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The Great Day (Al-'Azim) [e.g. 7: 57, 10: 16]
The Day of Resurrection (Al-Qiyama) [e.g. 2: 85, 2:174]
The Day of Decision (Al-Fasl) [e.g. 44: 40, 77:13]
The Day when the Hour (As-Sad'ah) [e.g. 30:13, 30:54] shall come to pass
The Day of Judgment (Al-Din) [51:12]
The Day of Disillusion (Al-Taghabun) [64:9]
The Day of Reckoning (Al-Hisab) [e.g. 38 :16, 26, 53]
The event that must inevitably come to pass (Al-Waqi'a) [69:15]
The stunning calamity (Al-Qari'a) [101:1-3]
Hellfire guarded by 19 Angel Guardians (Saqar) [74:26-30]
The overwhelming event (Al-Ghashiya) [88:1]
And they say, "None but Jews or Christians shall enter Paradise: "This is their wish. Say: Give your proofs if ye speak the truth.
But they who set their faces with resignation Godward, and do what is right, their reward is with their Lord; no fear shall come on them, neither shall they be grieved
(Surih II, "The Cow", vv. 105-6)
They will ask thee of the Hour for what time is its coming fixed? Say: The knowledge of it is only with my Lord:4 none shall manifest it in its time but He: it is the burden of the Heavens and of the Earth: not otherwise than on a sudden will it come on you.
They will ask thee as if thou wast privy to it: Say: The knowledge of it is with none but God. But most men know not this.
(Surih VII, "Al Araf", vv. 186-7)
Men will ask thee of "the Hour". Say: The knowledge of it is with God alone: and who can tell thee whether haply the Hour be not nigh at hand
(Surih XXXIII, "The Confederates", v. 63)
They will ask thee of "the Hour", when will be its fixed
But what knowledge hast thou of it?
Its period is known only to thy Lord;
And thou art only charged with the
who fear it.
On the day when they shall see it, it shall seem to them
as though they had not tarried in the tomb, longer
than its evening or its morn.
(Surih LXXIX, "Those Who Drag Forth", vv. 42-6)
And we have sent thee to mankind at large, to
announce and to threaten. But most men understand not.
And they say, "When will this threat come to pass? Tell
us, if ye be men of truth. "
Say: Ye are menaced with a day, which not for an hour
warning of those shall retard or hasten on.
(Surih XXXIV; "Saba", vv. 27-29) [34:27-29]
"Never," say the unbelievers, "will the Hour come
upon us!" Say: Yea, by my Lord who knoweth the
unseen, it will surely come upon you! not the
weight of a mote either in the Heavens or in the
Earth escapeth him; nor is there aught less than
this or aught greater, which is not in the clear
(Surih XXXIV, "Saba", v. 3) [34:3]
For what do the infidels wait, but that the Hour come
suddenly on them? Already are its signs come, and
when it hath come on them indeed, how can they
be warned then?
(Surih XLVII, "Muhammad", v. 20) [47:20]
But the Infidels will not cease to doubt concerning it,
until "the Hour" come suddenly upon them, or
until the chastisement of the day of desolation
come upon them.
On that day the Kingdom shall be God's: He shall
judge between them: and they who shall have
believed and done the things that are right, shall
be in gardens of delight.
But they who were Infidels and treated our signs as lies - these then - theirs a shameful chastisement!
(Surih XXII, "The Pilgrimage", vv. 54-6) [22:54-56]
... nothing have we passed over in the Book ... 5
(Surih VI, "Cattle", v. 38) [6:38]
And if we defer their chastisement to some definite time, they will exclaim, "What keepeth it back?" What! will it not come upon them on a day when there shall be none to avert it from them? And that at which they scoffed shall enclose them in on every side.The Surih of Hud
(Surih XI, "Houd", v. 11)
Elif. Lam. Ra. A book whose verses are established in wisdom and then set forth with clearness from the Wise, the All-informed That ye worship none other than God Verily I come to you from Him charged with warnings, announcements...
(Surih XI, "Houd", vv. 1-2) [11:1-2]
We sent Noah of old unto his people: " Verily I come
to you a plain admonisher [warner],
That ye worship none but God. Verily If ear for you the
punishment of a grievous day".
