The Most High
|Other names (Eng.)||Glory to Your Lord in the Highest, The All-Highest|
|Position||Juz' 30 ʿAmma yatasāʾalūna|
Sūrat al-Aʿlā (Arabic: سورة الأعلى Sūrat al-Aʿlà, "The Most High, Glory To Your Lord In The Highest") is the 87th sura of the Qur'an with 19 ayat. Al-Ala describes the Islamic view of existence, the Oneness of Allah, and Divine revelation, additionally mentioning rewards and punishments. Mankind often hides things from each other and from themselves as well. The sura reminds us that Allah knows the things that are declared and things that lie hidden. The final verse of this Sura affirms that a similar message was also revealed to Abraham and Moses in their scriptures.
Imam Muslim relates that Muhammad used to read this surah and surah 88, (Al-Ghashiya), in Eid prayers and also in Friday prayers. If one of the festivals fell on a Friday, Muhammad would have been sure to read these two surahs in the prayers. This is the Makkan sura, first 7 Ayath's (sentences) was revealed in the very first years of Makkan life.
After reading the first aya the Prophet Muhammad said " on the authority of Ibn 'Abbas that he said concerning the interpretation of Allah's saying (Praise the name of thy Lord the Most High). Include this in the prostrations of your prayers."
- Sells, Michael, Approaching The Qur'an, p. 72-73, ISBN 1-883991-69-2
|Wikisource has original text related to this article:|
- Surah Al-Ala (Complete text in Arabic with English and French translations)
- Works by Abdullah Yusuf Ali at Project Gutenberg
- The Holy Qur'an, translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali
- Three translations at Project Gutenberg
- Works by Marmaduke Pickthall at Project Gutenberg
- Al-Ala at Sacred Texts
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