96-The Clot / Al-Alaq:

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

(96:1)   Recite and Read in My name the creator of everything.

(96:2)   I created you from something that looks like a clot of blood clinging.

(96:3)   Recite! I am generous and forgiving.

(96:4)   I taught mankind how to use the pen for writing,

(96:5)   and so I convey My knowledge to people to improve their thinking.

(96:6)   But, people are extremely ungrateful and disobedient,

(96:7)   because they see themselves as self sufficient,

(96:8)   when they will return to Me on the Day of Judgment.

(96:9)   Did you see the tyrant preventing,

(96:10) My servant from praying?

(96:11) My servant who was following My message,

(96:12) and telling people to be afraid of disobeying.

(96:13) How dare he say My message is a lie and turn away running?

(96:14) Doesn’t he know that I am watching?

(96:15) If he doesn’t stop, he will be dragged by his forehead,

(96:16) a lying sinful forehead.

(96:17) Let him call whomever he wants to help him.

(96:18) I will call the guards of Hell to get them.

(96:19) So continue to pray and get closer to Me, and do not listen to him.


Verse 9&10: These verses was revealed referring to one of the leaders of Makkah named Abu Jahal who lead the religious persecution of the early Muslims. He was also very abusive to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. So the primary understanding of these verses is, “Did you see Abu Jahal preventing, My servant Muhammad from praying?” However, God did not mention either by name. So you can read into this chapter the name of any tyrant who is oppressing people for worshiping God and any person or group who are being oppressed. God is threatening them to stop or in the end, they will be punished severely.

Verse 10: The word used in this verse is sometimes translated “servant” and sometimes “slave.” The English term “slave” usually refers to someone who is unwillingly trapped under another’s authority. This is not what is meant here. The Arabic verse coveys both the idea of willing service and ownership. In other words, oppressing and hurting those who serve God is a direct assault on God because His people belong to Him.

Like our Plain English Quran Translation on Facebook to get the latest updates!
Disclaimer: The focus of this site is to provide a comprehensive and deep understanding of the Quran's message, and do so in a manner that is engaging and accessible to the average reader.  Every translation involves compromises, and the content on this site is no different. However, every effort was made to capture as much of the spirit and message of the Quran as possible, relying on the most respected and accepted classical scholarly texts in the field. God willing, the material on this site can be relied upon as a solid beginning on the journey towards understanding the Quran as it was revealed in its classical Arabic. If you have a question as to why a certain verse was translated a certain way, the answer can usually be found in: Fath Al-Qadeer by Imam Al-Shawkani, or feel free to E-mail us your questions.
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