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Sura 52
Aya 1

Chapter 52

The Mountal-Ṭūr ( الطور )

49 verses • revealed at Meccan

»The surah that opens with the oath of the Divine One swearing by The Mount of Sinai, where the Torah was revealed to Moses. It takes its name from “the mount” (ṭūr) mentioned in verse 1. The surah which addresses many of the arguments put to the Prophet by the disbelievers of Mecca (verse 29 ff.). The bliss that will be enjoyed by the believers is contrasted to the torments of Hell, and the Prophet is urged to bide his time, to continue to deliver his message, and to wait with confidence for God’s judgement. God swears by, among other things, Mount Sinai, that the Day of Judgement is inevitable.«

The surah is also known as Mount Tur, The Mountain

بِسمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحمٰنِ الرَّحيمِ

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


Muhammad Asad

THIS SURAH, revealed most probably in the later half of the Mecca period (according to some authorities, immediately after surah 32), takes its designation from the mention of Mount Sinai (at-tur) in verse 1.
CONSIDER Mount Sinai!1
  • For my rendering of the adjurative particle wa as "Consider", see first half of note 23 on 74:32. The expression at-tur (lit., "the mountain") is used in the Qur'an exclusively to denote Mount Sinai, on which Moses received his decisive revelation. In the present context it signifies, metonymically, revelation as such, to which the next verse calls attention.