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Surah Waqi’ah Ayat 88 in Arabic Text

فَأَمَّآ إِن كَانَ مِنَ ٱلۡمُقَرَّبِينَ
Fa ammaaa in kaana minal muqarrabeen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 88

Sahih International
And if the deceased was of those brought near to Allah,

Yusuf Ali
Thus, then, if he be of those Nearest to Allah,

Abul Ala Maududi
So if he is one of those who are near-stationed (to Allah),

Muhsin Khan
Then, if he (the dying person) be of the Muqarrabun (those brought near to Allah),

Thus if he is of those brought nigh,

Dr. Ghali
So, as for him who in case he is of those brought near (to Us),

Abdel Haleem
If that dying person is one of those who will be brought near to God,

Muhammad Junagarhi
پس جو کوئی بارگاه الٰہی سے قریب کیا ہوا ہوگا

Quran 56 Verse 88 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Waqi’ah ayat 88, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.


(56:88) So if he is one of those who are near-stationed (to Allah),

There is no commentary by Abul Maududi available for this verse.


88. Then, if he be of the Muqarrabin, 89. Then Rawh, Rayhan and a Garden of Delights. 90. And if he be of those on the right, 91. Then Salam (peace) to you from those on the right. 92. But if he be of the denying, the erring, 93. Then for him is an entertainment with Hamim. 94. And entry in Hellfire. 95. Verily, this! This is an absolute truth with certainty. 96. So, glorify with praises the Name of your Lord, the Most Great.

The Condition of People at the Time of Their Death

These are the three types of conditions that people face upon their death. Either they are among the near believers or those below their rank on the right, or those who denied the truth, were led astray from the guidance and were ignorant about Allah. Allah said,

﴿فَأَمَّآ إِن كَانَ﴾

(Then if he), in reference to the dying person,

﴿مِنَ الْمُقَرَّبِينَ﴾

(be of the Muqarrabun) who fulfilled the obligations and the recommended acts of worship and avoided the forbidden and disliked matters and even some of the allowed,

﴿فَرَوْحٌ وَرَيْحَانٌ وَجَنَّـتُ نَعِيمٍ ﴾

(then for him Rawh, Rayhan and a Garden of Delights.) Theirs will be Rawh and Rayhan; and the glad tidings of these traits will be conveyed to them by the angels at the time of death. We mentioned before the Prophet’s Hadith narrated from Al-Bara’ in which the angels of mercy say (to a dying, believing person),

«أَيَّتُهَا الرُّوحُ الطَّيِّبَةُ فِي الْجَسَدِ الطَّيِّبِ كُنْتِ تَعْمُرِينَه، اخْرُجِي إِلَى رَوْحٍ وَرَيْحَانٍ وَرَبَ غَيْرِ غَضْبَان»

(O good soul in the good body that you inhabited, come to Rawh, Rayhan and a Lord Who is not angry.) `Ali bin Abi Talhah reported from Ibn `Abbas, “Rawh means rest, and Rayhan means place of rest.” Mujahid said similarly that Rawh means rest. Abu Hazrah said that Rawh means: “Rest from the world.” Sa`id bin Jubayr and As-Suddi said that it means to rejoice. And from Mujahid:

﴿فَرَوْحٌ وَرَيْحَانٌ﴾

(Rawh and Rayhan) means: “Paradise and delights.” Qatadah said that Rawh means mercy. Ibn `Abbas, Mujahid and Sa`id bin Jubayr said that Rayhan means provisions. All of these explanations are correct and similar in meaning. The near believers who die will earn all of these; mercy, rest, provision, joy, happiness and good delights,

﴿وَجَنَّـتُ نَعِيمٍ﴾

(and a Garden of Delights.) Abu Al-`Aliyah said, “None of the near believers will depart (this life) until after he is brought a branch of the Rayhan of Paradise and his soul is captured in it.” Muhammad bin Ka`b said, “Every person who dies will know upon his death if he is among the people of Paradise or the people of the Fire.” In the Sahih, it is recorded that the Messenger of Allah said,

«إِنَّ أَرْوَاحَ الشُّهَدَاءِ فِي حَوَاصِلِ طُيُورٍ خُضْرٍ، تَسْرَحُ فِي رِيَاضِ الْجَنَّةِ حَيْثُ شَاءَتْ، ثُمَّ تَأْوِي إِلَى قَنَادِيلَ مُعَلَّقَةٍ بِالْعَرْش»

(The souls of the martyrs live in the bodies of green birds flying wherever they wish in the Gardens of Paradise, and then rest to their nests in chandeliers hung from the Throne of the Almighty….) Imam Ahmad recorded that `Ata’ bin As-Sa’ib said, “The first day I saw `Abdur-Rahman bin Abi Layla, I saw an old man whose hair had become white on his head and beard. He was riding his donkey and following a funeral. I heard him say, `So-and-so narrated to me that he heard the Messenger of Allah say,

«مَنْ أَحَبَّ لِقَاءَ اللهِ أَحَبَّ اللهُ لِقَاءَهُ، وَمَنْ كَرِهَ لِقَاءَ اللهِ كَرِهَ اللهُ لِقَاءَه»

(He who likes to meet Allah, Allah likes to meet him, and he who hates to meet Allah, Allah hates to meet him.) The people around him started weeping, and he asked them why they wept. They said, `All of us hate death.’ He said,

«لَيْسَ ذَاكَ، وَلكِنَّهُ إِذَا احْتُضِرَ

﴿فَأَمَّآ إِن كَانَ مِنَ الْمُقَرَّبِينَ – فَرَوْحٌ وَرَيْحَانٌ وَجَنَّـتُ نَعِيمٍ ﴾

