VERSES
206
PAGES
151-176

Name

This Surah takes its name from vv. 46-47 in which mention of A'araf occurs.

Period of Revelation

A study of its contents clearly shows that the period of its revelation is about the same as that of Al-An'am, i. e., the last year of the Holy Prophet's life at Makkah, but it cannot be asserted with certainty which of these two was sent down earlier. Anyhow the manner of its admonition clearly indicates that it belongs to the same period. As both have the same historical background the reader should keep in view the preface to Al-An'am.

Topics of Discussion

The principal subject of this surah is "invitation to the Divine Message sent down to Muhammad" (Allah's peace be upon him), which is couched in a warning. This is because the Messenger had spent a long time in admonishing the people of Makkah without any tangible effect on them. Nay, they had turned a deaf ear to his message and become so obdurate and antagonistic that, in accordance with the Divine Design, the Messenger was going to be commanded to leave them and turn to other people,. That is why they are being admonished to accept the Message but, at the same time, they are being warned in strong terms of the consequences that followed the wrong attitude of the former people towards their Messengers. (Now that the Holy Prophet was going to" migrate from Makkah the concluding portion of the address has been directed towards the people of the Book with whom he was going to come into contact. This meant that the time of migration was coming near and the "invitation" was going to be extended to mankind in general, and was not to be confined to his own people in particular as before.

During the course of the address to the Jews, the consequences of their hypocritical conduct towards Prophethood have also been pointed out clearly, for they professed to believe in Prophet Moses but in practice opposed his teachings, disobeyed him and worshiped falsehood and consequently were afflicted with ignominy and disgrace.

At the end of the Surah, some instructions have been given to the Holy Prophet and his followers for carrying out the work of the propagation of Islam with wisdom. The most important of these is that they should show patience and exercise restraint in answer to the provocations of their opponents. Above all, they have been advised that under stress of the excitement of feeling, they should not take any wrung step that might harm their cause.

Subject: Invitation to the Divine Message

Topics and their Interconnection

In this passage, the people have been invited to follow the Message sent down to them through Muhammad (Allah's peace be upon him) and warned of the consequences of its rejection. 1 - 10

The story of Adam has been related with a view to warning his descendants against the evil devices of Satan who is ever ready to mislead them as he did in the case of Adam and Eve. 11 - 25

This passage contains some Divine instructions, and contrasts these with Satan's instructions, and depicts a graphic picture of the results and the consequences of the two. 26 - 53

As the Message has been sent down by Allah (Who is the Creator of the heavens and the earth and everything in them), it should be followed, for it is like the rain He sends down to give life to the dead earth. 54 - 58

Events from the lives of some well-known Prophets - Noah, Hud, Salih, Lot, Shu`aib, Moses (Allah's peace be upon them all) -- have been related to show the consequences of the rejection of the Message, and the addressees of Prophet Muhammad (Allah's peace be upon him) have been admonished to accept and follow the Message in order to escape perdition. 59 - 171

As the Covenant with the Israelites was mentioned at the end of the preceding passage, the whole mankind has been reminded very appropriately of the Covenant that was made at the time of the appointment of Adam as the Vicegerent of Allah so that all of his descendants should remember it and accept and follow the Message that was delivered by the Holy Prophet. 172 - 174

The example of the one who had the knowledge of the Message but discarded it, has been cited as a warning to those who were treating the Message as false; they have been exhorted to use their faculties to recognize the Message; otherwise Hell would be there abode. 175 - 179

In this concluding portion of the Surah, some deviations of those who do not use their faculties properly to understand the Message have been dealt with and they have been admonished, reproved and warned of the serious consequences of their antagonistic attitude towards the Message of the Holy Prophet. 180 - 198

In conclusion, instructions have been given to the Holy Prophet, and through him to his followers, about the attitude they should adopt towards those who reject the Message and deviate from it. 199 - 206

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

ﭑﭒﭓ

مَن يُضْلِلِ اللَّهُ فَلَا هَادِيَ لَهُ ۚ وَيَذَرُهُمْ فِي طُغْيَانِهِمْ يَعْمَهُونَ

Malay

Sesiapa yang disesatkan oleh Allah (kerana keingkarannya), maka tidak ada sesiapa pun yang akan dapat memberi petunjuk kepadanya; dan Allah membiarkan mereka meraba-raba (dengan bingung) dalam kesesatan mereka.

