English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 51: Al-Dhariyat — The Scatterers (Revealed at Makkah: 3 sections, 60 verses)


The title of this chapter is taken from the mention of The Scatterers of Truth in the first verse. It opens by drawing attention to the gradual advancement of the Truth and the certainty of the judgment of the rejectors. Then it speaks of the news given to Abraham of the birth of a son, standing for the birth of a nation of the righteous, and goes on to relate the fate of some previous nations. It ends by warning the opponents that their good fortune is about to be ended and they shall be judged. This chapter belongs to the early period at Makkah.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. Falsehood is Doomed (Verses 51:1–51:23)
  2. The Fate of Previous Nations (Verses 51:24–51:46)
  3. Judgment is Sure (Verses 51:47–51:60)