Then said the chiefs of his people who believed not,
"We see in thee a man like ourselves; and we see
not who have followed thee except our meanest
ones of hasty judgment, nor do see we any
excellence in you above ourselves: nay, we deem
(Surih XI, "Houd ", vv. 27-9) [11:27-9]
Thus was it until our sentence came to pass, and the
earth's surface boiled up. We said, "Carry into it
one pair of every kind, and thy family, except him
on whom sentence hath been passed, and those
who have believed." But there believed not with
him except a few.
(Surih XI, "Houd", v. 42) [11:42]
Hud8 and the people of 'Ad
And unto Ad ['Ad] we sent their Brother Houd [Hud].
He said, "O my people, worship God You have no
God beside Him. Ye only devise a lie.
(Surih XI, "Houd", v. 52) [11:52]
They said, "O Houd [Hud], thou hast not brought us
proofs of thy mission: we will not abandon our
gods at thy word, and we believe thee not. "
(Surih XI, "Houd", v. 56) [11:56]
And when our doom came to be inflicted, we rescued Houd and those who had like faith with Him, by our special mercy: we rescued them from the rigorous chastisement.
These men of Ad ['Ad] gainsaid the signs of their Lord, and rebelled against his messengers, and followed the bidding of every proud contumacious person.
Followed therefore were they in this world by a curse; and in the day of the Resurrection it shall be said to them, "What! Did not Ad ['Ad] disbelieve their Lord?" Was not Ad ['Ad], the people of Houd [Hud], cast far away?
(Surih XI, "Houd", vv. 61-3) [11:61-63]
And unto Themoud [Thamud] we sent their Brother Saleh: "O my people! said he, worship God: you have no other god than Him. He hath raised you up out of the earth, and hath given you to dwell therein. Ask pardon of him then, and be turned unto him; for thy Lord is nigh, ready to answer.
They said, "O Saleh! our hopes were fixed on thee till now: forbiddest thou us to worship what our fathers worshipped? Truly we misdoubt the faith to which thou callest us, as suspicious.9
(Surih XI, "Houd", vv. 64-5) [11:64-5]
And when our sentence came to pass, we rescued Saleh and those who had a like faith with him, by our mercy, from ignominy on that day Verily, thy Lord is the Strong, the Mighty!
And a violent tempest overtook the wicked, and they were found in the morning prostrate in their dwellings.
(Surih XI, "Houd", vv. 69-70) [11:69-70]
Then the earthquake surprised them; and in the morning they were found dead on their faces in their dwellings.
(Surih VII, "Al Araf", v. 76) [7:76]
"O Abraham! desist from this; for already hath the command of thy God gone forth; as for them, a punishment not to be averted is coming on them. "
(Surih XI, "Houd ", v. 78) [11:78]
And when our decree came to be executed we turned those cities upside down, and we rained down upon them blocks of claystone one after another, marked by thy Lord himself. Nor are they far distant from the wicked Meccans.
(Surih XI, "Houd", v. 84) [11:84]
And we sent to Madian [Midian] their brother Shoaib. He said, "O my people! worship God: no other God have you than He... They said to him, "O Shoaib! is it thy prayers which enjoin that we should leave what our fathers worshipped, or that we should not do with our substance as pleaseth us? Thou forsooth art the mild, the right director! "
(Surih XI, "Houd", vv. 85-9) [11:85-9]
They said, "O Shoaib! we understand not much of what thou sayest, and we clearly see that thou art powerless among us: were it not for thy family we would have surely stoned thee, nor couldst thou have prevailed against us. "
(Surih XI, "Houd", v. 93) [11:93]
And when our decree came to pass, we delivered Shoaib and his companions in faith, by our mercy: And a violent tempest overtook the wicked, and in the morning they were found prostrate in their houses.
(Surih XI, "Houd", v. 97) [11:97]
What is the inevitable?
And who shall make thee comprehend what the Inevitable is?
Themoud [Thamud] and Ad ['Ad] treated the day of Terrors as a lie. So as to Themoud [Thamud], they were destroyed by a roaring and furious blast.
It did the bidding of God against them seven nights and eight days together, during which thou mightest have seen the people laid low, as though they had been the trunks of hollow palms.
(Surih LXIX, " The Inevitable", vv. 1-7) [69:1-7]
The Blow! what is the Blow?
Who shall teach thee what the Blow is?
