VERSES
44
PAGES
568-570

Name

The Surah takes its name from the word dhil Ma'arij in verse 3.

Period of Revelation

The subject matter bears evidence that this Surah too was sent down in conditions closely resembling those under which Surah Al Haaqqah was sent down.

Theme and Subject Matter

It admonishes and gives warning to the disbelievers who made fun of the news about Resurrection and the Hereafter, and Hell and Heaven, and challenged the Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) to cause Resurrection with which he threatened them to take place if what he said was true and they had become worthy of the punishment in Hell by denying it. The whole Surah is meant to answer this denial.

The Surah opens with words to the effect:"A demander has demanded a torment, the torment which must befall the deniers; and when it takes place, there will be none to prevent it, but it will take place at its own appointed time. Allah has His own way of doing things, but He is not unjust. Therefore, have patience, O Prophet, at what they say. They think it is far off, but We see it as near at hand."

Then it is said:"Resurrection, which they desire to be hastened out of jest and fun, is terrible, and when it comes, it will cause great distress to the culprits. At that time they will even be prepared to give away their wives and children and their nearest kinsfolk in ransom to escape the punishment, but they will not be able to escape it.

Then the people have been warned to the effect; "On that Day the destinies of men will be decided strictly on the basis of their belief and their conduct. Those who turn away from the Truth in the world and amass wealth and withhold it from the needy, will be doomed to Hell; and those who fear the punishment of God here, believe in the Hereafter, keep up the Prayer, discharge the rights of the needy out of their wealth, strictly avoid immoral and wicked deeds, practice honesty in all their dealings, fulfill their pledges and trust and bear true witness, will have a place of honor in Paradise"

In conclusion, the disbelievers of Makkah who rushed in upon the Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) from every side as soon as they saw him, in order to make fun of him, have been warned to the effect: "If you do not believe, Allah will replace you by other people who will be better than you", and the Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) has been consoled, so as to say: "Do not take to heart their mockery and jesting; leave them to indulge in their idle talk and foolish conduct if they are bent upon experiencing the disgrace and humiliation of the Resurrection; they will themselves see their evil end."'

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

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70:19

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Indeed, mankind was created anxious:

70:20

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When evil touches him, impatient,

70:21

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And when good touches him, withholding [of it],

70:22

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Except the observers of prayer -

70:23

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Those who are constant in their prayer

70:24

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And those within whose wealth is a known right

70:25

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For the petitioner and the deprived -

70:26

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And those who believe in the Day of Recompense

70:27

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And those who are fearful of the punishment of their Lord -

70:28

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Indeed, the punishment of their Lord is not that from which one is safe -

70:29

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And those who guard their private parts

70:30

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Except from their wives or those their right hands possess, for indeed, they are not to be blamed -

70:31

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But whoever seeks beyond that, then they are the transgressors -

70:32

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And those who are to their trusts and promises attentive

70:33

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And those who are in their testimonies upright

70:34

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And those who [carefully] maintain their prayer:

70:35

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They will be in gardens, honored.

70:36

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So what is [the matter] with those who disbelieve, hastening [from] before you, [O Muhammad],

70:37

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[To sit] on [your] right and [your] left in separate groups?

70:38

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Does every person among them aspire to enter a garden of pleasure?

70:39

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No! Indeed, We have created them from that which they know.

70:40

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So I swear by the Lord of [all] risings and settings that indeed We are able

70:41

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To replace them with better than them; and We are not to be outdone.

70:42

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So leave them to converse vainly and amuse themselves until they meet their Day which they are promised -

70:43

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The Day they will emerge from the graves rapidly as if they were, toward an erected idol, hastening.

70:44

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Their eyes humbled, humiliation will cover them. That is the Day which they had been promised.