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Sura 72
Aya 1

Chapter 72

The Jinnal-Jinn ( الجن )

28 verses • revealed at Meccan

»The surah that opens with the revelation that a group of The Jinn listened to the Prophet reciting the Quran, believed in it, and so admonished their own race. It is names after the jinn-kind, whose account is given in its first part. The surah begins with the account of what a group of jinn said when they overheard a recitation of the Quran and realized its truth (verse 1 ff.). This is a lesson to the Meccan Arabs, who are also told that the Prophet can help them only by delivering the Message—God is the All Powerful One (verse 16 ff.). The disbelievers are threatened with what they will meet on the Day of Judgement (verse 23 ff).«

The surah is also known as Jinn-kind, Sprites, The Jinn's, The Spirits

بِسمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحمٰنِ الرَّحيمِ

Yusuf Ali: In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

قُل أوحِيَ إِلَيَّ أَنَّهُ استَمَعَ نَفَرٌ مِنَ الجِنِّ فَقالوا إِنّا سَمِعنا قُرآنًا عَجَبًا

Yusuf Ali

Say: It has been revealed1 to me that a company of Jinns2 listened (to the Qur-ān). They said, ?We have really heard a wonderful Recital!3
  • Revelation may be through various channels, and one of the channels may be a vision, by which the Prophet sees and hears events clearly passing before him. This particular vision may be the same as that referred to more briefly in 46:29-32, where see n. 4809. The Jinns had evidently heard of previous revelations, that of Moses (46:30), and the error of Trinitarian Christianity (72:3). The people from whom they come have all sorts of good and bad persons, but they are determined to preach the good Message of Unity which they have heard and believed in.
  • For Jinns, see n. 929 to 6:100. (R).
  • The Holy Qur-ān would be to them a wonderful Recital-both in subject matter and in the circumstance that it had come in Arabia among a pagan and ignorant nation.