English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 70: Al-Maarij — The Ways of Ascent (Revealed at Makkah: 2 sections, 44 verses)


The title of this chapter is taken from v. 3, where Allah is called the Lord of The Ways of Ascent. While holding out the certainty of the punishment, this chapter points out at first that great ends are achieved in a long period of time. Then we are told that the means of ascent are those by which the faithful attain nearness to God. At the end it prophesies that a new nation will be raised in place of the opponents who will meet with disgrace. This chapter was revealed not later than the close of the early period at Makkah.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. The Certainty of the Punishment (Verses 70:1–70:35)
  2. A New Nation to be Raised Up (Verses 70:36–70:44)