Sūra al-Burūj (Arabic: سورة البروج) is the 85th sura of the Qur'an. It is Makki sura and located in the juz' 30 of the Qur'an. This sura is called "al-Buruj" because it starts with a swearing to the sky which has houses. This sura is about the fate of Ashab al-Ukhdud (The People of the Ditch) and the fate of believers in God in the Day of Judgment. Also those who rejected the Qur'an are warned and it is said that Qur'an is protected in al-lawh al-mahfuz (the protected tablet). The tablet is something that records all the incidents of the whole universe with their smallest details and it is imperishable and unchangeable. According to narrations, Prophet Muhammad (s) has recommended to recite this sura of Qur'an in daily prayers.
"Buruj" is the plural form of "Burj" which means palaces or houses. This sura of Qur'an is called al-Buruj as it starts with God's swearing to the sky which has constellations: By the sky with its houses.
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Sura al-Buruj has 22 verses, 109 words, and 468 letters. It is one of the mufassalat suras (the ones with short and numerous verses) in Qur'an. This sura is among the suras which stars with God's swearing.
This sura of Qur'an starts with God's swearing to the sky and the Judgment Day as well as emphases on its occurrence. Then its verses are about the fate of Ashab al-Ukhdud (the People of the Ditch) in which believers were tortured by disbelievers, but disbelievers themselves were perished eventually. Next verses are about the fate of believers and their rewards given to them by God in the Judgment Day, characteristics and acts of God and lastly they are about the stories of the Pharaoh, Thamud tribe and the Knowledge of God which is comprehensive, as He knows everything about intentions and actions of humans. It also talks about the greatness of Qur'an.
- Main article: Ashab al-Ukhdud
The forth to eighth verses of Sura al-Buruj is about Ashab al-Ukhdud. The term 'Ukhdud' means deep ditch or a trench and it is used in this sura of the Qur'an in order to describe the ditches filled with fire in which believers were thrown in to be burnt. There are disagreements among the historians and exegetes on the time and the tribe who experienced this event. The most famous report is about Dhu Nuwas, the last Himyaritic King in Yemen who burnt a number of people of Najran because they converted to Christianity. The Jewish king asked Christian people of Najran to convert to Judaism but they refused and he ordered to prepare ditches filled with fire and then threw Christians to the ditches alive. A number of them were also killed with strikes of swords. It is stated in Qur'an that those believers were faultless, they only believed in God, the All-Mighty and the Praise Worthy.
- Main article: al-Lawh al-Mahfuz
In the last verse of Sura al-Buruj, it is said that Qur'an is protected in an imperishable lawh (tablet) which is something that record all the events in this world with their smallest details and it is imperishable. 'Allama Tabataba'i has written about these verses that, God has mentioned the reason why disbelievers will not accept any advice. In fact they are not emphasizing on rejecting Qur'an but they say that Qur'an was not descended from God, which is not true. Quran has powerful and extraordinary meanings and it is protected in an imperishable tablet which is safe from the Satans and wrongdoers.
It is narrated from Prophet Muhammad (s) that whoever who recite Sura al-Buruj, will be rewarded ten times rewards of the rewards of Fridays and 'Arafa he gained during his/her lifetime. Also he recommended Muslims to recite this sura in their daily prayers. There is also a hadith from Imam al-Sadiq (a) according to which if someone recites Sura al-Buruj in daily prayers, he/she will be accompanied by prophets and messengers in the Doomsday and the Judgment Day, as Sura al-Buruj is among the favorite suras of Qur'an for prophets.
In Tafsir al-burhan a number of merits have been mentioned about reciting Sura al-Buruj including: overcoming fear and hardship, having sound sleep and facilitating stopping breastfeeding of children.
|For the full text, see text:Sura al-Buruj.|
- Khamagar, Muhammad, Sakhtar-i suraha-yi Qur'an-i karim, Mu'assisa-yi Farhangi-yi Qur'an wa 'Itrat-i Nur al-Thaqalayn, Qom: Nashra, ed.1, 1392 Sh.
- The material for this article is mainly taken from سوره بروج in Farsi WikiShia.