080 – Al ‘Abasa – He Frowned

The first ten verses refer to an incident regarding a blind man called Abdullah ibn Umm Maktum who was one of the first Muslims. He taught the Qur’an to many people and was a Muadhdhin. The Prophet, trying to protect the Muslims from harassment from the Quraysh elite, had a meeting with them to convince them to submit to Divinity. The blind man interrupted the meeting and the elite expressed their discomfort and Allah admonishes them.
The chapter continues to the book of records written by the angels and the Qur’an as a powerful reminder. It then transitions into reflection on the bounties provided by Divinity and concludes with a reminder of the contrasting fate of those who believe versus those who defiantly rebel against Allah.