Surah Nas in Arabic with English Transliteration and Translation

114. An-Nas (Men) – الناس

An-Nas is the last surah (chapter 114) of the holy Quran. It consists of 6 ayat (verses) that were revealed in Mecca.

SEE introductory note to the preceding surah (Al-Falaq), with which this one is closely connected.

بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

Surah An-Nas Ayat 1

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ

Qul a’oozu birabbin naas

1. SAY: “I seek refuge with the Sustainer of men,

Surah An-Nas Ayat 2

مَلِكِ النَّاسِ

Malikin naas

2. “the Sovereign of men,

Surah An-Nas Ayat 3

إِلَٰهِ النَّاسِ

Ilaahin naas

3. “the God of men,

Surah An-Nas Ayat 4

مِنْ شَرِّ الْوَسْوَاسِ الْخَنَّاسِ

Min sharril waswaasil khannaas

4. “from the evil of the whispering, elusive tempter

Surah An-Nas Ayat 5

الَّذِي يُوَسْوِسُ فِي صُدُورِ النَّاسِ

Allazee yuwaswisu fee sudoorin naas

5. “who whispers in the hearts of men1

1 I.e., “Satan” in the widest meaning of this designation, as pointed out by Razi (quoted in Surah Ibrahim [14], note 31).

Surah An-Nas Ayat 6

مِنَ الْجِنَّةِ وَالنَّاسِ

Minal jinnati wannaas

6. “from all [temptation to evil by] invisible forces as well as men,”2

2 The above is perhaps the oldest Qur’anic mention of the term and concept of al-jinnah (synonymous with al-jinn), which has been tentatively explained in the appendix On The Term And Concept Of Jinn. In the above context, the term probably denotes the intangible, mysterious forces of nature to which man’s psyche is exposed, and which sometimes make it difficult for us to discern between right and wrong, However, in the light of this last verse of the last surah of the Qur’an it is also possible to conclude that the “invisible forces” from which we are told to seek refuge with God are the temptations to evil emanating from the blindness of our own hearts, from our gross appetites, and from the erroneous notions and false values that may have been handed down to us by our predecessors.

Source: The Message of the Quran by Muhammad Asad