A.J. Droge [+]
This sūra opens by extolling the power and majesty of God and stresses the purpose of the Qur’ān as a warning. Next comes a declaration of the unity of religion in the face of religious differences. The contrasting fates of believers and disbelievers occupy much of the remainder of the sūra. The conclusion is noteworthy for the light it sheds on different modes of revelation. Q42 receives its title from the reference to the believers’ ‘consultation’ among themselves at Q42.38.