English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)
by Maulana Muhammad Ali
Chapter 74: Al-Muddaththir — The One Wrapping Himself Up (Revealed at Makkah: 2 sections, 56 verses)
This chapter is the second in the order of revelation. A period of about six months had elapsed since the first revelation (96:1–5), and this interruption in revelation weighed heavily on the Holy Prophet. When the angel of the Lord appeared to him again, the Holy Prophet sought to wrap himself up in clothes, hence the title of this chapter. He is told not to seek seclusion but to arise and warn a people sunk low in evil.