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Name

The Surah takes its name Al Mu'min from verse 28, implying thereby, that it is a Surah in which Al Mu'min (the Believer of Pharaoh's people) has been mentioned.

Period of Revelation

According to Ibn 'Abbas and Jabir bin Zaid, this Surah was sent down consecutively after Surah Az-Zumar, and its present position in the order of the Surahs in the Quran is the same as its chronological order.

Background of Revelation

There are clear indications in the subject matter of this Surah to the conditions in which it was revealed. The disbelievers of Makkah at that time were engaged in two kinds of the activities against the Holy Prophet. First, they were creating every kind of suspicion and misgiving in the minds of the people about the teaching of the Quran and the message of Islam and about the Holy Prophet himself by starting many disputes and discussions, raising irrelevant objections and bringing ever new accusations so that the Holy Prophet and the believers were sick of trying to answer them. Second, they were preparing the ground for putting an end to the Holy Prophet himself. They were devising one plot after the other, and on one occasion had even taken the practical steps to execute a plot. Bukhari has related a tradition on the authority of Hadrat Abdullah bin Amr bin 'As saying that one day when the Holy Prophet was offering his Prayer in the precinct's of the Kabbah, suddenly 'Uqbah bin Abi Mu'ait, rushed forward and putting a piece of cloth round his neck started twisting it so as to strangle him to death. Hadrat Abu Bakr, who happened to go there in time, pushed him away. Hadrat Abdullah says that when Abu Bakr was struggling with the cruel man, he was saying words to the effect: "Would you kill a man only because he says: Allah is my Lord?" With a little variation this event has also been mentioned in Ibn Hisham, Nasa'i and Ibn Abi Hatim .

Theme and Topics

Both aspects of this have been clear]y stated at the very outset, and then the whole following discourse is a most effective and instructive review of them.

As an answer to the conspiracies of murder, the story of the Believer of the people of Pharaoh has been narrated (vv. 23 - 55) and through this story three different lessons have been taught to the three groups:

  1. The disbelievers have been admonished: "Whatever you intend to do against Muhammad (upon whom be Allah's peace), the same did the Pharaoh with his might intend against the Prophet Moses. Now, would you like to meet with the same fate with which he met by plotting such conspiracies ?"

  2. The Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be Allah's peace) and his followers have been taught the lesson: "These wicked people may apparently be very strong and powerful and you very weak and helpless against them, yet you should rest assured that the might of that God Whose Word you are trying to raise high is superior to every other power. Therefore, you should only seek Allah's refuge in response to every and any dreadful threat that they utter against you, and then busy yourself after this in fearlessly performing your mission. The God-worshiper has only one answer to every threat of the tyrant: `I have taken refuge in my Lord and your Lord against every arrogant person who does not believe in the Day of Reckoning.' (v. 27) Thus, if you go on performing your mission fearless of every danger and with full trust in God, His succor will ultimately reach you, and the Pharaohs of today shall be doomed just as the Pharaohs of yesterday. Till that time you will have to face and bear patiently every wave of persecution and tyranny that may be directed against you."

  3. Besides these two, there was a third group of the people also in the society, who had been convinced in their hearts that the Truth was only on the side of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be Allah's peace), and that the disbelieving Quraish were being unjust and cruel. But in spite of the conviction they were watching quietly and unconcerned the conflict between the Truth and falsehood. Allah here has aroused their conscience as if to say: "When the enemies of the Truth have openly plotted, in front of your very eyes, it would be a sad reflection on you if you still remained indifferent. Under such conditions, unless a person's conscience has wholly become dead, he should rise and perform the duty, which a righteous man from among the courtiers of Pharaoh himself had performed at a time when the Pharaoh had made up his mind to kill the Prophet Moses. The circumstances that prevent you from raising your voice had also obstructed the way of the Believer, but he had full faith in Allah and disregarded all expediency; then note that the Pharaoh was not able to do him any harm."

Now as for the conspiracies, which were continuing in Makkah day and night to defeat the Truth, on the one hand, arguments have been given to prove the doctrines of Tauhid and the Hereafter as true, which were the real basis of the dispute between the Holy Prophet and the disbelievers, and it has been stated plainly and openly that the disbelievers are wrangling over those truths without any knowledge. On the other, the motives which were the real cause of the Quraishite chiefs' conflict against the Holy Prophet, have been exposed. Apparently they were trying to have the common people believe that they had some genuine objections against the teaching of the Prophet and his claim to prophethood; that is why they were not prepared to listen to him. But, in fact, this was their struggle for power. In verse 56, they have been openly warned, so as to say" "The real cause of your denial is your arrogance and vanity. You think that if you acknowledge the prophethood of Muhammad (upon whom be Allah's peace), your power and authority will come to an end. That is why you are straining every nerve to frustrate and defeat him."

In the same connection, the disbelievers have been warned again and again to the effect:"If you do not desist from wrangling against the Revelations of Allah, you will be doomed to the same fate as the nations of the past. Much worse torment awaits you in the Hereafter. Then you will repent, but it will be too late.

