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  Sura 81 of the Quran  
The Overthrowing

Arabic text · English translation

Classification Meccan
Other names The Cessation, The Darkening, The Rolling, The turning into a sphere
Position Juzʼ 30
No. of verses 29
No. of words 104
No. of letters 435

Sūrat at-Takwīr (Arabic: سورة التكوير‎‎, “The Overthrowing”, literally “The Turning Into a Sphere”) is the eighty-first sura of the Qur'an with 29 ayat. It tells about signs of the coming of the day of judgement. Some of these signs include the following: (a) When the sun is shrouded in darkness (turns into a sphere) (b) When the stars lose their light (c) When the mountains are made to vanish (d) When the seas boil over (e) when the she camel about to give birth is left untended.

The condemnation of female infanticide was revealed in ayat 8,9 of this Sura: "And when the female (infant) buried alive (as the pagan Arabs used to do) shall be questioned: (8) For what sin she was killed? (9)"


  • Whoever wants to see the Qiyamah with his/her eyes should read the verses of at-Takwir, al-Infitar and al-Inshiqaq.” [1]
  • Imam Ahmad recorded from Ibn Umar that the Messenger of Allah said, "Whoever wishes to look at the Day of Judgement as if he is seeing it with his own eyes, then let him read (When the sun is turned into a sphere.) (81:1) and; (When the heaven is cleft asunder.) (82:1) and; (When the heaven is split asunder.) (84:1))."[2]

English Translation[edit]

At-Takwīr The turning into a sphere

1. When the sun is turned into a sphere (wrapped up)
2. And when the stars lose their light
3. And when the mountains are blown
4. And when pregnant camels are neglected
5. And when the wild beasts are gathered
6. And when the seas are boiled
7. And when the souls are paired
8. And when the girl buried alive is asked
9. For what sin was she killed
10. And when the pages are published
11. And when the sky is stripped off
12. And when the hell is made ravenous
13. And when the paradise is brought near
14. Then A soul knows what it has brought forth
15. So I (God) swear by the retreating stars
16. That runs and disappears
17. And the night when it approaches
18. And the day when it breathes
19. It is the word of a noble messenger (Gabriel)
20. Of power with the owner of the throne, secure
21. Obeyed and trustworthy
22. And your companion (Muhammad) is not mad
23. And he (Muhammad) has seen him (Gabriel) in the clear horizon
24. And he (Muhammad) is not a keeper of the unseen
25. And It is not the word of an expelled devil
26. So where are you going?
27. It is but a reminder to the worlds
28. For who wills among you to be on straight path
29. And you do not will unless the God of the worlds wills


  1. ^ (Tirmidhi, Tafsir: 81- Ahmad: 2/27, 36,100-5/452)
  2. ^ This is mentioned in Tafsir ibn kathir, Likewise, At-Tirmidhi has also recorded this Hadith.

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