Al-Hijr (sūrah)

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Sura 15 of the Quran
The Stoneland
Other namesAl-Hijr Valley
PositionJuzʼ 14
Hizb no.27
No. of Rukus6
No. of verses99
No. of Sajdahsnone

Al-ḤijrArabic: الْحِجْر, "The Stoneland" or "The Rocky Tract") is the 15th chapter (sūrah) of the Qur'an. It has 99 verses (āyāt).

Regarding the timing and contextual background of the supposed revelation (asbāb al-nuzūl), it is an earlier "Meccan surah", believed to have been received by Muhammad shortly after the 12th surah (Yusuf), Muhammad's last year in Mecca. It is an early Makki surah, which means that its revelation to Muhammad occurred within the confines of the city of Makkah. Like the other surah of this period, it praises God.

A quality of Makkan-Quran is that the ayat – or the verses – are shorter and the rhyme and writing of the surah is more efficient and quicker.


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