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Surah Al-Araf English Translation,Transliteration Tafsir [1-10]

About surah Al-Araf 

Al-Araf(Arabic: ٱلأعراف, al-ʾAʿrāf; meaning: The Heights) is the 7th chapter (sūrah) of the Qur'an, with 206 verses (āyāt).

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The summary/ theme of the surah Al-Araf

Al-Araf is one of the most detailed Surahs about the origins of creation and revealing prophecies about the judgment day. In the beginning, it describes how Satan forced Adam and Eve to leave heaven and they all came down to earth. From that point on, Satan became humanity's greatest enemy.

Lesson learned from Surah Al-Araf

  1. Our actions will be weighed on the Day of Judgement, and if the scale of good outweighs the bad, we will have succeeded, otherwise, we will be losers.  
  2. Trying to expose someone’s private parts is a satanic act; it is the very motive Shayṭān had in convincing Ādam and Ḥawwā عليهما السلام to eat from the forbidden tree.  
  3. Clothes are a blessing from Allāh.  
  4. We should dress well when going to the Masjid.  
  5. Don’t be extravagant.  
  6. There will be no malice in the hearts of the people of Jannah.  
  7. Regularly make this du‘ā:  رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَتَوَفَّنَا مُسْلِمِينَ‘ 
  8. O Allāh! Pour upon us patience, and take our souls with Islām.’  
  9. Sometimes, we have to control our emotions and look at the bigger picture.  
  10. Imagine the relationship Mūsā عليه السلام had with Allāh, when Allāh punished the Banū Isrā’īl, Mūsā interceded saying, “If You so wished, You could have destroyed them and myself. Will You destroy us due to the actions of the foolish among us? [After all] it is Your trial; You let astray whomsoever You wish, and guide whomsoever You wish. You are our guardian, so forgive us and have mercy upon us, for You are the best of the forgivers!”  
  11. The Mercy of Allāh encompasses everything.  
  12. Allāh tests us through good and bad, so that we can mend our ways.  
  13. Allāh does not let the actions of those who do good go to waste.  
  14. When Shayṭān whispers to you, recite ta‘awwudh: أّعُوْذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْم  
  15. When the Qur’ān is being recited, remain silent and listen attentively; this will lead to Allāh showing mercy upon you.

Recitation   Benefits of surah Al-Araf

There are count less benefits we are sharing few as below,

1) If you write Surat Araf and wear, then the wearer will be  safe from enemies and wild animals. If you writes this surah with rose water and saffron on paper and hangs it around his neck, so long it remains there, no carnivorous animal would touch him.

2) Recitation of Surat Araf once in a month, will not fear on Day of Judgement Qiyamah. Whoso recites this surat every month would be on the day of judgement, among those about whom verse 35 of this surah says:“No fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve.”

3) Those who recite Surah Al Araf often will set a Veil/curtain between shaitan and reciter.

4) If this surah is recited on Friday, the reciter would not be examined on the day of reckoning. This surah would be a witness for the reciter on the day of judgement. On the day of judgement Allah would hang a curtain between the reciter of this surah and Shaytan, and he would be treated as the companions of prophet Adam.


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بِسۡمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ


Transliteration:( Alif-Laaam-Meeem-Saaad )

1. Alif, Laam, Meem Saad.

كِتَٰبٌ أُنزِلَ إِلَيۡكَ فَلَا يَكُن فِي صَدۡرِكَ حَرَجٞ مِّنۡهُ لِتُنذِرَ بِهِۦ وَذِكۡرَىٰ لِلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ
Transliteration:( Kitaabun unzila ilaika falaa yakun fee sadrika harajum minhu litunzira bihee wa zikraa lilmu'mineen )

2. (O Beloved Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) A Book has been revealed to you, so let there be no impediment in your heart! because of it, so that you may warn therewith, and an admonition to the Muslims (2)

