English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 79: An-Naziat — Those Who Yearn (Revealed at Makkah: 2 sections, 46 verses)


This chapter is named after the word which occurs in the first verse as a description of the groups or parties of the faithful who were destined to bring about a transformation in the world. Their chief characteristics are mentioned in the first five verses as being those who yearned ardently after God, and who went forth cheerfully braving all opposition, then ran swiftly in the cause of Truth, and went ahead of all such communities who had a similar yearning in the past and regulated affairs. These verses are followed by predicting the great revolution which would be brought about by their exertions. It is a revelation of the early period at Makkah.

List of Sections (Rukus):

  1. The Great Commotion (Verses 79:1–79:26)
  2. The Great Calamity (Verses 79:27–79:46)