VERSES
60
PAGES
404-410

Name

The Surah takes its name Ar-Rum from the second verse in which the words ghulibat-ir-Rum have occurred.

Period of Revelation

The period of the revelation of this Surah is determined absolutely by the historical event that has been mentioned at the outset. It says: "The Romans have been vanquished in the neighboring land."In those days the Byzantine occupied territories adjacent to Arabia were Jordan, Syria and Palestine, and in these territories the Romans were completely overpowered by the Iranians in 615 A. D. Therefore, it can be said with absolute certainty that this Surah was sent down in the same year, and this was the year in which the migration to Habash took place.

Historical Background

The prediction made in the initial verses of this Surah is one of the most outstanding evidences of the Quran's being the Word of Allah and the Holy Prophet Muhammad's being a true Messenger of Allah. Let us have a look at the historical background relevant to the verses.

Eight years before the Holy Prophet's advent as a Prophet the Byzantine Emperor Maurice was overthrown by Phocus, who captured the throne and became king. Phocus first got the Emperor's five sons executed in front of him, and then got the Emperor also killed and hung their heads in a thoroughfare in Constantinople. A few days after this he had the empress and her three daughters also put to death. The event provided Khusrau Parvez, the Sassanid king of Iran; a good moral excuse to attack Byzantium. For Emperor Maurice had been his benefactor; with his help he had got the throne of Iran. Therefore, he declared that he would avenge his godfather's and his children's murder upon Phocus, the usurper. So, he started war against Byzantium in 603 A. D. and within a few years, putting the Phocus armies to rout in succession, he reached Edessa (modern, Urfa) in Asia Minor, on the one hand, and Aleppo and Antioch in Syria, on the other. When the Byzantine ministers saw that Phocus could not save the country, they sought the African governor's help, who sent his son, Heraclius, to Constantinople with a strong fleet. Phocus was immediately deposed and Heraclius made emperor. He treated Phocus as he had treated Maurice. This happened in 610 A. D., the year the Holy Prophet was appointed to Prophethood.

The moral excuse for which Khusrau Parvez had started the war was no more valid after the deposition and death of Phocus. Had the object of his war really been to avenge the murder of his ally on Phocus for his cruelty, he would have come to terms with the new Emperor after the death of Phocus. But he continued the war, and gave it the color of a crusade between Zoroastrianism and Christianity. The sympathies of the Christian sects (i. e. Nestorians and Jacobians, etc.) which had been excommunicated by the Roman ecclesiastical authority and tyrannized for years also went with the Magian (Zoroastrian) invaders, and the Jews also joined hands with them; so much so that the number of the Jews who enlisted in Khusrau's army rose up to 26,000.

Heraclius could not stop this storm. The very first news that he received from the East after ascending the throne was that of the Iranian occupation of Antioch. After this Damascus fell in 613 A. D. Then in 614 A.D. the Iranians occupying Jerusalem played havoc with the Christian world. Ninety thousand Christians were massacred and the Holy Sepulcher was desecrated. The Original Cross on which, according to the Christian belief, Jesus had died was seized and carried to Mada'in. The chief priest Zacharia was taken prisoner and all the important churches of the city were destroyed. How puffed up was Khusrau Parvez at this victory can be judged from the letter that he wrote to Heraclius from Jerusalem. He wrote: "From Khusrau, the greatest of all gods, the master of the whole world: To Heraclius, his most wretched and most stupid servant: You say that you have trust in your Lord. why didn't then your Lord save Jerusalem from me?"

Within a year after this victory the Iranian armies over-ran Jordan, Palestine and the whole of the Sinai Peninsula, and reached the frontiers of Egypt. In those very days another conflict of a far greater historical consequence was going on in Makkah. The believers in One God, under the leadership of the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah's peace be upon him), were fighting for their existence against the followers of shirk under the command of the chiefs of the Quraish, and the conflict had reached such a stage that in 615 A. D., a substantial number of the Muslims had to leave their homes and take refuge with the Christian kingdom of Habash, which was an ally of the Byzantine Empire. In those days the Sassanid victories against Byzantium were the talk of the town, and the pagans of Makkah were delighted and were taunting the Muslims to the effect: "Look the fire worshipers of Iran are winning victories and the Christian believers in Revelation and Prophethood are being routed everywhere. Likewise, we, the idol worshipers of Arabia, will exterminate you and your religion."

