Sura 79
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Soul Snatchers (An-Naziât)

In the name of Allah, Gracious, Merciful.

1By those who tear out with violence;1

2And by those who gently draw out;

3And by those who glide along.

4Then press forward as in a race.

5Then arrange to do.

6One day everything that can be in commotion will be in violent commotion.

7Followed by often repeated:

8Hearts that day will be in agitation;

9Cast down will be eyes.

10They say: “What! shall we indeed be returned to former state?”

11“What! When we shall have become rotten bones?”

12They say: “It would in that case be a return with loss!”

13But verily, it will be a single cry.

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim

1Wa naziati ghargan

2Wa nashithati nashthan

3Wa sabihati sabhan

4Fa sabiqati sabgan

5Fal mudabirati amran

6Yauma tarjufur rajifah

7Tatbauha radifah

8Qulubu yauma izi wajifat

9Absharuha khasyiah

10Yaquluna a inna lamarduduna filhafirat

11A iza kunna izaman nakhirah

12Qalu tilka izan karatun khasirah

13Fa innama hiya zajratu wahidah

1. The theory here up to verse three is that death angels are not gentle with the wicked. On the other hand, they are gentle in their treatment of the righteous at the time of death. They yank the souls of the wicked from their bodies, but draw gently that of the believers. It seems as if Allah is describing the situation that is known to all humans everywhere. Sometimes, at the point of death, the dying victim who lived life for himself will sense the realities of hell. Like a man going down the black hole, he sees it and feels being drawn to it but lacks the power to resist. On the other hand, others slip away peacefully in death and feels no torment in death whatsoever.

The Bible says in Psalm 116:15 that Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. On the contrary, it says in Psalm 22:15; My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaves to my jaws; and you have brought me into the dust of death. God wants mankind to repent and accept Him for their salvation before their death. Death is traumatic both to the dying victim and those he leaves behind. To avoid going to hell, Jesus is the Way to the Father’s heaven (John 14:6).

14When behold they will be in the awakening.

15Has the story of Moses reached you?2

16Behold, your Lord did call to him in the sacred valley to Tuwa,3

17“Go to Pharaoh for he has indeed transgressed all bounds.

18“And say to him `Would you that you should be purified?

19“And that I guide you to your Lord so you should fear Him?”4

20Then did he show him the great sign.

21But he rejected it and disobeyed;

22Further he turned his back striving hard.

23Then he collected his men and made a proclamation

24Saying “I am your Lord most high.”

25But Allah did punish him and made an example of him in the hereafter as in this life.

26Verily, in this is an instructive warning for whosoever fears:

14Fa izahum bisahirat

15Hal ataka haditsu Musa

16Iznadahu rabbuhu bil wadil mu qadasi thuwa

17Izhab ila Firauna innahu thagha

18Faqul hallaka ila an tazaka

19Wa ahdiyaka ila rabbika fatakhsya

20Fa arahul ayatal kubra

21Fakazaba wa asha

22Summa adbara yasa

23Fahasyara fanada

24Faqala ana rabbukumul ala

25Fa akhadzahul lahu nakalal akhirati wal ula

26Inna fizalika laibratal limay yakhsya

2. Whenever you read the question, “Has the story of so and so reached you?”, it is like saying watch out, this you do not know yet. If Muhammad is the Apostle to the unlettered, and that the Qur’an has been revealed to warn a people who have had no previous revelation sent to them, does not the question like seem redundant? The other obvious confusion is that from chapter two of the Qur’an to the present, Allah has been talking about Moses and Aaron to Muhammad, to ask this question of Muhammad is to say that Allah did not remember what he had or had not told Muhammad.

3. The claim by Muslims is that Mount Sinai is in the valley of Tuwa (Towa). This is not true. Mount Sinai is in the Wilderness of Sin, which is in the Sinai Peninsula between the Gulf of Suez and Aqaba, not the direction Allah wants us to focus.

4. The message by Moses to Pharaoh was to let the Jews go so that they could worship God. It was not about Pharaoh; it was about the Jews, a point which is overlooked here. Exodus 3:5-12 gives us the essence of the call and mission of Moses:

Then he said, Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." And he said, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. Then the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt. But Moses said to God, Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt? He said, But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.

So then the Islamic claim is not based on the fact of accepted Biblical history. For more on Moses please refer to Qur’an 20.

27What! are you the more difficult to create or the heaven? Allah has constructed it:

28On high has He raised its canopy and He has given it order and perfection.

29Its night does He endow with darkness, and its splendor does He bring out.

30And the earth moreover; has He extended:

31He draws out therefrom its moisture and its pasture;

32And the mountains has He firmly fixed;

33For use and convenience to you and your cattle.

34Therefore when there comes the great overwhelming event;

35The day when man shall remember what he strove for;

36And hell fire shall be placed in full view for all to see.

37Then for such as had transgressed all bounds;

38And had preferred the life of this world;

39The abode will be hell fire;

40And for such as had entertained the fear of standing before their Lord, and had restrained their soul from lower desires;

27A antum asyadu khalqan amisamau banaha

28Rafaa samkaha fasa waha

29Wa aqhthasya lailaha wa akhraja dhuhaha

30Walarha bada zalika dahaha

31Akhraja minha ma aha wa maraha

32Wal jibala arsaha

33Mataal lakum walianamikum

34Faiza jaatih tammatul kubra

35Yauma ya tazak karul insanu ma saa

36Wa burizatil jahimu limay yara

37Faamma man thagha

38Wa atsaral hayatad dunya

39Fainnal jahima hiyal mawa

40Wa amma man khafa maqama rabbihi wa nahan nafsa anil hawa


41Their abode will be the garden.

42They ask you about the hour When will be its appointed time?’

43Wherein are you concerned with the declaration thereof?

44With your Lord is the limit fixed thereof.

45You are but a warner for such as fear it.

46The day they see it, it will be as if they had tarried but a single evening, or the following morning!

41Fainal janata hiyal mawa

42Yas alunaka anisaati ayana mursaha

43Fima anta min zikraha

44Ila rabbika muntahaha

45Innama anta munziru may yakhasyaha

46Ka annahum yauma yaraunaha lamyalbatsu ila asyiyatan au duhaha


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