#28. Surat Al-Ghashiyah – The Awe-inspiring Event

 

Watch Dr Musharraf Hussain sharing his thoughts and analysis of Surat Al-Ghashiyah. This surat was revealed in the middle Makkan period. The three fundamental doctrines of Islam are emphasised. The Day of Judgement is introduced in an unusual manner: “Has the news of the overwhelming event reached you?” This is followed by a harrowing account of what will happen to the disbeliever who toiled, struggled and worked hard in his life but ignored Allah, and never thought about the Hereafter. This is contrasted with the fate of a believer who worked to please his Lord. Humanity is invited to enjoy the delights of Paradise, its elegant surroundings, its comforts and luxuries. The price is strong faith. To conclude, the surat comforts the Prophet ﷺ by telling him not to worry, since he cannot compel people to believe. His mission is to remind: “To Us is their final return, then it will be up to Us to call them to account” (25-26).

 

Translation

In the name of Allah, the Kind, the Caring.

The miserable fate of disbelieving hard workers

1 Has news of the Awe-inspiring Event reached you? 2 Some faces that Day will be humbled, 3 looking tired and exhausted. 4 They will walk in to an intensely-hot Fire, 5 and drink from a boiling water spring. 6 They will have no food except bitter thorns, 7 which won’t nourish or satisfy their hunger.

The delights of Paradise

8 Some faces that Day will be beautiful and bright, 9 well-pleased with their efforts, 10 living in an elegant Garden, 11 where they won’t hear any idle chat, 12 watered by a flowing spring, 13 furnished with raised and comfortable sofas, 14 wine glasses gracefully arranged, 15 silken cushions set in rows, 16 and luxurious soft carpets laid all around.

 

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