Those who were handed their book of deeds in their left hand will be under the shade of a black smoke which will not be cold or comforting. Usually a dark black shade is considered a refuge or a protection but such will not be the case. Allah says these were the ones who used to spend offensively without giving a second thought about the poor and needy. These people indulged in shirk, since they never accepted Allah as one true lord they were oblivious of the accountability to their lord and to the needs of others. They used to question and doubt resurrection. They used to joke and mock the prophet salallahu aleyhi wasallam asking.. “Our earliest ancestors are going to be raised?”
Allah instructs prophet Muhammad to reply back to them and to tell them that yes indeed the first and the last of generations is going to be raised on an appointed day. On that day these evil people will be eating from the trees of Zaqqum – it is one of the special trees of the hellfire and they will be filling their stomachs with it.. (May Allah forgive and protect us – ameen ya rabbi!) – ” Some ulema say that they will have multiple stomachs that Allah will give them to increase them in their torture.”
They will be drinking hot water like mad camels full of thirst.
Lotus trees are known to have alot of thorns but in jannah they wont have any. There will be a tree which will be filled with trees from top to bottom. (Before you on – pause and try to visualize this – SUBHAN ALLAH!)
These trees will provide large and extensive shades and we can hear the soothing sound of rivers and water flowing around.
The fruits there in will be extensive and varied. Allah mentions all fruits will be fresh and in Jannah there will be no forbidden fruit. WHY IS FORBIDDEN FRUIT MENTIONED? This teaches us 2 very important points 1. For Adam aleyhi salaam Jannah was a test. 2. When this all ends there will be no more tests.
Our beds, cushions and floors will be raised high. The spouses of Jannah are created in a unique form and they are virgins and previously unmarried. They will be devoted and flirtatious towards their husbands. They will be custom made to attract and retain the love of every man. The spouses will be of equal age and equal intellectual ability. All this is for the people who will be handed their book of deeds in their right hands.
There will be a large number of people from the former and latter generations.
Allah now tells us about the horrifying condition of the people who were handed their book of deeds in their left hands – the ones who failed their test, their fate will be terrible. They will be in
2. Boiling Hot Water.
3. And in wind that is toxic and which makes you sick.
The Spouses will have dark, brilliant bright eyes and they will like being at home. They will be chaste and pure untouched by any man or jinn. They will all be reclining and sitting on fine carpets and green cushions. In the end of the verse Allah reminds us that blessed is His name – WHICH NAME? AR RAHMAN!!
We are being reminded to not forget where this surah started from.
Apart from being beautiful and shy the spouses will be valuable like the rubies and the corals. Allah then asks us why would the reward of good be anything but good – meaning if we do good and righteous deeds we will be rewarded with an equally excellent reward. The other paradise (the better one) is described now, its way more greener. In this paradise the springs are “gushing” and not just “flowing” it is way more beautiful and intense. These gardens will have all kinds of fruits but pomegranate and date palms are particularly pointed out.
The spouses will be of good character as well. They will be perfect inwardly and outwardly – which is impossible in this world.
Now we are shown hell and we are told this is the hell the disbelievers used to deny and lie about. The disbelievers will be doing “tawaaf = running back and forth” between the scalding water and fire of the hell. Where as those who feared Allah and engaged in much good for them will be 2 gardens full of trees with big branches and a pair of springs flowing. There are 2 kinds of fruits in it. In 2 different flavours. Jannah has all the variety you need and desire.The fruits are within our reach. The believers will be sitting, reclining, relaxing and enjoying on couches made of brocade. There will be maidens for men whose glances will only be for their husbands and who are pure and untouched by any man or jinn.
The 29th Ayah starts with pointing out the entire creation’s sheer dependency on Allah alone! Allah then issues a threat to both the humans and the jinns, that soon their affairs and all that they are doing will be settled. On the Day of Judgment humans and jinns will try to escape but they wont be able to do so. When Jinns try to escape through skies they will be attacked by flames (as a punishment for trying to escape).
The sky will turn blood red in color. There will be no need to question anyone about their sins because it will be shown on their faces.
THE NEXT VERSE(55:41)IS VERY PROFOUND AND VERY SCARY (In a sense very humiliating to think you will be treated so in front of the entire humanity – we need to keep in mind Allah is Al Adl i.e., THE MOST JUST!in His punishment and everything else)
Verse 41 The Mujrimun (polytheists, criminals, sinners, etc.) will be known by their marks (black faces), and they will be seized by their forelocks and their feet. Tafsir Titbit :
We witness in this world that the meat or animals in slaughter houses are held by their heads and feet. The implication is if you decide to live like an animal (without giving thought to your desires and just blindly acting upon them), then on the Day of Judgement you will be treated like an animal. ** Also please notice and internalize that sinners are mentioned who can very much be believers but those who sinned – gives a whole new meaning to repentance and seeking forgiveness in Ramadan **
Jinn were created from fire. Allah is the master of the east and the west. We are made to ponder over and appreciate the rising of the sun, the changing of the seasons. Allah then talks about how two water bodies crash together but do not mix. The sweet and the salt water that is. This shows us how everyone is obeying Allah and how they do not cross the boundaries set by Allah. (A very important point to note here is that prophet Muhamamd salallahu aleyhi wasallam dint go and travel over the sea to witness the above – This is a clear proof against those who say Prophet Muhammad wrote The Qur’an – Allah told him so and he is indeed our creator’s messenger! salallahu aleyhi wasallam)
Allah tells us how pearls come out of both the waters. The visual contrast of this verse and the next is beyond amazing! Allah just informed us that there are pearls resting on the bed of the ocean (very tiny) and now Allah is telling us how ships float over water. SO VISUALIZE THIS! 1. Tiny pearl at the bottom of the ocean. 2. Big, massive, huge and gigantic ships floating over the ocean. Logically what should be sinking and what should be floating?? THE REVERSE! SUBHAN ALLAH!!
After this powerful imagery we are told how everything will cease to exist and how only the face of our lord will remain. By nature, no matter what big things we or others achieve – there is an expiry date – there is a life span – everything will end or die.
1. Steve Jobs.
3. The Twin Towers.
5. Prophet Muhammad!!
This logic and nature of withering away, perishing and dying applies to individuals, civilizations and nations!! And if we reflect further this logic applies even to our statuses – one day people respect us and the other day Allah can totally turn the tables and the very same people who used to love and respect us can become our haters and enemies!