Sahih International

Whoever Allah sends astray - there is no guide for him. And He leaves them in their transgression, wandering blindly.

ﯿ

يَسْأَلُونَكَ عَنِ السَّاعَةِ أَيَّانَ مُرْسَاهَا ۖ قُلْ إِنَّمَا عِلْمُهَا عِندَ رَبِّي ۖ لَا يُجَلِّيهَا لِوَقْتِهَا إِلَّا هُوَ ۚ ثَقُلَتْ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۚ لَا تَأْتِيكُمْ إِلَّا بَغْتَةً ۗ يَسْأَلُونَكَ كَأَنَّكَ حَفِيٌّ عَنْهَا ۖ قُلْ إِنَّمَا عِلْمُهَا عِندَ اللَّهِ وَلَٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ

Malay

Mereka bertanya kepadamu (wahai Muhammad) tentang hari kiamat: "Bilakah masa datangnya?" Katakanlah: "Sesungguhnya pengetahuan mengenainya hanyalah ada di sisi Tuhanku, tidak ada sesiapa pun yang dapat menerangkan kedatangannya pada waktunya melainkan Dia. (Huru-hara) hari kiamat itu amatlah berat (menggerunkan makhluk-makhluk yang ada) di langit dan di bumi; ia tidak datang kepada kamu melainkan secara mengejut". Mereka bertanya kepadamu seolah-olah engkau sedia mengetahuinya. Katakanlah: "Sesungguhnya pengetahuan mengenai hari kiamat itu adalah di sisi Allah, tetapi kebanyakan manusia tidak mengetahui".

Sahih International

They ask you, [O Muhammad], about the Hour: when is its arrival? Say, "Its knowledge is only with my Lord. None will reveal its time except Him. It lays heavily upon the heavens and the earth. It will not come upon you except unexpectedly." They ask you as if you are familiar with it. Say, "Its knowledge is only with Allah , but most of the people do not know."

قُل لَّا أَمْلِكُ لِنَفْسِي نَفْعًا وَلَا ضَرًّا إِلَّا مَا شَاءَ اللَّهُ ۚ وَلَوْ كُنتُ أَعْلَمُ الْغَيْبَ لَاسْتَكْثَرْتُ مِنَ الْخَيْرِ وَمَا مَسَّنِيَ السُّوءُ ۚ إِنْ أَنَا إِلَّا نَذِيرٌ وَبَشِيرٌ لِّقَوْمٍ يُؤْمِنُونَ

Sahih International

Say, "I hold not for myself [the power of] benefit or harm, except what Allah has willed. And if I knew the unseen, I could have acquired much wealth, and no harm would have touched me. I am not except a warner and a bringer of good tidings to a people who believe."

Malay

Katakanlah: "Aku tidak berkuasa mendatangkan manfaat bagi diriku dan tidak dapat menolak mudarat kecuali apa yang dikehendaki Allah. Dan kalau aku mengetahui perkara-perkara yang ghaib, tentulah aku akan mengumpulkan dengan banyaknya benda-benda yang mendatangkan faedah dan (tentulah) aku tidak ditimpa kesusahan. Aku ini tidak lain hanyalah (Pesuruh Allah) yang memberi amaran (bagi orang-orang yang ingkar) dan membawa berita gembira bagi orang-orang yang beriman".

