81. Takweer

Syed Abu-Ala' Maududi's Chapter Introductions to the Quran


It is derived from the word kuwwirat in the first verse. Kuwwirat is passive voice from takvir in the past tense and means "that which is folded up" thereby implying that it is a Sura in which the "folding up" has been mentioned

Period of Revelation

The subject matter and the style clearly show that it is one of the earliest Suras 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 been mentioned when the sun will lose its light the stars will scatter the mountains will be uprooted and will disperse the people will become heedless of their dearest possessions the beasts of the jungle will be stupefied and will gather together and the seas will boil up. Then in the next seven verses the second stage has been described when the souls will be reunited with the bodies the records will be laid open the people will be called to account for their crimes the heavens will be unveiled and Hell and Heaven will be brought into full view. After depicting the Hereafter thus man has been left to ponder his own self and deeds saying: "Then each man shall himself know what he has brought with him." After this the theme of Apostleship has been taken up. In this the people of Makkah have been addressed as if to say "Whatever Muhammad (upon whom be Allah's peace and blessings) is presenting before you is not the bragging of a madman nor an evil suggestion inspired by Satan but the word of a noble exalted and trustworthy messenger sent by God whom Muhammad (upon whom be Allah's peace and blessings) has seen with his own eyes in the bright horizon of the clear sky in broad day light. Whither then are you going having turned away from this teaching?"

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