The Day when men shall be like scattered moths,
And the mountains shall be like flocks of carded
(Surih CI, "The Blow", vv. 1-4) [101:1-4]
This people's reckoning hath drawn nigh, yet, sunk in carelessness, they turn aside.14
Every fresh warning that cometh to them from their Lord they only hear to mock it...
(Surih XXI, "The Prophets", vv. 1-2) [21:1-2]
They say: "O thou to whom the warning hath been sent down, thou art surely possessed by a djinn... "
(Surih XV, "Hedjr", v. 6) [15:6]
Verily, We have sent down the warning, and verily, We will be its guardian.16
(Surih XV, "Hedjr", v. 9) [15:9]
And how many a guilty city have we broken down, and raised up after it other peoples.
(Surih XXI, "The Prophets", v. 11) [21:11]
The doom of God cometh to pass. Then hasten it not. Glory be to Him! High let Him be exalted above the gods whom they join with Him! 17
(Surih XVI. "The Bee", v. 1) [16:1]
By His own behest will He cause the angels to descend with the Spirit on whom he pleaseth among his servants, bidding them, "Warn that there is no God but me; therefore fear me. "
(Surih XVI, "The Bee", v. 2) [16:2]
And to every people have we sent an apostle saying: Worship God and turn away from Taghout. Some of them there were whom God guided, and there were others decreed to err. But go through the land and see what hath been the end of those who treated my apostles as liars!19
(Surih XVI, "The Bee", v. 38) [16:38]
When the earth shall be shaken with a shock,
And the mountains shall be crumbled with a crumbling,
And shall become scattered dust... 20
(Surih LVI, "The Inevitable", vv. 4-6) [56:4-6]
When the sun shall be folded up,
And when the stars shall fall,
And when the mountains shall be set in motion...21
(Surih LXXXI, "The Folded Up", vv. 1-3) [81:1-3]
When the Heaven shall cleave asunder,22
And when the stars shall disperse,
And when the seas shall be commingled..
(Surih LXXXII, "The Cleaving", vv. 1-3) [82:1-3]
When the Heaven shall have split asunder
And duteously obeyed its Lord;
And when the Earth shall have been stretched out as a
And shall have cast forth what was in her and become
(Surih LXXXIV "The Splitting Asunder", vv. 1-4) [86:1-4]
When the Earth with her quaking shall quake
And the Earth shall cast forth her burdens...23
(Surih XCIX, "The Earthquake", vv. 1-2) [99:1-2]
O Men of Mecca, fear your Lord Verily, the earthquake of the last Hour will be a tremendous thing!
On the day when ye shall behold it, every suckling woman shall forsake her sucking babe and every woman that hath a burden in her womb shall cast her burden and thou shalt see men drunken, yet
are they not drunken: 24 but it is the mighty
chastisement of God! 25
(Surih XXII, "The Pilgrimage", vv. 1-2)
But when the stunning trumpet-blast shall arrive,
On that day shall a man fly from his brother,
And his mother and his father,
And his wife and his children... 26
(Surih LXXX, "He Frowned", vv. 33-6) [80:33-6]
The second image of that time, however, is
promising and laden with the bounty of meeting with
God and with the appearance of the Apostles and
angels. The earth shall shine with the Light of her
What can such expect but that God should come down
to them overshadowed with clouds, and the angels
also, and their doom be sealed? And to God shall
all things return.28
(Surih II, "The Cow", v. 206) [2:206]
And thy Lord shall come and the angels rank on rank.29
(Surih LXXXIX, "The Daybreak", v. 23) [89:23]
On the day whereon the Spirit and the Angels shall be
ranged in order,30 they shall not speak: save he
whom the God of Mercy shall permit, and who
shall say that which is right.
(Surih LXXVIII, "The News", v. 38)
All on the earth shall pass away,
But the face of thy Lord shall abide resplendent
with majesty and glory.
(Surih LV, "The Merciful", vv. 26-7)
And thou shalt see the Angels circling around the
Throne with praises of their Lord: and judgment
shall be pronounced between them with equity:
and it shall be said, "Glory be to God the Lord of
(Surih XXXIX, "The Troops", v. 75) [39:75]
One day thou shalt see the believers, men and women,
with their light running before them, and on their
The angels shall say to them, "Good tidings for you
this day of gardens beneath whose shades the
rivers flow, in which ye shall abide for ever!" This
the great bliss!