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

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مَنْ عَمِلَ سَيِّئَةً فَلَا يُجْزَىٰ إِلَّا مِثْلَهَا ۖ وَمَنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَأُولَٰئِكَ يَدْخُلُونَ الْجَنَّةَ يُرْزَقُونَ فِيهَا بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ

Muhsin Khan

"Whosoever does an evil deed, will not be requited except the like thereof, and whosoever does a righteous deed, whether male or female and is a true believer (in the Oneness of Allah), such will enter Paradise, where they will be provided therein (with all things in abundance) without limit.

Malay

"Sesiapa yang mengerjakan sesuatu perbuatan jahat maka ia tidak dibalas melainkan dengan kejahatan yang sebanding dengannya; dan sesiapa yang mengerjakan amal soleh - dari lelaki atau perempuan - sedang ia beriman, maka mereka itu akan masuk Syurga; mereka beroleh rezeki di dalam Syurga itu dengan tidak dihitung.

Indonesian

Barangsiapa mengerjakan perbuatan jahat, maka dia tidak akan dibalasi melainkan sebanding dengan kejahatan itu. Dan barangsiapa mengerjakan amal yang saleh baik laki-laki maupun perempuan sedang ia dalam keadaan beriman, maka mereka akan masuk surga, mereka diberi rezeki di dalamnya tanpa hisab.

وَيَا قَوْمِ مَا لِي أَدْعُوكُمْ إِلَى النَّجَاةِ وَتَدْعُونَنِي إِلَى النَّارِ

Indonesian

Hai kaumku, bagaimanakah kamu, aku menyeru kamu kepada keselamatan, tetapi kamu menyeru aku ke neraka?

Malay

"Dan wahai kaumku! Apa halnya aku dengan kamu? Aku mengajak kamu kepada keselamatan, dan kamu pula mengajakku ke neraka?

Muhsin Khan

"And O my people! How is it that I call you to salvation while you call me to the Fire!

تَدْعُونَنِي لِأَكْفُرَ بِاللَّهِ وَأُشْرِكَ بِهِ مَا لَيْسَ لِي بِهِ عِلْمٌ وَأَنَا أَدْعُوكُمْ إِلَى الْعَزِيزِ الْغَفَّارِ

Malay

"Kamu mengajakku supaya aku kufur (tidak percayakan keesaan) Allah dan mempersekutukanNya dengan apa yang aku tidak mempunyai pengetahuan mengenainya, padahal aku mengajak kamu beriman kepada Allah Yang Maha Kuasa, lagi Maha Pengampun?

Muhsin Khan

"You invite me to disbelieve in Allah (and in His Oneness), and to join partners in worship with Him; of which I have no knowledge, and I invite you to the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving!

Indonesian

(Kenapa) kamu menyeruku supaya kafir kepada Allah dan mempersekutukan-Nya dengan apa yang tidak kuketahui padahal aku menyeru kamu (beriman) kepada Yang Maha Perkasa lagi Maha Pengampun?

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لَا جَرَمَ أَنَّمَا تَدْعُونَنِي إِلَيْهِ لَيْسَ لَهُ دَعْوَةٌ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَلَا فِي الْآخِرَةِ وَأَنَّ مَرَدَّنَا إِلَى اللَّهِ وَأَنَّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ هُمْ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ

Malay

"Tidak syak lagi, bahawa makhluk-makhluk yang kamu ajak aku menyembahnya itu tidak dapat menyahut sebarang seruan (atau memberikan sebarang pertolongan) sama ada di dunia atau di akhirat; dan sesungguhnya tempat kembali kita semua ialah kepada Allah, dan sebenarnya orang-orang yang melampau kejahatannya itu, merekalah ahli neraka.

Muhsin Khan

"No doubt you call me to (worship) one who cannot grant (me) my request (or respond to my invocation) in this world or in the Hereafter. And our return will be to Allah, and Al-Musrifun (i.e. polytheists and arrogants, those who commit great sins, the transgressors of Allah's set limits)! They shall be the dwellers of the Fire!

Indonesian

Sudah pasti bahwa apa yang kamu seru supaya aku (beriman) kepadanya tidak dapat memperkenankan seruan apapun baik di dunia maupun di akhirat. Dan sesungguhnya kita kembali kepada Allah dan sesungguhnya orang-orang yang melampaui batas, mereka itulah penghuni neraka.

فَسَتَذْكُرُونَ مَا أَقُولُ لَكُمْ ۚ وَأُفَوِّضُ أَمْرِي إِلَى اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَصِيرٌ بِالْعِبَادِ

Muhsin Khan

"And you will remember what I am telling you, and my affair I leave it to Allah. Verily, Allah is the All-Seer of (His) slaves."

Indonesian

Kelak kamu akan ingat kepada apa yang kukatakan kepada kamu. Dan aku menyerahkan urusanku kepada Allah. Sesungguhnya Allah Maha Melihat akan hamba-hamba-Nya".

Malay

"(Kiranya kamu tetap berdegil sekarang) maka kamu sudah tentu akan mengetahui kebenaran apa yang aku katakan kepada kamu; dan aku sentiasa menyerahkan urusanku bulat-bulat kepada Allah (untuk memeliharaku); sesungguhnya Allah Maha Melihat akan keadaan hamba-hambaNya".

