سورة الزخرف   

Surah Name: Az-Zukhuruf Meaning: The Gold Ornaments

  • Revealed at Makkah
  • Total Number of Rukū / Sections 7
  • Total Number of Āyāt / Parts 89
  • Sūrah / Chapter number 43
  • Rukū / Section 4 contains Āyāt / Parts 10
  • Siparah/ Volume 25


وَمَن يَعْشُ عَن ذِكْرِ الرَّحْمَنِ نُقَيِّضْ لَهُ شَيْطَانًا فَهُوَ لَهُ قَرِينٌ

Waman yaAAshu AAan thikri a(l)rrahmani nuqayyid lahu shaytanan fahuwa lahu qareen(un)

And whoever blinds himself to the admonition of the Compassionate, We-SWT assign to him a devil, and he becomes his comrade.


وَإِنَّهُمْ لَيَصُدُّونَهُمْ عَنِ السَّبِيلِ وَيَحْسَبُونَ أَنَّهُم مُّهْتَدُونَ

Wainnahum layasuddoonahum AAani a(l)ssabeeli wayahsaboona annahum muhtadoon(a)

And verily they hinder them from the way, while they imagine that they are rightly guided.


حَتَّى إِذَا جَاءنَا قَالَ يَا لَيْتَ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَكَ بُعْدَ الْمَشْرِقَيْنِ فَبِئْسَ الْقَرِينُ

Hatta itha jaana qala ya layta baynee wabaynaka buAAda almashriqayni fabisa alqareen(u)

Until when he comes to Us-SWT , he will say: Ah! Would that there had been between me and you the distance of the two orients-an evil comrade.


وَلَن يَنفَعَكُمُ الْيَوْمَ إِذ ظَّلَمْتُمْ أَنَّكُمْ فِي الْعَذَابِ مُشْتَرِكُونَ

Walan yanfaAAakumu alyawma ith thalamtum annakum fee alAAathabi mushtarikoon(a)

And because you have done wrong, today it will profit you not, that you are sharers in the torment.


أَفَأَنتَ تُسْمِعُ الصُّمَّ أَوْ تَهْدِي الْعُمْيَ وَمَن كَانَ فِي ضَلَالٍ مُّبِينٍ

Afaanta tusmiAAu a(l)ssumma aw tahdee alAAumya waman kana fee dalalin mubeen(in)

So can you make the deaf hear or can you guide the blind, or him who is in manifest error?


فَإِمَّا نَذْهَبَنَّ بِكَ فَإِنَّا مِنْهُم مُّنتَقِمُونَ

Faimma nathhabanna bika fainna minhum muntaqimoon(a)

And even though We-SWT take you away, We-SWT shall surely take vengeance on them.


أَوْ نُرِيَنَّكَ الَّذِي وَعَدْنَاهُمْ فَإِنَّا عَلَيْهِم مُّقْتَدِرُونَ

Aw nuriyannaka allathee waAAadnahum fainna AAalayhim muqtadiroon(a)

Or if We-SWT show you that with which We-SWT threaten them; verily We-SWT are going to prevail over them.


فَاسْتَمْسِكْ بِالَّذِي أُوحِيَ إِلَيْكَ إِنَّكَ عَلَى صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ

Fa(i)stamsik bi(a)llathee oohiya ilayka innaka AAala siratin mustaqeem(in)

Hold you-SW  fast to what We-SWT have revealed to you-SW; verily you-SW    are on the straight path.


وَإِنَّهُ لَذِكْرٌ لَّكَ وَلِقَوْمِكَ وَسَوْفَ تُسْأَلُونَ

Wainnahu lathikrun laka waliqawmika wasawfa tusaloon(a)

And verily it is an admonition to you--SW and your--SW people, and presently you--SW will be questioned.


وَاسْأَلْ مَنْ أَرْسَلْنَا مِن قَبْلِكَ مِن رُّسُلِنَا أَجَعَلْنَا مِن دُونِ الرَّحْمَنِ آلِهَةً يُعْبَدُونَ

Wa(i)sal man arsalna min qablika min rusulina ajaAAalna min dooni a(l)rrahmani alihatan yuAAbadoon(a)

And ask you Our-SWT Messengers-AS whom We-SWT sent before you-SW Did We-SWT appoint gods besides the Compassionate to be worshipped?


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

And whoever turns away from remembrance of the Magnificent Being-SWT , just as a pagan does with regard to the Quran, a devil is imposed upon him to stay by his side constantly. This devil prevents him from treading the path of piety until he begins to consider his waywardness as guidance and the evil as an excellence.


Zikr and Satan

The basis and the first level of Allah-SWT's Zikr is faith. The second level is practice, while the third is a verbal expression, whereby the execution of obligations and the imperatives is accompanied by verbal praise and recitation of the Quran. The consummation is attained though Zikr-e-Qalbi whereby not a single moment is passed without His-SWT remembrance. And the devil imposed as a punishment for abandoning Zikr is other than the one that already accompanies every human being. Conversely, practising Zikr would bless a person with noble company, good friends and protection against Satan.


The evil doers will soon wake up from their slumber. When they rise from graves to stand for Reckoning, they will lament if only they had not met their evil comrade who proved to be an extremely damaging partner! This will now be futile as they had already committed sin and infidelity while following him, so both must suffer together in Hell. Those deafened by Satan cannot listen to the Holy Prophet-SW nor the blinded see the path of guidance. They had indulged in evil ways without any rhyme and reason, and shall undoubtedly endure the punishment here as well as in the Hereafter. Whether they are taken to task in the lifetime of the Holy Prophet-SW   or after his passing away is immaterial but they will be punished is preordained as Allaah-SWT is Potent over it. The Holy Prophet-SW must, however, stand firm on the revealed religion and conform to it completely without giving any importance to these comrades of the devil.


What is Islam?

To accept Allah-SWT's Commands in letter and in spirit, to exert in His-SWT obedience with dedication and to take pride in it while totally ignoring the infidels’ bickerings is indeed Islam. The Quran is a source of pride and honour for the Holy Prophet-SW and his Ummah. As for the Unity of Allah-SWT, which infuriates the infidels, it is a belief held jointly by all the Prophets-AS which may be verified by him-SW through the teachings of Prophets-AS before him-SW or directly as on the Night of .Ascension. None had ever suggested the worship of anyone save the Most Merciful Allah-SWT, all were unanimous in the concept of His-SWT Unity.