As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 79, An-Nazi‘ãt or Those Who Tear Out, verses 1-26. These verses talk of the end times when the righteous and the wicked will face the ultimate judgment of God. Plus, a lesson about arrogance from the time of Moses and the Pharaoh of Egypt.
Tafseer for this selection draws the conclusion in verse six which is setup by the first five verses of the selection.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
By those angels who tear out the souls of the wrongdoers, and those who gently draw out the souls of the righteous, and those who glide about swiftly through space, then speed headlong to carry out the commands of Allah, and those who regulate the affairs of the world! The Day on which the quake shall cause a violent commotion, will be followed by another violent commotion, and on that Day, hearts shall be pounding with terror and sight shall be downcast. The unbelievers say: “Shall we really be restored to our former state (life), when we shall have become hollow bones?” They further say: “It would then be a fruitless restoration!” But verily, it will be but a single (compelling) cry, When, behold, they will be in the (full) awakening (to Judgment). 79:[1-14]
Have you heard the story of Musa (Moses)? His Lord called him in the sacred valley of Tuwa, and said: “Go to Pharaoh (Fir’on) for he has indeed transgressed all bounds, and tell him, ‘Have you the desire to purify yourself? If so, I shall guide you towards your Lord, so that you may fear Him.'” Then Moses showed Pharaoh the mighty sign, but he denied and disobeyed. Then he quickly turned back, assembled his people and made a proclamation; “I am your lord, the most high.” Consequently, Allah seized him for punishment, both in the Hereafter and in this life. Surely in this there is a lesson for the God-fearing. 79:[15-26]
Concerning the conclusion in verse six, drawn from the first five verses of the Surah:
The evidence of the wonderful working of the spiritual world having been invoked in the first five verses, the conclusion is now drawn and stated. It is certain that one great Day (to be taken in a spiritual sense as the Day of Account), the whole world as we now see it in our life will be in violent revolution. It will be like an earthquake destroying all landmarks. But that will affect only things subject to change: they will suffer violent convulsions as a preliminary to their disappearance. But Allah and His divine order will not change: his “face” abides forever, full of Majesty, Bounty, and Honour.
This concludes today’s episode of the 17 Verses Podcast. I hope that this selection has helped increase your understanding of the holy Qur’an just a little bit.
Thank you and be well.