سورة الواقعة   

Surah Name: Al-Waqiyah Meaning: The Event

  • Revealed at Makkah
  • Total Number of Rukū / Sections 3
  • Total Number of Āyāt / Parts 96
  • Sūrah / Chapter number 56
  • Rukū / Section 3 contains Āyāt / Parts 22
  • Siparah/ Volume 27


فَلَا أُقْسِمُ بِمَوَاقِعِ النُّجُومِ

Fala oqsimu bimawaqiAAi a(l)nnujoom(i)

I-SWT swear by the setting of the stars.


وَإِنَّهُ لَقَسَمٌ لَّوْ تَعْلَمُونَ عَظِيمٌ

Wainnahu laqasamun law taAAlamoona AAatheem(un)

And that is a mighty oath, if you but knew.


إِنَّهُ لَقُرْآنٌ كَرِيمٌ

Innahu laquranun kareem(un)

That it is an honoured Recitation.


فِي كِتَابٍ مَّكْنُونٍ

Fee kitabin maknoon(in)

In a Book well-guarded.


لَّا يَمَسُّهُ إِلَّا الْمُطَهَّرُونَ

La yamassuhu illa almutahharoon(a)

Which none can touch except the purified.


تَنزِيلٌ مِّن رَّبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

Tanzeelun min rabbi alAAalameen(a)

It is a revelation from the Rabb-SWT of the worlds.


أَفَبِهَذَا الْحَدِيثِ أَنتُم مُّدْهِنُونَ

Afabihatha alhadeethi antum mudhinoon(a)

Is this the discourse that you hold so lightly?


وَتَجْعَلُونَ رِزْقَكُمْ أَنَّكُمْ تُكَذِّبُونَ

WatajAAaloona rizqakum annakum tukaththiboon(a)

And make it your provision that you should deny it?


فَلَوْلَا إِذَا بَلَغَتِ الْحُلْقُومَ

Falawla itha balaghati alhulqoom(a)

Wherefore then, when the soul comes up to the wind-pipe.


وَأَنتُمْ حِينَئِذٍ تَنظُرُونَ

Waantum heenaithin tanthuroona

And you are looking on.


وَنَحْنُ أَقْرَبُ إِلَيْهِ مِنكُمْ وَلَكِن لَّا تُبْصِرُونَ

Wanahnu aqrabu ilayhi minkum walakin la tubsiroon(a)

We-SWT are nearer to him than you are, but you behold not.


فَلَوْلَا إِن كُنتُمْ غَيْرَ مَدِينِينَ

Falawla in kuntum ghayra madeeneen(a)

Wherefore then, if you are not to be requited.


تَرْجِعُونَهَا إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ

TarjiAAoonaha in kuntum sadiqeen(a)

Can you cause it not to return, if you are truthful?


فَأَمَّا إِن كَانَ مِنَ الْمُقَرَّبِينَ

Faamma in kana mina almuqarrabeen(a)

Then if he be of the brought-near.


فَرَوْحٌ وَرَيْحَانٌ وَجَنَّةُ نَعِيمٍ

Farawhun warayhanun wajannatu naAAeem(in)

For him shall be repose and fragrance and a Garden of Delight.


وَأَمَّا إِن كَانَ مِنَ أَصْحَابِ الْيَمِينِ

Waamma in kana min ashabi alyameen(i)

And if he be of the fellows on the right hand.


فَسَلَامٌ لَّكَ مِنْ أَصْحَابِ الْيَمِينِ

Fasalamun laka min ashabi alyameen(i)

Then; peace unto you, for you are of those on the right hand.


وَأَمَّا إِن كَانَ مِنَ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ الضَّالِّينَ

Waamma in kana mina almukaththibeena a(l)ddalleen(a)

And if he be of the rejectors, the erring.


فَنُزُلٌ مِّنْ حَمِيمٍ

Fanuzulun min hameem(in)

Then, an entertainment of the boiling water.


وَتَصْلِيَةُ جَحِيمٍ

Watasliyatu jaheemin

And roasting in a Blaze.


إِنَّ هَذَا لَهُوَ حَقُّ الْيَقِينِ

Inna hatha lahuwa haqqu alyaqeen(i)

Verily this! This is the very truth.


فَسَبِّحْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الْعَظِيمِ

Fasabbih biismi rabbika alAAatheem(i)

So hallow you the name of your Rabb-SWT , the Mighty.


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

By the setting of the stars! And if you reflect, this entire System bears witness to the Providence of the Absolute Powerful, Who-SWT ordained this setting to rise afresh and be the means of navigation and sustenance of life on earth. It is He-SWT Who-SWT revealed the Quran for guidance in faith and action, an honoured Book inscribed in the Guarded Tablet, not to be touched or read save by the unpolluted. The angels are informed on its text and it is the Archangel who brings in the revelation. The Satan dare not get near its text.


Touching the Quran Unpolluted

This Ayah as well as the Hadith forbid touching the Quran without ablution or an obligatory bath where required. Or a woman undergoing her monthly periods, cannot touch it either as well as its cloth cover. However, while in a state of impurity, it is permissible to hold it using a separate piece of cloth other than her Hijab or the clothes a person is wearing. It is, however, permitted to recite it without ablution without touching it, but not when in a state of impurity after copulation or a woman in her menses. Further details may be seen in books on Islamic Jurisprudence.


This Quran is revealed by the Supreme Being Who-SWT , out of His-SWT Providence, has catered for the spiritual nourishment and guidance of mankind. Yet O' infidels! You consider it insignificant. Is it only the denial that is your lot? In other words, your wretchedness impedes you to believe in Allah-SWT , preferring infidelity for yourselves. If you do not believe in His-SWT Magnificence, then why is it that when someone dear to you is on the throes of death, you can’t do nothing other than staring with bewildered eyes, unable to prevent this death despite yearning for a survival? It is Allah-SWT Who-SWT is Aware of the real condition of the dying. If you think you are in control, why don't you endeavour to prevent the Ruh from departing? Why do the life saving drugs become ineffective? Obviously it is His-SWT decision that must prevail.


If the departing Ruh is of the group of Muqarrabun, death is a source of comfort and joy being welcome into a bedecked Jannah. If the dying belongs to the right-hand group, it is also blessed with complete peace and His-SWT Mercy. However, the deniers and the wayward will be dumped straight into Hell, and entertained with scalding water. These punishments commence provisionally soon after death, as according to the Holy Prophet-SW, grave is either a garden of Jannah, or a pit of Hell. It is indeed a decisive statement! So O' Reader! Continue to express the glory of your Rabb-SWT in the form of His-SWT Zikr; practical, verbal and perpetual, that is, Zikr-e-Qalbi.