ﭿ

هُوَ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُم مِّن نَّفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ وَجَعَلَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا لِيَسْكُنَ إِلَيْهَا ۖ فَلَمَّا تَغَشَّاهَا حَمَلَتْ حَمْلًا خَفِيفًا فَمَرَّتْ بِهِ ۖ فَلَمَّا أَثْقَلَت دَّعَوَا اللَّهَ رَبَّهُمَا لَئِنْ آتَيْتَنَا صَالِحًا لَّنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الشَّاكِرِينَ

Malay

Dia lah (Allah) yang menciptakan kamu semua dari (hakikat) diri yang satu, dan Ia mengadakan daripada hakikat itu pasangannya (diri suami isteri), untuk bersenang hati dan hidup mesra yang satu kepada yang lain. Ketika suami mencampuri isterinya, mengandunglah ia dengan kandungan yang ringan, serta teruslah ia dengan keadaan itu (ke suatu waktu). Kemudian ketika ia merasa berat (dan menaruh bimbang) berdoalah suami isteri itu kepada Tuhan mereka (dengan berkata):" Sesungguhnya jika Engkau (wahai Tuhan kami) mengurniakan kami nikmat yang baik, tentulah kami menjadi orang-orang yang bersyukur".

Sahih International

It is He who created you from one soul and created from it its mate that he might dwell in security with her. And when he covers her, she carries a light burden and continues therein. And when it becomes heavy, they both invoke Allah , their Lord, "If You should give us a good [child], we will surely be among the grateful."

فَلَمَّا آتَاهُمَا صَالِحًا جَعَلَا لَهُ شُرَكَاءَ فِيمَا آتَاهُمَا ۚ فَتَعَالَى اللَّهُ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ

Malay

Kemudian ketika Allah mengurniakan kepada keduanya nikmat yang baik (sebagaimana yang mereka pohonkan), mereka berdua menjadikan sekutu bagi Allah dalam urusan wujudnya nikmat yang dikurniakan Allah kepada mereka. Maha Suci Allah dari apa yang mereka sekutukan itu.

Sahih International

But when He gives them a good [child], they ascribe partners to Him concerning that which He has given them. Exalted is Allah above what they associate with Him.

أَيُشْرِكُونَ مَا لَا يَخْلُقُ شَيْئًا وَهُمْ يُخْلَقُونَ

Sahih International

Do they associate with Him those who create nothing and they are [themselves] created?

Malay

Patutkah mereka sekutukan Allah dengan benda-benda yang tidak dapat menciptakan sesuatupun, sedang benda-benda itu sendiri diciptakan?

وَلَا يَسْتَطِيعُونَ لَهُمْ نَصْرًا وَلَا أَنفُسَهُمْ يَنصُرُونَ

Sahih International

And the false deities are unable to [give] them help, nor can they help themselves.

Malay

Dan benda-benda itu tidak dapat menolong mereka, dan tidak juga dapat menolong dirinya sendiri.

وَإِن تَدْعُوهُمْ إِلَى الْهُدَىٰ لَا يَتَّبِعُوكُمْ ۚ سَوَاءٌ عَلَيْكُمْ أَدَعَوْتُمُوهُمْ أَمْ أَنتُمْ صَامِتُونَ

Sahih International

And if you [believers] invite them to guidance, they will not follow you. It is all the same for you whether you invite them or you are silent.

Malay

Dan jika kamu (hai kaum musyrik) menyeru benda-benda itu untuk memperoleh petunjuk (daripadanya), mereka tidak dapat menurut (menyampaikan hajat) kamu; sama sahaja bagi kamu, sama ada kamu menyerunya atau mendiamkan diri.

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ تَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ عِبَادٌ أَمْثَالُكُمْ ۖ فَادْعُوهُمْ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا لَكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ

Sahih International

Indeed, those you [polytheists] call upon besides Allah are servants like you. So call upon them and let them respond to you, if you should be truthful.

Malay

Sesungguhnya benda-benda yang kamu seru selain Allah adalah makhluk-makhluk seperti kamu. Oleh itu, (cubalah) menyerunya supaya benda-benda itu dapat memperkenankan permohonan kamu, kalau betul kamu orang-orang yang benar.

