VERSES
20
PAGES
574-575

Name

The Surah has been so designated after the word al-muzzammil occurring in the very first verse. This is only a name and not a title of its subject matter.

Period of Revelation

The two sections of this Surah were revealed in two separate periods.

The first section (vv. 1-19) is unanimously a Makki Revelation, and this is supported both by its subject matter and by the traditions of the Hadith. As for the question, in which specific period of the life at Makkah it was revealed, it is not answered by the tradition, but the internal evidence of the subject matter of this section helps to determine the period of its revelation.

First, in it the Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) has been instructed to the effect: "Arise during the night and worship Allah so that you may develop the capability to shoulder the heavy burden of Prophethood and to discharge its responsibilities." This shows that this Command must have been given in the earliest period of the Prophethood when training was being imparted to the Holy prophet by Allah for this office.

Secondly, a Command has been given in it that the Qur'an be recited in, the Tahajjud Prayer for half the night, or thereabout. This Command by itself points out that by that time at least so much of the Qur'an had been revealed as could be recited for that long.

Thirdly, in this section the Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) has been exhorted to have patience at the excesses being committed by his opponents, and the disbelievers of Makkah have been threatened with the torment. This shows that this section was revealed at a time when the Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) had openly started preaching Islam and the opposition to him at Makkah had grown active and strong.

About the second section (v. 20) although many of the commentators have expressed the opinion that this too was sent down at Makkah, yet some other commentators regard it as a Madani Revelation, and this same opinion is confirmed by the subject matter of this section. For it mentions fighting in the way of Allah, and obviously, there could be no question of it at Makkah; it also contains the Command to pay the obligatory zakat, and it is fully confirmed that the zakat at a specific rate and with an exemption limit (nisab) was enjoined at Madinah.

Theme and Subject Matter

In the first seven verses the Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) has been commanded to the effect: "Prepare yourself to shoulder the responsibilities of the great Mission that has been entrusted to you; its practical form is that you should rise during the hours of night and stand up in Prayer for half the night, or for a little more or less of it."

In vv. 8-14, he has been exhorted to the effect: "Devote yourself exclusively to that God Who is the Owner of the whole universe. Entrust all your affairs to Him with full satisfaction of the heart. Bear with patience whatever your opponents may utter against you. Do not be intimate with them. Leave their affair to God: He Himself will deal with them."

Then, in vv. 15-19, those of the people of Makkah, who were opposing the Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) have been warned, so as to say: "We have sent a Messenger to you just as We sent a Messenger to the Pharaoh. Just consider what fate the Pharaoh met when he did not accept the invitation of the Messenger of Allah. Supposing that you are not punished by a torment in this world, how will you save yourselves from the punishment for disbelief on the Day of Resurrection."

This is the subject matter of the first section. The second section, according to a tradition from Hadrat Sa'id bin Jubair, was sent down ten years later, and in it the initial Command given in connection with the Tahajjud Prayer, in the beginning of the first section, was curtailed. The new Command enjoined, "Offer as much of the Tahajjud Prayer as you easily can, but what the Muslims should particularly mind and attend to is the five times obligatory Prayer a day:, they should establish it regularly and punctually; they should discharge their zakat dues accurately; and they should spend their wealth with sincere intentions for the sake of Allah. In conclusion, the Muslims have been exhorted, saying: "Whatever good works you do in the world, will not go waste, but they are like the provision which a traveler sends up in advance to his permanent place of residence. Whatever good you send up from the world, you will find it with Allah, and the provision thus sent up is much better than what you will have to leave behind in the world, and with Allah you will also get a much better and richer reward than what you have actually sent up before."

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

ﭑﭒﭓ

إِنَّا سَنُلْقِي عَلَيْكَ قَوْلًا ثَقِيلًا

Sahih International

Indeed, We will cast upon you a heavy word.

Malay

(Sayugialah engkau dan pengikut-pengikutmu membiasakan diri masing-masing dengan ibadat yang berat kepada hawa nafsu, kerana) sesungguhnya Kami akan menurunkan kepadamu wahyu (Al-Quran yang mengandungi perintah-perintah) yang berat (kepada orang-orang yang tidak bersedia menyempurnakannya).

