Chapter Scripts

Surah Al-Fajr 89:11-30

89:11 [It was they] who transgressed all bounds of equity all over their lands.


i.e., “you feel no urge to feed the needy” (cf. 107:3).

89:12 And brought about great corruption therein. 


Lit., “[when] thy Sustainer comes”, which almost all of the classical commentators understand as the revelation (in the abstract sense of this word) of God’s transcendental majesty and the manifestation of His judgment.

89:13 And therefore thy Sustainer let loose upon them a scourge of suffering.


See note 7 on 73:12-13.

89:14 For, verily, thy Sustainer is ever on the watch!

89:15 But as for man, whenever his Sustainer tries him by His generosity and by letting him enjoy a life of ease, he says, “My Sustainer has been [justly] generous towards me”.

89:16 Whereas, whenever He tries him by straitening his means of livelihood, he says “My Sustainer has disgraced me!” 

89:17 But nay, nay, [O men, consider all that you do and fail to do] you are not generous towards the orphan. 

89:18 And you do not urge one another to feed the needy.

89:9 And you devour the inheritance [of others] with devouring greed. 

89:20 And you love wealth with boundless love!

89:21 Nay, but [how will you fare on Judgment Day] when the earth is crushed with crushing upon crushing. 

89:22 And [the majesty of] thy Sustainer stands revealed, as well as [the true nature of] the angels, rank upon rank?

89:23 And on that Day hell will be brought [within sight], on that Day man will remember [all that he did and failed to do], but what will that remembrance avail him?

89:24 He will say, “Oh, would that I had provided beforehand for my life [to come]!”

89:25 For, none can make suffer as He will make suffer [the sinners] on that Day. 

89:26 And none can bind with bonds like His. 

89:27 [But unto the righteous God will say] O thou human being that hast attained to inner peace!

89:28 Return thou unto thy Sustainer, well-pleased [and] pleasing [Him]. 

89:29 Enter, then, together with My [other true] servants. 

89:30 Yeah, enter thou My paradise!


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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