فَإِذَا بُشِّرَ بِذلِكَ أَحَبَّ لِقَاءَ اللهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ، وَاللهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ لِلِقَائِهِ أَحَبُّ

﴿وَأَمَّآ إِن كَانَ مِنَ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ الضَّآلِّينَ – فَنُزُلٌ مِّنْ حَمِيمٍ – وَتَصْلِيَةُ جَحِيمٍ ﴾

فَإذَا بُشِّرَ بِذلِكَ كَرِهَ لِقَاءَ اللهِ،وَاللهُ تَعَالَى لِلِقَائِهِ أَكْرَه»

(It does not mean that. When one dies: (Then, if he be of the near believers, then for him are Rawh, Rayhan, and a Garden of Delights.)( and when this good news is conveyed to him, he likes to meet Allah the Exalted and Most Honored and Allah the Exalted and Most Honored likes, even more, to meet him, (But if he be of the denying, the erring, then for him is an entertainment with Hamim. And entry in Hellfire.)( and when this news is conveyed to him, he hates to meet Allah and Allah hates, even more, to meet him.)” This is the narration that Imam Ahmad collected; and in the Sahih, there is a Hadith with this meaning collected from `A’ishah. Allah’s statement,

﴿وَأَمَّآ إِن كَانَ مِنْ أَصْحَـبِ الْيَمِينِ ﴾

(And if he be of those on the right,) means, if he, the dying person, is among those on the right,

﴿فَسَلَـمٌ لَّكَ مِنْ أَصْحَـبِ الْيَمِينِ ﴾

(Then Salam (peace) to you from those on the right) meaning, the angels will deliver the good news to them by saying, “Peace be upon you,” i.e., be calm, you will be led to safety, you are among those on the right, as `Ikrimah said, “The angels will greet him with the Salam and convey to him the news that he is among those on the right. ” This is a good explanation, and it conforms with Allah’s statement,

﴿إِنَّ الَّذِينَ قَالُواْ رَبُّنَا اللَّهُ ثُمَّ اسْتَقَـمُواْ تَتَنَزَّلُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْمَلَـئِكَةُ أَلاَّ تَخَافُواْ وَلاَ تَحْزَنُواْ وَأَبْشِرُواْ بِالْجَنَّةِ الَّتِى كُنتُمْ تُوعَدُونَ – نَحْنُ أَوْلِيَآؤُكُمْ فِى الْحَيَوةِ الدُّنْيَا وَفِى الاٌّخِرَةِ وَلَكُمْ فِيهَا مَا تَشْتَهِى أَنفُسُكُمْ وَلَكُمْ فِيهَا مَا تَدَّعُونَ – نُزُلاً مِّنْ غَفُورٍ رَّحِيمٍ ﴾

(Verily, those who say: “Our Lord is Allah.” and then they stand firm, on them the angles will descend (at the time of their death) (saying): “Fear not, nor grieve! But receive the glad tidings of Paradise which you have been promised! We have been your friends in the life of this world and are (so) in the Hereafter. Therein you shall have (all) that your souls desire, and therein you shall have (all) for which you ask. An entertainment from the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”) (41:30-32). Allah’s statement,

﴿وَأَمَّآ إِن كَانَ مِنَ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ الضَّآلِّينَ – فَنُزُلٌ مِّنْ حَمِيمٍ – وَتَصْلِيَةُ جَحِيمٍ ﴾

(But if he be of the denying, the erring, then for him is an entertainment with Hamim (boiling water) and entry in Hellfire.) meaning, if the dying person is one of those who denied the truth, who were led astray from guidance,


(then for him is an entertainment,) meaning, as a guest

﴿مِنْ حَمِيمٍ﴾

(with Hamim) that dissolves his intestines and skin,

﴿وَتَصْلِيَةُ جَحِيمٍ ﴾

(And entry in Hellfire.) he will reside in Hellfire, which will engulf him from every direction. Allah the Exalted said, next,

﴿إِنَّ هَـذَا لَهُوَ حَقُّ الْيَقِينِ ﴾

(Verily, this! This is an absolute truth with certainty.) meaning, this news is the truth; there is no doubt about it, nor escape from it for anyone,

﴿فَسَبِّحْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الْعَظِيمِ ﴾

(So, glorify with praises the Name of your Lord, the Most Great.) Jabir narrated that the Messenger of Allah said,

«مَنْ قَالَ: سُبْحَانَ اللهِ الْعَظِيمِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ، غُرِسَتْ لَهُ نَخْلَةٌ فِي الْجَنَّة»

(He who says, “Glory be to Allah the Magnificent and with His praise!” then a date tree will be planted for him in Paradise.) This Hadith was collected by At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa’i; At-Tirmidhi said, “Hasan Gharib.” Al-Bukhari recorded in his book (Sahih) that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said,

«كَلِمَتَانِ خَفِيفَتَانِ عَلَى اللِّسَانِ، ثَقِيلَتَانِ فِي الْمِيزَانِ، حَبِيبَتَانِ إِلَى الرَّحْمنِ: سُبْحَانَ اللهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ، سُبْحَانَ اللهِ الْعَظِيم»

((There are) two statements that are light on the tongue, but heavy on the Balance, and most beloved to Ar-Rahman: “Glory be to Allah and with His praise, glory be to Allah the Magnificent.”) The Group, with the exception of Abu Dawud, collected this. This is the end of the Tafsir of Surat Al-Waqi`ah, all praise and thanks are due to Allah and all the favors come from Him.

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