At-Takwīr (Arabic: التكوير, literally “The Turning Into a Sphere”) is the eighty-first chapter (sura) of the Qur'an, with 29 verses (ayat). It tells about signs of the coming of the day of judgement. Some of these signs include the following:

(a) when the sun is covered in darkness (solar eclipse),
(b) when the stars fall,
(c) and when the mountains vanish (blown away),
(d) when the camels big with young are abandoned.
(e) and when the wild beasts are herded together
(f) and when the seas rise,
(g) and when the souls are sorted,
(h) and when the girl [who was] buried alive is asked,
(i) for what crime she was killed?
(j) and when the books [records of deeds] are open,
(k) and when the sky is torn away,
(l) and when Hell is set ablaze,
(m) and when Paradise draws near,
(n) then every Soul shall know what it has done.
Sura 81 of the Quran
The Overthrowing
Other namesThe Cessation, The Darkening, The Rolling, The turning into a sphere
PositionJuzʼ 30
No. of verses29
No. of words104
No. of letters435


  • 1-14 The terrible signs of the judgment-day
  • 15-25 Oaths that the Quran is the word of Allah, and that Muhammad is neither a madman nor deluded by the devil
  • 26-29 The Quran an admonition to all men [1]


  • Whoever wants to see the Qiyamah with his/her eyes should read the verses of at-Takwir, al-Infitar and al-Inshiqaq.” [2][3]
  • Imam Ahmad recorded from Ibn Umar that the Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever wishes to look at the Day of Resurrection, as if he is seeing it with this eye, then let him recite: ‘When the sun Kuwwirat’(At-Takwir) and ‘When the heaven is cleft sunder (Al-Infitar) and ‘When the heaven is split asunder.(Al-Inshiqaq)’”[4][5][6]
  • It was narrated that Umar ibn Horayth said: "I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) reciting: 'When the sun is wound round.' in fajr. (at-Takwir (81:1)) "[7]
  • Sahabah reported[8] that Muhammad used to recite surahs An-Naba (78) and Al-Mursalat (77) in one rak'ah, and surahs Ad-Dukhan (44) and At-Takwir (81) in one rak'ah.[9][10]


  1. Wherry, Elwood Morris (1896). A Complete Index to Sale's Text, Preliminary Discourse, and Notes. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, and Co. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. (Tirmidhi, Tafsir: 81- Ahmad: 2/27, 36,100-5/452)
  3. Jami` at-Tirmidhi Grade : Hasan (Darussalam) English reference  : Vol. 5, Book 44, Hadith 3333 Arabic reference  : Book 47, Hadith 3653
  4. Jami` at-Tirmidhi Grade : Hasan (Darussalam) English reference  : Vol. 5, Book 44, Hadith 3333 Arabic reference  : Book 47, Hadith 3653
  5. This is mentioned in Tafsir ibn kathir, Likewise, At-Tirmidhi has also recorded this Hadith.
  6. (Jami` at-Tirmidhi, Tafsir: 81- Ahmad: 2/27, 36,100-5/452)
  7. Sunan an-Nasa'i 951 In-book reference  : Book 11, Hadith 76 English translation  : Vol. 2, Book 11, Hadith 952
  8. Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 6, Number 1391:
  9. Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 6: Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Detailed Injunctions about Ramadan' Book 6, Number 1391.
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-04. Retrieved 2013-10-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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