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Chapter 106:
Al-Quraish — The Quraish:

Revealed at Makkah: 4 verses

English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran by Maulana Muhammad Ali


Introduction:

This chapter is closely connected with the last, and in fact continues the subject matter, reminding the Quraish of the great benefits conferred on them because of their guardianship of the Ka‘bah. For this reason the two chapters were sometimes read together, leading some to think that this is a portion of the previous chapter. The date of revelation is also the same.

Translation:

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

106:1 For the protection of the Quraisha

106:2 Their protection during their journey in the winter and the summer.a

106:3 So let them serve the Lord of this House,

106:4 Who feeds them against hunger, and gives them security against fear.a

Commentary:

1a. Quraish is the name given to the tribe descended from Nadr ibn Kananah. According to some the word Quraish is the diminutive of qarsh, a big animal of the sea, which eats others but is not itself eaten. The Quraish were settled at Makkah and had charge of the Sacred House, to which pilgrims resorted from all parts of Arabia, and therefore, being guardians of the Holy House, they enjoyed special honour among the tribes of Arabia. Moreover Makkah had thus become the centre of Arabia, bringing prosperity to the Quraish.

The first verse of this chapter is connected with the last chapter, the significance being that the Divine protection of the Ka‘bah and the destruction of its enemies was a special favour granted to the Quraish, for it led to their protection. It is a fact that, as stated in the last chapter, being guardians of the Ka‘bah, they were respected when they set out on their journeys, while within the sacred territory they enjoyed an unparalleled security.

2a. The protection mentioned in the last note was of special use to them in their journeys northward to Syria and southward to Yaman, the former of which was undertaken in the summer and the latter in winter, to carry on their trade.

4a. Feeding against hunger and granting security against fear were the two special favours conferred on the Quraish through the sacredness of the Ka‘bah, because the pilgrimage gave a special impetus to their trade and the necessaries of life were brought to their very doors, while they were totally secure from all fear of attack, to which the other Arab tribes were constantly exposed.

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