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85:1 By the sky, (displaying) the Zodiacal Signs

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By the sky, (displaying) the Zodiacal Signs;

. Here is an appeal to three Signs in verses 1-3,
and the substantive proposition is in verses 4-8, a
denunciation of wicked persecutors of the votaries of
Allah, persecutors who burnt righteous men for their
Faith. The three Signs are:

  1. the Glorious Sky, with the broad belt of the
    Constellations marking the twelve Signs of the
  2. the Day of Judgment, when all evil will be punished;
  3. certain Persons that will be witnesses, and certain
    Persons or things that will be the subjects of the

The Stars of the Zodiac as well as of other Constellations
are like the eyes of the Night. It may be that crimes are
committed in the darkness of the night. But countless
eyes are watching all the time, and every author of evil
will be brought to book.


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 85 verse 1) Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (

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