Surah Al-Kahf Ayat 47 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 47
And [warn of] the Day when We will remove the mountains and you will see the earth prominent, and We will gather them and not leave behind from them anyone.
One Day We shall remove the mountains, and thou wilt see the earth as a level stretch, and We shall gather them, all together, nor shall We leave out any one of them.
Bear in mind the Day when We shall set the mountains in motion and you will find the earth void and bare. On that Day We shall muster all men together, leaving none of them behind.
And (remember) the Day We shall cause the mountains to pass away (like clouds of dust), and you will see the earth as a levelled plain, and we shall gather them all together so as to leave not one of them behind.
And (bethink you of) the Day when we remove the hills and ye see the earth emerging, and We gather them together so as to leave not one of them behind.
And on the Day We will make the mountains to travel, and you see the earth coming forth, and We muster them so that We do not leave out any one of them.
One day We shall make the mountains move, and you will see the earth as an open plain. We shall gather all people together, leaving no one.
Quran 18 Verse 47 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Kahf ayat 47, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(18:47) Bear in mind the Day when We shall set the mountains in motion and you will find the earth void and bare. On that Day We shall muster all men together, leaving none of them behind.
42. The mountains will begin to move about like clouds when the gravitation of the earth shall be brought to an end. The Quran has described the same thing in( Surah An- Namal, Ayat 88 )in this way: When you see the mountains, you consider them to be firmly fixed, but they shall be floating about like clouds at that time.
43. “You will see the earth as a leveled plain”: You will find no vegetation and no building on it and it will become a barren plain. It is the same thing that has been stated in (Ayat 8) of this chapter.
44. That is, We will muster together every human being from the first man, Adam, to the last one born in the last moment of the Day of Resurrection: even that child which had breathed the first breath after its birth, shall be resurrected and all shall be mustered at one and the same tune.
47. And (remember) the Day We shall cause the mountains to pass away, and you will see the earth as a levelled plain, and We shall gather them so that We will leave not one of them behind. 48. And they will be set before your Lord, aligned. (He will say) “Now indeed, you have come to Us as We created you the first time. Nay, but you thought that We had appointed no meeting for you (with Us).” 49. And the Book will be produced, and you will see the criminals, fearful of that which is therein. They will say: “Woe to us! What sort of Book is this that leaves neither a small thing nor a large thing, but has recorded it with numbers!” And they will find all that they did, present, and your Lord treats no one with injustice.
Allah tells us of the terrors of the Day of Resurrection, and the awesome things that will come to pass, as He says elsewhere:
(On the Day when the heaven will shake with a dreadful shaking, And the mountains pass moving away.) ﴿52:9-10﴾ meaning, they will move from their places and will vanish. As Allah says:
(And you will see the mountains and think them solid, but they shall pass away as the passing away of the clouds.) ﴿27:88﴾
(And the mountains will be like carded wool.) ﴿101:5﴾
(And they ask you about the mountains, say: “My Lord will pulverize them scattering ﴿their dust﴾. To leave them as a barren plain. You will not see in it crookness or curve.) ﴿20:105-107﴾ Allah tells us that He will cause the mountains to vanish and be levelled, and the earth will be left as a smooth plain, a level surface with nothing crooked or curved therein, no valleys or mountains. So Allah says:
(and you will see the earth as a levelled plain, ) meaning clear and open, with no features that anyone may recognize and nothing for anyone to hide behind. All creatures will be visible to their Lord, and not one of them will be hidden from Him. Mujahid and Qatadah said,
(and you will see the earth as a levelled plain,) “No one will be hidden or absent.” Qatadah said, “There will be no buildings and no trees.”
(and we shall gather them, so that We will not leave one of them behind.) means, `We shall gather them all, the first of them and the last of them, and We shall not leave anyone behind, young or old.’ As Allah says:
(Say: “(yes) verily, those of old, and those of later times. All will surely be gathered together for an appointed meeting of a known Day.) ﴿56:49,50﴾
(That is a Day whereon mankind will be gathered together, and that is a Day when all will be present) ﴿11:103﴾.
