Sunday 5 June 2022

Who shall be raised BLIND on the Day of Resurrection

Followers of all Divine religions believe that this worldly universe would come to an end one day and all men who have ever lived will be raised from their graves and paraded in the court of God to be made answerable for their deeds and rewarded for their good deeds and entered in to Paradise while those who sinned and usurped others rights will be ushered towards the blazing fire of Hell. That will be the Divine Justice. 

However, while many will be raised seeing the day, a large number will be raised blind. For them God has forewarned them in the verse 125th of Surah 20. Ta Ha:

وَمَنۡ اَعۡرَضَ عَنۡ ذِكۡرِىۡ فَاِنَّ لَـهٗ مَعِيۡشَةً ضَنۡكًا وَّنَحۡشُرُهٗ يَوۡمَ الۡقِيٰمَةِ اَعۡمٰى‏ 
(20:124) But whosoever turns away from Admonition from Me shall have a straitened life; We shall raise him blind on the Day of Resurrection,
Here "Wretched /strained life in this world" does not mean a life of poverty. It means that such a one shall be deprived of the peace of mind, even though he may be a millionaire or the ruler of a vast empire, for the one, who will turn away from the "Admonition", will win all the worldly successes by unlawful means and, therefore, will always be suffering from pangs of a guilty conscience and deprived of the peace of mind and real happiness. 

Tafsir Ibn-Kathir
(But whosoever turns away from My Reminder,) This means, "Whoever opposes my command and what I have revealed to My Messenger, then he has turned away from it, neglected it and taken his guidance from other than it.''

(verily, for him is a life of hardship,) meaning, his life will be hard in this world. He will have no tranquility and no expanding of his breast (ease). Rather, his chest will be constrained and in difficulty due to his misguidance. Even if he appears to be in comfort outwardly and he wears whatever he likes, eats whatever he likes and lives wherever he wants, he will not be happy. For verily, his heart will not have pure certainty and guidance. He will be in agitation, bewilderment and doubt. He will always be in confusion and a state of uncertainty. This is from the hardship of life.

Concerning His statement, (and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection.) Mujahid, Abu Salih and As-Suddi said, "This means he will have no proof.'' `Ikrimah said, "He will be made blind to everything except Hell.'' 
This is as Allah says, (And We shall gather them together on the Day of Resurrection on their faces, blind, dumb and deaf; their abode will be Hell.) [17:97] 
Yusuf Ali  Explanation: 
The consequences of the rejection of Allah's guidance are here expressed more individually: a life narrowed down, and a blindness that will persist beyond this life. "A life narrowed down" has many implications: (1) it is a life from which all the beneficent influences of Allah's wide world are excluded; (2) in looking exclusively to the "good things" of this life, it misses the true Reality.

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Explanation:
This blindness will be with regard to the consequences: although they will be able to see but will be deprived of the light which believers will have on that day in the radiance of which they will be able to determine their path and destination at every moment. In verse 13 of Sūrah al-Ḥadīd, this has been explained.

Qur'an Wiki:
They swing from one extreme to the other. Misery will always be the result of such worry and confusion, even though a person enjoys all the riches life can give. But the ultimate misery is that suffered in the hereafter. However, those who follow God’s guidance are protected from error and misery in this earthly life. This compensates them for their lost Paradise until they return to it on the appointed day. “But he who turns away from My message shall have a straitened life and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection.” (Verse 124) When human life severs its links with God, depriving itself of His abundant grace, it becomes straitened, even though it may be materially affluent. It is a type of stress attendant on being isolated from God and the reassurance of His mercy. It is a stress that demonstrates itself in worry, doubt and confusion; holding tight to what one owns and fearing unexpected loss; coveting all manner of comfort and pleasure; nurturing aspirations and ambitions, etc. People do not feel true reassurance except when they place their trust in God, holding tight to their bond with Him. The reassurance generated by faith in God adds much to life’s dimensions in length, breadth, depth and expanse. Without such reassurance, life is nothing but a continuous misery and is far harder than what man suffers through poverty and deprivation. “We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection.” (Verse 124) This is the same type of going astray as that which man went through in the life of this world. It comes by way of recompense for his turning away from God’s message in this first life.

Such people will lament and will ask:

قَالَ رَبِّ لِمَ حَشَرۡتَنِىۡۤ اَعۡمٰى وَقَدۡ كُنۡتُ بَصِيۡرًا‏ 
(20:125) where-upon he will say: "Lord! Why have You raised me blind when I had sight in the world?"

And the God will answer:
قَالَ كَذٰلِكَ اَتَـتۡكَ اٰيٰتُنَا فَنَسِيۡتَهَا​ۚ وَكَذٰلِكَ الۡيَوۡمَ تُنۡسٰى‏  
(20:126) He will say: "Even so it is. Our Signs came to you and you ignored them. So shall you be ignored this Day."
The Quran has described the different conditions and experiences through which the criminals will pass from the Day of Resurrection to the time of their entry into Hell: You were neglectful of this, now We have removed the curtain from before you and your sight has become very sharp. (Surah Qaaf, Ayat 22). He is only deferring them to the Day when all eyes shall stare with consternation. They will be running in terror with heads uplifted and eyes fixed upwards and hearts void. (Surah Ibrahim, Ayats 42-43). We have fastened the augury of every man to his own neck and on the Day of Resurrection We will bring forth a writing which he will find like an open book. (It will be said to him:) Here is your record: read it. Today you can yourself reckon your account. (Surah Al-Isra, Ayats 13-14). In the light of the above and this (verse 126), it appears that in the Hereafter, the criminals shall be enabled to see the horrible sights and to realize the consequences of their evil deeds, but in other respects they will be like the blind man who cannot see his way and is deprived of even a staff to feel his way, nor is there anyone to guide him. So he stumbles and is knocked about and does not know where to go and how to satisfy his needs. This very state has been expressed thus: You forgot Our Revelations when they came to you, so you are being forgotten today, as if, you were blind and had no one to look after you.

So my believer brothers and sisters, time is still at our hand to repent of our bad deeds sincerely so that we do not have to be among the category of the blind and that we are blessed on that fateful day and be guided to Paradise by Noor of  Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎). 

May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. Aameen.

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