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Surah Qaf Ayat 1 in Arabic Text

قٓ ۚ وَٱلْقُرْءَانِ ٱلْمَجِيدِ
Qaaaf; wal Qur aanil Majeed

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 1

Sahih International
Qaf. By the honored Qur’an…

Yusuf Ali
Qaf: By the Glorious Qur’an (Thou art Allah’s Messenger).

Abul Ala Maududi
Qaf. By the glorious Qur’an.

Muhsin Khan
Qaf. [These letters (Qaf, etc.) are one of the miracles of the Quran, and none but Allah (Alone) knows their meanings]. By the Glorious Quran.

Qaf. By the Glorious Qur’an,

Dr. Ghali
Qaf, (This is the name of a letter of the Arabic alphabet, and only Allah knows its meaning here) and (by) the Ever-Glorious Qur’an!

Abdel Haleem
Qaf By the glorious Quran!

Quran 50 Verse 1 Explanation

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


(50:1) Qaf. By the glorious Qur’an.[1]

1. The word majeed is used for expressing two meanings in Arabic: for expressing the high rank, status, honor and dignity of a person, and for saying that somebody is highly generous, charitable and beneficent. This word has been used for the Quran in both these meanings. The Quran is great and glorious in the sense that no book of the world can be brought up against it. It is a miracle both in its language and literary excellence and in its teaching and wisdom. Humans were helpless to produce the like of it at the time when it was sent down and are likewise helpless even today. Nothing of it could ever be proved wrong in any age, nor can anything of it be proved wrong in the present age. Falsehood can neither attack it from the front nor from the rear nor can defeat it. And it is generous and beneficent in the sense that the more a man goes on trying to gain guidance from it, the more of guidance it goes on giving him. And the more he follows and obeys its commands and instructions, the more he continues to be blessed with good things of the world and the Hereafter. There is no limit to its benefits and advantages where a man may become independent of it, and where it may cease to be beneficial and useful for him.


1. Qaf. By the Glorious Qur’an. 2. Nay, they wonder that there has come to them a warner from among themselves. So the disbelievers say: “This is a strange thing!” 3. “When we are dead and have become dust. (Shall we be resurrected) That is a far return.” 4. We know that which the earth takes of them, and with Us is a Book preserved. 5. Nay, but they have denied the truth when it has come to them, so they are in a Marij state.


(Qaf.) which is one of the letters of the alphabet that are mentioned in the beginning of some Surahs, such as,


(Sad.) (38:1)


(Nun. ) (68:1)

﴿الم ﴾

(Alif Lam Mim.) (2:1),

﴿حـم ﴾

(Ha Mim.) (40:1), and


(Ta Sin) (28:1) and etc., Mujahid and several others said this. We also discussed this in the beginning of the explanation of Surat Al-Baqarah, and therefore, it is not necessary to repeat it here.

The Disbelievers wonder at the Message and Resurrection Allah said,

﴿وَالْقُرْءَانِ الْمَجِيدِ﴾

(By the Glorious Qur’an.) means by the Honorable and Great Qur’an, which,

﴿لاَّ يَأْتِيهِ الْبَـطِلُ مِن بَيْنِ يَدَيْهِ وَلاَ مِنْ خَلْفِهِ تَنزِيلٌ مِّنْ حَكِيمٍ حَمِيدٍ ﴾

(Falsehood cannot come to it from before it or behind it: (it is) sent down by the All-Wise, Worthy of all praise.)(41:42) The subject of the oath contained in this Ayah is specified afterwards, even though it does not appear by word, emphasizing prophethood, resurrection and affirming that they are true. There are similar kinds of oaths in the Qur’an, whose subject is included in the meaning but not by word, such as,

﴿ص وَالْقُرْءَانِ ذِى الذِّكْرِ – بَلِ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ فِى عِزَّةٍ وَشِقَاقٍ ﴾

(Sad. By the Qur’an full of reminding. Nay, those who disbelieve are in false pride and opposition.)(38:1-2) Allah said here,

﴿ق وَالْقُرْءَانِ الْمَجِيدِ – بَلْ عَجِبُواْ أَن جَآءَهُمْ مُّنذِرٌ مِّنْهُمْ فَقَالَ الْكَـفِرُونَ هَـذَا شَىْءٌ عَجِيبٌ ﴾

(Qaf. By the Glorious Qur’an. Nay, they wonder that there has come to them a warner from among themselves. So the disbelievers say: “This is a strange thing!”) They wondered at the wisdom behind sending a Messenger who is a human being. Allah the Exalted and Most Honored said in another Ayah

﴿أَكَانَ لِلنَّاسِ عَجَبًا أَنْ أَوْحَيْنَآ إِلَى رَجُلٍ مِّنْهُمْ أَنْ أَنذِرِ النَّاسَ﴾

(Is it a wonder for mankind that We have sent Our revelation to a man from among themselves (saying): “Warn mankind.”) (10:2), meaning, this is not strange, for Allah chooses Messengers from angels and humans. Allah the Exalted and Most Honored mentioned that the disbelievers also wondered about the Resurrection and discounted its coming,

﴿أَءِذَا مِتْنَا وَكُنَّا تُرَاباً ذَلِكَ رَجْعُ بَعِيدٌ ﴾

(When we are dead and have become dust. That is a far return.) They said, `after we die, disintegrate, with our organs torn apart and we become dust, how can we be brought back to our original shape and bodies,’

﴿ذَلِكَ رَجْعُ بَعِيدٌ﴾

(That is a far return.) `it is not likely that it will ever occur.’ They thought that Resurrection was far from happening and will never occur. Allah the Exalted responded to their statement by saying,

﴿قَدْ عَلِمْنَا مَا تَنقُصُ الاٌّرْضَ مِنْهُمْ﴾

(We know that which the earth takes of them.) meaning, `We know what the earth consumes of their dead bodies.’ Where and how the bodies disintegrated, what they turned into and how they have become, all of this is never absent from Allah’s knowledge.

﴿وَعِندَنَا كِتَـبٌ حَفِيظٌ﴾

(and with Us is a Book preserved,) `that keeps all records. Therefore, Our knowledge is encompassing and the Book of decrees has everything precisely recorded in it. Al-`Awfi narrated that `Abdullah bin `Abbas commented on the statement of Allah the Exalted,

﴿قَدْ عَلِمْنَا مَا تَنقُصُ الاٌّرْضَ مِنْهُمْ﴾

(We know that which the earth takes of them,) “It refers to what the earth consumes of their flesh, skin, bones and hair.” A similar view was recorded from Mujahid, Qatadah, Ad-Dahhak and several others. Allah, the Exalted and Most Honored, explained the reason behind their disbelief, rebellion and discounting the possibility of what is truly possible,

﴿بَلْ كَذَّبُواْ بِالْحَقِّ لَمَّا جَآءَهُمْ فَهُمْ فِى أَمْرٍ مَّرِيجٍ ﴾

(Nay, but they have denied the truth when it has come to them, so they are in a Marij state.) This is the state of all those who defy the Truth: whatever they say and utter after denying the Truth, is utterly false. Marij means, in disarray, in a confused state and defying the characteristics of the Truth. Allah the Exalted said in another Ayah,

﴿إِنَّكُمْ لَفِى قَوْلٍ مُّخْتَلِفٍ – يُؤْفَكُ عَنْهُ مَنْ أُفِكَ ﴾

(Certainly, you have different ideas. Turned aside therefrom is he who is turned aside.)(51:8-9)

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