Transliteration

Inna sanulqee AAalayka qawlan thaqeela

إِنَّ نَاشِئَةَ اللَّيْلِ هِيَ أَشَدُّ وَطْئًا وَأَقْوَمُ قِيلًا

Malay

Sebenarnya sembahyang dan ibadat malam lebih kuat kesannya (kepada jiwa), dan lebih tetap betul bacaannya.

Sahih International

Indeed, the hours of the night are more effective for concurrence [of heart and tongue] and more suitable for words.

Transliteration

Inna nashi-ata allayli hiya ashaddu wat-anwaaqwamu qeela

إِنَّ لَكَ فِي النَّهَارِ سَبْحًا طَوِيلًا

Sahih International

Indeed, for you by day is prolonged occupation.

Malay

(Kami galakkan engkau dan umatmu beribadat pada waktu malam), kerana sesungguhnya engkau pada siang hari mempunyai urusan-urusan yang panjang kira bicaranya;

Transliteration

Inna laka fee annahari sabhantaweela

ﭿ

وَاذْكُرِ اسْمَ رَبِّكَ وَتَبَتَّلْ إِلَيْهِ تَبْتِيلًا

Sahih International

And remember the name of your Lord and devote yourself to Him with [complete] devotion.

Transliteration

Wathkuri isma rabbikawatabattal ilayhi tabteela

Malay

Dan sebutlah (dengan lidah dan hati) akan nama Tuhanmu (terus menerus siang dan malam), serta tumpukanlah (amal ibadatmu) kepadaNya dengan sebulat-bulat tumpuan.

رَّبُّ الْمَشْرِقِ وَالْمَغْرِبِ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ فَاتَّخِذْهُ وَكِيلًا

Malay

Dia lah Tuhan yang menguasai timur dan barat; tiada Tuhan melainkan Dia; maka jadikanlah Dia Penjaga yang menyempurnakan urusanmu.

Sahih International

[He is] the Lord of the East and the West; there is no deity except Him, so take Him as Disposer of [your] affairs.

Transliteration

Rabbu almashriqi walmaghribi lailaha illa huwa fattakhithhu wakeela

وَاصْبِرْ عَلَىٰ مَا يَقُولُونَ وَاهْجُرْهُمْ هَجْرًا جَمِيلًا

Sahih International

And be patient over what they say and avoid them with gracious avoidance.

Transliteration

Wasbir AAala mayaqooloona wahjurhum hajran jameela

Malay

Dan bersabarlah terhadap apa yang dikatakan oleh mereka (yang menentangmu), dan jauhkanlah dirimu dari mereka dengan cara yang baik.

وَذَرْنِي وَالْمُكَذِّبِينَ أُولِي النَّعْمَةِ وَمَهِّلْهُمْ قَلِيلًا

Malay

Dan biarkanlah Aku sahaja membalas orang-orang yang mendustakan (bawaanmu) itu, orang-orang yang berada dalam kemewahan, dan berilah tempoh kepada mereka sedikit masa;

Sahih International

And leave Me with [the matter of] the deniers, those of ease [in life], and allow them respite a little.

Transliteration

Watharnee walmukaththibeenaolee annaAAmati wamahhilhum qaleela

إِنَّ لَدَيْنَا أَنكَالًا وَجَحِيمًا

Transliteration

Inna ladayna ankalan wajaheema

Sahih International

Indeed, with Us [for them] are shackles and burning fire

Malay

Kerana sesungguhnya di sisi Kami disediakan (untuk mereka) belenggu-belenggu dan neraka yang menjulang-julang,

وَطَعَامًا ذَا غُصَّةٍ وَعَذَابًا أَلِيمًا

Malay

Serta makanan yang menjadikan pemakannya tercekik, dan azab seksa yang tidak terperi sakitnya.

Sahih International

And food that chokes and a painful punishment -

Transliteration

WataAAaman tha ghussatinwaAAathaban aleema

يَوْمَ تَرْجُفُ الْأَرْضُ وَالْجِبَالُ وَكَانَتِ الْجِبَالُ كَثِيبًا مَّهِيلًا

Transliteration

Yawma tarjufu al-ardu waljibaluwakanati aljibalu katheeban maheela

Sahih International

On the Day the earth and the mountains will convulse and the mountains will become a heap of sand pouring down.

