Revealed in Makkah, this sūrah of 62 verses derives its name from the word an-Najm (the star) in the first verse. God’s Messenger, upon him be peace and blessings, recited it in its entirety to both the believers and the Makkan polytheists at the Ka’bah. It warns the polytheists about their attitude towards the Qur’ān. It reminds them that all their beliefs are based on mere surmises, while those who follow the Straight Path are those who believe in and worship the One God, Who is the Owner of the whole universe. It also stresses that the Religion God’s Messenger communicates is not a new, invented one in human history; and it threatens the polytheists with Judgment Day, which is bound to come.
By the star when it goes down,