Jan 042018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.


Today’s selection is from Surah 75, Al-Qiyãmah or The Resurrection, verses 1-15. This short selection warns people to beware the Day of Resurrection and Judgment from which there is no escape.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the three stages of the development of the human soul, one of which is mentioned in verse 2.

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Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.

I swear by the Day of Resurrection,[1] and I swear by the self reproaching soul![2] Does man think that We shall not be able to put his bones together?[3] Why not? We are able to put together, in perfect order, the very tips of his fingers.[4] But man wishes to keep on doing evil in the future as well.[5] He questions: “When will this Day of Resurrection be?”[6] Well, it will come when the sight shall be dazed,[7] the moon will be eclipsed,[8] and the sun and the moon will be brought together[9] – on that Day man will ask: “Is there any way to escape?”[10] Nay! There will be no refuge.[11] On that Day, the refuge will only be towards your Rabb.[12] On that Day man shall be told about all his deeds, from the first to the last.[13] Indeed, man shall bear witness against himself,[14] even though he shall plead with excuses.[15] 75:[1-15]



Concerning verse 2, “the self-reproaching soul”, which is one of the stages of development of the human soul:

Our doctors postulate three states or stages of the development of the human soul: (1) Ammarah (12:53) which is prone to evil, and if not checked and controlled, will lead to perdition; (2) Lawwamah, as here, which feels conscious of evil and resists it, asking for Allah’s grace and pardon after repentance and tries to amend, hoping to reach salvation; (3) Mutma’innah (89:27), the highest stage of all, when it achieves full rest and satisfaction. Our second stage may be compared to Conscience, except that in English usage, Conscience is a faculty and not a stage in spiritual development.

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.