These were the conditions when this Surah of the Quran was sent down, and in it a prediction was made, saying:"The Romans have been vanquished in the neighboring land and within a few years after their defeat, they shall be victorious. And it will be the day when the believers will rejoice in the victory granted by Allah." It contained not one but two predictions: First, the Romans shall be victorious; and second, the Muslims also shall win a victory at the same time. Apparently, there was not a remote chance of the fulfillment of the either prediction in the next few years. On the one hand, there were a handful of the Muslims, who were being beaten and tortured in Makkah, and even till eight years after this prediction there appeared no chance of their victory and domination. On the other, the Romans were losing more and more ground every next day. By 619 A. D. the whole of Egypt had passed into Sassanid hands and the Magian armies had reached as far as Tripoli. In Asia Minor they beat and pushed back the Romans to Bosporus, and in 617 A. D. they captured Chalcedon (modern, Kadikoy) just opposite Constantinople. The Emperor sent an envoy to Khusrau, praying that he was ready to have peace on any terms, but he replied, "I shall not give protection to the emperor until he is brought in chains before me and gives up obedience to his crucified god and adopts submission to the fire god." At last, the Emperor became so depressed by defeat that he decided to leave Constantinople and shift to Carthage (modern, Tunis). In short, as the British historian Gibbon says, even seven to eight years after this prediction of the Quran, the conditions were such that no one could even imagine that the Byzantine Empire would ever gain an upper hand over Iran. Not to speak of gaining domination, no one could hope that the Empire, under the circumstances, would even survive.

bid`i sinin, and the word bid` in Arabic applies to a number upto ten. Therefore, make the bet for ten years and increase the number of camels to a hundred." So, Hadrat Abu Bakr spoke to Ubayy again and bet a hundred camels for ten years.

In 622 A. D. as the Holy Prophet migrated to Madinah, the Emperor Heraclius set off quietly for Trabzon from Constantinople via the Black Sea and started preparations to attack Iran from rear. For this he asked the Church for money, and Pope Sergius lent him the Church collections on interest, in a bid to save Christianity from Zoroastrianism. Heraclius started his counter attack in 623 A. D. from Armenia. Next year, in 624 A. D., he entered Azerbaijan and destroyed Clorumia, the birthplace of Zoroaster, and ravaged the principal fire temple of Iran. Great are the powers of Allah, this was the very year when the Muslims achieved a decisive victory at Badr for the first time against the mushriks. Thus both the predictions made in Surah Rum were fulfilled simultaneously within the stipulated period of ten years.

The Byzantine forces continued to press the Iranians hard and in the decisive battle at Nineveh (627 A.D.) they dealt them the hardest blow. They captured the royal residence of Dastagerd, and then pressing forward reached right opposite to Ctesiphon, capital of Iran in those days. In 628 A. D. in an internal revolt, Khusrau Parvez was imprisoned and 18 of his sons were executed in front of him and a few days later he himself died in the prison. This was the year when the peace treaty of Hudaibiya was concluded, which the Quran has termed as "the supreme victory", and in this very year Khusrau's son, Qubad II, gave up all the occupied Roman territories, restored the True Cross and made peace with Byzantium. In 628 A. D., the Emperor himself went to Jerusalem to install the "Holy Cross" in its place, and in the same year the Holy Prophet entered Makkah for the first time after the Hijrah to perform the `Umra-tul-Qada'.

After this no one could have any doubt about the truth of the prophecy of the Quran, with the result that most of the Arab polytheists accepted Islam. The heirs of Ubayy bin Khalaf lost their bet and had to give a hundred camels to Hadrat Abu Bakr Siddiq. He took them before the Holy Prophet, who ordered that they be given away in charity, because the bet had been made at a time when gambling had not yet been forbidden by the Shari`ah ; now it was forbidden. Therefore, the bet was allowed to be accepted from the belligerent disbelievers, but instruction given that it should be given away in charity and should not be brought in personal use.

Theme and Subject matter

The discourse begins with the theme that the Romans have been overcome and the people the world over think that the empire is about to collapse, but the fact is that within a few years the tables will be turned and the vanquished will again become victorious.

This introductory theme contains the great truth that man is accustomed to seeing only what is apparent and superficial. That which is behind the apparent and superficial he does not know. When in the petty matters of life, this habit to see only the apparent and superficial can lead man to misunderstandings and miscalculations, and when he is liable to make wrong estimates only due to lack of knowledge about "what will happen tomorrow", how stupendous will be his error if he risks his whole life-activity by placing reliance only upon what is visible and apparent with respect to his worldly life as a whole.

