سورة الأعلى   

Surah Name: Al-A'ala Meaning: The Most High

  • Revealed at Makkah
  • Total Number of Rukū / Sections 1
  • Total Number of Āyāt / Parts 19
  • Sūrah / Chapter number 87
  • Rukū / Section 1 contains Āyāt / Parts 19
  • Siparah/ Volume 30


سَبِّحِ اسْمَ رَبِّكَ الْأَعْلَى 

Sabbihi isma rabbika alaAAla

Hallow you-SW the name of your Rabb-SWT , the Most High.


الَّذِي خَلَقَ فَسَوَّى 

Allathee khalaqa fasawwa

Who-SWT has created the universe and then proportioned it.


وَالَّذِي قَدَّرَ فَهَدَى 

Wa(a)llathee qaddara fahada

And Who-SWT has disposed and then guided it.


وَالَّذِي أَخْرَجَ الْمَرْعَى 

Wa(a)llathee akhraja almarAAa

And Who-SWT brings forth the pasturage.


فَجَعَلَهُ غُثَاء أَحْوَى 

FajaAAalahu ghuthaan ahwa

Then He-SWT makes it dusky stubble.


سَنُقْرِؤُكَ فَلَا تَنسَى 

Sanuqrioka fala tansa

We-SWT shall enable you-SW to recite, and then you-SW shall

not forget it.


إِلَّا مَا شَاء اللَّهُ إِنَّهُ يَعْلَمُ الْجَهْرَ وَمَا يَخْفَى 

Illa ma shaa Allahu innahu yaAAlamu aljahra wama yakhfa

Save what Allaah-SWT may will. Surely He-SWT knows the public and what is hidden.


وَنُيَسِّرُكَ لِلْيُسْرَى 

Wanuyassiruka lilyusra

And We-SWT make easy unto you-SW the easy way.


فَذَكِّرْ إِن نَّفَعَتِ الذِّكْرَى 

Fathakkir in nafaAAati alththikra

So admonish you-SW : Surely has admonition profited.


سَيَذَّكَّرُ مَن يَخْشَى 

Sayaththakkaru man yakhsha

Admonished is he indeed who fears.


وَيَتَجَنَّبُهَا الْأَشْقَى 

Wayatajannabuha alashqa

And the wretched shuns it.


الَّذِي يَصْلَى النَّارَ الْكُبْرَى 

Allathee yasla alnnara alkubra

He who shall roast into the Great Fire.


ثُمَّ لَا يَمُوتُ فِيهَا وَلَا يَحْيَى 

Thumma la yamootu feeha wala yahya

Wherein he shall neither die nor live.


قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن تَزَكَّى 

Qad aflaha man tazakka

He indeed has attained bliss who has cleansed himself.


وَذَكَرَ اسْمَ رَبِّهِ فَصَلَّى 

Wathakara isma rabbihi fasalla

And who remembers the names of his Rabb-SWT . And then prays.


بَلْ تُؤْثِرُونَ الْحَيَاةَ الدُّنْيَا 

Bal tuthiroona alhayata a(l)ddunya

Aye: You prefer the life of this world.


وَالْآخِرَةُ خَيْرٌ وَأَبْقَى 

Wa(a)lakhiratu khayrun waabqa

Whereas the Hereafter is far better and more lasting.


إِنَّ هَذَا لَفِي الصُّحُفِ الْأُولَى 

Inna hatha lafee a(l)ssuhufi aloola

Verily this is in ancient Writs


صُحُفِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمُوسَى 

Suhufi ibraheema wamoosa

Writs of Ibrahim-AS and Musa-AS .


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

Praise the exalted Name of your Rabb-SWT , Who-SWT created everything from non existence. (When this Ayah was revealed the Holy Prophet-SAAW prescribed its recitation in Sajdah). He-SWT then fashioned every being into the most appropriate form and disposition. And the purpose for which He-SWT created a thing, He-SWT gave it the capacity to accomplish that purpose as well as an inclination towards it.


Nature's Gift

 This can be witnessed in the entire Universal System that everything has been given a form, an understanding and the capacity to perform the function it is created for, together with a natural tendency towards its goal. The sun, the moon, the stars, the clouds, the air, the inert objects, the botanical world, all perform the task assigned to them as scheduled. Similarly, the animals have been given a natural instinct for the functions they must perform; for instance, the birds fly, the aquatic animals swim, while life in the jungle portrays a ceaseless effort for survival.



 Likewise, He-SWT endowed human beings the capability to discover the methods how to utilize things on earth and whosoever acquires this skill is called a scientist. Remember that science does not create a new substance, it only puts together things already created. In the same way, the desire to seek Allah-SWT , and the capacity to attain His-SWT nearness has been instilled into human nature and the means of guidance are also provided: Glorified be Allah-SWT , the Best of Creators. It is by His-SWT Omnipotence that the green fodder grows that later turns into stubble. All life on the earth is destined to meet its sequel sooner or later.

O' Prophet-SAAW! We-SWT will teach you-SW the Quran in a manner that you-SW will never forget. So you-SW need not worry that you-SW may forget after Jibril-AS leaves.


Law of Causes

 In this world of causes, the Angle's visit is a cause, though Allaah-SWT could commit the Quran to his memory. However, forgetting the Ayat abrogated by Him-SWT is a separate issue as He-SWT desired it that way. According to the scholars, one form of this abrogation was that the abrogated Ayah would be erased from his-SW memory as well as of his-SW CompanionsRAU, for He-SWT indeed is Aware of overt and the covert


Shari'ah becoming Second Nature

 Allah-SWT promises that He-SWT will make the way of life easy, that is, He-SWT will make Shari'ah a second nature to the Holy Prophet-SAAW. This is his-SW peculiarity that practicing Din became a part of his-SW very nature. This blessing is also endowed to a Wali commensurate to his adherence to him-SW. So the Holy Prophet-SAAW may continue to admonish people where it is likely to benefit them.


Advice and Zikr Allah

 And it also alludes to practicing Allah-SWT's Zikr, so that Shari'ah becomes second nature to a believer. Anyone renouncing both, can only be the one destined as fuel for Hell, wherein is neither life, nor death. And anyone who cleanses himself of the impurities in belief and practice, through Allah-SWT's Zikr is sure to succeed.


Zikr Allah

 Regular Zikr ushers in the capacity to worship as well as adds devotion and sincerity to worship. Thus every aspect of practical life be it business, peace or war, domestic or national, transforms into worship. Otherwise those who remain deprived of Allah-SWT's Zikr are bewitched by the love of this world and in the process lose the Akhirah. All pleasures of the temporal life are transitory, while Akhirah is far more superior and permanent. Allah-SWT's Zikr gives the capacity to obey, which in turn, facilitates pursuit of the Akhirah. This reality had been expounded in the Divine Scrolls and Books whether revealed to Prophets Ibrahim-AS or Musa-AS.