فَوَقَاهُ اللَّهُ سَيِّئَاتِ مَا مَكَرُوا ۖ وَحَاقَ بِآلِ فِرْعَوْنَ سُوءُ الْعَذَابِ

Indonesian

Maka Allah memeliharanya dari kejahatan tipu daya mereka, dan Fir'aun beserta kaumnya dikepung oleh azab yang amat buruk.

Muhsin Khan

So Allah saved him from the evils that they plotted (against him), while an evil torment encompassed Fir'aun's (Pharaoh) people.

Malay

(Dengan keikhlasannya dan penyerahan dirinya kepada Allah) maka ia diselamatkan oleh Allah dari angkara tipu daya mereka; dan Firaun bersama-sama kaumnya ditimpa azab seksa yang seburuk-buruknya,

النَّارُ يُعْرَضُونَ عَلَيْهَا غُدُوًّا وَعَشِيًّا ۖ وَيَوْمَ تَقُومُ السَّاعَةُ أَدْخِلُوا آلَ فِرْعَوْنَ أَشَدَّ الْعَذَابِ

Muhsin Khan

The Fire; they are exposed to it, morning and afternoon, and on the Day when the Hour will be established (it will be said to the angels): "Cause Fir'aun's (Pharaoh) people to enter the severest torment!"

Malay

Mereka didedahkan kepada bahang api neraka pada waktu pagi dan petang (semasa mereka berada dalam alam Barzakh); dan pada hari berlakunya kiamat (diperintahkan kepada malaikat): "Masukkanlah Firaun dan pengikut-pengikutnya ke dalam azab seksa api neraka yang seberat-beratnya!"

Indonesian

Kepada mereka dinampakkan neraka pada pagi dan petang, dan pada hari terjadinya Kiamat. (Dikatakan kepada malaikat): "Masukkanlah Fir'aun dan kaumnya ke dalam azab yang sangat keras".

وَإِذْ يَتَحَاجُّونَ فِي النَّارِ فَيَقُولُ الضُّعَفَاءُ لِلَّذِينَ اسْتَكْبَرُوا إِنَّا كُنَّا لَكُمْ تَبَعًا فَهَلْ أَنتُم مُّغْنُونَ عَنَّا نَصِيبًا مِّنَ النَّارِ

Indonesian

Dan (ingatlah), ketika mereka berbantah-bantah dalam neraka, maka orang-orang yang lemah berkata kepada orang-orang yang menyombongkan diri: "Sesungguhnya kami adalah pengikut-pengikutmu, maka dapatkah kamu menghindarkan dari kami sebahagian azab api neraka?"

Muhsin Khan

And, when they will dispute in the Fire, the weak will say to those who were arrogant; "Verily! We followed you, can you then take from us some portion of the Fire?"

Malay

Dan (ingatkanlah perkara yang berlaku) semasa orang-orang yang kafir dan yang menderhaka berbantah-bantahan dalam neraka, iaitu orang-orang yang lemah (yang menjadi pengikut) berkata kepada pemimpin-pemimpinnya yang sombong takbur: "Sesungguhnya kami telah menjadi pengikut-pengikut kamu, maka dapatkah kamu menolak dari kami sebahagian daripada azab neraka ini?"

قَالَ الَّذِينَ اسْتَكْبَرُوا إِنَّا كُلٌّ فِيهَا إِنَّ اللَّهَ قَدْ حَكَمَ بَيْنَ الْعِبَادِ

Indonesian

Orang-orang yang menyombongkan diri menjawab: "Sesungguhnya kita semua sama-sama dalam neraka karena sesungguhnya Allah telah menetapkan keputusan antara hamba-hamba-(Nya)".

Muhsin Khan

Those who were arrogant will say: "We are all (together) in this (Fire)! Verily Allah has judged between (His) slaves!"

Malay

Orang-orang yang sombong angkuh itu menjawab: "Sebenarnya kita semua menderita bersama-sama dalam neraka (tidak ada jalan untuk kita melepaskan diri), kerana sesungguhnya Allah telah menetapkan hukumanNya di antara sekalian hambaNya "

وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ فِي النَّارِ لِخَزَنَةِ جَهَنَّمَ ادْعُوا رَبَّكُمْ يُخَفِّفْ عَنَّا يَوْمًا مِّنَ الْعَذَابِ

Muhsin Khan

And those in the Fire will say to the keepers (angels) of Hell: "Call upon your Lord to lighten for us the torment for a day!"

Malay

Dan berkatalah pula orang-orang yang ada dalam neraka kepada malaikat-malaikat penjaga neraka Jahannam: "Pohonkanlah kepada Tuhan kamu, supaya Ia meringankan sedikit azab seksa dari kami, barang sehari".

Indonesian

Dan orang-orang yang berada dalam neraka berkata kepada penjaga-penjaga neraka Jahannam: "Mohonkanlah kepada Tuhanmu supaya Dia meringankan azab dari kami barang sehari".

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