Assalamualaikum, here’s a brief introduction to Surah At Tariq. It is the 86th chapter of the Quran and the English meaning of this surah is The Piercing Star”, “The Nightcomer”, or literally “The Knocker”. It is a Meccan surah consisting of 17 ayats or verses.
It was narrated from Jabir bin Samurah that : The Prophet (saws) used to recite “By the heaven holding the big stars” and: “By the heaven, and At-Tariq (the night-comer, i.e. the bright star)” and similar surahs in Zuhr and ‘Asr. Grade : Hasan (Darussalam) Reference : Sunan an-Nasa’i 979 In-book reference : Book 11, Hadith 104
This surah can be divided into two main subjects, 1. Resurrection and 2. The Holy Qur’an and its value.
Below you can read surah Al-Tariq with transliteration and translation. After that the English Tafsir by Ibn Kathir is provided if you like to learn details of this surah in depth.
Read Surah At-Tariq Transliteration
Bismillah Hir Rahman Nir Raheem
In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious and The Most Merciful
1. By the sky and the night comer –
Wa maaa adraaka mattaariq
2. And what can make you know what is the night comer?
3. It is the piercing star –
In kullu nafsil lammaa ‘alaihaa haafiz
4. There is no soul but that it has over it a protector.
Falyanthuri al-insanumimma khuliq
5. So let man observe from what he was created.
Khuliqa mim maaa’in daafiq
6. He was created from a fluid, ejected,
Yakhruju min bayni assulbi wattara-ib
7. Emerging from between the backbone and the ribs.
Innahoo ‘alaa raj’ihee laqaadir
8. Indeed, Allah, to return him [to life], is Able.
Yawma tubla assara-ir
9. The Day when secrets will be put on trial,
Famaa lahoo min quwwatinw wa laa naasir
10. Then man will have no power or any helper.
Wassama-i thati arrajAA
11. By the sky which returns [rain]
Wal ardi zaatis sad’
12. And [by] the earth which cracks open,
Innahu laqawlun fasl
13. Indeed, the Qur’an is a decisive statement,
Wa maa huwa bil hazl
14. And it is not amusement.
Innahum yakeedoona kayda
15. Indeed, they are planning a plan,
Wa akeedu kaidaa
16. But I am planning a plan.
Famahhilil kaafireena amhilhum ruwaidaa
17. So allow time for the disbelievers. Leave them awhile.
Tafsir and Benefits of Surah At Tariq
Ibn Kathir world famous mufassir has provided one of the most popular interpretations of the Holy Quran. His work titled, Tafseer al-Qurʾan Al-Azeem links hadith and sayings of Prophet Muhammad to verses of the Quran.
The Virtues of Surat At-Tariq
An-Nasa’i recorded that Jabir said, “Mu`adh lead the Maghrib prayer and he recited Al-Baqarah and An-Nisa’. So the Prophet said, (Are you putting the people to trial O Mu`adh! Was it not sufficient for you to recite As-Sama’i wat-Tariq, and Ash-Shamsi wa Duhaha, and something like them)
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
(1. By the heaven, and At-Tariq;)
(2. And what will make you to know what At-Tariq is)
(3. The star, Ath-Thaqib.)
(4. There is no human being but has a protector over him.)
(5. So, let man see from what he is created!)
(6. He is created from a water gushing forth,)
(7. Proceeding from between the backbone and the ribs.)
(8. Verily, He is Able to bring him back!)
(9. The Day when all the secrets will be examined.)
(10. Then he will have no power, nor any helper.)
Swearing by the Existence of Humanity surrounded by the Organized System of Allah
Allah swears by the heaven and what He has placed in it of radiant stars. Thus, He says, (By the heaven, and At-Tariq;) Then He says, (And what will make you to know what At-Tariq is) Then He explains it by His saying, (The star of Ath-Thaqib.) Qatadah and others have said, “The star has been named Tariq because it is only seen at night and it is hidden during the day.” His view is supported by what has been mentioned in the authentic Hadith that prohibits a man to come to his family Taruq. This means that he comes to them unexpectedly at nighttime. Concerning Allah’s statement, (Ath-Thaqib.) Ibn `Abbas said, “The illuminating.” `Ikrimah said, “It is illuminating and it burns the Shaytan” Then Allah says, (There is no human being but has a protector over him.) meaning, every soul has a guardian over it from Allah that protects it from the calamities. This is as Allah says, (For Him, there are angels in succession, before and behind him. They guard him by the command of Allah.) (13:11)
How Man is created is a Proof of Allah’s Ability to Return Him to Him
Allah says, (So, let man see from what he is created!) This is alerting man to the weakness of his origin from which he was created. The intent of it is to guide man to accept (the reality of) the Hereafter, because whoever is able to begin the creation then he is also able to repeat it in the same way.