(Surih LVII, "Iron", v. 12) [57:12]
No vision taketh in Him, but He taketh in all vision: and He is the Subtile, the All-Informed. (Surih VI, "Cattle", v. 103) [6:103]
In truth, they who plighted fealty to thee, really plighted that fealty to God: the hand of God was over their hands!33 Whoever, therefore, shall break his oath shall only break it to his own hurt; but whoever shall be true to his engagement with God, He will give him a great reward
(Surih XLVIII, "The Victory", v. 10)
So it was not ye who slew them, but God slew them; and those shafts were God's not thine!35 He would make trial of the faithful by a gracious trial from Himself: Verily, God Heareth, Knoweth.
(Surih VIII, "The Spoils", v. 17) [8:17]
And many as are the signs in the Heavens and on the Earth, yet they will pass them by, and turn aside from them:
And most of them believe not in God, without also joining other deities with Him.
What! Are they sure that the overwhelming chastisement of God shall not come upon them, or that the Hour shall not come upon them suddenly, while they are unaware?
(Surih XII, "Joseph", vv. 105-7) [12:105-107]
Warn them of the day of sighing when the decree shall be accomplished, while they are sunk in heedlessness and while they believe not.36
(Surih XIX "Mary", v. 40)
But on the day of resurrection some of you shall deny the others, and some of you shall curse the others; and your abode shall be the fire, and ye shall have
none to help. (Surih XXIX, "The Spider", v. 25) [39:25]
With all the upheaval that is to affect heaven and earth, the stars and the mountains on that Day, and in view of the coming of God, the Lord, the Prophets and the angels, how can anyone be "unaware", "heedless" or "unbelieving"? Where would people, under such circumstances, find time or a state of mind to "deny the others" or "curse the others"? It is certain, therefore, that the events that shall take place on that Day cannot be understood literally and that the conditions set down that pertain to human beings should be understood as ones affecting their souls. The following verses explain very clearly how and why unbelievers will be taken "unaware".
And on that day whereon the Hour shall arrive, the wicked will swear
That not above an hour have they waited: Even so did they utter lies on earth:
But they to whom knowledge and faith have been given will say, "Ye have waited, in accordance with the book of God, till the day of Resurrection: for this
is the day of the Resurrection but ye knew it not. " (Surih XXX, "The Greeks", vv. 54-6) [30:54-56]
The wicked will watch the events of that Day but will not understand their import, while those who were given "knowledge and faith" of the Manifestation of God and faith in Him, will be able to say: "You have understood the Day of Resurrection literally from the Book of God, and have thus misunderstood that 'This is the Day of Resurrection"'.
And there shall be a blast on the trumpet,37 and all who are in the Heavens and all who are in the Earth shall expire, save those whom God shall vouchsafe to live. Then shall there be another blast on it, and lo! arising they shall gaze around them:
And the earth shall shine with the light of her Lord,38 and the Book shall be set, and the prophets shall be brought up, and the witnesses; and judgment shall be given between them with equity; and none shall be wronged.
(Surih XXXIX "The Troops", vv. 68-9)
But those who feared their Lord shall be driven on by troops to paradise, until when they reach it, its gates shall be opened, and its keepers shall say to them, "All hail! virtuous have ye been: enter then in, to abide herein for ever. "
And they shall say, "Praise be to God, who hath made good to us His promise, and hath given to us the earth as our heritage, that we may dwell in Paradise wherever we please!"
(Surih XXXIX, The Troops", vv. 73-4) [39:73-74]
Here in truly is a sign for him who feareth the punishment of the latter day. That shall be a day unto which mankind shall be gathered together; that shall be a day witnessed by all creatures.
Nor do we delay it, but until a tie appointed.
When that day shall come no one shall speak a word but by His leave, and some shall be miserable and others blessed. And as for those who shall be consigned to misery their place the Fire! therein shall they sigh and bemoan them
Therein shall they abide while the Heavens and the Earth shall last, unless thy Lord shall will it otherwise; verily thy Lord cloth what He chooseth.
And as for the blessed ones their place the Garden! therein shall they abide while the Heavens and the Earth endure, with whatever imperishable boon thy Lord may please to add.
(Surih XI, "Houd", vv. 104-110) [9:104-110]
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