Sūrah Yā-Sīn (Part 4)

Part 4 of observations on how Sūrah Yā-Sīn is organized in the Quran

Continuing on from the previous three parts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), Part 4 will take a look at how Section 5, āyāt 48-68, is organized.

Recall we ended Part 1 with mention of the 3 types of guidance:

  1. From in Front - Lessons from the observable world

  2. From Behind - Lessons from history

  3. From Above - Lessons from the unseen

Sections 5 deals with lessons from the unseen.

Section 5 - Lessons from the Unseen (Guidance From Above)


Sections 5A/5A’

This section begins with the disbelievers asking, “When is this promise?” They mockingly want to know when they will be resurrected and presented before Allah ﷻ. Their question is later responded to in 5A’ when they are told that we are all aging. In other words, “Look at your body deteriorating. As you age, the promise is being fulfilled. You are already slowly being brought back to Allah.”

Section 5B/5B’

Both parts use the same wording of “wa lā yarjiʿūn (they will not return)” to describe the desperate situation of the disbelievers on the Day of Judgment. They both also make reference to sight with words such as “yubṣirūn (they see)”, “aʿuni-him (their eyes)” and “yanẓurūn (they look)”.

Section 5C/5C’

Both 5C and 5C’ describe scenes from the Day of Judgment. 5C ends with Allah ﷻ saying, “you will not be recompensed except for what you used to do,” and 5C’ ends with the limbs testifying against their user “about what they used to earn.”

Section 5D

The chaos depicted in the surrounding sections is centered by a pleasant description of the people of Paradise.

واللَّهُ أَعلَم - And Allah knows best




Khan, Nouman. “Surah Yasin” YouTube, uploaded by Quran Weekly, July 25, 2015, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHPW7nn9Wmb66OICiQfWwlSUU4rM1rY3D.