May 18, 2018 18:51 UTC

Salaam and welcome to our weekly program "Path towards Enlightenment" in which we present you a fluent and easy-to-understand explanation of the ayahs of the holy Qur’an.

We start from where we left you last Friday and here are ayahs 12 to 15 of Surah Saaffaat:

 “Indeed you wonder, while they engage in ridicule,”

“And [even] when admonished do not take admonition,”

“And when they see a sign they make it an object of ridicule,”

“And say, ‘This is nothing but plain magic!”

Last week we said the disbelievers deny the Day of Resurrection. The ayahs that we recited to you now address Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny). These ayahs mean to say that you who have been endowed with the purest of hearts and are well aware with certitude of the Day of Resurrection, should not be surprised at the behaviour of the disbelievers, who dare to ridicule the raising of the dead to life and whatever you convey of the revelations of God Almighty.

The reason for their denial is not ignorance, but it is intransigence and obstinacy, to the extent that they not even heed admonishments. Even when the signs are manifest and the miracle is crystal clear, instead of contemplating, they refuse to believe and ridicule it, by calling it sorcery, when the fact of the matter is that a miracle is totally different from magic. A sorcerer has to perfect his art for years in order to deceive and mislead people, while the Prophet performs the miracle all of a sudden on the Commandment and Will of God.

From these ayahs we learn that:

  1. If the heart is not prepared to accept the truth, the words of the best people will not be effective in conveying the facts.
  2. Mockery is one of the methods to which the disbelievers resort, but this should not make the true believers back off.
  3. The pagan Arabs, although acknowledging the extraordinary nature of the holy Qur’an, which no literati could match, called it magic.

Now we listen to ayahs 16 to 18 of Surah Saaffaat:

“What! When we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we be resurrected?”

“And our forefathers too?!”

“Say, ‘Yes! And you will be utterly humble.”

In continuation, these ayahs refer to the conversation between the deniers of the Day of Resurrection and the Prophet of Islam. It is interesting to note that the disbelievers do not justify the impossibility of resurrection, and they only express their stupidity and wonder. Therefore, they ask the Prophet whether the long dead, whose bones have become rotten and turned into dust, would be raised to life from virtually nothingness on the Day Resurrection, such as their progenitors who have been dead for centuries with no trace of their bones.

The Prophet replies in the affirmative and tells them that mankind is utterly powerless before the Might of the Creator. 

Such questions might arise in the minds of all human beings, but the true believers, in view of their cognizance of the infinite power of God very well know that the Almighty Creator, Who in the first instance created human beings without any prior plan or design, is able to revive the dead again, even if their remains have vanished and mixed with the dust. They accept the words of the prophets and the heavenly scriptures about resurrection and revival of the dead. But those who, out of intransigence and obstinacy, do not believe in God and His messengers, refuse to accept the manifest truth.

From these ayahs we learn that:

  1. Deniers of Resurrection have no firm logic and reasoning and they only wonder and consider it impossible, instead of using their God-given intellect to contemplate and reason.
  2. Questions and doubts should be answered clearly and explicitly, even when the opponents try to ridicule.
  3. Obstinacy vis-à-vis righteousness and the manifest truth, is the source of humility and degradation in the hereafter.

Now we listen to ayahs 19 to 21 of Surah Saaffaat:

 “It will be only a single shout and, behold, they will look on,”

“And say, ‘Woe to us! This is the Day of Retribution!”

“This is the Day of Judgement that you used to deny!”

These ayahs refer to the Almighty Creator’s infinite power in restoring the long dead to life in their original form, shape and size, with a single shout, and not any lengthy process of gathering of the scattered bones. At the sight of the instant raising to life of the long dead, the disbelievers will rue and begin to curse themselves for not believing while alive in the promise of the God of the advent of the Day of Resurrection, which is a day of retribution for them and their misdeeds.

As the dead suddenly rise from the soil and look around, the disbelievers will be told that this is the very day which they used to deny.

On the commandment of God, the celestial angels proclaim that today is the day of sifting of the truth from falsehood, and the separation of the believers from the disbelievers. This is the day of separation of the virtuous from the vicious and the day of general judgment for all mankind.

From these ayahs we learn that:

  1. The Day of Resurrection and the raising to life of the dead from the soil, is sudden, and not gradual or time-consuming.
  2. The disbelievers are astonished at the Day of Resurrection, woeful of their miserable fate.
  3. Resurrection is the day of regret for the disbelievers, therefore, we ought to be extra careful while we are still alive, of the pitfalls of the deceit of Satan which bring nothing but regret on the Day of Resurrection – the regret which on that day is useless.