Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation (2005)

and enjoin one another to [follow] the truth,
and enjoin one another to patience.

104. Sūrat al-Humazah 1

In the Name of Allah,
the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

1 Woe to every scandal-monger and slanderer,
2 who amasses wealth and counts it over.
3 He supposes his wealth will make him immortal!
4 No indeed! He will surely be cast into the Crusher.
5 And what will show you what is the Crusher?
6 [It is] the fire of Allah, set ablaze,
7 which will overspread the hearts.
8 Indeed it will close in upon them
9 in outstretched columns.

105. Sūrat al-Fīl 2

In the Name of Allah,
the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

1 Have you not regarded how your Lord dealt
with the Men of the Elephant?
2 Did He not make their stratagems go awry,
3 and send against them flocks of birds

1 The sūrah takes its from ‘the slanderer’(humazah) from verse 1.

2 The sūrah takes its name ‘the Elephant’ (al-fīl) mentioned in verse 2, which refers to the force dispatched by Abrahah to Makkah with the aim of destroying the Ka‘bah as aṣḥāb al-fīl (‘the Men of the Elephant’).

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Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation, Islamic College for Advance Studies Press (ICAS), London (Distributed by The Centre for Translation of the Holy Qur’ān, Qom, Iran), Consulted online at “Quran Archive - Texts and Studies on the Quran” on 05 Oct. 2022: http://quran-archive.org/explorer/ali-quli-qarai/2005?page=893