English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 72: Al-Jinn — The Jinn (Revealed at Makkah: 2 sections, 28 verses)


The title of this chapter is taken from the mention of certain believers in the Holy Prophet’s truth called jinn. This is a prophetical reference to those people accepting Islam who were yet hidden from the eye, belonging to lands beyond Arabia as well as to future times. The chapter was revealed two years before the Hijra when opposition to the Holy Prophet had reached a climax and persecution of Muslims was at its most severe. In such circumstances of seeming hopelessness, a very emphatic assurance of eventual success is given in this chapter. The second half of the chapter speaks of the protection granted to prophets against their enemies.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. Foreign Believers (Verses 72:1–72:19)
  2. Protection of Revelation (Verses 72:20–72:28)