Chapter Scripts

Surah Ad-Dukhan 44:31-40

44:31 [inflicted on them] by Pharaoh, seeing that he was truly outstanding among those who waste their own selves.


Cf. 43:73.

44:32 And, Indeed, we chose them knowingly above all other people.


Lit., “except [or “beyond”] the first [i.e., erstwhile] death” (cf. 37:58-59).

44:33 And gave them such signs [of Our grace] as would clearly presage a test.


i.e., by His having offered them guidance, of which they availed themselves: thus, the attainment of ultimate felicity is the result of an interaction between God and man, and of man’s communion with Him.

44:34 [Now] Behold, these [people] say indeed.


See note 81 on 19:97.

44:35 That [which is ahead of us] is but our first [and only] death, and we shall not be raised to life again.


i.e., whether they know it or not, God’s will shall be done.

44:36 So then, bring forth our forefathers [as witnesses], if what you claim is true!

44:37 Are they, then, better than the people of Tubba’, and those before them, whom We destroyed because they were truly lost in [the same) sin?

44:38 For [thus it is] We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in mere idle play.

44:39 None of this have We created without [an inner] truth: but most of them understand it not.

44:40 Verily, the Day of Distinction [between the true and the false] is the term appointed for all of them.


The divine scriptures are God’s beacons to the world. Surely God offered His trust to the heavens and the earth, and the hills, but they shrank from bearing it and were afraid of it. And man undertook it.
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