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Sura 32
Aya 1

Chapter 32

al-Sajdah ( السجدة )

30 verses • revealed at Meccan

»The only surah beginning with the discrete Arabic letters Alif Lām Mīm that also contains a ayah which requires one who recites it to perform a Prostration of bowing down to the ground before God in worship at the mention of God’s revealed signs. It takes its name from verse 15 which mentions “prostration” (sajdah). The surah emphasized the truth of the Quran at the beginning, and the Prophet is urged at the end of the surah to pay no attention to the disbelievers who cannot see the significance of God’s signs.«

The surah is also known as: Bowing Down, Bowing down in Worship, The Adoration, Worship.

بِسمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحمٰنِ الرَّحيمِ

Muhammad Asad: In The Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Dispenser of Grace:


Muhammad Asad

ALMOST all the authorities agree in that this surah belongs to the late Mecca period, and that it was revealed immediately after surah 23 ("The Believers"). The view advanced by some commentators that verses 16-20 were revealed at Medina is purely speculative and does not deserve serious consideration. The key-word which came to be accepted as the "title" of this surah is found in verse 15.
Alif. Lam. Mim.1
  • See Appendix II.