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Sura 51 of the Quran
The Winnowing Winds
Other namesThe Scatterers, The Dust-Scattering Winds, Drivers of the Winds
PositionJuzʼ 26, 27
No. of Rukus3
No. of verses60
No. of words360
No. of letters1546

adh-Dhāriyāt (Arabic: الذاريات‎, "The Winnowing Winds") is the 51st chapter (surah) of the Qur'an with 60 verses (ayat). It mentions Abraham, Noah, the day of judgment and otherwise reiterates the essential Quranic message.


According to Neuwirth’s literary analysis, as related through Ernst,[1] sura 51, like many early Meccan suras, consists of a tripartite structure: I, 1– 23; II, 24– 46; III, 47– 60. These three sections are corroborated in a 2016 translation, The Clear Quran, which breaks the entire Quran into smaller thematic sections, can be further broken down as follows:

  1. Rider oaths (9 verses) and end-times with double portraits (14 verses), including four thematic sections in the Clear Quran entitled, "Judgement is inevitable," "Warning to the Deniers," "Good News for the Devout," and "God's Signs in creation."[2]

(1-9) By the winnowing winds, the burden-bearers, the ones that run with ease, etc.

(10-23) They Ask: When will the Day of Judgment be? A Day when they are tried . . .
Truly, the ones who are Godfearing will be in the Garden and springs, . . .
On the earth are signs, for the ones that are certain and in yourselves. . . .

  1. The discourse of guests of Abraham (14 verses) and four other prophets (9 verses), including six thematic sections in the Clear Quran titled according to the prophet mentioned in the corresponding verses.[3]

(24-37) Truly, approached you the discourse of the guests of Abraham . . .
They said: Be not in awe. They gave him good tidings of a knowing boy. . . .
They said: That we were sent to a folk, ones who sin, to send on them rocks . . .

(38-46) And in Moses, then, We sent him to Pharaoh with a clear authority. . . .
And in Ad, when We sent against them the withering wind. It forsakes not . . .
And in Thamud, when it was said to them: Take joy for a while. Yet they defied . . .
And the folk of Noah from before. Truly, they had been a folk, ones who disobey.

  1. God’s creation (7 verses) and a warning (7 verses), including five thematic sections in the Clear Quran such as "God's Power of Creation," and "Warning to the Deniers."[4]

(47-53) And We built the heaven with potency. —

(54-60) So turn you away from them that you be not one who is reproached. —


  1. ^ Ernst, Carl W. (2011-12-05). How to Read the Qur'an: A New Guide, with Select Translations (p. 213). The University of North Carolina Press. Kindle Edition.
  2. ^ The Clear Quran, Mustafa Khattab 2016
  3. ^ The Clear Quran, Mustafa Khattab 2016
  4. ^ The Clear Quran, Mustafa Khattab 2016

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