Malay

(Azab itu tetap berlaku) pada hari bumi dan gunung-ganang bergoncang (serta hancur lebur), dan menjadilah gunung-ganang itu timbunan pasir yang mudah bersepah.

إِنَّا أَرْسَلْنَا إِلَيْكُمْ رَسُولًا شَاهِدًا عَلَيْكُمْ كَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا إِلَىٰ فِرْعَوْنَ رَسُولًا

Transliteration

Inna arsalna ilaykum rasoolanshahidan AAalaykum kama arsalna ilafirAAawna rasoola

Sahih International

Indeed, We have sent to you a Messenger as a witness upon you just as We sent to Pharaoh a messenger.

Malay

Sesungguhnya Kami telah mengutus kepada kamu (wahai umat Muhammad), seorang Rasul yang menjadi saksi terhadap kamu (tentang orang yang mematuhi atau menolak seruannya), sebagaimana Kami telah mengutus kepada Firaun seorang Rasul.

فَعَصَىٰ فِرْعَوْنُ الرَّسُولَ فَأَخَذْنَاهُ أَخْذًا وَبِيلًا

Sahih International

But Pharaoh disobeyed the messenger, so We seized him with a ruinous seizure.

Malay

Maka Firaun menderhaka kepada Rasul itu, lalu Kami menyeksakannya dengan azab seksa yang seberat-beratnya.

Transliteration

FaAAasa firAAawnu arrasoolafaakhathnahu akhthan wabeela

فَكَيْفَ تَتَّقُونَ إِن كَفَرْتُمْ يَوْمًا يَجْعَلُ الْوِلْدَانَ شِيبًا

Malay

(Sekiranya kamu tidak ditimpa azab di dunia), maka bagaimana kamu dapat menjaga dan menyelamatkan diri kamu - kalau kamu kufur ingkar - (dari azab) hari yang huru-haranya menyebabkan kanak-kanak menjadi tua beruban?

Transliteration

Fakayfa tattaqoona in kafartum yawmanyajAAalu alwildana sheeba

Sahih International

Then how can you fear, if you disbelieve, a Day that will make the children white- haired?

السَّمَاءُ مُنفَطِرٌ بِهِ ۚ كَانَ وَعْدُهُ مَفْعُولًا

Malay

Langit (yang demikian besarnya) akan pecah belah dengan sebab kedahsyatan hari itu. (Ingatlah), janji Allah adalah perkara yang tetap dilakukanNya.

Sahih International

The heaven will break apart therefrom; ever is His promise fulfilled.

Transliteration

Assamao munfatirunbihi kana waAAduhu mafAAoola

ﯿ

إِنَّ هَٰذِهِ تَذْكِرَةٌ ۖ فَمَن شَاءَ اتَّخَذَ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِ سَبِيلًا

Transliteration

Inna hathihi tathkiratun famanshaa ittakhatha ila rabbihi sabeela

Sahih International

Indeed, this is a reminder, so whoever wills may take to his Lord a way.

Malay

Sesungguhnya (keterangan-keterangan yang mengandungi amaran) ini menjadi peringatan oleh itu sesiapa yang mahukan kebaikan dirinya dapatlah ia mengambil jalan yang membawa kepada Tuhannya (dengan iman dan taat).

