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 6 contains Āyāt / Parts 11
  • Siparah/ Volume 25


وَلَمَّا ضُرِبَ ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ مَثَلًا إِذَا قَوْمُكَ مِنْهُ يَصِدُّونَ

Walamma duriba ibnu maryama mathalan itha qawmuka minhu yasiddoon(a)

And when the son of Maryam-AS, is held up as an example, lo! Your people cry out at that.


وَقَالُوا أَآلِهَتُنَا خَيْرٌ أَمْ هُوَ مَا ضَرَبُوهُ لَكَ إِلَّا جَدَلًا بَلْ هُمْ قَوْمٌ خَصِمُونَ

Waqaloo aalihatuna khayrun am huwa ma daraboohu laka illa jadalan bal hum qawmun khasimoon(a)

And they say: Are not our gods better, or is he? They mention him not to you save for disputation. Aye! They are a people contentious.


إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا عَبْدٌ أَنْعَمْنَا عَلَيْهِ وَجَعَلْنَاهُ مَثَلًا لِّبَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ

In huwa illa AAabdun anAAamna AAalayhi wajaAAalnahu mathalan libanee israeel(a)

He is nothing but a bondman, him We-SWT favoured, and him We-SWT made an example to the Children of Israil.


وَلَوْ نَشَاء لَجَعَلْنَا مِنكُم مَّلَائِكَةً فِي الْأَرْضِ يَخْلُفُونَ

Walaw nashao lajaAAalna minkum malaikatan fee alardi yakhlufoon(a)

And had We-SWT willed We-SWT would have appointed angles among you in the earth to succeed each other.


وَإِنَّهُ لَعِلْمٌ لِّلسَّاعَةِ فَلَا تَمْتَرُنَّ بِهَا وَاتَّبِعُونِ هَذَا صِرَاطٌ مُّسْتَقِيمٌ

Wainnahu laAAilmun li(l)ssaAAati fala tamtarunna biha wa(i)ttabiAAooni hatha siratun mustaqeem(un)

And verily he is a Sign of the Hour, so do not dubitate concerning it and follow Me-SWT , this is the straight path.


وَلَا يَصُدَّنَّكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ

Wala yasuddannakumu a(l)shshaytanu innahu lakum AAaduwwun mubeen(un)

And let not Satan hinder you; verily he is to you a manifest corny.


وَلَمَّا جَاء عِيسَى بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ قَالَ قَدْ جِئْتُكُم بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَلِأُبَيِّنَ لَكُم بَعْضَ الَّذِي تَخْتَلِفُونَ فِيهِ فَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُونِ

Walamma jaa AAeesa bi(a)lbayyinati qala qad jitukum bi(a)lhikmati waliobayyina lakum baAAda allathee takhtalifoona feehi fa(i)ttaqoo Allaha waateeAAoon(i)

And when Isa-AS came with evidences, he said: Surely I have come to you with wisdom, to expound to you some of that wherein you differ, so fear Allaah-SWT and obey me.


إِنَّ اللَّهَ هُوَ رَبِّي وَرَبُّكُمْ فَاعْبُدُوهُ هَذَا صِرَاطٌ مُّسْتَقِيمٌ

Inna Allaha huwa rabbee warabbukum fa(o)AAbudoohu hatha siratun mustaqeem(un)

And verily Allaah-SWT ! He is my Rabb-SWT and your Rabb-SWT , so worship Him-SWT this is the straight path.


فَاخْتَلَفَ الْأَحْزَابُ مِن بَيْنِهِمْ فَوَيْلٌ لِّلَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا مِنْ عَذَابِ يَوْمٍ أَلِيمٍ

Fa(i)khtalafa alahzabu min baynihim fawaylun lillatheena thalamoo min AAathabi yawmin aleem(in)

Then the sects differed among themselves. Woe to those who do wrong, because of the torment of the afflictive Day.


هَلْ يَنظُرُونَ إِلَّا السَّاعَةَ أَن تَأْتِيَهُم بَغْتَةً وَهُمْ لَا يَشْعُرُونَ

Hal yanthuroona illa a(l)ssaAAata an tatiyahum baghtatan wahum la yashAAuroon(a)

They wait but the Hour: That it should come upon them of a sudden, while they percent not.


الْأَخِلَّاء يَوْمَئِذٍ بَعْضُهُمْ لِبَعْضٍ عَدُوٌّ إِلَّا الْمُتَّقِينَ

Alakhillao yawmaithin baAAduhum libaAAdin AAaduwwun illa almuttaqeen(a)

The intimate friends will be on that Day hostile one to another save those who keep their duty (to Allaah-SWT )


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

Those contemporary to the Holy Prophet-SW are demonstrating similar ignorance. When the example of Prophet Isa-AS was put forward, they raised a lot of hue and cry. They argued that, according to the Holy Prophet-SW the worshipper of others than Allaah-SWT has no goodness and will be condemned to Hell. What then would be the fate of Prophet 'Isa-AS who is also worshipped? Would he also go to Hell, they asked. This is mere disputation and they do not seek guidance. It is obvious that Prophet 'Isa-AS had not left any such instructions, nor do any of the preceding Divine Books endorse this claim, nor it is supported by the Quran. In fact, only the self-proclaimed gods happy to be worshipped will go to Hell, like the Pharaoh, Nimrod, the Satan or the idols to serve as fuel for Hell in order to make the polytheists more rueful. Prophet 'lsa-,-AS was a chosen bondman of Allah-SWT, highly favoured. His very birth was a great proof of Allah--SWT ’’s Magnificence for the Bani Israil, for he was conceived miraculously without a father. He spoke to his nation as an infant, declaring his Prophethood and inviting them to Allah-SWT, Who-SWT is Potent over creating even greater Signs of His-SWT Magnificence. For instance, He-SWT may procreate angels from man and allow such a race to inhabit the earth in future.


Prophet ' Isa-AS is also one of the symbols about Qayamah, as his creation in an extraordinary manner alludes to the quickening of the dead. His return and his killing the Dajjal (Anti Christ) will be symbolic to the proximity of Qayamah. So O people! Do not harbour any doubts over it and follow me on the straight path, lest Satan, your blatant enemy, impedes you there from.


When Prophet 'Isa-AS was formally raised, he presented evidences and miracles telling his nation that he had brought a Message based on truth and wisdom to resolve all disputed matters and expound the truth. The Bani Israil had interpolated many a belief. He asked them to fear Allaah-SWT and develop a link with Him-SWT by obedience. Undoubtedly, Allaah-SWT was his as well as their Rabb-SWT and he was His-SWT servant. They must only worship Him-SWT as this is the truth and the only straight path. Yet they carried on with their disputations and conflicts, and got divided into many factions. Woe be unto such transgressors! A painful doom awaits them on the tormenting Day of Qayamah and they are waiting to see and believe. But its onset will be so sudden that everyone will panic and those claiming friendship here will turn into foes, blaming one another, for their own follies save the pious who loved each other for Allaah-SWT ’s sake.