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Sura 50
Aya 1

Chapter 50

QāfQāf ( ق )

45 verses • revealed at Meccan

»The surah that opens with the single discrete Arabic letter Qāf. It deals predominantly with the Resurrection and the Day of Judgement. Reference is made to previous generations of disbelievers (verse 12 ff.), both to warn the disbelievers in Mecca and to reassure the Prophet. Creation is cited as an indication of God’s ability to bring the dead to life again (verse 3 ff.), and emphasis is placed on the powerlessness of man on the Day of Resurrection (verse 20). The surah both opens and closes with mention of the Quran.«

بِسمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحمٰنِ الرَّحيمِ


ق ۚ وَالقُرآنِ المَجيدِ

Ali Unal

Revealed in Makkah, most probably in the fourth or fifth year of the Makkan period, this sūrah of 45 verses takes its name after the letter Qāf in the first verse. It mentions many phenomena in the universe that indicate God, and then concentrates on the afterlife. It also presents episodes from the lives of peoples who were destroyed in earlier times. God’s Messenger, upon him be peace and blessings, frequently read this sūrah during the Prayers of the religious festive days and sometimes during the Morning Prayer.
Qaf.1 By the Qur’an most sublime. (We have indeed, in spite of what they say, sent it to you to warn people that they will be raised from the dead to account for their lives.)
  • Information was given in note 1 to the first verse of Sūrat al-Baqarah about Hurūf al-Muqatta’āt, the disjunctive, individual, or abbreviated letters that come at the beginning of some sūrahs. Qāf is one of them. It can additionally be said here that Qāf implies elevation and may be referring to the Qur’ān.