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Surah At-Takwir

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Maududi's Commentry (Tafseer) on Surah At-Takwir

Mecca Mecca (7)
29Total Ayat: 29
1Total Ruku: 1

Name

It is derived from the word kuwwirat in the first verse. Kuwwirat ispassive voice from takvir in the past tense, and means "that which isfolded up", thereby implying that it is a Surah in which the "foldingup" has been mentioned:

Period of Revelation

The subject matter and the style clearly show that it is one of theearliest Surahs to be revealed at Makkah.

Theme and Subject Matter

It has two themes: the Hereafter and the institution of Apostleship.

In the first six verses the first stage of the Resurrection has beenmentioned when the sun will lose its light, the stars will scatter,the mountains will be uprooted and will disperse, the people willbecome heedless of their dearest possessions, the beasts of the junglewill be stupefied and will gather together, and the seas will boil up.Then in the next seven verses the second stage has been described whenthe souls will be reunited with the bodies, the records will be laidopen, the people will be called to account for their crimes, theheavens will be unveiled, and Hell and Heaven will be brought intofull view. After depicting the Hereafter thus, man has been left toponder his own self and deeds, saying: "Then each man shall himselfknow what he has brought with him."

After this the theme ofApostleship has been taken up. In this the people of Makkah have beenaddressed, as if to say "Whatever Muhammad (upon whom be Allah's peaceand blessings) is presenting before you, is not the bragging of amadman, nor an evil suggestion inspired by Satan, but the word of anoble, exalted and trustworthy messenger sent by God, whom Muhammad(upon whom be Allah's peace and blessings) has seen with his own eyesin the bright horizon of the clear sky in broad day light. Whitherthen are you going having turned away from this teaching?"

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