Reading the Koran. 60

This is another excerpt from Bill Warner’s book Abridged Koran where the verses of Koran are arranged in their chronological order and provided with facts from prophet Muhammad’s life, giving context for them.

CHAPTER 5 (continued)

And after Judgment Day comes Paradise and Hell.

7:35 Oh, children of Adam, if messengers come to you from among yourselves relating My signs to you, then those who refrain from evil and mend their ways will have no fear or grieving. But they who reject Our signs and scorn them will be companions of the Fire and will abide there forever.

7:37 Who does greater wrong than one who invents a lie against Allah or rejects His signs? To them shall a portion here below be assigned in accordance with the Book of our decrees until the time when our messengers arrive to take their souls and say, “Where are they whom you used to call beside Allah?” They will say, “They are gone from us.” And they will testify against themselves that they were unbelievers.

7:38 He shall say, “Enter into the company of those who passed before you into the Fire, the generations of jinn and men. Every time a fresh generation enters, it will curse its sister peoples until all have followed each other into the Fire, and the last comers will say to the former, ‘Oh, our Lord, these are the ones who led us astray. Give them a double torment of Fire.’” He will say, “You all will have double,” but you do not understand this.

7:39 And the former of them will say to the latter, “You have no advantage over us, so taste the punishment that you earned.” There will be no openings at the gates of heaven for those who have rejected Our signs and scorned them nor will they enter Paradise until the camel passes through the eye of the needle. This is Our reward to the guilty. They will make their bed in Hell, and sheets of Fire will cover them. This is how we will reward the evildoers.

7:42 But as for those who believe and do good works, no burden do We place on any soul but that which it can bear. They are the rightful owners of the Garden and will dwell there forever. And We will remove whatever ill feeling is in their bosoms. Rivers will roll beneath them, and they will say, “Praise to Allah who guided us here. We would never have been guided if it had not been for Allah. The messengers of the Lord truly brought us the truth.” And they will hear the cry, “This is Paradise. You inherit it for your righteous deeds.” And the dwellers of Paradise shall cry to the dwellers of the Fire, “We have found the promise of our Lord to be true. Have you also found what your Lord promised you to be true?” They shall answer, “Yes,” and a herald shall proclaim between them, “The curse of Allah is on the evildoers.”

7:45 Whoever would turn men from the path of Allah and seek to make it crooked, they were those who did not believe in the life to come. Between them is a veil, and on the Heights are men [men whose good and bad deeds balance each other] who know all by their markings [the men of Hell will have blackened faces and those of Paradise will have white shining faces], and they shall cry to the inmates of Paradise, “Peace be to you,” but they will not enter, though they will hope. And when their eyes are turned towards the inmates of the Fire, they shall say, “Oh, our Lord, do not send us to the place of the wrongdoers.” And the men on the Heights will cry to those whom they will know by their markings [darkened faces], “How did you profit from your wealth and your pride?” [Turning to the blessed, the men on the Heights say:] “Are not these the men to whom you swore Allah would show no mercy? Enter Paradise. You will have no fear, nor grief.”

7:50 The dwellers of the Fire will cry to the dwellers of Paradise, “Pour some of the water on us or anything that Allah gives you.” They shall say, “Allah forbids these things to unbelievers.” For those who made their religion a sport and pastime and who were deceived by the life of the world, this will be the day We forget them as they forgot the meeting of this day and as they did deny Our signs. We have brought them the Book, which We explained in detail as a guide and a mercy to all who believe.

7:53 Are they waiting for its fulfillment [the Koran’s promises of rewards and punishments]? On this day those who disregarded it will say, “The Messengers of our Lord did bring the truth. Do we have any intercessor to intercede for us, or could we return to life on earth? Then we could act differently than we have acted.” But they have lost their souls, and the gods of their own devising have fled from them.

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