Chapter Scripts

Surah Al-Zalzalah 99:1-8

In The Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Dispenser of Grace.

99:1 When the earthquakes with her [last] mighty quaking. 


i.e., all that was hitherto hidden in it, including the bodies – or the remnants – of the dead.

99:2 And [when] the earth yields up her burdens.


i.e., on the Day of Judgment, the earth will bear witness, as it were, to all that has ever been done by man: an explanation given by the Prophet, according to a Tradition on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (quoted by Ibn Hanbal and Tirmidhi).

99:3 And man cries out, “What has happened to her?”  


Lit., “as separate entities” (ashtatan). Cf. 6:94 – “And now, indeed, you have come unto Us in a lonely state, even as We created you in the first instance”: thus stressing the individual, untransferable responsibility of every human being.

99:4 On that Day will she recount all her tidings. 

99:5 As thy Sustainer will have inspired her to do!

99:6 On that Day will all men come forward, cut off from one another, to be shown their [past] deeds.

99:7 And so, he who shall have done an atom’s weight of good, shall behold it.

99:8 And he who shall have done an atom’s weight of evil shall behold it.


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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