سورة العنكبوت   

Surah Name: Al-'Ankabut Meaning: The Spider

  • Revealed at Makkah
  • Total Number of Rukū / Sections 7
  • Total Number of Āyāt / Parts 69
  • Sūrah / Chapter number 29
  • Rukū / Section 7 contains Āyāt / Parts 6
  • Siparah / Volume 20 & 21


وَمَا هَذِهِ الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا لَهْوٌ وَلَعِبٌ وَإِنَّ الدَّارَ الْآخِرَةَ لَهِيَ الْحَيَوَانُ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ

Wama hathihi alhayatu a(l)ddunya illa lahwun walaAAibun wainna a(l)ddara alakhirata lahiya alhayawanu law kanoo yaAAlamoon(a)

And this life of the world is but sport and play. Verily the home of the Hereafter-that is life indeed, if they but know!


فَإِذَا رَكِبُوا فِي الْفُلْكِ دَعَوُا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ فَلَمَّا نَجَّاهُمْ إِلَى الْبَرِّ إِذَا هُمْ يُشْرِكُونَ

Faitha rakiboo fee alfulki daAAawoo Allaha mukhliseena lahu a(l)ddeena falamma najjahum ila albarri itha hum yushrikoon(a)

So when they mount upon the ship they call on Allah-SWT making faith pure for him; then when He-SWT delivers them safely on the land, lo! They associate.


لِيَكْفُرُوا بِمَا آتَيْنَاهُمْ وَلِيَتَمَتَّعُوا فَسَوْفَ يَعْلَمُونَ

Liyakfuroo bima ataynahum waliyatamattaAAoo fasawfa yaAAlamoon(a)

So that they become ingrate for what We-SWT have vouchsafed to them, and that they enjoy themselves, but presently they shall know.


أَوَلَمْ يَرَوْا أَنَّا جَعَلْنَا حَرَمًا آمِنًا وَيُتَخَطَّفُ النَّاسُ مِنْ حَوْلِهِمْ أَفَبِالْبَاطِلِ يُؤْمِنُونَ وَبِنِعْمَةِ اللَّهِ يَكْفُرُونَ

Awalam yaraw anna jaAAalna haraman aminan wayutakhattafu a(l)nnasu min hawlihim afabi(a)lbatili yuminoona wabiniAAmati Allahi yakfuroon(a)

Do they not see that We-SWT have appointed an inviolable sanctuary, while men are being snatched away round about them? In falsehood would then they believe, and unto favours of Allah-SWT would they be ingrate?


وَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّنِ افْتَرَى عَلَى اللَّهِ كَذِبًا أَوْ كَذَّبَ بِالْحَقِّ لَمَّا جَاءهُ أَلَيْسَ فِي جَهَنَّمَ مَثْوًى لِّلْكَافِرِينَ

Waman athlamu mimmani iftara AAala Allahi kathiban aw kaththaba bi(a)lhaqqi lamma jaahu alaysa fee jahannama mathwan lilkafireen(a)

And who is greater wrong-doer than he who forges a lie against Allah-SWT or belies the truth when it comes to him? Will there not be in the Hell an abiding-place of the infidels?


وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَمَعَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

Wa(a)llatheena jahadoo feena lanahdiyannahum subulana wainna Allaha lamaAAa almuhsineen(a)

And those who strive hard in Us-SWT , We-SWT shall surely guide them in Our-SWT Paths; verily Allah-SWT is with the well-doers.


In The Name of Allah-SWT the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

The world, which these infidels seek so much is nothing but a vain sport, that wastes time, while real life is the life of the Akhirah, the eternal abode. The very aim of worldly life is to strive for the Hereafter, if only they could perceive.


At Times Invocation Of An Infidel Is Also Answered In Mundane Matters

Whenever they face hardship, like if their ship is stranded in a cyclone, they call out Allah-SWT with utmost sincerity, from the core of their hearts. And when Allah-SWT delivers them from the hardship and saves them they revert to polytheism. It is so because at times even an infidel's invocation is answered in mundane matters, provided he prays with sincerity. However, it will not happen in the Akhirah. They are so ignorant that they deny the Divine blessings, which they also benefit from. They will for sure meet the consequences of their doings.


At least the Makkans should not have come up with the excuse that if they converted to Islam, people would destroy them. This is because Allah-SWT has consecrated this city, making it a sanctuary for all. Both the infidels and the polytheists respect it, even though there may be unrest outside its perimeters.


Do they believe in the fables and deny the blessings of Allah-SWT . So whosoever concocts lies and claims it to be Din and refuses to accept the true faith when expounded to him is the greatest transgressor. The most appropriate place for such an ardent malefactor is Hell.


Mujahid Is Always Victorious

And those who strive in Our-SWT Cause are guided to Our-SWT Paths. They are never unsuccessful. Allah-SWT is with those who strive with devotion in obeying Him-SWT They enjoy the Personal Company of the Supreme Being. When they strive to purify their own souls, Allah-SWT takes them to the company of pious people where this goal is achieved. Similarly when a person strives against the impediments worked by the infidels and lays down his life in the process, he either gets his destination by falling a martyr, or comes out victorious. Besides, Jihad enhances the insight of a believer and enables him to take correct decisions.