Thursday 12 November 2020

Disbelievers are the most unfortunate for their wealth cannot save them from Chastisement of Hell

The earthly life is but an illusion, specially for those who mock their prophets and Divine revelations brought to them, explaining the path to success and eternal pleasures. But how unfortunate are they that they not only coverer their ears so as not to listen to those telling the truth, but also boast of their wealth as if it would save them as a bribe from the chastisement of Hell. But once presented before their Lord, they would realize the blunder of their earthly life. 

The selected verse from Surah 5 Al Maida (verse 36) is a plain warning for such disbelievers:

اِنَّ الَّذِيۡنَ كَفَرُوۡا لَوۡ اَنَّ لَهُمۡ مَّا فِى الۡاَرۡضِ جَمِيۡعًا وَّمِثۡلَهٗ مَعَهٗ لِيَـفۡتَدُوۡا بِهٖ مِنۡ عَذَابِ يَوۡمِ الۡقِيٰمَةِ مَا تُقُبِّلَ مِنۡهُمۡ​ۚ 
وَلَهُمۡ عَذَابٌ اَ لِيۡمٌ‏ 
"For those who disbelieved - even if they had all that is in the earth, and the like of it with it, and offered it all as ransom from chastisement on the Day of Resurrection, it will not be accepted of them - a painful chastisement lies in store for them."

Ibn Kathir explains this verse and notes:
So if a disbeliever brought the earth's fill of gold, and twice as much as that amount on the Day of Judgment to ransom himself from Allah's torment that has surrounded him, and he is certain that he will suffer from it, it will not be accepted of him. Rather, there is no escaping the torment, and he will not be able to evade or save himself from it. Hence Allah's statement, (And theirs would be a painful torment.) meaning, hurtful, 

The next verse further explains the misery of the disbelievers: (They will long to get out of the Fire, but never will they get out therefrom, and theirs will be a lasting torment. 5:37) That is they would make their every effort to get out of the hell fire or to be forgiven but their torment will be never ending for they were guided in their earthly world by prophets but they mocked them and disobeyed commandments of Allah.

In another Ayah, Allah said, (Every time they seek to get away therefrom, in anguish, they will be driven back therein.) Therefore, they will still long to leave the torment because of the severity and the pain it causes. They will have no way of escaping it. The more the flames lift them to the upper part of Hell, the more the angels of punishment will strike them with iron bars and they will fall down to its depths, (And theirs will be a lasting torment.) meaning, eternal and everlasting, and they will never be able to depart from it or avoid it.

Anas bin Malik said that the Messenger of Allah said, (A man from the people of the Fire will be brought forth and will be asked, `O son of Adam! How did you find your dwelling' He will say, `The worst dwelling.' He will be told, `Would you ransom yourself with the earth's fill of gold' He will say, `Yes, O Lord!' Allah will say to him, `You have lied. I asked you for what is less than that and you did not do it,' and he will be ordered to the Fire.) Muslim and An-Nasa'i recorded it.
May Allah help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. Aameen.

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  • The plain translation has been taken from the Qur'ān officially published by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. [1]
  • The exegesis of the chapters of the Quran is mainly based on the "Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Qur'an" by one of the most enlightened scholars of the Muslim World Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi. [2]  
In order to augment and add more explanation as already provided by [2], additional input has been interjected from following sources: 
  • Towards Understanding the Quran
  • Tafsir Ibn Khatir
  • Muhammad Asad Translation
  • Javed Ahmad Ghamidi / Al Mawrid
  • Al-Quran, Yusuf Ali Translation
  • Verse by Verse Qur'an Study Circle
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