English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 61: As-Saff — The Ranks (Revealed at Madinah: 2 sections, 14 verses)


The title of this chapter is taken from the command in v. 4 to fight in defence of the faith in Ranks. It speaks first of Moses and Jesus, and the latter’s prophecy regarding the advent of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, and this is followed by a prophecy of the triumph of Islam over all other religions. Then it exhorts Muslims to strive hard in the cause of truth, citing the example of Jesus. The date of revelation is very probably 1 or 2 A.H.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. Triumph of Islam (Verses 61:1–61:9)
  2. Establishment of Truth needed Sacrifices (Verses 61:10–61:14)