Tuesday 14 May 2019

An Overview of Surah Saad - The Letter Saad (The 38th Chapter of the Holy Quran)

Sūrah Ṣād / Surah Saad is the thirty eighth surah with 88 verses (āyāt), 1 sajdah ( Verse 24) with five rukus, part of the 23rd Juzʼ of the Holy Qur'an. The Surah takes its name from the alphabetic letter Ṣād with which it begins.

The Sūrah was revealed in Mecca and like all Meccan chapters it emphasizes the fundamentals and basic concepts of Islam.  Sad’s eighty-eight short verses discuss the Oneness of God, the Day of Judgment, and the previous prophets.  It compares the arrogance of the unbelievers of Mecca to the arrogance found in previously destroyed nations, and with the arrogance of Satan.

There are many exegesis / Tafseer sources that explain the concepts and messages contained in the Holy Quran. Some of the sources are traditional and have been there since centuries or many many decades. Alternatively, there are prominent scholars of the day who have taken upon themselves to explore the Holy Quran and present their understanding of the Quran in the language spoke today.

While we present a traditional exegesis of Surah Saad shortly, based on "Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Qur'an" by one of the most enlightened scholars of the Muslim World Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, this overview gives an insight to Surah Saad by prominent interpreter of the Quran Nouman Ali Khan. 

Nouman Ali Khan has his typical style of explaining things and he carries the audience along for he explains in a language that is understood by the general public. So listen to him and his commentary will give you an insight into Surah Saad and will pave way for a detailed exegesis which will follow this post.

You may now like to listen to an enlightening commentary of Sūrah Ṣād by Nouman Ali Khan:

For the detailed explanation / exegesis / tafsir of the surah, please read our post: Sūrah Ṣād - the Letter Ṣād  (pronounced Saad).

You may refer to our post "114 Chapters (Sūrahs) of the Holy Qur'an" for translation, meaning and summary / exegesis of other chapters (Though not complete but building up from 30th Juzʼ / Part backwards for chapters in 30th Juzʼ / Part are shorter and easier to understand). 

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