Al-Fajr (surah)

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Sura 89 of the Quran
The Dawn
Other namesDaybreak
No. of verses30
No. of words139
No. of letters584
I. Fajr, II. Dhuhr, III. Asr, IV. Maghrib, V. Isha'a[1][circular reference]
The ruins of the Ubarite oasis and its collapsed well-spring

Sūrat al-Fajr (Arabic: سورة الفجر‎, “The Dawn”, “Daybreak”) is the eighty-ninth chapter (sura) of the Quran with 30 verses.[3] The sura describes destruction of disbelieving peoples: the Ancient Egyptians, the people of Iram of the Pillars, and Mada'in Saleh. It condemns those who love wealth and look with disdain upon the poor and orphans. Righteous people are promised Paradise – the final verse says "And enter you My Paradise!". The Surah is so designated after the word wal-fajr with which it opens.[4]

Period of revelation[edit]

Surahs in the Qur'an are not arranged in the chronological order of revelation[5] because order of wahy or chronological order of revelation is not a part of Quran. Muhammad told his followers sahaba the placement in Quranic order of every Wahy revealed along with the original text of Quran.[6] Wm Theodore de Bary, an East Asian studies expert, describes that "The final process of collection and codification of the Quran text was guided by one over-arching principle: God's words must not in any way be distorted or sullied by human intervention. For this reason, no serious attempt, apparently, was made to edit the numerous revelations, organize them into thematic units, or present them in chronological order....".[7][8] Surat Al-Fajr is a Meccan sura[9] and meccan suras are chronologically earlier suras that were revealed to Muhammad at Mecca before the hijrah to Medina in 622 CE. They are typically shorter, with relatively short ayat, and mostly come near the end of the Qur'an's 114 surahs. Most of the surahs containing muqatta'at are Meccan. Henceforth apart from traditions, this surah qualifies to be Meccan typically. According to Yusuf Ali, Al-Fajr may be placed in the dating period close to Surat Al-Lail and Ad-Dhuha.

Asbāb al-nuzūl[edit]

Asbāb al-nuzūl (occasions or circumstances of revelation) is a secondary genre of Qur'anic exegesis (tafsir) directed at establishing the context in which specific verses of the Qur'an were revealed. Though of some use in reconstructing the Qur'an's historicity, asbāb is by nature an exegetical rather than a historiographical genre, and as such usually associates the verses it explicates with general situations rather than specific events. According of the mufassirūn this surah was revealed at Mecca, at a stage when opposition to Muhammad had grown to the stage of persecution of new muslim coverts .[10]

According to an interpretation expounded on in the tafsīr (commentary) written by Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi (d. 1979) entitled Tafhim al-Qur'an,

"Its contents show that it was revealed at the stage when persecution of the new converts to Islam had begun in Makkah. On that very basis the people of Makkah have been warned of the evil end of the tribes of ʿĀd and Thamud and of Pharaoh." —Abul A'la Maududi

Surah Al-Fajr in hadith[edit]

Hadīṯ (حديث) is literally "speech"; recorded saying or tradition of Muhammad validated by isnad; with sira these comprise the sunnah and reveal shariah. Hadith have been called "the backbone" of Islamic civilization,[11] and within that religion the authority of hadith as a source for religious law and moral guidance ranks second only to that of the Qur'an. This surah appears in a hadith which recommend its recitation in Salah.

Theme of the surah[edit]

There are almost seven divisions in the Qur'an according to Themes.[13][14] The last of these seven sections goes from surah Al-Mulk [surah number 67] to surah Al-Nas [surah number 114].[15] This final part [last seventh of the Quran] focuses on sources of reflection, people, final scenes they will face on Judgment Day and hellfire and paradise in general[16] and admonition to the Quraysh about their fate in the present and the hereafter if they deny Muhammad, specifically.[17]. This surah Al-Fajr forms a pair with the next one Al-Balad. The central theme of both the surahs is to reprimand the leaders of the Quraysh for the rebellious attitude and arrogant behavior they have adopted with regard to Allah and their fellow human beings after being bestowed with favors and riches[18].

Subject Matter[edit]

The surah opens with various oaths which extend upto the 4th ayah. Unbelievers are warned by the fate of Ád, Thamúd, and Pharaoh in ayaat 5th upto 13th[19]. Then the surah discusses that Man praises God in prosperity, but reproaches him in adversity in ayaat 14th to 17th. The discourse then denounces the oppression of the poor in ayaat 18th to 22nd. And approaching the end ayaat 23rd to 25th give the verdict that the wicked will vainly regret their evil deeds on the judgment-day, while ayaat 26th to the 30th gives the good news to the believing soul invited to the joys of Paradise[20].


  1. ^ Salat
  2. ^ Ramesses II
  3. ^ Al-Fajr at
  4. ^ Al Fajr at Tafhim al-Qur'an in English
  5. ^ Robinson, Neal (2003). Discovering the Qur'an: A Contemporary Approach to a Veiled Text (PDF). Georgetown University Press. pp. 25–97. ISBN 1589010248.
  6. ^ Israr Ahmed – Bayan-ul-Quran – Introduction
  7. ^ Approaches to the Asian Classics, Irene Bloom, Wm Theodore de Bary, Columbia University Press, 1990, p. 65 ISBN 0231070055, 9780231070058
  8. ^ Eastern Canons.
  9. ^ Quran Verses in Chronological Order
  10. ^ Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi (d. 1979) Tafhim al-Qur'an
  11. ^ J.A.C. Brown, Misquoting Muhammad, 2014: p.6
  12. ^ Sunan Al-Nasa'i 997 In-book reference : Book 11, Hadith 122 English translation : Vol. 2, Book 11, Hadith 998
  13. ^ Abdul Nasir Jangda - Tafsir lectures - Bayyinah Institute, 2300 Valley View ln. Suite 500 Irving, TX 75062
  14. ^ Tadabbur-i-Quran#Contents
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^
  17. ^ Esposito, John, ed. (2003), "Islahi, Amin Ahsan", The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-512558-4
  18. ^ Javed Ahmad Ghamidi
  19. ^ Muhammad Farooq-i-Azam Malik (translator), Al-Qur'an, the Guidance for Mankind - English with Arabic Text (Hardcover) ISBN 0-911119-80-9
  20. ^ Sale, G., A Comprehensive Commentary on the Quran, (1896)

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