91-The Sun / Ash-Shams:

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

(91:1)   I swear by the sun in the morning,

(91:2)   and by the moon that follows it in the evening,

(91:3)   and by the day as it reveals it,

(91:4)   and by the night as it hides it,

(91:5)   and by the sky and how it is built,

(91:6)   and by the earth and what smoothes it,

(91:7)   and by the soul, and I who created it,

(91:8)   I taught each of you the path of good and the path of evil,

(91:9)   those who purify their souls are successful,

(91:10) and those who bury their souls in sin are a failure.

(91:11) The tribe of Thamud disbelieved My messenger, because they were excessively sinful.

(91:12) They sent the worst among them to kill My camel.

(91:13) Prophet Salih said to them, “This is God’s camel, so don’t kill it. Let it drink water.”

(91:14) They said he was a liar and slaughtered it. So they were completely wiped out,  

(91:15) and I was not afraid of holding them accountable.


God sent the tribe of Thamud a messenger named Saleh. To make fun of him, the people of Thamud gave a detailed description of a camel they wanted God to give them out of a huge stone. Prophet Saleh made them swear that they would submit to God if such a miracle was done for them. They did, and God gave them that miracle. Then they refused to submit and they killed the camel. So God destroyed them.

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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