SURA 86. Tariq, or The Night Visitor
1. By the Sky and the Night-Visitant [therein];-
2. And what will explain to thee what the Night-Visitant is?-
3. [It is] the Star of piercing brightness;-
4. There is no soul but has a protector over it.
5. Now let man but think from what he is created!
6. He is created from a drop emitted-
7. Proceeding from between the backbone and the ribs:
8. Surely [Allah] is able to bring him back [to life]!
9. The Day that [all] things secret will be tested,
10. [Man] will have no power, and no helper.
11. By the Firmament which returns [in its round],
12. And by the Earth which opens out [for the gushing of springs or the
sprouting of vegetation],-
13. Behold this is the Word that distinguishes [Good from Evil]:
14. It is not a thing for amusement.
15. As for them, they are but plotting a scheme,
16. And I am planning a scheme.
17. Therefore grant a delay to the Unbelievers: Give respite to them gently [for
1. Allah swears by heaven and its piercing stars that every soul has an observer appointed by Him to watch over it.
2. This implies a strong assertion that there is an agent appointed by God to watch over every soul and keep a record of its actions and thoughts.
3. The watch is over the soul because it is there that thoughts and secrets which are responsible for action and reward lie. Thus, people are not left to roam about the earth as they wish. On the contrary, an accurate and immediate record is kept, on the basis of which reckoning is made.
4. This awesome inference becomes clear as the soul feels that it is never alone even when without company. There is always the watcher who remains nearby even when one hides from all and is secure against any visitor or intruder.
5. There is still the watcher who penetrates all covers and has access to all things concealed, in the same way as the piercing star tears through the night cover. For God’s method of creation is the same with regard to human souls and the wide horizons.
source: In the shade of the Quran – Sayyid Qutb