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Surah Asr Ayat 1 in Arabic Text

وَٱلْعَصْرِ
Wal ‘asr

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 1

Sahih International
By time,

Yusuf Ali
By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),

Abul Ala Maududi
By the time!

Muhsin Khan
By Al-‘Asr (the time).

Pickthall
By the declining day,

Dr. Ghali
And (by) the afternoon! (Or: time).

Abdel Haleem
By the declining day,

Quran 103 Verse 1 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Asr ayat 1, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(103:1) By the time!


There is no commentary by Abul Maududi available for this verse.

Ibn-Kathir

1. By Al-`Asr. 2. Verily, man is in loss. 3. Except those who believe and do righteous deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience.


Al-`Asr is the time in which the movements of the Children of Adam occur, whether good or evil.

Malik narrated from Zayd bin Aslam that he said, “It is the evening.” However, the first view is the popular opinion. Thus, Allah swears by this, that man is in Khusr, which means in loss and destruction.

﴿إِلاَّ الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ الصَّـلِحَـتِ﴾

(Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds) So Allah makes an exception, among the species of man being in loss, for those who believe in their hearts and work righteous deeds with their limbs.

﴿وَتَوَاصَوْاْ بِالْحَقِّ﴾

(And recommend one another to the truth,) This is to perform acts of obedience and avoid the forbidden things.

﴿وَتَوَاصَوْاْ بِالصَّبْرِ﴾

(And recommend one another to patience.) meaning, with the plots, the evils, and the harms of those who harm people due to their commanding them to do good and forbidding them from evil. This is the end of the Tafsir of Surat Al-`Asr, and all praise and thanks are due to Allah.

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