Throughout the surah, we are being exposed to minute details – the wonders of creation of the heavens and earth, Allaah’s knowledge of our every thought , the exhaustive and thorough recordings of our deeds by the two angels – in a manner where not a word escapes from our mouth, but its recorded by them…and now to the details of the Day when we will be assembled before our Lord.
Why the details? Why these descriptions?
One of the reasons is so that the reality of these verses sinks in the depths of our hearts in such a way that we can feel it, hear it and see it before us… hence, it instills the necessary fear, hope and action required from these verses.
Continuing on to the horrid scenes on the Day of Judgment… (Verses 27-30)
Dispute between man and Shaytaan in front of their Lord.
The wretched man who will receive the news of his humiliating and painful end will look for an escape, a way out from his misery. He will be quick to blame shaytaan for his evil acts during his life.
What will the accused Shaytaan do in return?
He will disown him, saying,“Our Lord! I did not push him to transgression, but he was himself in error far astray.” (27)
In another surah, we read, ” And Shaytaan will say when the matter has been decided: “Verily, Allaah promised you a promise of truth. And I too promised you, but I betrayed you. I had no authority over you except that i called you, and you responded to me. So blame me not, but blame yourselves. I cannot help you, nor can you help me. I deny your former act in associating me as a partner with Allah. Verily, there is a painful torment for the wrongdoers. (14:22)
How easily and guiltlessly we blame shaytaan or even other people to justify our actions! We do this without realizing that the evil whispers of ourselves are even more destructive and harmful than the whispers of the accursed devil.
“….ever feeble indeed is the plot of Shaytaan (Satan)” [al-Nisa’ 4:76].
Allaah, the Exalted, will say, “”Dispute not in front of Me, I had already in advance sent you the threat (the warning).” (28 )
The warning of eternal punishment for the disbelievers and hypocrites were crystal clear during the life of this world. And indeed, on that Day, it will be too late to repent and mend one’s ways. The books of records will be sealed and handed over to the Lord of the Worlds.
” The sentence that comes from Me cannot be changed. And I am not unjust to the servants.” (29)
After a lifetime of opportunities to return back to Allah, can anyone have any reason or excuse to ask Allaah for another chance?
We learn here that Allaah, the Most Honored, is not Unjust to His slaves. Two of His Most Beautiful Names are: الحكم (The Judge, the Arbitrator) and العدل (The Just).
Indeed, He is the Most Just when it comes to recording our evil actions. When a sin is committed, it is recorded as one sin- not a degree more and not a degree less. On other hand, He is فضل , i.e. He is extra generous with regards to our righteous deeds because for every good deed done, the reward is 10 till 700 times over!
“On the Day when We will say to Hell: ‘Are you filled?’ It will say: ‘Are there any more?’” (30)
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Jahannam will be asked, “Are you filled?” and it will say, “Are there any more?” Until the Lord, the Blessed and Most Honored, puts His Foot over it and it will say: “Enough! Enough!”(Al Bukhari)
May Allaah protect us from the horrors of Hellfire, ameen.
Aqeedah issue:Here we affirm that indeed Allaah has a foot (and that it is one of His Attributes), but we don’t know and cannot comprehend the ‘howness’ of His Foot. (For further details, ask Eman ;) )
For more jewels from this surah, click here: The People of Jannah