This is as Allah says, (And He it is Who originates the creation, then He will repeat it; and this is easier for Him.) (30:27)
Then Allah says, (He is created from a water gushing forth.) meaning, the sexual fluid that comes out bursting forth from the man and the woman.
Thus, the child is produced from both of them by the permission of Allah. Due to this Allah says, (Proceeding from between the backbone and the ribs.) meaning, the backbone (or loins) of the man and the ribs of the woman, which is referring to her chest.
Shabib bin Bishr reported from Ikrimah who narrated from Ibn `Abbas that he said, (Proceeding from between the backbone and the ribs.) “The backbone of the man and the ribs of the woman. It (the fluid) is yellow and fine in texture. The child will not be born except from both of them (i.e., their sexual fluids).” Concerning Allah’s statement, (Verily, He is Able to bring him back (to life)!)
This means that He is able to return this man that is created from fluid gushed forth. In other words, He is able to repeat his creation and resurrect him to the final abode. This is clearly possible, because whoever is able to begin the creation then he surely is able to repeat it. Indeed Allah has mentioned this proof in more than one place in the Qur’an.
On the Day of Judgement, Man will have no Power or Assistance
In this regard Allah says, (The Day when all the secrets will be examined.) meaning, on the Day of Judgement the secrets will be tested. This means that they will be exposed and made manifest. Thus, the secret will be made open and that which is concealed will be well known.
It is confirmed in the Two Sahihs on the authority of Ibn `Umar that the Messenger of Allah said, (Every betrayer will have a flag raised for him behind his back, and it will be said, `This is the betrayal of so-and-so, the son of so-and-so.’) Concerning Allah’s statement, (Then he will have no) meaning, man on the Day of Judgement. (any power) meaning, within himself. (nor any helper.) meaning, from other than himself.
This statement means that he will not be able to save himself from the torment of Allah, and nor will anyone else be able to save him.
Second Half Of Surah At-Tariq
(11. By the sky which gives rain, again and again.)
(12. And the earth which splits.)
(13. Verily, this is the Word that separates.)
(14. And it is not a thing for amusement.)
(15. Verily, they are but plotting a plot.)
(16. And I am planning a plan.)
(17. So, give a respite to the disbelievers; deal gently with them for a while.)
Swearing to the Truthfulness of the Qur’an and the Failure of Those Who oppose it
Ibn `Abbas said, “Ar-raj` means rain.” It has also been narrated from him that he said, “It means the clouds that contain rain.”
He also said, (By the sky (having rain clouds) which gives rain, again and again.) “This means that it rains and then it rains (again).” Qatadah said, “It returns the sustenance of the servants (creatures) every year. Were it not for this, they would all be destroyed and so would their cattle.” (And the earth which splits.) Ibn `Abbas said, “Splitting to bring forth plant growths.” This was also said by Sa`id bin Jubayr, `Ikrimah, Abu Malik, Ad-Dahhak, Al-Hasan, Qatadah, As-Suddi and others.
Concerning Allah’s statement, (Verily, this is the Word that separates.) Ibn `Abbas said (Fasl is), “True.” Qatadah also said the same. Someone else said, “A just ruling.” (And it is not a thing for amusement.) meaning, rather it is serious and true.
Then Allah informs about the disbelievers saying that they reject Him and hinder others from His path. Allah says, (Verily, they are but plotting a plot.) meaning, they plot against the people in their calling them to oppose the Qur’an.
Then Allah says, (So, give a respite to the disbelievers;) meaning, wait for them and do not be in haste concerning them. (deal gently with them for a while.) meaning, a little while.
This means that you will see what befalls them of torment, punishment and destruction. This is as Allah says, (We let them enjoy for a little while, then in the end We shall oblige them to (enter) a great torment.) (31:24)
This is the end of the Tafsir Surat At-Tariq, and unto Allah is all praise and thanks.