90-The Sacred Land of Makkah / Al-Balad:

In God’s Name, whose Mercy is Great and Continuous:

(90:1)   I swear by this sacred land,

(90:2)   and you are free in this sacred land,

(90:3)   and I swear by Adam and his children,

(90:4)   that I created mankind for a world of hardships to live in.

(90:5)   Do they think that no one can hold them accountable for what they are doing?

(90:6)   They say, “Look at all of the money we have been spending.”

(90:7)   Do they think that no one is watching?

(90:8)   Didn’t I create their eyes, and know what they are seeing?

(90:9)   Didn’t I create their tongue and lips, and know what they are saying?

(90:10) Didn’t I teach them right from wrong, and know what they will be choosing?

(90:11) So why don’t they start down the hard road climbing?

(90:12) And how will they understand what the hard road is?

(90:13) It is to free someone enslaved,

(90:14) or to feed others on a day of famine,

(90:15) an orphan relative,

(90:16) or a poor stranger,

(90:17) and to be among those who believe, encourage each other to be patient and encourage each other to be merciful.

(90:18) On the Day of Judgment, they will receive their book of good deeds in their right hand and go on to Heaven.

(90:19) If they reject My warning, they will get their book in their left hand,

(90:20) fire will engulf them and lock them in.


This chapter was revealed when the Muslims were being persecuted in Makkah for their faith. In verse two, God informed them that they would win and a time would come when they would practice their faith freely in the area. This verse is one of the predictions revealed in the Quran that came true later.

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1- The Opening / Al-Fatihah

2-The Cow - Part 1
2-The Cow - Part 2
2-The Cow - Part 3
2-The Cow - Part 4
2-The Cow - Part 5
2-The Cow - Part 6
2-The Cow - Part 7
18-The Cave / Al-Kahf
19-Mary Mother of Jesus / Maryam
24-The Light 35-40
29-The Spider
67-God's Kingdom / Al-Mulk
68-The Pen / Al-Qalam

69-Day of Accountability / Al-Haqqah
70-The Levels / Al-Ma'arij:
71- Noah / Nuh
72- The Jinn / Al-Jinn
73-Wrapped with Responsibility / Al-Muzzammil

74-Get out of Bed / Al-Muddaththir

75-Day of Resurrection / Al-Qiyamah

76-Humanity / Al-Insan

77-What I send / Mursalat

78-The News / An-Naba

79-The Angels Who Pull Out Your Souls / An-Naziat

80-He Frowned / Abasa

81-When the Sun Collapses and Dies / At-Takwir

82-The Tearing / Al-Infitar

83-The Cheaters / Al-Mutaffifin

84-Ripped Open / Al-Inshiqaq
85-The Constellations / Al-Buruj

86-The Brilliant Stars / At-Tariq
87-The Most High / Al-A'la
88-The Overhelming Day / Al-Ghashiyah
89-The Dawn / Al-Fajr
90-The Sacred Land of Makkah / Al-Balad
91-The Sun / Ash-Shams
92-The Night / Al-Lail
93-Morning / Ad-Duha
94-Insight and Understanding / Ash-Sharh
95-The Fig / At-Teen
96-The Clot / Al-Alaq
97-The Night of Destiny / Al-Qadr
98-Clear Evidence / Al-Bayyinah

99-The Earthquake / Al-Zalzalah
100-Running Horses /Al-Adiyat
101-Terrifying / Al-Qariah
102-Collecting Things / Al-Takathur
103-Time / Asr
104-Backbiting / Al-Humazah
105-The Elephant / Al-Feel
106-The Tribe of Quraish / Quraish
107-Small Assistance / Al-Ma'un
108-A River in Paradise Called Kauthar / Al-Kauthar
109-Those Who Reject the Truth
110-My Support / Al-Nasr
111-Twisted Braided Rope / Al-Masad
112-Pure Intention / Al-Ikhlas
113-Daybreak / Al-Falaq
114-People / Al-Nas