It’s another edition of my book review series and the story of today is ‘Those who pull out’, Today I’m going to write the review first (so you know what’s coming) and then you can take your time to read the story. Enjoy!
In the first part of the story (paragraph 1), Allah (the author) first swears by five characteristics that the judgement day will occur, he then describes the day, the people and what they would say. In the second part (paragraph 2), Allah points out a lesson in the story of Musa for those who fear Him. He then points out to those who disbelieve in resurrection that recreation is a much easier task compared to the creation of the heavens and the earth that He created (paragraph 3). In the last part Allah then mentions the day of judgement, its pleasures and hell, and that its time is unknown.
I swear by the angels who violently pull out the souls of the wicked,And by those who gently draw out the souls of the blessed, And by those that swim along, And by those that press forward as in a race, And by those angels who arrange to do the Commands of their Lord. On the day when the first trump resoundeth. And the second followeth it, Hearts that Day will be in agitation; Their eyes cast down. They say: “Shall we indeed be returned to (our) former state of life? Even after we are crumbled bones? They say: “It would in that case, be a return with loss!” Surely it will need but one shout, And lo! they will be awakened.
Has there come to you the story of Musa (Moses)? When his Lord called him in the sacred valley of Tuwa, Go to Fir’aun (Pharaoh), verily, he has transgressed all bounds. And say to him: “Would you purify yourself, And that I guide you to your Lord, so you should fear Him? Then [Musa (Moses)] showed him the great sign (miracles). But [Fir’aun (Pharaoh)] belied and disobeyed; Then he turned his back, striving hard (against Allah). Then he gathered his people and cried aloud, Saying: “I am your lord, most high”,
So Allah seized him (and made him) an example for the after (life) and for the former. Lo! herein is indeed a lesson for him who feareth.
Are you the harder to create or the heaven? He made it. He raised high its height, then put it into a right good state. And He made dark its night and brought out its light. And the earth, He expanded it after that. He brought forth from it its water and its pasturage. And the mountains He has fixed firmly; For use and convenience to you and your cattle.
Therefore, when there comes the great, overwhelming (Event),- The day on which man shall recollect what he strove for, And the hell shall be made manifest to him who sees, Then, for such as had transgressed all bounds, And had preferred the life of this world, Verily, his abode will be Hell-fire; And as for him who fears to stand in the presence of his Lord and forbids the soul from low desires, Verily, Paradise will be his abode. They ask thee about the Hour,- ‘When will be its appointed time? Why (ask they)? What hast thou to tell thereof? Unto thy Lord belongeth (knowledge of) the term thereof. Thou art but a warner unto him who feareth it. On the day when they behold it, it will be as if they had but tarried for an evening or the morn thereof.
Revealed: In Makkah