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  Sura 90 of the Quran  
سورة البلد
Sūrat al-Balad
The City

Arabic text · English translation

Classification Meccan
Other names (Eng.) The Countryside, The Land
Position Juz' 30
Structure 20 verses

Sūrat al-Balad (Arabic: البلدal-balad, "The City, This Country") is the 90th sura of the Qur'an with 20 ayat. The surah that opens with the emphatic oath of the Divine One swearing by the City.[1] The addressed issues in this surah are said to be compressed beautifully into precise compact words.[2] The surah gives exclusive[3] permission[4] to Muhammad to fight in the sacred city of Mecca due to excessive tyranny against him by the disbelievers.[5] Then the Surah highlights the submissive trait of human nature that Man, though created in misery, yet boasts of his riches.[6] Eventually surah closes with the description of the companions of the right and left hand i.e the good and the bad people and the punishment of the bad ones.


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  2. ^ Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi was a widely read and very influential, a 20th-century Islamist political philosopher, journalist, Islamic scholar, Muslim revivalist leader (1903–1979), in his tafsir Tafhim al-Qur'an Lahore: Islamic Publications, Ltd. (1981)
  3. ^ Sahih Muslim 1354 In-book reference: Book 15, Hadith 508 USC-MSA web (English) reference  : Book 7, Hadith 3141
  4. ^ Tafsir Ibn Kathir
  5. ^ Muhammad Farooq-i-Azam Malik (translator), Al-Qur'an, the Guidance for Mankind - English with Arabic Text
  6. ^ Mohammed, The Quran, vol. 4 [1896] Editor: Rev. Elwood Morris Wherry Translator: George Sale CHAPTER XC.: ENTITLED SURAT AL BALAD (THE TERRITORY)

External links[edit]

  • Surah Al-Balad (Complete text in Arabic with English and French translations)
  • [1] – Audio Tafsir and commentary of Surah al-Balad Part 1 of 2 by Nouman Ali Khan
  • [2] – Audio Tafsir and commentary of Surah al-Balad Part 2 of 2 by Nouman Ali Khan
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