Al-Waqi’a, surah waqiah (Arabic: سورة الواقعة; Sūrat al-Wāqiʻah; “The Inevitable” or “The Event”) is the 56th surah (chapter) of the Quran. Muslims believe it was revealed in Mecca (see Meccan surah). The total number of verses in this surah are 96. It mainly discusses the afterlife according to Islam, and the different fates people will face in it.
Revelation history of surah waqiah
According to Quranic commentators, the chapter is a Meccan sura, that is, it was revealed during the Meccan period of Muhammad’s prophethood. Some commentators, although not in the majority, argue that part of it was revealed during the Medinan period. Some of such commentators maintain that verses 39–40 are the verses that was from the Medinan period, while some say 81–82, and others say 83.
The traditional Egyptian chronology puts the chapter as the 41th chapter by the order of revelation (after Al-Tur), while the Nöldeke Chronology (by the orientalist Theodor Nöldeke) puts it as the 46th. The chapter’s position in the Quran, which is not determined by the revelation order, is as the 56th chapter, right after Ar-Rahman which discuses partly related topic. Some commentators, such as Ahmad ibn Ajiba consider Al-Waqi’a a continuation of Ar-Rahman.
سورة الواقعة – سورة 56 – عدد آياتها 96
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