Surah Al Naba: The Announcement

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A Meccan surah. The disbelievers often asked incredulously about the Resurrection, this is mentioned in the first five verses of the surah. This surah gives evidence of God’s power in verses 6-16, then explains what will happen on the Day of Resurrection, and the respective fates of believers and disbelievers in the rest of the surah.

It follows the theme of several other surahs, where God’s first creation is presented as evidence for second creation or Resurrection.

So, this surah is another exhibit for our repeated assertion that the two most fundamental theses of the Quran are belief in the Creator and Loving God and our accountability to Him in the hereafter.

We believe the two fundamental beliefs in Islam, which it shares with Judaism and Christianity are belief in the Transcendent God and accountability in the life after death. (87:16-19) The former is discussed at some length in the commentary of Surah Al Fatihah and the latter in the commentary of Surah Al Waqi’ah. This is why each and every prophet of God was sent and this indeed is the very purpose of the holy Quran.  In the worldly and human sphere the goal of the Quran is to create just and compassionate individuals and society.

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

78:1. What are they asking about? عَمَّ يَتَسَاءَلُونَ
78:2. Is it about the momentous announcement, the Day of Judgment?عَنِ النَّبَإِ الْعَظِيمِ
78:3. About which they differ. الَّذِي هُمْ فِيهِ مُخْتَلِفُونَ ‎
78:4. They will find out. كَلَّا سَيَعْلَمُونَ
78:5. In the end they will find out. ثُمَّ كَلَّا سَيَعْلَمُونَ
78:6. Did We not make the earth a flat bed, أَلَمْ نَجْعَلِ الْأَرْضَ مِهَادًا
78:7. and make the mountains to keep it stable? وَالْجِبَالَ أَوْتَادًا
78:8. Did We not create you in pairs, وَخَلَقْنَاكُمْ أَزْوَاجًا
78:9. give you sleep as a source of rest, وَجَعَلْنَا نَوْمَكُمْ سُبَاتًا
78:10. the night as a cover, وَجَعَلْنَا اللَّيْلَ لِبَاسًا
78:11. and the day for your livelihood? وَجَعَلْنَا النَّهَارَ مَعَاشًا
78:12. Did We not build seven strong heavens above you, وَبَنَيْنَا فَوْقَكُمْ سَبْعًا شِدَادًا
78:13. and make sun a blazing lamp? وَجَعَلْنَا سِرَاجًا وَهَّاجًا
78:14. Did We not send water pouring down from the clouds وَأَنزَلْنَا مِنَ الْمُعْصِرَاتِ مَاءً ثَجَّاجًا
78:15. to bring forth with it grain, vegetations,لِّنُخْرِجَ بِهِ حَبًّا وَنَبَاتًا
78:16. and luxuriant gardens? وَجَنَّاتٍ أَلْفَافًا
78:17. A time has been appointed for the Day of Judgment:إِنَّ يَوْمَ الْفَصْلِ كَانَ مِيقَاتًا
78:18. a Day when the Trumpet will sound and you will come forward in crowds, يَوْمَ يُنفَخُ فِي الصُّورِ فَتَأْتُونَ أَفْوَاجًا
78:19. when the heaven will open up like wide portals, وَفُتِحَتِ السَّمَاءُ فَكَانَتْ أَبْوَابًا
78:20. when the mountains will vanish like a mirage.وَسُيِّرَتِ الْجِبَالُ فَكَانَتْ سَرَابًا
78:21. Surely, hell lies in wait, إِنَّ جَهَنَّمَ كَانَتْ مِرْصَادًا
78:22. a resort for oppressors لِّلطَّاغِينَ مَآبًا
78:23. to stay in for ages, لَّابِثِينَ فِيهَا أَحْقَابًا
78:24. where they will taste neither coolness nor any pleasant drink لَّا يَذُوقُونَ فِيهَا بَرْدًا وَلَا شَرَابًا
78:25. except one that is scalding and nauseating إِلَّا حَمِيمًا وَغَسَّاقًا
78:26. a fitting requital, جَزَاءً وِفَاقًا
78:27. for they did not fear the reckoning,إِنَّهُمْ كَانُوا لَا يَرْجُونَ حِسَابًا
78:28. and they rejected Our messages as lies. وَكَذَّبُوا بِآيَاتِنَا كِذَّابًا
78:29. We have recorded everything in a Book. وَكُلَّ شَيْءٍ أَحْصَيْنَاهُ كِتَابًا
78:30. ‘Taste this: all you will get from Us is more torment.’ فَذُوقُوا فَلَن نَّزِيدَكُمْ إِلَّا عَذَابًا
78:31. For those who were God conscious there is supreme fulfilment: إِنَّ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ مَفَازًا
78:32. private gardens, vineyards, حَدَائِقَ وَأَعْنَابًا
78:33. young, well-matched companions, وَكَوَاعِبَ أَتْرَابًا
78:34. and overflowing cups. وَكَأْسًا دِهَاقًا
78:35. There they will hear no vain or lying talk. لَّا يَسْمَعُونَ فِيهَا لَغْوًا وَلَا كِذَّابًا
78:36. a reward from your Lord, a fitting giftرَّبِّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا الرَّحْمَٰنِ ۖ لَا يَمْلِكُونَ مِنْهُ خِطَابًا
78:37. from the Lord of the heavens and earth and everything between, the Lord of Mercy. They will have no authority from Him to speak. يَوْمَ يَقُومُ الرُّوحُ وَالْمَلَائِكَةُ صَفًّا ۖ لَّا يَتَكَلَّمُونَ إِلَّا مَنْ أَذِنَ لَهُ الرَّحْمَٰنُ وَقَالَ صَوَابًا
78:38. On the Day when the souls and the angels stand in rows, they will not speak except for those to whom the Lord of Mercy gives permission, who will say only what is true. يَوْمَ يَقُومُ الرُّوحُ وَالْمَلَائِكَةُ صَفًّا ۖ لَّا يَتَكَلَّمُونَ إِلَّا مَنْ أَذِنَ لَهُ الرَّحْمَٰنُ وَقَالَ صَوَابًا
78:39. That day is sure to come. So let him, who will, seek recourse unto his Lord.ذَٰلِكَ الْيَوْمُ الْحَقُّ ۖ فَمَن شَاءَ اتَّخَذَ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِ مَآبًا
78:40. Indeed, We have warned you of an imminent torment, on the Day when every person will see what their own hands have sent ahead for them, when the disbeliever will say, ‘If only I were mere dust!’ إِنَّا أَنذَرْنَاكُمْ عَذَابًا قَرِيبًا يَوْمَ يَنظُرُ الْمَرْءُ مَا قَدَّمَتْ يَدَاهُ وَيَقُولُ الْكَافِرُ يَا لَيْتَنِي كُنتُ تُرَابًا

Additional reading

Surah Qaf: The First Creation as the Foremost Proof for Afterlife

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