(And they will be set before your Lord, aligned.) This may mean that all of creation will stand before Allah in one row, as Allah says:
(The Day that Ar-Ruh (Jibril) and the angels will stand aligned, they will not speak except him whom the Most Gracious (Allah) allows, and he will speak what is right) ﴿78:38﴾; or it may mean that they will stand in rows, as Allah says:
(And your Lord comes with the angels in rows.) ﴿89:22﴾
(Now indeed, you have come to Us as We created you the first time.) This is a rebuke to those who denied the Hereafter, a reprimand before all creation. This is why Allah says to them:
(Nay, but you thought that We had appointed no meeting for you (with Us).), meaning, you did not think that this would happen to you or that it would come to pass.
(And the Book will be produced,) the Book of deeds, which contains a record of everything, major or minor, significant or insignificant, great or small.
(and you will see the criminals, fearful of that which is therein.) of their evil deeds and reprehensible actions.
(They will say, “Woe to us!”) expressing words of regret for having wasted their lives.
(What sort of Book is this that leaves neither a small thing nor a large thing, but has recorded it with numbers!) it has left no sin, major or minor, and no action, no matter how small, but it has recorded it with the utmost precision and accuracy.
(And they will find all that they did, present,) everything, both good and evil, as Allah says,
(On the Day when every person will be confronted with all the good he has done) ﴿3:30﴾. Allah says:
(On that Day man will be informed of what he sent forward, and what he left behind.) ﴿75:13﴾ And Allah says:
(The Day when all the secrets will be exposed. ) ﴿86:9﴾ meaning, everything that is hidden in people’s hearts will become known. Imam Ahmad recorded from Anas that the Prophet said,
(Every traitor will have a banner on the Day of Resurrection, by which he will be known.) It was also narrated in the Two Sahihs, where one narration says,
(On the Day of Resurrection, for every traitor a banner will be erected by his backside, and it will be said, “This is the betrayer of so-and-so the son of so-and-so.”)
(and your Lord treats no one with injustice.) means, He will judge between His creatures for all of their deeds, and He will not treat any of His creatures with injustice. He will overlook and forgive and have mercy, and He will punish whomever He wills by His power, wisdom and justice. He will fill Hell with the disbelievers and those who have been disobedient. Then He will rescue the disobedient, and leave the disbelievers there for eternity. He is the Judge Who never wrongs or oppresses. Allah says:
(Surely, Allah wrongs not even of the weight of a speck of dust, but if there is any good, He doubles it.) ﴿4:40﴾
(And We shall set up Balances of justice on the Day of Resurrection, then none will be dealt with unjustly in anything.) Until His saying;
(to take account) ﴿21:47﴾ And there are many similar Ayat. Imam Ahmad recorded that `Abdullah bin Muhammad bin `Aqil heard Jabir bin `Abdullah say, “I was told about a Hadith which a man heard from the Prophet , so I bought a camel and put my saddle on it, then I traveled on it for a month until I came to Ash-Sham, where `Abdullah bin Unays was. I said to the doorkeeper, `Tell him that Jabir is at the door.’ He said, `Jabir bin `Abdullah’ I said, `Yes.’ So he came out, still putting his garment on, and embraced me, and I embraced him, and said: `I heard a Hadith narrated by you, that you heard from the Messenger of Allah about reciprocal punishments. I was afraid that you or I would die before I could hear it.’ He said, `I heard the Messenger of Allah say:
(Allah will gather the people — or His servants — on the Day of Resurrection, naked, uncircumcised and Buhman.) I asked, `What is Buhman’ He said,
(They will have nothing with them. Then a voice will call out to them that will be heard by those far away just as easily as it will be heard by those near: “I am the Sovereign, I am the Judge. None of the people of Hell should enter Hell if he is owed something by one of the people of Paradise, until I have settled the matter, and none of the people of Paradise should enter Paradise if he is owed something by one of the people of Hell, until I settle the matter — even if it is only the case of a slap.”) We said, `How will that be, when we have come before Allah barefooted, naked, uncircumcised and having nothing with us’ He said,
(By ﴿merit for﴾ good deeds, and ﴿recompense﴾ for evil deeds.) Shu`bah narrated from Al-`Awwam bin Muzahim from Abu `Uthman from `Uthman bin `Affan, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allah said:
(The animal who lost a horn will settle the score with the one that has horns on the Day of Resurrection.) It was recorded by `Abdullah the son of Imam Ahmad, and there are corroborating narrations through other routes.
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