ﯿ

أَلَهُمْ أَرْجُلٌ يَمْشُونَ بِهَا ۖ أَمْ لَهُمْ أَيْدٍ يَبْطِشُونَ بِهَا ۖ أَمْ لَهُمْ أَعْيُنٌ يُبْصِرُونَ بِهَا ۖ أَمْ لَهُمْ آذَانٌ يَسْمَعُونَ بِهَا ۗ قُلِ ادْعُوا شُرَكَاءَكُمْ ثُمَّ كِيدُونِ فَلَا تُنظِرُونِ

Sahih International

Do they have feet by which they walk? Or do they have hands by which they strike? Or do they have eyes by which they see? Or do they have ears by which they hear? Say, [O Muhammad], "Call your 'partners' and then conspire against me and give me no respite.

Malay

Adakah benda-benda (yang kamu sembah) itu mempunyai kaki yang mereka dapat berjalan dengannya, atau adakah mereka mempunyai tangan yang mereka dapat memegang (menyeksa) dengannya, atau adakah mereka mempunyai mata yang mereka dapat melihat dengannya, atau adakah mereka mempunyai telinga yang mereka dapat mendengar dengannya? Katakanlah (wahai Muhammad): "Panggilah benda-benda yang kamu jadikan sekutu Allah, kemudian kamu semua jalankan tipu daya terhadapku, serta jangan pula kamu bertangguh lagi.

إِنَّ وَلِيِّيَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي نَزَّلَ الْكِتَابَ ۖ وَهُوَ يَتَوَلَّى الصَّالِحِينَ

Malay

"Sesungguhnya pelindungku ialah Allah yang telah menurunkan kitab (Al-Quran), dan Dia lah jua yang menolong dan memelihara orang-orang yang berbuat kebaikan"

Sahih International

Indeed, my protector is Allah , who has sent down the Book; and He is an ally to the righteous.

وَالَّذِينَ تَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِهِ لَا يَسْتَطِيعُونَ نَصْرَكُمْ وَلَا أَنفُسَهُمْ يَنصُرُونَ

Sahih International

And those you call upon besides Him are unable to help you, nor can they help themselves."

Malay

Dan benda-benda yang kamu sembah selain Allah, tidak akan dapat menolong kamu, bahkan tidak dapat menolong dirinya sendiri.

وَإِن تَدْعُوهُمْ إِلَى الْهُدَىٰ لَا يَسْمَعُوا ۖ وَتَرَاهُمْ يَنظُرُونَ إِلَيْكَ وَهُمْ لَا يُبْصِرُونَ

Sahih International

And if you invite them to guidance, they do not hear; and you see them looking at you while they do not see.

Malay

Dan jika kamu menyeru benda-benda (yang kamu sembah) itu untuk mendapat petunjuk (daripadanya), mereka tidak dapat mendengarnya; dan engkau nampak benda-benda itu memandangmu padahal mereka tidak melihat.

خُذِ الْعَفْوَ وَأْمُرْ بِالْعُرْفِ وَأَعْرِضْ عَنِ الْجَاهِلِينَ

Sahih International

Take what is given freely, enjoin what is good, and turn away from the ignorant.

Malay

Terimalah apa yang mudah engkau lakukan, dan suruhlah dengan perkara yang baik, serta berpalinglah (jangan dihiraukan) orang-orang yang jahil (yang degil dengan kejahilannya).

ﭿ

وَإِمَّا يَنزَغَنَّكَ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ نَزْغٌ فَاسْتَعِذْ بِاللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ

Sahih International

And if an evil suggestion comes to you from Satan, then seek refuge in Allah . Indeed, He is Hearing and Knowing.

Malay

Dan jika engkau dihasut oleh sesuatu hasutan dari Syaitan, maka mintalah perlindungan kepada Allah, sesungguhnya Allah Maha Mendengar, lagi Maha Mengetahui.

