a surah from Holy Quran





Surah 14 - Ibrahim
Introduction, Revelation, Theme & Background





"Alif Laam Raa. A book which we have revealed to you (Muhammad) so that you may lead the people from out of the darknesses into the light by their Lord's leave to the path of the All-Mighty, the Praiseworthy." [Qur'an 14:1]


Surah 14 - Ibrahim

The Sura takes its name from v. 35 in which mention has been made of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham). But it does not mean that it contains the life story of Prophet Abraham. The name is merely a symbol lid the names of many other suras i. e. the Sura in which Abraham's mention has been made.

Period of Revelation
It appears from the tone of the Sura that it belongs to that group of the Suras which were revealed during the last stage of the Makkan period. For instance v. 13 ("The disbellevers warned their Messengers 'you shall have to return to our community or we will assuredly expel you from our land'") clearly indicates that the persecution of the Muslims was at its worst at the time of the revelation of this Sura and the people of Makkah were bent on expelling the Believers from there like the disbelievers of the former Prophets. That is why in v. 14 they have been warned We will destroy these evil doers and the Believers have been comforted as were the believers before them and after them settle you in the land Likewise the stern warning contained in the concluding portion (vv. 43-52 also confirms that the Sura relates to the last stage of the Makkan Period.

Central Theme and Purpose
This Sura is an admonition and a warning to the disbelievers who were rejecting the Message of the Holy Prophet and devising cunning schemes to defeat his Mission. But warning reproof censure and reproach dominate admonition. This is because a good deal of admonition had already been made in the preceding Suras but in spite of this their obduracy enmity antagonism mischief persecution etc. had rather increased.

Source: Chapter Introductions to the Qur'an
by Syed Abul A'la Maududi