ﭿ

إِنَّ رَبَّكَ يَعْلَمُ أَنَّكَ تَقُومُ أَدْنَىٰ مِن ثُلُثَيِ اللَّيْلِ وَنِصْفَهُ وَثُلُثَهُ وَطَائِفَةٌ مِّنَ الَّذِينَ مَعَكَ ۚ وَاللَّهُ يُقَدِّرُ اللَّيْلَ وَالنَّهَارَ ۚ عَلِمَ أَن لَّن تُحْصُوهُ فَتَابَ عَلَيْكُمْ ۖ فَاقْرَءُوا مَا تَيَسَّرَ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ ۚ عَلِمَ أَن سَيَكُونُ مِنكُم مَّرْضَىٰ ۙ وَآخَرُونَ يَضْرِبُونَ فِي الْأَرْضِ يَبْتَغُونَ مِن فَضْلِ اللَّهِ ۙ وَآخَرُونَ يُقَاتِلُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ ۖ فَاقْرَءُوا مَا تَيَسَّرَ مِنْهُ ۚ وَأَقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتُوا الزَّكَاةَ وَأَقْرِضُوا اللَّهَ قَرْضًا حَسَنًا ۚ وَمَا تُقَدِّمُوا لِأَنفُسِكُم مِّنْ خَيْرٍ تَجِدُوهُ عِندَ اللَّهِ هُوَ خَيْرًا وَأَعْظَمَ أَجْرًا ۚ وَاسْتَغْفِرُوا اللَّهَ ۖ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Sahih International

Indeed, your Lord knows, [O Muhammad], that you stand [in prayer] almost two thirds of the night or half of it or a third of it, and [so do] a group of those with you. And Allah determines [the extent of] the night and the day. He has known that you [Muslims] will not be able to do it and has turned to you in forgiveness, so recite what is easy [for you] of the Qur'an. He has known that there will be among you those who are ill and others traveling throughout the land seeking [something] of the bounty of Allah and others fighting for the cause of Allah . So recite what is easy from it and establish prayer and give zakah and loan Allah a goodly loan. And whatever good you put forward for yourselves - you will find it with Allah . It is better and greater in reward. And seek forgiveness of Allah . Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.

Malay

Sesungguhnya Tuhanmu (wahai Muhammad) mengetahui bahawasanya engkau bangun (sembahyang Tahajjud) selama kurang dari dua pertiga malam, dan selama satu perduanya, dan selama satu pertiganya; dan (demikian juga dilakukan oleh) segolongan dari orang-orang yang bersama-samamu (kerana hendak menepati perintah yang terdahulu); padahal Allah jualah yang menentukan dengan tepat kadar masa malam dan siang. Ia mengetahui bahawa kamu tidak sekali-kali akan dapat mengira dengan tepat kadar masa itu, lalu Ia menarik balik perintahNya yang terdahulu (dengan memberi kemudahan) kepada kamu; oleh itu bacalah mana-mana yang mudah kamu dapat membacanya dari Al-Quran (dalam sembahyang). Ia juga mengetahui bahawa akan ada di antara kamu orang-orang yang sakit; dan yang lainnya orang-orang yang musafir di muka bumi untuk mencari rezeki dari limpah kurnia Allah; dan yang lainnya lagi orang-orang yang berjuang pada jalan Allah (membela ugamaNya). Maka bacalah mana-mana yang sudah kamu dapat membacanya dari Al-Quran; dan dirikanlah sembahyang serta berikanlah zakat; dan berilah pinjaman kepada Allah sebagai pinjaman yang baik (ikhlas). Dan (ingatlah), apa jua kebaikan yang kamu kerjakan sebagai bekalan untuk diri kamu, tentulah kamu akan mendapat balasannya pada sisi Allah, -sebagai balasan yang sebaik-baiknya dan yang amat besar pahalanya. Dan mintalah ampun kepada Allah; sesungguhnya Allah Maha Pengampun, lagi Maha Mengasihani.

Transliteration

Inna rabbaka yaAAlamu annaka taqoomu adnamin thuluthayi allayli wanisfahu wathuluthahu wata-ifatunmina allatheena maAAaka wallahu yuqaddiruallayla wannahara AAalima an lan tuhsoohufataba AAalaykum faqraoo ma tayassara minaalqur-ani AAalima an sayakoonu minkum marda waakharoonayadriboona fee al-ardi yabtaghoona min fadliAllahi waakharoona yuqatiloona fee sabeeliAllahi faqraoo ma tayassara minhu waaqeemooassalata waatoo azzakatawaaqridoo Allaha qardan hasanan wamatuqaddimoo li-anfusikum min khayrin tajidoohu AAinda Allahihuwa khayran waaAAthama ajran wastaghfirooAllaha inna Allaha ghafoorun raheem

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