A Simplified Explanation of Sūrah Al-Aʿlá from Al-Tafsīr Al-Muyassar


Verse 1

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

سَبِّحِ اسْمَ رَبِّكَ الْأَعْلَى

Raise high the name of your Lord the Most-High above [any association with] partners and deficiencies, raising [it] as befits His grandeur—All-Perfect is He—

Verse 2

الَّذِي خَلَقَ فَسَوَّىٰ

the One who created all creatures, [having] perfected and made well their creation;

Verse 3

وَالَّذِي قَدَّرَ فَهَدَىٰ

the One who ordained all things that have been ordained and then guided every created being to that which suits it;

Verse 4

وَالَّذِي أَخْرَجَ الْمَرْعَىٰ

the One who made green pastures grow…

Verse 5

فَجَعَلَهُ غُثَاءً أَحْوَىٰ

…then turned them afterwards into dried up fragments of plant life, turning black after having [once] been green.

Verse 6

سَنُقْرِئُكَ فَلَا تَنسَىٰ

We will enable you, O Messenger, to recite this Qurʾān, reciting [it] without forgetting…

Verse 7

إِلَّا مَا شَاءَ اللَّهُ ۚ إِنَّهُ يَعْلَمُ الْجَهْرَ وَمَا يَخْفَىٰ

…except as Allāh wills–in accordance with His wisdom–to cause it to be forgotten for [some] greater good [that] He knows of. Indeed, He, All-Perfect is He, knows what is public of speech and action and what is hidden of the two.

Verse 8

وَنُيَسِّرُكَ لِلْيُسْرَىٰ

And We will make it easy for you to do good in every situation of yours, and from that is making it easy to take upon the burdens of the Message, and making your religion easy, without any difficulties.

Verse 9

فَذَكِّرْ إِن نَّفَعَتِ الذِّكْرَىٰ

So preach to your people, O Messenger, in accordance with that which We have made easy for you and that which has been revealed to you; direct them to that which holds good for them. And in particular, [preach to and] remind the one for whom there is hope of being reminded, and do not make yourself weary [preaching and] reminding one for whom being reminded does not lead to anything other than insolence and aversion.

Verse 10

سَيَذَّكَّرُ مَن يَخْشَىٰ

One who fears his Lord will pay heed [to what is preached].

Verse 11

وَيَتَجَنَّبُهَا الْأَشْقَى

And he will keep himself at a distance from the reminders, the most wretched one, the one who does not fear his Lord;

Verse 12

الَّذِي يَصْلَى النَّارَ الْكُبْرَىٰ

the one who will enter the blazing fire of Jahannam, the greatest [of all fires], to suffer in its heat;

Verse 13

ثُمَّ لَا يَمُوتُ فِيهَا وَلَا يَحْيَىٰ

then he will neither die in it, finding rest thereby, nor live a life that benefits him.

Verse 14

قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن تَزَكَّىٰ

He will have indeed succeeded who had cleansed himself of evil characteristics;

Verse 15

وَذَكَرَ اسْمَ رَبِّهِ فَصَلَّىٰ

remembered Allāh; given Him singly all that is His alone; done of that which pleases Him; and established the prayer in [all] its times, seeking Allāh’s pleasure and obeying His laws.

Verse 16

بَلْ تُؤْثِرُونَ الْحَيَاةَ الدُّنْيَا

Indeed, O Mankind, you put the adornments of this present life ahead of the pleasures of the Hereafter…

Verse 17

وَالْآخِرَةُ خَيْرٌ وَأَبْقَىٰ

…while a place in the Hereafter, along with what is there of remaining pleasures, is better than this present life and longer lasting.

Verse 18

إِنَّ هَٰذَا لَفِي الصُّحُفِ الْأُولَىٰ

Indeed, what you have been told in this sūrah is from that which was affirmed in meaning in the scriptures that were revealed before the Qurʾān…

Verse 19

صُحُفِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمُوسَىٰ

…the scriptures of Ibrāhīm and Mūsá, may Allāh increase them in protection from all faults and harms.



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