Surah An-Naba is the 78th chapter of the Quran. It comprises 40 verses (ayat) and is a Makki surah, meaning it was revealed in the city of Makkah during the early stages of the Prophet Muhammad’s mission.
The chapter is named “An-Naba’,” which translates to “The Tidings” or “The Announcement.” It begins with a rhetorical question, “What are they asking one another about?” and goes on to emphasize the significance of the Hereafter, the Day of Judgment, and the reality of resurrection. The surah describes scenes from the Day of Judgment, highlighting the concept of accountability and divine justice.
Surah Al-Naba’ calls attention to the signs in the natural world as evidence of God’s creative power and emphasizes the transient nature of worldly life compared to the eternal Hereafter. It invites people to reflect on their purpose and their actions, urging them to acknowledge God’s existence and guidance. The chapter underscores the importance of belief, good deeds, and recognizing the consequences of one’s choices in the life to come.
By depicting scenes from the Day of Judgment and appealing to the reader’s intellect and reflection, Surah An-Naba’ aims to awaken a sense of awareness and responsibility in individuals, encouraging them to live a life in accordance with faith and righteousness.