ٱتَّبِعُواْ مَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيۡكُم مِّن رَّبِّكُمۡ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُواْ مِن دُونِهِۦٓ أَوۡلِيَآءَۗ قَلِيلٗا مَّا تَذَكَّرُونَ
Transliteration:( Ittabi'oo maaa unzila 'ilaikum mir Rabbikum wa laa tattabi'oo min dooniheee awliyaaa'a; qaleelam maa tazakkaroon )

3.Follow what has been revealed to you from your Lord, and do not follow other masters (3), leaving Him. Verily, there is very little that you understand.
Topic Discussed: Follow Quran   | Revelation   | Rab(Word)   |

وَكَم مِّن قَرۡيَةٍ أَهۡلَكۡنَٰهَا فَجَآءَهَا بَأۡسُنَا بَيَٰتًا أَوۡ هُمۡ قَآئِلُونَ
Transliteration:( Wa kam min qaryatin ahlaknaahaa fajaaa'ahaa ba'sunaa bayaatan aw hum qaaa'iloon )

4. And many a town We have destroyed. Then Our punishment came upon them by night (4), or while they slept at noon (5).

فَمَا كَانَ دَعۡوَىٰهُمۡ إِذۡ جَآءَهُم بَأۡسُنَآ إِلَّآ أَن قَالُوٓاْ إِنَّا كُنَّا ظَٰلِمِينَ
Transliteration:( Famaa kaana da'waahum iz jaaa'ahum ba'sunaa illaaa an qaalooo innaa kunnaa zaalimeen )

5.Then nothing came out from their mouths when Our punishment came upon them, but they said: "We were unjust people" (6).
Topic Discussed: Repentance   | Punishment(Word)   | Unjust   |

فَلَنَسۡـَٔلَنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ أُرۡسِلَ إِلَيۡهِمۡ وَلَنَسۡـَٔلَنَّ ٱلۡمُرۡسَلِينَ
Transliteration:( Falanas 'alannal lazeena ursila ilaihim wa lanas 'alannal mursaleen )

6. Then, most certainly We shall question those to whom Messengers were sent, and surely, We shall question (7 )the Messengers as well (about the transmission of their mission).

فَلَنَقُصَّنَّ عَلَيۡهِم بِعِلۡمٖۖ وَمَا كُنَّا غَآئِبِينَ
Transliteration:( Falanaqussanna 'alaihim bi'ilminw wa maa kunnaa ghaaa'ibeen )

7. Then, surely We shall tell them with Our Knowledge and We were never absent (in their life span) (8).

وَٱلۡوَزۡنُ يَوۡمَئِذٍ ٱلۡحَقُّۚ فَمَن ثَقُلَتۡ مَوَٰزِينُهُۥ فَأُوْلَـٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلۡمُفۡلِحُونَ
Transliteration:( Walwaznu Yawma'izinil haqq; faman saqulat mawaa zeenuhoo fa-ulaaa'ika humul muflihoon )

8. (9)And the “weighing" on that day is certain. Then those whose scales are heavy (10), are to attain their goal.

وَمَنۡ خَفَّتۡ مَوَٰزِينُهُۥ فَأُوْلَـٰٓئِكَ ٱلَّذِينَ خَسِرُوٓاْ أَنفُسَهُم بِمَا كَانُواْ بِـَٔايَٰتِنَا يَظۡلِمُونَ
Transliteration:( Wa man khaffat mawaazeenuhoo fa ulaaa'ikal lazeena khasirooo anfusahum bimaa kaanoo bi Aayaatinaa yazlimoon )

9. And as for those whose scales are light, then they are the persons who have put their souls at loss (11). The recompense for those excesses which they did with Our signs (12).

وَلَقَدۡ مَكَّنَّـٰكُمۡ فِي ٱلۡأَرۡضِ وَجَعَلۡنَا لَكُمۡ فِيهَا مَعَٰيِشَۗ قَلِيلٗا مَّا تَشۡكُرُونَ
Transliteration:( Wa laqad makkannaakum fil ardi wa ja'alnaa lakum feehaa ma'aayish; qaleelam maa tashkuroon )

10. And verily, We established you in the earth (13) and have provided therein the means of your livelihood (14). But, you are seldom thankful.

