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)

Section 3 (Verses 53:33–53:62): Allah’s Power Manifested in Destroying Falsehood

Translation:

53:33 Have you seen him who turns back,
53:34 and gives a little, then withholds?
53:35 Does he have the knowledge of the unseen so that he can see?
53:36 Or has he not been informed of what is in the scriptures of Moses,
53:37 and (of) Abraham who fulfilled (commandments)?
53:38 — that no bearer of burden bears another’s burden,
53:39 and that man can have nothing but what he strives for,
53:40 and that his striving will soon be seen,
53:41 then he will be rewarded for it with the fullest reward,
53:42 and that to your Lord is the goal,
53:43 and that He it is Who makes (people) laugh and makes (them) weep,
53:44 and that He it is Who causes death and gives life,
53:45 and that He creates pairs, the male and the female
53:46 from the small life-germ when it is adapted,
53:47 and that He has ordained the second bringing forth,
53:48 and that He it is Who gives wealth and contentment,
53:49 and that He is the Lord of Sirius,
53:50 and that He destroyed the first Ād,1
53:51 and Thamūd, so He did not spare,
53:52 and the people of Noah before, surely they were most unjust and inordinate,
53:53 and the overthrown cities, He hurled down,
53:54 so there covered them that (punishment) which covered.
53:55 Which, then, of your Lord’s benefits will you dispute?
53:56 This is a warner like the earlier warners.
53:57 The near Event draws nearer.2
53:58 There is none besides Allah to remove it.
53:59 Do you wonder then at this announcement?
53:60 And do you laugh and not weep,
53:61 while you sport?
53:62 So bow down in prostration before Allah and serve (Him).Prostration

Commentary:

  1. The tribe of Ād is sometimes referred to as the first Ād, in contrast with Thamūd, who are called the second Ād.
  2. The near Event is the doom of the Quraish, the overthrow of their power, which was now being utilized against Islam.

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