About the Book
Belief in the Day of Resurrection gives meaning and purpose to our brief
stay in this transient world. It is the believer's goal to win the Pleasure
of His Lord by worshiping Him alone, fulfilling His Commands and refraining
from His Prohibition during his worldly life-span. On the Day of Judgment,
his fate will be decided in accordance with his record of deeds; he who
fulfills his obligations will be rewarded with eternal bliss in Paradise,
and he, who fails to be a believer will be doomed to eternal Hell-Fire.
Those who reject the idea of being brought back to life are unable to
understand the reality of this life and are ever confused about what lies
beyond death. In their bewilderment, they concoct mysterious stories about
what, if anything, happens to the soul after death.
reject resurrection also cannot explain why certain things happen like,
birth and death, why some people suffer while others commit the most
heinous crimes against humanity and go unpunished?
Such uncertainty in belief causes misery in life. Self-indulgence
overwhelms man and he races against time to achieve physical pleasures - by
hook or by crook - for fear that his time will come to an end before he can
enjoy life's pleasures. Destructive behavior and immoral attitudes take the
lead because disbelief in resurrection makes following any moral principle
worthless. Man becomes inconsiderate of his fellow men. Consequently, the
whole society suffers from chaos, greed, transgressions and intolerance.
On the other hand, a believer in resurrection focuses on his ultimate goal
and does not let trivial pleasures of the world distract him. He is always
satisfied with little provision and his soul is free from cravings and
greed because he knows that what is in store for him in the Hereafter is
much more than this world can offer. The Prophet (sallallahu aaihe
wa-sallam) said, "The world is a prison for the believer and a paradise
for the disbeliever." [Saheeh Muslim]
A believer's certainty of faith provides him with all the answers he needs
to live a serene life; he understands the purpose of life and death,
struggle and trial.
He is solicitous in his attitude and behavior with others and refrains from
any sort of transgression. It does not upset him if he does not receive his
due in this world or is treated unjustly because he is well-aware that this
world is not the final place for judgment, rewards and punishments. He is
certain that the time will come for all matters to be settled justly and
that time is the Day of Judgement. Reckoning thus brings comfort and solace
to the heart of a believer, and peace and tranquility to society as a
Soorah an-Naba was revealed in response to the Arab pagan's denial of the
Day of Resurrection. It thus contains proofs of Allah's Ability to
resurrect His creation, proofs that we witness in our day to day lives!
Soorah an-Naba describes how this great event will take place and how the
ambiance of the earth will quickly change into an atmosphere that will
cause terror in the hearts of the people. The Soorah depicts the evil abode
of the disbelievers and their crimes. It also illustrates the rewards and
blessings the believers will receive from their Lord on the Day of
Judgment. It further describes the great events of that Day; the
intercessions, reckoning and weighing of the deeds in the balance. The
Soorah contains admonitions and glad tidings for those who take heed.
With the intent of making the Tafseer of this Soorah comprehensively
beneficial for the reader, various famous Arabic Tafaseer (pl. of Tafseer)
and original Arabic books about the subject were referred to.
From amongst them are; Tafseer al-Qur’aan al-Adheem of Shaikh Salih al-Uthaimeen,
Adwaul-Bayan of Imam Shanqitee, Tafseer Ibn Katheer of Hafidh Ibn Katheer,
Fathul-Baree, Jamee al-Uloom wal-Hikam and Sharh Muslim by an-Nawawi,
Sharah Usool al-Imaan of Shaikh Salih al-Uthaimeen, Al-Eeman bil-Malaaikah
wa-Athruhu fi-Hayatil-Ummah and Aqeedah at-Tawheed by Shaikh Salih ibn
Fawzan al-Fawzan and others.
May Allah accept all sincere efforts and all success lies with Him Alone.
Shawana A. Aziz