[Verses 41 to 74]: The guilty:
56: (Al-Waqiah: The Event)
(Revealed at Makkah:
3 sections; 96 verses)
41 And those on the left hand; how
(wretched) are those on the left hand!
42 In hot wind
and boiling water,
43 And shadow of
44 Neither cool
45 Surely they
lived before that in ease.
46 And they
persisted in the great violation.a
47 And they used
to say: When we die and become dust and bones, shall we then
indeed be raised?
48 Or our
fathers of yore?
49 Say: The
ancients and those of later times
50 Will surely
be gathered together for the appointed hour of a known
51 Then shall
you, O you who err and deny,
52 Eat of the
tree of Zaqqum,
53 And fill
(your) bellies with it;
54 Then drink
after it of boiling water;
55 And drink as
drinks the thirsty camel.
56 This is their
entertainment on the day of Requital.
57 We have
created you, why do you not then accept?
58 See you that
which you emit?
59 Is it you
that create it or are We the Creator?
60 We have
ordained death among you and We are not to be
61 That We may
change your state and make you grow into what you know
62 And certainly
you know the first growth, why do you not then
63 See you what
64 Is it you
that cause it to grow, or are We the Causer of
65 If We
pleased, We would make it chaff, then would you
66 Surely we are
burdened with debt:
67 Nay, we are
68 See you the
water which you drink?
69 Do you bring
it down from the clouds, or are We the Bringer?
70 If We
pleased, We could make it saltish; why give you not
71 See you the
.re which you kindle?
72 Is it you
that produce the trees for it, or are We the
73 We have made
it a reminder and an advantage for the wayfarers of the
74 So glorify
the name of thy Lord, the Incomparably Great.
These verses draw a picture of the distress and
abasement which were in store for the opponents of truth in
this life as well as in the Hereafter. [Back
to verse 44]
That is, the violation of Divine commandments.
to verse 46]
It is the Resurrection that is spoken of here. The
present state will be changed, we are told, and men will be
made to grow into a new creation, which they do not know.
Clearly it is not the material body of this life, but a new
body which grows out of the deeds of men. [Back
to verse 61]
The fire burned at night points out to the desert
wayfarer a habitation of men, where he will be welcome. It
is called "a reminder" because it represents the reward of
evil deeds in another life. [Back
to verse 73]
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