English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 56: Al-Waqiah — The Event (Revealed at Makkah: 3 sections, 96 verses)


The Event referred to in the first verse, from which the title of this chapter is taken, is the time of the meting out of reward and punishment to the faithful and their opponents respectively. It begins by stating that people will be divided into three classes: the foremost among the faithful, the other believers and the opponents. Then it speaks of the judgment upon them, the three classes each receiving what they deserve. The chapter is an early revelation at Makkah.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. Three Classes of People (Verses 56:1–56:38)
  2. The Guilty (Verses 56:39–56:74)
  3. Judgment is Inevitable (Verses 56:75–56:96)