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Holy Quran Section > English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran by Maulana Muhammad Ali (Table of Contents) > Chapter 72 (Al-Jinn- The Jinn) > Section 2 (Verses 20 to 28)


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Section/Ruku 2 [Verses 20 to 28]: Protection of Revelation:
Chapter 72: (Al-Jinn: The Jinn)
(Revealed at Makkah: 2 sections; 28 verses)

1. Translation:

20 Say: I only call upon my Lord, and associate naught with Him.

21 Say: I control not evil nor good for you.

22 Say: None can protect me against Allah, nor can I find any refuge besides Him:

23 (Mine is naught) but to deliver (the command) of Allah and His messages. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, surely for him is the Fire of hell, to abide therein for ages,

24 Till when they see that which they are promised, they will know who is weaker in helpers and less in numbers.a

25 Say: I know not whether that which you are promised is nigh or if my Lord will appoint for it a distant term.

26 The Knower of the unseen, so He makes His secrets known to none,

27 Except a messenger whom He chooses.a For surely He makes a guard to go before him and after him,

28 That He may know that they have truly delivered the messages of their Lord; and He encompasses what is with them, and He keeps account of all things.a

 2. Commentary:

24a. As a human being left to himself without a friend, without helper, rejected at home and cruelly treated abroad (as he was at Ta’if, to which period this chapter belongs), he thus poured out his heart, in this state of utter helplessness: "O Lord, I make y complaint unto Thee of my helplessness and frailty and of my insignificance before mankind. But Thou art the Lord of the poor and feeble, and Thou art my Lord. Into whose hands wilt Thou abandon me? Into the hands of the strangers that beset me round about? Or of the enemy Thou hast given at home to have the mastery over me? . . . I seek for refuge in the light of Thy countenance . . ." (Muir in Life of Muhammad). Now contrast with it the revelation which he received just then, which speaks of the opponents of Truth who would soon be brought low — they will know who is weaker in helpers and less in numbers. The source of the Holy Prophet’s revelation was other than his own heart, for the same heart could not simultaneously vent feelings of utter helplessness and weakness and those of unbounded confidence in his ultimate triumph. [Back to verse 24]

27a. That the overthrow of opposition to the great message of Truth was certain is stated in v. 24. This is followed by a statement in v. 25 that the Prophet did not know whether this overthrow would come soon or whether it would come in the distant future, but Truth must triumph. And the law is stated now that God makes known His will, the unseen, the Truth, by His messenger, to convey that Truth to other people. It is God’s message and it must be delivered in spite of all opposition. The Divine purpose is accomplished by sending a guard, before and after the messenger, to protect him against all onslaughts, as is made clear in the words that follow. [Back to verse 27]

28a. Note the firm tone of these revelations under the disheartening circumstances to which attention has been drawn in 24a. Such words could not proceed from any but a Divine source — the message must be delivered, Allah encompasses all, nothing is out of His reach. [Back to verse 28]

 

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