English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 53: An-Najm — The Star (Revealed at Makkah: 3 sections, 62 verses)


The word Star, which gives its name to this chapter, occurs in the first verse. It states that the Holy Prophet Muhammad will rise to the highest eminence to which man can rise. Then it declares that nothing can avail against the Truth and refers to the power of God as manifested in the destruction of falsehood. The date of its revelation is the fifth year of the Holy Prophet’s mission at Makkah.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. Eminence to be Attained by the Prophet (Verses 53:1–53:25)
  2. Nothing Avails against Truth (Verses 53:26–53:32)
  3. Allah’s Power Manifested in Destroying Falsehood (Verses 53:33–53:62)