Surah Al-Fil (105): Read Online and Download - English Translation

This page contains all verses of surah Al-Fil in addition to Interpretation of all verses by Arberry (A. J. Arberry). In the first part you can read surah الفيل ordered in pages exactly as it is present in the Quran. To read an interpretation of a verse click on its number.

Information About Surah Al-Fil

Surah Al-Fil

Surah Al-Fil, also known as "The Elephant," is the 105th chapter of the Quran. It is a short chapter consisting of 5 verses and is believed to have been revealed in Makkah. The surah derives its name from the mention of the event of the army of the elephant in the first verse.

The surah recounts the story of Abraha, the Abyssinian viceroy of Yemen, who marched upon the Kaaba with a large army that included war elephants. His intention was to destroy the Kaaba, but Allah protected His sacred house by sending flocks of birds that pelted the army with stones, destroying them utterly. This miraculous event is seen as a demonstration of Allah's power and protection of His sacred places.

Surah Al-Fil serves as a reminder of the power and protection of Allah, emphasizing the insignificance of human efforts in the face of divine will. It also highlights the concept of divine intervention and the ultimate triumph of faith over worldly power.

The surah's message of divine protection and the futility of human arrogance serves as a source of inspiration and reassurance for believers, reminding them of the ultimate authority and power of Allah over all things.

Tafsir of Surah Al-Fil (Arberry: A. J. Arberry)

English Translation

Have you not considered, [O Muhammad], how your Lord dealt with the companions of the elephant?

English Transliteration

Alam tara kayfa faAAala rabbuka biashabi alfeeli

Hast thou not seen how thy Lord did with the Men of the Elephant?

English Translation

Did He not make their plan into misguidance?

English Transliteration

Alam yajAAal kaydahum fee tadleelin

Did He not make their guile to go astray?

English Translation

And He sent against them birds in flocks,

English Transliteration

Waarsala AAalayhim tayran ababeela

And He loosed upon them birds in flights,

English Translation

Striking them with stones of hard clay,

English Transliteration

Tarmeehim bihijaratin min sijjeelin

hurling against them stones of baked clay

English Translation

And He made them like eaten straw.

English Transliteration

FajaAAalahum kaAAasfin makoolin

and He made them like green blades devoured.