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


Verse 1

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
أَرَأَيْتَ الَّذِي يُكَذِّبُ بِالدِّينِ ١

Have you seen the state of the one who disbelieves in the Resurrection and Reckoning?

Verse 2

فَذَٰلِكَ الَّذِي يَدُعُّ الْيَتِيمَ ٢

So then that is the one who, due to the harshness and roughness of his heart, drives away, with roughness and severity, orphans–those who are young when their fathers die–from the rights due to them.

Verse 3

وَلَا يَحُضُّ عَلَىٰ طَعَامِ الْمِسْكِينِ ٣

And he does not urge others to feed those in need, those who do not have enough to suffice themselves or take care of their needs. So how would he himself feed them?

Verses 4

فَوَيْلٌ لِلْمُصَلِّينَ ٤

So then [there] is a severe punishment for those who pray….

Verse 5

الَّذِينَ هُمْ عَنْ صَلَاتِهِمْ سَاهُونَ ٥

…those who are oblivious about their prayers, not praying them properly, nor performing them at their [appointed] times;

Verse 6

الَّذِينَ هُمْ يُرَاءُونَ ٦

those who make an outward show of good deeds, putting up a pretence [of righteousness] to people;

Verse 7

وَيَمْنَعُونَ الْمَاعُونَ ٧

and they hold back [from] lending what does not hurt to lend, from containers and other than that. So they neither did well in worshipping their Lord, nor did they do good to His creation.

Source: Al-Tafsīr Al-Muyassar. King Fahd Qurʾān Printing Complex. Madīnah: 1434 H.