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  Sura 66 of the Quran  
سورة التحريم
Sūrat al-Taḥrīm
The Banning

Arabic text · English translation

Classification Medinan
Other names (Eng.) The Prohibition, THe Forbidding
Position Juz' 28
Structure 12 verses

Surat At-Tahrim (Arabic: سورة التحريم‎) (Banning, Prohibition) is the 66th sura of the Quran and contains 12 verses.[1] This is a Surah which deals with questions regarding Muhammad's wives.[2][3]

Symmetrical Substructure[edit]

A common feature of the Quran recitation are circular patterns which emerge from within the wider narrative. In surah 66 At-Tahrim we find an A B C D X D' C' B' A' chiasm or concentric looping substructure centred on verse 8 emerging from the discord between the Prophet and his wives mentioned in verses 1-4.

A (Verse 1-4) : The new wife and source of disagreement in verse 1-4 is called Maria and her name and the mention of the Angel Gabriel is reflected in the angelic apparition to Mary, mother of Jesus, in verse 12.

B (verse 5) : Wives believing and obedient, penitent, worshiping, and given to fasting, be they previously married is reflected in the wife of Pharaoh in verse 11 the exemplar of women of faith.

C (verse 6) : Save your family from a fire whose fuel is men and stones is reflected in God's command to Lot in verse 10 which exemplifies the disbelieving women.

D (verse 7) : The punishment for disbelief is reflected in the refuge of Hell in verse 9.

X (verse 8) : The central motif stressing three themes of forgiveness, paradise and light.

D' (verse 9) : Unbelievers and hypocrites in the abode of Hell

C' (verse 10) : Disbelieving wives of Prophet's Lot and Noah exemplified.

B' (verse 11) : Believing women exemplified in Asia the wife of Pharaoh.

A' (verse 12): Mary exemplifies the angelic nature of obedient women.


External links[edit]

  • Surah At-Tahrim (Complete text in Arabic with English and French translations)

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