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Surah al-Burooj – The Mansions of the Stars

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Sural al-Burooj was revealed in Makkah and consists of twenty-two verses. This surah may be divided into six parts.

  1. In the first part (verses 1-3), Almighty Allah swears by the sky and the great stars; the Day of Resurrection; the witness, which is Friday and the witnessed, which is the Day of Arafah.
  2. The second section (verses 4-9) refers to the story of the People of the Ditch. It provides information about a group of people who were among the disbelievers. They went after those among them who believed in Allah and they attempted to force them to give up their religion. However, the believers refused to recant, so the disbelievers dug a ditch for them in the ground. Then they lit a great fire in it and prepared some fuel for it in order to keep it ablaze. Then they tried to convince the believers to leave their religion again, but they still refused to do so, so they threw them into the blazing fire.

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Suhat Mutaffifin

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This surah consists of thirty-six verses and takes its name from the term al-mutaffifeen, which occurs in the first verse.

This surah may be divided into four sections.

  1. It opens up with a severe warning of distress and sorrow to those who deceive others in commercial dealings by giving short measures when they have to give by measure and weight to others and demanding full measure when they have to receive by measure and weight from others. Thus it touches upon every aspect of social, practical and moral relations. It applies to every individual’s rights and duties. This surah strongly warns those who practise cheating, trickery and other evil methods when dealing with others. The first part of the surah condemns those people who try to gain something at the cost of others. They use double standards — one for themselves, the other for everyone else. We observe this wicked practice among shopkeepers, grocers, traders and businessmen, among many others. They evade taxes, use cheap materials, sell outdated medicines, hide defects in their products, use false advertisements and bribe officials in order to amass money. They spend their whole lives cheating and hoarding. They defraud their workers by not paying them a just wage, use false weights and measures, adulterate food and other products for sale, re-write expiry dates, overcharge customers and even deal in usury (the so-called interest) by taking unjust advantage of other people’s needs in order to make excessive profits. The Quran warns them, “Do they not know that they are bound to be resurrected and called to account on an awesome day, the day when mankind will stand before the Lord of all the worlds?” (verses 1 – 6)

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Surat Al-lnfitar (The Cleaving)

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The major theme of this surah is the Day of Resurrection and the Judgment. Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) is reported to have said, “He who desires to see the Day of Resurrection as though he is seeing it with his own eyes should recite surot at-Takweer, surot al-lnfitaar, and surot ol-lnshiqooq.” (at-Tirmidhee) In other words, these surahs offer a graphic, accurate and a realistic view of what that dreadful day will be like!

This surah was revealed in Makkah and consists of nineteen verses. It may be divided into four parts:

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Surat at-Takwir (The Overthrowing)

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This surah offers a universal overturning. The sky, the seas, the mountains and the normal order of life will be one day pulled away, and the deepest secrets within it will be made bare! This surah was revealed very early in Makkah. It takes its name from the fact in the first verse that the sun will be wrapped up in darkness [kuwwirat); the term takweer is derived from it. The surah consists of twenty-nine verses and may be divided into three sections dealing with the following major themes:

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Surat al-lnshiqaaq – The Sundering

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This surah was revealed in Makkah and consists of twenty-five verses. In fact, its was revealed after surot ol-lnfitoor [surah eighty-two). The main theme of this surah is the Day of Resurrection.

This surah may be divided into four sections.

  1. It begins with a graphic description of the coming of the Last Hour (verses 1 -5).
  2. People are reminded of their own condition on the Day of Judgment. They will either be given their records of deeds in their right hands and thus will be happy, or in their left hands behind their backs and will be doomed.

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Surat ‘Abasa (He Frowned)

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This surah was revealed in Makkah early in the Prophet’s mission and consists of forty-two verses. It takes its name from the word ‘abasa with which the surah begins.

One day the Prophet (pbuh) was engrossed in a conversation with some of the most influential chieftains of pagan Makkans, hoping to convince them to accept Islam. At that crucial moment, a blind man among his noble companions whose name was ‘Abdullah ibn Umm Maktoom, who had accepted Islam earlier, came with a request for a repetition of explanation of certain earlier passage of the Quran. Annoyed by this interruption of what he then regarded as a more important endeavour, the Prophet (pbuh) frowned and turned away from the blind man.

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Surat An-Nazi’at (Those who drag forth)

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In the Name of Allah, the Most Kind, the Most Merciful

  1. By those [angels] who harshly pull out [the souls of the disbelievers and the wicked],
  2. And by those [angels] who gently take out [the souls of the righteous believers],
  3. And by those [angels] who glide serenely,
  4. And by those [angels] who race one another in a race [to deliver the believers’ souls to Paradise],
  5. And by those [angels] who arrange [each] matter to do the command of their Lord, you, the disbelievers, will be called to account!

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Surah Az-Zalzalah (The Earthquake)

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  1. When the earth is shaken with its [final] earthquake
  2. And the earth discharges its burdens
  3. And man says, “What is [wrong] with it?” –
  4. That Day, it will report its news
  5. Because your Lord has commanded it.
  6. That Day, the people will depart separated [into categories] to be shown [the result of] their deeds.
  7. So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it,
  8. And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it.

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Surah an-Naba (The Great News)

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In the Name of Allah, the Most Kind, the Most Merciful.

  1. About what are they asking one another?
  2. About the great news –
  3. That over which they are in disagreement.
  4. No! They are going to know.
  5. Then, no! They are going to know.
  6. Have We not made the earth a resting place?
  7. And the mountains as stakes?

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Surah Al-Bayyinah (The Clear Evidence)

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In the Name of Allah, Most Kind, Most Merciful

  1. Those who disbelieved among the People of the Book and the mushrikoon would not leave (their disbelief) until clear evidence came to them:
  2. A Messenger from Allah reciting purified pages,
  3. Containing correct and straight laws;

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