In this connection, the Signs of the universe which have been presented as evidence to prove the doctrine of the Hereafter arc precisely the same which support the doctrine of Tauhid. Therefore from verse 28 onward, the discourse turns to the affirmation of Tauhid and the refutation of shirk, and it is stressed that the natural way of life for man is none else but to serve One God exclusively. Shirk is opposed to the nature of the universe as to the nature of man. Therefore, whenever man has adopted this deviation, chaos has resulted. Again here, an allusion has been made to the great chaos that had gripped the world on account of the war between the two major powers of the time, and it has been indicated that this chaos too, is the result of shirk, and all the nations who were ever involved in mischief and chaos in the history of mankind were also mushriks.

In conclusion, a parable has been presented to make the people understand that just as dead earth comes to life, all of a sudden, by a shower of rain sent by God and swells with vegetation and plant life, so is the case with the dead humanity. When God sends a shower of His mercy in the form of Revelation and Prophethood, it also gives a new life to mankind and causes it to grow and develop and flourish. Therefore: "If you take full advantage of this opportunity, the barren land of Arabia will bloom by Allah's mercy and the whole advantage will be your. But if you do not take advantage of it, you will harm only your selves. Then no regret will avail and no opportunity will be provided to make amends."

Source: Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi - Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Quran

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di negeri yang terdekat dan mereka sesudah dikalahkan itu akan menang

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dalam beberapa tahun lagi. Bagi Allah-lah urusan sebelum dan sesudah (mereka menang). Dan di hari (kemenangan bangsa Rumawi) itu bergembiralah orang-orang yang beriman,

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Karena pertolongan Allah. Dia menolong siapa yang dikehendaki-Nya. Dan Dialah Maha Perkasa lagi Penyayang.

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(Sebagai) janji yang sebenarnya dari Allah. Allah tidak akan menyalahi janji-Nya, tetapi kebanyakan manusia tidak mengetahui.

30:7

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Mereka hanya mengetahui yang lahir (saja) dari kehidupan dunia; sedang mereka tentang (kehidupan) akhirat adalah lalai.

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Dan mengapa mereka tidak memikirkan tentang (kejadian) diri mereka? Allah tidak menjadikan langit dan bumi dan apa yang ada diantara keduanya melainkan dengan (tujuan) yang benar dan waktu yang ditentukan. Dan sesungguhnya kebanyakan di antara manusia benar-benar ingkar akan pertemuan dengan Tuhannya.

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Dan apakah mereka tidak mengadakan perjalanan di muka bumi dan memperhatikan bagaimana akibat (yang diderita) oleh orang-orang sebelum mereka? orang-orang itu adalah lebihkuat dari mereka (sendiri) dan telah mengolah bumi (tanah) serta memakmurkannya lebih banyak dari apa yang telah mereka makmurkan. Dan telah datang kepada mereka rasul-rasul mereka dengan membawa bukti-bukti yang nyata. Maka Allah sekali-kali tidak berlaku zalim kepada mereka, akan tetapi merekalah yang berlaku zalim kepada diri sendiri.

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Kemudian, akibat orang-orang yang mengerjakan kejahatan adalah (azab) yang lebih buruk, karena mereka mendustakan ayat-ayat Allah dan mereka selalu memperolok-oloknya.

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Allah menciptakan (manusia) dari permulaan, kemudian mengembalikan (menghidupkan)nya kembali; kemudian kepada-Nya-lah kamu dikembalikan

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Dan pada hari terjadinya kiamat, orang-orang yang berdosa terdiam berputus asa.

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Dan sekali-kali tidak ada pemberi syafa'at bagi mereka dari berhala-berhala mereka dan adalah mereka mengingkari berhala mereka itu.

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Dan pada hari terjadinya kiamat, di hari itu mereka (manusia) bergolong-golongan.

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Adapun orang-orang yang beriman dan mengerjakan amal saleh, maka mereka di dalam taman (surga) bergembira.

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Adapun orang-orang yang kafir dan mendustakan ayat-ayat Kami (Al Quran) serta (mendustakan) menemui hari akhirat, maka mereka tetap berada di dalam siksaan (neraka).

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Maka bertasbihlah kepada Allah di waktu kamu berada di petang hari dan waktu kamu berada di waktu subuh,

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dan bagi-Nya-lah segala puji di langit dan di bumi dan di waktu kamu berada pada petang hari dan di waktu kamu berada di waktu Zuhur.

