English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 76: Al-Dahr / Al-Insan — The Man (Revealed at Makkah: 2 sections, 31 verses)


This chapter, entitled Man from the occurrence of this word in the first verse, deals with man’s attainment to perfection. It shows that in the attainment of this perfection there are two stages: the suppression of all evil tendencies and the gaining of strength to perform great deeds of sacrifice. Towards the end, the chapter says that if those addressed by the Holy Prophet do not accept his message, Allah will cause another people to take their place, for the Quran must accomplish its object of enabling man to attain to perfection. Its revelation belongs to a very early period at Makkah.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. Attainment of Perfection (Verses 76:1–76:22)
  2. Another Generation will be Raised Up (Verses 76:23–76:31)