Surah Fajr Ayat 21 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 21
No! When the earth has been leveled – pounded and crushed –
Nay! When the earth is pounded to powder,
But no; when the earth is ground to powder,
Nay! When the earth is ground to powder,
Nay, but when the earth is ground to atoms, grinding, grinding,
Not at all, When the earth is pounded (into powder), pounding, pounding,
No indeed! When the earth is pounded to dust, pounded and pounded,
Quran 89 Verse 21 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Fajr ayat 21, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(89:21) But no; when the earth is ground to powder,
15. That is, you are wrong in thinking that you may do whatever you like in your life of the world, but you will never be called to account for it. The meting out of rewards and punishment denying which you have adopted this mode of life, is not anything impossible and fictitious, but it has to come to pass and it will certainly come to pass at the time being mentioned below.
21. Nay! When the earth is flatened, Dakkan Dakka. 22. And your Lord comes with the angels in rows. 23. And Hell will be brought near that Day. On that Day will man remember, but how will that remembrance avail him 24. He will say: “Alas! Would that I had sent forth for my life!” 25. So on that Day none will punish as He will punish. 26. And none will bind as He will bind. 27. “O tranquil soul!” 28. “Come back to your Lord, — well-pleased and well-pleasing!” 29. “Enter then among My servants,” 30. “And enter My Paradise!”
Allah informs of what will happen on the Day of Judgement of the great horrors. He says,
(Nay!) meaning, truly.
(When the earth is flatened, Dakkan Dakka.) meaning, the earth and the mountains will be flattened, leveled and made even, and the creatures will rise from their graves for their Lord.
(And your Lord comes) meaning, for the session of Judgement between His creatures. This is after they requested the best of the Sons of Adam — Muhammad — to intercede with Allah. This will occur only after they have requested the other great Messengers, one after another. Yet, all of them will say, “I cannot do that for you.” This will continue until the beseeching of the men reaches Muhammad , and he will say, “I will do it, I will do it.” So he will go and seek to intercede with Allah as the session of Judgement will have come, and Allah will allow him to intercede for that (the Judgement). This will be the first of the intercessions, and it is the praiseworthy station that has already been discussed in Surat Subhan (Al-Isra’). So Allah will come for the session of Judgement as He wills, and the angels will also come, lined up in rows upon rows before Him. Then Allah says,
(And Hell will be brought near that Day.) In his Sahih, Imam Muslim bin Al-Hajjaj recorded that `Abdullah bin Mas`ud said that the Messenger of Allah said,
(Hell will be brought on near that Day and it will have seventy thousand leashes, and each leash will have seventy thousand angels pulling it.) At-Tirmidhi also recorded the same narration. Allah said:
(On that Day will man remember,) meaning, his deeds, and what he did before in his past and recent times.
(but how will that remembrance avail him) meaning, how can remembrance then benefit him
(He will say: “Alas! Would that I had sent forth for my life!”) meaning, if he was a disobedient person, he will be sorry for the acts of disobedience he committed. If he was an obedient person, he will wish that he performed more acts of obdedience. This is similar to what Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal recorded from Muhammad bin Abi `Amirah, who was one of the Companions of the Messenger of Allah . He said, “If a servant fell down on his face (in prostration) from the day that he was born until the day he died as an old man, in obedience to Allah, he would scorn this act on the Day of Judgement. He would wish to be returned to this life so that he could earn more reward and compensation.” Allah then says,
(So on that Day none will punish as He will punish.) meaning, there is no one more severely punished than those whom Allah punishes for disobeying Him.
(And none will bind as He will bind.) meaning, there is no one who is more severely punished and bound than those the Az-Zabaniyah punish the disbelievers in their Lord. This is for the criminals and the wrongdoers among the creatures. In reference to the pure and tranquil soul — which is always at rest and abiding by the truth it will be said to it,
(O tranquil soul! Come back to your Lord.) meaning, to His company, His reward and what He has prepared for His servants in His Paradise.
(well-pleased) meaning, within itself.
(well-pleasing.) meaning, pleased with Allah, and He will be pleased with it and gratify it.
(Enter then among My servants,) meaning, among their ranks.
(And enter My Paradise!) This will be said to it at the time of death and on the Day of Judgement. This is like the angels giving glad tiding to the believer at his time of death and when he rises from his grave. Likewise is this statement here. Ibn Abi Hatim recorded from Ibn `Abbas concerning Allah’s statement,
(O tranquil soul! Come back to your Lord, well-pleased and well-pleasing!) He said, “This Ayah was revealed while Abu Bakr was sitting (with the Prophet ). So he said, `O Messenger of Allah! There is nothing better than this!’ The Prophet then replied,
(This will indeed be said to you.)” This is the end of the Tafsir of Surat Al-Fajr, and all praise and blessings are due to Allah.
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