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Dia mengeluarkan yang hidup dari yang mati dan mengeluarkan yang mati dari yang hidup dan menghidupkan bumi sesudah matinya. Dan seperti itulah kamu akan dikeluarkan (dari kubur).

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Dan di antara tanda-tanda kekuasaan-Nya ialah Dia menciptakan kamu dari tanah, kemudian tiba-tiba kamu (menjadi) manusia yang berkembang biak.

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Dan di antara tanda-tanda kekuasaan-Nya ialah Dia menciptakan untukmu isteri-isteri dari jenismu sendiri, supaya kamu cenderung dan merasa tenteram kepadanya, dan dijadikan-Nya diantaramu rasa kasih dan sayang. Sesungguhnya pada yang demikian itu benar-benar terdapat tanda-tanda bagi kaum yang berfikir.

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Dan di antara tanda-tanda kekuasaan-Nya ialah menciptakan langit dan bumi dan berlain-lainan bahasamu dan warna kulitmu. Sesungguhnya pada yang demikan itu benar-benar terdapat tanda-tanda bagi orang-orang yang mengetahui.

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Dan di antara tanda-tanda kekuasaan-Nya ialah tidurmu di waktu malam dan siang hari dan usahamu mencari sebagian dari karunia-Nya. Sesungguhnya pada yang demikian itu benar-benar terdapat tanda-tanda bagi kaum yang mendengarkan.

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Dan di antara tanda-tanda kekuasaan-Nya, Dia memperlihatkan kepadamu kilat untuk (menimbulkan) ketakutan dan harapan, dan Dia menurunkan hujan dari langit, lalu menghidupkan bumi dengan air itu sesudah matinya. Sesungguhnya pada yang demikian itu benar-benar terdapat tanda-tanda bagi kaum yang mempergunakan akalnya.

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Dan di antara tanda-tanda kekuasaan-Nya ialah berdirinya langit dan bumi dengan iradat-Nya. Kemudian apabila Dia memanggil kamu sekali panggil dari bumi, seketika itu (juga) kamu keluar (dari kubur).

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Dan kepunyaan-Nya-lah siapa saja yang ada di langit dan di bumi. Semuanya hanya kepada-Nya tunduk.

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Dan Dialah yang menciptakan (manusia) dari permulaan, kemudian mengembalikan (menghidupkan)nya kembali, dan menghidupkan kembali itu adalah lebih mudah bagi-Nya. Dan bagi-Nya-lah sifat yang Maha Tinggi di langit dan di bumi; dan Dialah Yang Maha Perkasa lagi Maha Bijaksana.

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Dia membuat perumpamaan untuk kamu dari dirimu sendiri. Apakah ada diantara hamba-sahaya yang dimiliki oleh tangan kananmu, sekutu bagimu dalam (memiliki) rezeki yang telah Kami berikan kepadamu; maka kamu sama dengan mereka dalam (hak mempergunakan) rezeki itu, kamu takut kepada mereka sebagaimana kamu takut kepada dirimu sendiri? Demikianlah Kami jelaskan ayat-ayat bagi kaum yang berakal.

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Tetapi orang-orang yang zalim, mengikuti hawa nafsunya tanpa ilmu pengetahuan; maka siapakah yang akan menunjuki orang yang telah disesatkan Allah? Dan tiadalah bagi mereka seorang penolongpun.

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Maka hadapkanlah wajahmu dengan lurus kepada agama Allah; (tetaplah atas) fitrah Allah yang telah menciptakan manusia menurut fitrah itu. Tidak ada peubahan pada fitrah Allah. (Itulah) agama yang lurus; tetapi kebanyakan manusia tidak mengetahui,

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dengan kembali bertaubat kepada-Nya dan bertakwalah kepada-Nya serta dirikanlah shalat dan janganlah kamu termasuk orang-orang yang mempersekutukan Allah,

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yaitu orang-orang yang memecah-belah agama mereka dan mereka menjadi beberapa golongan. Tiap-tiap golongan merasa bangga dengan apa yang ada pada golongan mereka.

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Dan apabila manusia disentuh oleh suatu bahaya, mereka menyeru Tuhannya dengan kembali bertaubat kepada-Nya, kemudian apabila Tuhan merasakan kepada mereka barang sedikit rahmat daripada-Nya, tiba-tiba sebagian dari mereka mempersekutukan Tuhannya,

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