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ اتَّقَوْا إِذَا مَسَّهُمْ طَائِفٌ مِّنَ الشَّيْطَانِ تَذَكَّرُوا فَإِذَا هُم مُّبْصِرُونَ

Malay

Sesungguhnya orang-orang yang bertaqwa, apabila mereka disentuh oleh sesuatu imbasan hasutan dari Syaitan, mereka ingat (kepada ajaran Allah) maka dengan itu mereka nampak (jalan yang benar).

Sahih International

Indeed, those who fear Allah - when an impulse touches them from Satan, they remember [Him] and at once they have insight.

وَإِخْوَانُهُمْ يَمُدُّونَهُمْ فِي الْغَيِّ ثُمَّ لَا يُقْصِرُونَ

Malay

Sedang saudara (pengikut) Syaitan-syaitan, dibantu oleh Syaitan-syaitan itu dalam melakukan kesesatan, kemudian mereka tidak berhenti-henti (melakukan perbuatan yang sesat lagi menyesatkan itu).

Sahih International

But their brothers - the devils increase them in error; then they do not stop short.

وَإِذَا لَمْ تَأْتِهِم بِآيَةٍ قَالُوا لَوْلَا اجْتَبَيْتَهَا ۚ قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَتَّبِعُ مَا يُوحَىٰ إِلَيَّ مِن رَّبِّي ۚ هَٰذَا بَصَائِرُ مِن رَّبِّكُمْ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّقَوْمٍ يُؤْمِنُونَ

Sahih International

And when you, [O Muhammad], do not bring them a sign, they say, "Why have you not contrived it?" Say, "I only follow what is revealed to me from my Lord. This [Qur'an] is enlightenment from your Lord and guidance and mercy for a people who believe."

Malay

Dan apabila engkau (wahai Muhammad) tidak membawa kepada mereka sesuatu ayat Al-Quran (sebagaimana yang mereka kehendaki), berkatalah mereka (secara mengejek): "Mengapa engkau tidak bersusah payah membuat sendiri akan ayat itu?" Katakanlah: "Sesungguhnya aku hanya menurut apa yang diwahyukan kepadaku dari Tuhanku. Al-Quran ini ialah panduan-panduan - yang membuka hati - dari Tuhan kamu, dan petunjuk serta menjadi rahmat bagi orang-orang yang beriman".

وَإِذَا قُرِئَ الْقُرْآنُ فَاسْتَمِعُوا لَهُ وَأَنصِتُوا لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ

Malay

Dan apabila Al-Quran itu dibacakan, maka dengarlah akan dia serta diamlah (dengan sebulat-bulat ingatan untuk mendengarnya), supaya kamu beroleh rahmat.

Sahih International

So when the Qur'an is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy.

وَاذْكُر رَّبَّكَ فِي نَفْسِكَ تَضَرُّعًا وَخِيفَةً وَدُونَ الْجَهْرِ مِنَ الْقَوْلِ بِالْغُدُوِّ وَالْآصَالِ وَلَا تَكُن مِّنَ الْغَافِلِينَ

Sahih International

And remember your Lord within yourself in humility and in fear without being apparent in speech - in the mornings and the evenings. And do not be among the heedless.

Malay

Dan sebutlah serta ingatlah akan Tuhanmu dalam hatimu, dengan merendah diri serta dengan perasaan takut (melanggar perintahnya), dan dengan tidak pula menyaringkan suara, pada waktu pagi dan petang dan janganlah engkau menjadi dari orang-orang yang lalai.

ﯿ

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ عِندَ رَبِّكَ لَا يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ عَنْ عِبَادَتِهِ وَيُسَبِّحُونَهُ وَلَهُ يَسْجُدُونَ ۩

Sahih International

Indeed, those who are near your Lord are not prevented by arrogance from His worship, and they exalt Him, and to Him they prostrate.

Malay

Sesungguhnya mereka (malaikat) yang ada di sisi Tuhanmu tidak bersikap angkuh (ingkar) daripada beribadat kepadaNya, dan mereka pula bertasbih bagiNya, dan kepadaNyalah jua mereka sujud.

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