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