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 ‘Sabiqun – The Fore runner’ will be lying on smooth, even beds with decor and embroidery on it. They will be leaning back and facing each other. Young enthusiastic boys who will never get old will be running around with all kinds of drinks and water. The best part about the drinks of Jannah and even its wine is, we wont lose our mind, get inebriated or feel drunk.
They will have an extensive choice of fruits and meat to eat from. Our tasting ability will not be set and limited as it is in this world, it will be extensive based on our desire. We will be able to customize our orders.
They will have beautiful wide – eyed spouses. Here we need to understand that the reality of jannah is different than our reality. It has that which no eye has seen. These spouses are a reward of the good they used to do, hidden for them like pearls. They will never hear any meaningless or evil conversation. They will be having peaceful conversations. A BEAUTIFUL TRANSITION
In the Verse 8 and 9 – The words used for right and left hand companions is “maymanah” and “mash’ama”. But now for the same meaning (if you read translation its exactly the same!) a different word is used ‘Yameen’. Yameen is broader, a large population is now being talked about.
Surah Al Waqi’ah is the 56th Surah in the mushaf and is preceded by Ar Rahman.
The Theme of Al Waqi’ah and Ar Rahman is nearly similar but the order of topics is reversed.
Al Waqi’ah occurs in the 27th Juzz or parah of the Qur’an and consists of 96 Verses.
Al Waqi’ah is a Meccan Surah.
BENEFITS : It was narrated from Shujaa’ from Abi Faatimah that ‘Uthmaan ibn ‘Affaan (may Allaah be pleased with him) visited Ibn Mas’ood when he was sick. He said, “What is hurting?” He said, “My sins.” He said, “What do you need?” He said, “The mercy of my Lord.” He said, “Shall we not call the doctor for you?” He said, “The doctor made me ill.” He said, “Shall I order that your regular income [from the state] be restored to you?” He said, “You did not let me have it before today and I have no need of it now.” He said, ‘Then leave it to your family and dependents.” He said, “I have taught them something which, if they say it, they will never become poor. I heard the Messenger of Allaah(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say, ‘Whoever recites al-Waaqi’ah every night will never become poor.” (Narrated by al-Bayhaqi in Shu’ab al-Eemaan, 2/491. This hadeeth was classed as da’eef by Shaykh al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Da’eefah, 289).
Summary of 14 Ayahs
Allah tells us when the day of judgment occurs there will be nothing to reverse it – there will be no going back from this catastrophe!! (May Allah safeguard and protect us – ameen) 3rd Verse needs detailing.. Surah Al Waqi’ah 56 : Verse 3 It will bring down [some] and raise up [others]
On that day many things will fall and many things will raise
– The Sun will fall.
– The Mountains will fall, crumble, become dust and get scattered.
– Buildings & high structures will become flat
– The Deep oceans will rise.
– People buried under the earth will rise and come out. The other interpretation is with regards to the status of the people..
– A king high and mighty in this world might be in a low condition on that day.
– Where as a poor beggar who was righteous may be given the status of a king. The powerful, arrogant,unjust and mighty will become powerless and weak and the ones oppressed,denied and humiliated will be honored and raised in ranks.
QURANIC GEM :Qur’an presents to us in many places the imagery of the day of judgement. The believers will be elevated and will be looking down upon the kuffar. The highest rank or station will that be of Prophet Muhammad salallahu aleyhi wasallam – The Quran describes it as “Maqaman Mahmudan – The Station worthy of praise”. REFLECTION :There are many instances when we feel betrayed, when we ask why dint Allah give me justice, where we think “we deserved something” and yet were denied. Some times in life even after doing everything right the blessing doesn’t come and hardship isn’t lifted and this ayah might just be the reason. Because to begin with – this duniya was never the ground for settling scores – akhira is the place of justice where our wages will be paid in full. Denying in this world might just mean that Allah is raising our ranks in the akhira. If something you asked for dint come true dont lose hope and be sure that if your deeds and duas are sincere your ranks are being raised in the akhira inshaAllah
Then we are told how the earth will shake with immense severity, the mountains will crumble down to become dust and get dispersed. The entire humankind on that day will be divided into 3 groups
Those who will be handed their book of deeds in their right hands – the righteous companions and they will be happy.
Those who will be handed their book of deeds in their left hands – the evil ones who will enter hell.
The fore runners – The best and the most righteous group – they will be brought near Allah in the garden of paradise. The fore runners will mostly be from among the first generations and a very few from the latter generations.
Dua tip – Do not make dua to get your books in your right hands – rather make dua that Allah makes you from among the “fore runners on the day of judgement”. May Allah make us from among the fore runners on the day of judgement ameen ya rabbi!!
What is the difference between left hand companions, right hand companions and the fore runners? 1. Left Hand Companions – FAIL! 2. Right Hand Companions – PASS! 3. Sabiqun – The fore runners – A+!! 😀 🙂