drawing attention to the testimony of nature and then to the fate of some former peoples. Then it shows that every action has a consequence and these consequences are made manifest on the day of Judgment. Finally, it states that the good and the bad must receive their due, and refers to the two resurrections. From the 50th to the 56th chapter, there is a group of seven chapters all belonging to the early period at Makkah.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. The Resurrection — Signs in Nature (Verses 50:1–50:15)
  2. The Resurrection — Consequences made Manifest (Verses 50:16–50:29)
  3. The Resurrection (Verses 50:30–50:44)