79:8

A Time So Near

Allah عزوجل says in The Qur’an:

قُلُوبٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ وَاجِفَةٌ

“Hearts that day will tremble”

Surah An-Naziat, 79:8

Excerpt from Tafsir Ibn Kathir about this Ayah;


Then Allah says,

﴿يَوْمَ تَرْجُفُ الرَّاجِفَةُ – تَتْبَعُهَا الرَّادِفَةُ ﴾

(On the Day the Rajifah shakes, followed by the Radifah.) Ibn `Abbas said, “These are the two blasts (of the Trumpet) — the first and the second.” Mujahid, Al-Hasan, Qatadah, Ad-Dahhak and others have made similar statements. It has been reported from Mujahid that he said, “In reference to the first, it is the statement of Allah,

﴿يَوْمَ تَرْجُفُ الرَّاجِفَةُ ﴾

(On the Day the Rajifah shakes,) This is similar to Allah’s statement,

﴿يَوْمَ تَرْجُفُ الاٌّرْضُ وَالْجِبَالُ﴾

(On the Day the earth and the mountains shake.) (73:14) The second is Ar-Radifah, and it is like the Allah’s statement,

﴿وَحُمِلَتِ الاٌّرْضُ وَالْجِبَالُ فَدُكَّتَا دَكَّةً وَحِدَةً ﴾

(And the earth and mountains shall be removed from their places, and crushed with a single crushing.) (69:14)” Concerning Allah’s statement,

﴿قُلُوبٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ وَاجِفَةٌ

(Hearts that Day will tremble.) Ibn `Abbas said, “This means afraid.” Mujahid and Qatadah also said this.

﴿أَبْصَـرُهَا خَـشِعَةٌ ﴾

(Their vision humiliated.) meaning, the eyes of the people. It means that the eyes will be lowly and disgraced from what they will witness of terrors. Allah then says,

﴿يَقُولُونَ أَءِنَّا لَمَرْدُودُونَ فِى الْحَـفِرَةِ ﴾

(They say: “Shall we indeed be brought back from Al-Hafirah”) meaning, the idolators of the Quraysh and whoever rejects the Hereafter as they did. They consider the occurrence of the resurrection after being placed in Al-Hafirah — which are the graves — as something farfetched. This has been said by Mujahid. They feel that this is something impossible after the destruction of their physical bodies and the disintegration of their bones and their decaying. Thus, Allah says,

﴿أَءِذَا كُنَّا عِظَـماً نَّخِرَةً ﴾

(Even after we are bones Nakhirah) It has also been recited: (نَاخِرَةً) (Nakhirah) Ibn Abbas, Mujahid and Qatadah, all said, "This means decayed.'' IbnAbbas said, “It is the bone when it has decayed and air enters into it.” Concerning their saying,

﴿تِلْكَ إِذاً كَرَّةٌ خَـسِرَةٌ﴾

(It would in that case be a return with loss.) (79:12) Muhammad bin Ka`b said that the Quraysh said, “If Allah brings us back to life after we die, then surely we will be losers.” Allah then says,

﴿فَإِنَّمَا هِىَ زَجْرَةٌ وَحِدَةٌ – فَإِذَا هُم بِالسَّاهِرَةِ ﴾

(But it will be only a single Zajrah. When behold, they are at As-Sahirah.) meaning, this is a matter that is from Allah that will not occur twice, nor will there be any opportunity to affirm it or verify it. The people will be standing and looking. This will be when Allah commands the angel Israfil to blow into the Sur, which will be the blowing of the resurrection. At that time the first people and the last people will all be standing before their Lord looking. This is as Allah says,

﴿يَوْمَ يَدْعُوكُمْ فَتَسْتَجِيبُونَ بِحَمْدِهِ وَتَظُنُّونَ إِن لَّبِثْتُمْ إِلاَّ قَلِيلاً ﴾

(On the Day when He will call you, and you will answer with His praise and obedience, and you will think that you have stayed but a little while!) (17:52) Allah has also said,

﴿وَمَآ أَمْرُنَآ إِلاَّ وَحِدَةٌ كَلَمْحٍ بِالْبَصَرِ ﴾

(And our commandment is but one as the twinkling of an eye.) (54:50) Allah also says,

﴿وَمَآ أَمْرُ السَّاعَةِ إِلاَّ كَلَمْحِ الْبَصَرِ أَوْ هُوَ أَقْرَبُ﴾

(And the matter of the Hour is not but as a twinkling of the eye, or even nearer.) (16:77) Allah then says,

﴿فَإِذَا هُم بِالسَّاهِرَةِ ﴾

(When behold, they are at As-Sahirah.) Ibn Abbas said, "As-Sahirah means the entire earth.'' Said bin Jubayr, Qatadah and Abu Salih have all said this as well. Ikrimah, Al-Hasan, Ad-Dahhak, and Ibn Zayd have all said, "As-Sahirah means the face of the earth.'' Mujahid said, "They will be at its (the earth's) lowest part, and they will be brought out to highest part.'' Then he said, "As-Sahirah is a level place.'' Ar-Rabi bin Anas said,

﴿فَإِذَا هُم بِالسَّاهِرَةِ ﴾

(When behold, they are at As-Sahirah.) “Allah says,

﴿يَوْمَ تُبَدَّلُ الاٌّرْضُ غَيْرَ الاٌّرْضِ وَالسَّمَـوَتُ وَبَرَزُواْ للَّهِ الْوَاحِدِ الْقَهَّارِ ﴾

(On the Day when the earth will be changed to another earth and so will be the heavens, and they will appear before Allah, the One, the Irresistible.) (14:48) and He says,

﴿وَيَسْـَلُونَكَ عَنِ الْجِبَالِ فَقُلْ يَنسِفُهَا رَبِّى نَسْفاً – فَيَذَرُهَا قَاعاً صَفْصَفاً – لاَّ تَرَى فِيهَا عِوَجاً وَلا أَمْتاً ﴾

(And they ask you concerning the mountains: say, “My Lord will blast them and scatter them as particles of dust. Then He shall leave them as a level smooth plain.You will see therein nothing crooked or curved.) (20:105-107) and Allah says,

﴿” وَيَوْمَ نُسَيِّرُ الْجِبَالَ وَتَرَى الاٌّرْضَ بَارِزَةً﴾

(And the Day We shall cause the mountains to pass away, and you will see the earth as a leveled plain.) (18:47) and the earth will be brought forth which will have mountains upon it, and it will not be considered from this earth (of this life). It will be an earth that no sin will be performed on it, nor will any blood be shed upon it.”

Tafsir Ibn Kathir

It is incumbent upon us to remember The Day of Judgement often, and to hold a fear of it in our hearts. That Day will be a day when the truthful and repentant will profit from their truth, whilst the liar and deniers will suffer

for their deciet.

Published by Umm Nadia Taliah Muhammad

Striving to be a faithful servant of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَ. Mother of six. Forever a student, In shaa Allah- in the areas of Qur'an, Sunnah, and Islamic Herbal Herbal Medicine.

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