Al-Ala

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  Sura 87 of the Quran  
سورة الأعلى
Sūrat al-Aʿlā
The Most High

Arabic text · English translation


Classification Meccan
Other names (Eng.) Glory to Your Lord in the Highest, The All-Highest
Position Juz' 30 ʿAmma yatasāʾalūna
Structure 19 verses

Sūrat al-Aʿlā (Arabic: سورة الأعلىSūrat 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.[1]

Surat Al-A'lā is among the most recited suras in the Jummah and Witr prayers.

Hadith[edit]

Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal relates on the authority of Ali bin Abu Talib that the Islamic prophet Muhammad loved this surah.

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."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sells, Michael, Approaching The Qur'an, p. 72-73, ISBN 1-883991-69-2

External links[edit]

Previous sura:
At-Tariq
Surah 87 Next sura:
Al-Ghashiya
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