Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Qur’an Surah 81: The Rolling Up

The following is from a work-in-progress called The Qur'an: a Book Report, in which I read each surah of the Qur'an and write about what I learn.

This is a Meccan surah which uses poetic imagery and repetition to express what will happen on the Day of Resurrection:

“When the sun is rolled up,
when the stars are dimmed,
when the mountains are set in motion,
when pregnant camels are abandoned,
when wild beasts are herded together,
when the seas boil over,
when souls are sorted into classes,
when the baby girl buried alive is asked for what sin she was killed,
[a critical reference to the pre-Islamic practice of female infanticide]
when the records of deeds are spread open,
when the sky is stripped away,
when Hell is made to blaze and Paradise brought near:
then every soul will know what it has brought about.”

Then the surah defends the words of the prophet against unbelievers who say he is mad or demon-possessed.

Boiling Sea.

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