In the name
of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
By the emissary winds, which are sent forth one after
another. By the raging hurricanes. By the winds
that lift up and scatter the clouds to their distant
places, then separate them one from another. By those who
bring down the reminder, either to remove the excuse or to
convey the warning. Surely, that which you are being
promised, shall be fulfilled. It is going to be fulfilled
when the stars will lose their light, heaven will cleft
asunder, the mountains will crumble into dust, and when
the Rasools will be brought together at the appointed time.
For what Day has all this been deferred? For the Day of
Judgment! And what will explain to you, what the Day of
Judgment is? Woe on that Day to the disbelievers! Did We
not destroy the former generations for their evil deeds?
And We shall do the same to later generations who will
follow them. Thus do We deal with the guilty. Woe on
that Day to the disbelievers! Have We not created you from
an unworthy fluid, which We placed in a secure resting-place
(womb), for an appointed term? We have estimated
its term - how excellent an estimator We are! Woe on that
Day to the disbelievers! Have We not made the earth a home
for both the living and the dead, set on it lofty
mountains, and given you sweet water to drink? Woe on that
Day to the disbelievers!
Allah swears in the name of life-giving winds, rain and angels
that the Day of Judgment will be established
Woe on that Day to the disbelievers!
On the Day of Judgment it will be said to
the disbelievers: “Walk on to hell which you used deny!
Walk on to the shadow of smoke ascending in three
columns, giving neither coolness nor shelter from the
flames, throwing up sparks as huge as castles, as if
they were yellow camels."[33 ] Woe on that Day to the
disbelievers! On that Day, they shall not be able to
speak, nor be given permission to offer their excuses.
Woe on that Day to the disbelievers! Such will be the Day of
Judgment. We shall assemble you and your past generations.
Now if you have a plot, use it against Me. Woe on that Day
to the disbelievers!
that Day; the disbelievers will be asked to walk towards hell
which they used to deny
Surely the righteous shall dwell amidst cool shades and
springs and shall have whatever fruits they desire.
We shall say to them: “Eat and drink to your heart’s
content, this is the reward for your good deeds." Thus shall
We reward the righteous. Woe on that Day to the
The righteous will be given all that they desire
Eat and enjoy yourselves for a little while.
Surely you are criminals. Woe on that Day to the
disbelievers! When they are asked to bow down before
Allah, they do not bow down. Woe on that Day to the
disbelievers! In what statement after this Qur’an,
will they believe?
warning to the disbelievers
Major Issues, Divine
Law and Guidance:
* Allah swears in the name of life giving
winds, rain and angels that the Day of Judgement will be
* On that Day, the disbelievers will be asked to walk towards
hell which they used to deny, and the righteous will be given
all that they desire
* A warning to the disbelievers and a question as to what
statement after this Qur'an (the last revelation) will they
The theme of this Sürah is to affirm the
Resurrection and Hereafter and to warn the people of the
consequences which will ultimately follow either the denial or
the affirmation of these truths.
In the first seven verses, the system of winds is presented as
an evidence of the truth that the Resurrection which is being
foretold by the Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) must come
to pass. The power of All-Mighty Allah Who has established this
wonderful system on the earth, is not helpless in bringing about
the Resurrection and the express wisdom which underlies this
system bears full evidence that the Hereafter must appear, for
no act of an All- Wise Creator is vain and purposeless, and if
there was no Hereafter, it would mean that this life is useless
In vv. 16-28 arguments are given for the occurrence and
necessity of the Resurrection and Hereafter. Man’s own history,
his own birth, and the structure of the earth on which he lives,
bear the testimony that the coming of the Resurrection and the
establishment of the Hereafter are possible as well as the
demand of Allah Almighty’s wisdom. History tells us that the
nations which denied the Hereafter ultimately became corrupted
and met with destruction. This means that the Hereafter is a
truth which, if denied and contradicted by a nation through its
conduct and attitude, will cause it to meet the same fate as
that of a blind man who rushes headlong into an approaching
train. It also means that in the Kingdom of the universe, not
only physical laws are at work, but also moral laws, under which
the process of retribution is operating. But since in the
present life of the world retribution is not taking place in its
complete and perfect form, the moral law of the universe
necessarily demands that there should come a time when it should
take its full course, and all those good works and evil deeds,
which could not be rewarded here, or which escaped their due
punishment, should be fully rewarded and punished. For this
purpose, it is inevitable that there should be a second life
after death. If man only considers how he takes his birth in the
world, his intellect, provided it is sound intellect, cannot
deny that Allah, Who began his creation from an insignificant
sperm drop and developed him into a perfect human being, is able
to create the same human being once again.
In the end, the deniers of the Hereafter and those who turn away
from Allah's worship, are warned: “Enjoy your short-lived
worldly pleasure as you may, but your end will ultimately be
disastrous.” The discourse concludes with the assertion that the
one who fails to obtain guidance from the Qur’an, can have no
other source of Guidance.