About Al-Araf, this sûrah takes its name from the heights mentioned in verse 46. It is a captivating and profound chapter of the Quran that transports us to Mecca during the time of revelation. Like many other Meccan sûrahs, it beautifully recounts the stories of earlier prophets who faced rejection and denial from their own people, only to witness their ultimate destruction as a consequence. These narratives serve as reassurance for the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and act as a stark warning to his community about Allāh's impending torment if they persist on their path of disbelief.

Within this sacred text, we encounter an enthralling retelling of Satan's audacity and Adam's temptation in Paradise, leading to their fall from grace. The intricate details shared here provide invaluable lessons for believers regarding vigilance against Satan's cunning whispers and constant temptations that can lead them astray. This narrative serves as a reminder for believers to remain steadfast in their faith and actively guard themselves against any deceptive influences or distractions along their spiritual journey.

Furthermore, what distinguishes this sûrah are the awe-inspiring descriptions it offers concerning Paradise and Hellfire. Through vivid imagery woven into verses 36-53, readers are transported into realms beyond imagination; where eternal bliss awaits those who strive towards righteousness with unwavering devotion while everlasting punishment looms over those who defiantly reject Allāh's guidance.

The powerlessness of idols is another crucial aspect emphasized throughout Al-Araf. By highlighting how

Other names of Surah Araf:


  1. “Alif, Laam, Mim, Saad” (المص) (7:1)
  2. “Miqat” means appointed place or time (7:141)
  3. “Mithaq” means covenant (7:172)

Surah Araf can be divided into 5 main parts:

  1. The Prophet and people’s duty in safeguarding the divine verses and rulings (1-9)
  2. Satan’s efforts in dissuading people to act upon God’s commands (10-36)
  3. Other-worldly punishment of those who acted against divine rulings (37-58)
  4. Worldly punishment of those who acted against divine rulings (59-174)
  5. The Prophet’s duty regarding the transgressors (175-206)

Surah Al-Araf English Translation and Transliteration

In Surah Al-Araf you can read the translation of Ahmad Raza Khan who was a renowned scholar of the Islamic world and his translation book is known as Kanzul Imaan. You can read the transliteration of Surah Al-Araf which will help you to understand how to read the Arabic text. Apart from that, we have included a Word-By-Word English Translation of the Arabic text of Surah Al-Araf.

Surah Al-Araf English Tafsir/Tafseer (Commentry)

In Surah Al-Araf we have included two Tafseer (Commentary) in English. The first one is from Mufti Ahmad Yaar Khan who was a well-known scholar. In this tafsir, we have also included the most popular Tafsir Ibn-Kathir which is the most comprehensive tafsir available in the world. You can read both or any one of your choice.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are 206 verses / Ayat in Surah Al-Araf

Surah Al-Araf was revealed in Makkah

Surah Al-Araf can be found in Juz or Para 8-9

There are 24 Ruku in Surah Al-Araf

Surah number of Surah Al-Araf is 7

The meaning of Surah Al-Araf is The Heights, The Faculty of Discernment

You can find English Translation, Transliteration and Tafseer/Tafsir of Surah Al-Araf here at quran4ever.com. Here two tafseer are currently.One is Tafsir Ibn-Kathir and another one is Tafsir-e-Naeemi.

Dear bothers and sisters as a Sunni Muslim we cannot say any Translation and Tafseer was as long it conforms with the 4 school of thoughts. But here at quran4ever.com, we have included Tafsir Ibn-Kathir which is most comprehensive tafsir. Apart from that we have also included tafsir of Mufti Ahmad Yaar khan, Tafsir-e-Naeemi of Surah Al-Araf.

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