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The Final Return of the Doomed Print E-mail
Written by Ibn Kathir   
Friday, 10 November 2006

The Final Return of the Doomed

Having mentioned the final of the blessed, Allah follows that with mention of the final return of the doomed when they are resurrected and brought to account. Allah says:

[هَـذَا وَإِنَّ لِلطَّـغِينَ]
(This is so! And for the Taghin), which refers to those who disobey Allah, may He be glorified, and oppose the Messengers of Allah, peace be upon them,

[لَشَرَّ مَـَابٍ]
(will be an evil final return.) means, the worst final return. Then Allah explains it by saying,

[جَهَنَّمُ يَصْلَوْنَهَا]
(Hell! Where they will enter) means, they will enter it and it will overwhelm them on all sides.

[جَهَنَّمَ يَصْلَوْنَهَا فَبِئْسَ الْمِهَادُ - هَـذَا فَلْيَذُوقُوهُ حَمِيمٌ وَغَسَّاقٌ ]
(and worst (indeed) is that place to rest! This is so! Then let them taste it -- Hamim and Ghassaq.) Hamim is something that has been heated to the ultimate degree, and Ghassaq is the opposite, something that is so intensely cold that it is unbearable. Allah says:

[وَءَاخَرُ مِن شَكْلِهِ أَزْوَجٌ ]
(And other of similar kind (oppasite pairs) -- all together!) means, and other things of this kind, a thing and its opposite, serving as punishments. Al-Hasan Al-Basri said, concerning the Ayah:

[وَءَاخَرُ مِن شَكْلِهِ أَزْوَجٌ ]
(And other of similar kind -- all together!) "Different kinds of punishments.'' Others said, such as intense cold and intense heat, and drinking Hamim and eating the bitter tree of Az-Zaqqum, and being lifted up and thrown down, and other kinds of paired opposites, all of which are means of punishment.

The Final Return of the Doomed

Having mentioned the final of the blessed, Allah follows that with mention of the final return of the doomed when they are resurrected and brought to account. Allah says:

[هَـذَا وَإِنَّ لِلطَّـغِينَ]
(This is so! And for the Taghin), which refers to those who disobey Allah, may He be glorified, and oppose the Messengers of Allah, peace be upon them,

[لَشَرَّ مَـَابٍ]
(will be an evil final return.) means, the worst final return. Then Allah explains it by saying,

[جَهَنَّمُ يَصْلَوْنَهَا]
(Hell! Where they will enter) means, they will enter it and it will overwhelm them on all sides.

[جَهَنَّمَ يَصْلَوْنَهَا فَبِئْسَ الْمِهَادُ - هَـذَا فَلْيَذُوقُوهُ حَمِيمٌ وَغَسَّاقٌ ]
(and worst (indeed) is that place to rest! This is so! Then let them taste it -- Hamim and Ghassaq.) Hamim is something that has been heated to the ultimate degree, and Ghassaq is the opposite, something that is so intensely cold that it is unbearable. Allah says:

[وَءَاخَرُ مِن شَكْلِهِ أَزْوَجٌ ]
(And other of similar kind (oppasite pairs) -- all together!) means, and other things of this kind, a thing and its opposite, serving as punishments. Al-Hasan Al-Basri said, concerning the Ayah:

[وَءَاخَرُ مِن شَكْلِهِ أَزْوَجٌ ]
(And other of similar kind -- all together!) "Different kinds of punishments.'' Others said, such as intense cold and intense heat, and drinking Hamim and eating the bitter tree of Az-Zaqqum, and being lifted up and thrown down, and other kinds of paired opposites, all of which are means of punishment.

 
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