The Supreme Success

 I take refuge with Allaah from the accursed devil.  

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ 

  Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Raheem: In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.  

 Welcome to my blog and praise the Magnificent Lord as you enter: Allahu Akbar: Allah is the Greatest .

May the Peace and Blessing of Allah Azza wa Jal, our Lord Glorified and Praised be He, be upon our beloved Prophet, his Family, and Companions.

The Supreme Success.

إِنَّكُمْ لَذَآئِقُو الْعَذَابَ الاٌّلِيمِ

(38. Verily, you are going to taste the painful torment;)

وَمَا تُجْزَوْنَ إِلاَّ مَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ

(39. And you will be requited nothing except for what you used to do.)

إِلاَّ عِبَادَ اللَّهِ الْمُخْلَصِينَ

(40. Save the chosen servants of Allah.)

 أُوْلَـئِكَ لَهُمْ رِزْقٌ مَّعْلُومٌ

 (41. For them there will be a known provision,)

 فَوَكِهُ وَهُم مُّكْرَمُونَ

 (42. Fruits; and they shall be honored,)

فِى جَنَّـتِ النَّعِيمِ

 (43. In the Gardens of Delight,)

عَلَى سُرُرٍ مُّتَقَـبِلِينَ

 (44. Facing one another on thrones.)

 يُطَافُ عَلَيْهِمْ بِكَأْسٍ مِّن مَّعِينٍ

(45. Round them will be passed a cup of pure wine)

بَيْضَآءَ لَذَّةٍ لِّلشَّـرِبِينَ

 (46. White, delicious to the drinkers.)

لاَ فِيهَا غَوْلٌ وَلاَ هُمْ عَنْهَا يُنزَفُونَ

(47. Neither will they have Ghawl from that nor will they suffer intoxication therefrom.)

 وَعِندَهُمْ قَـصِرَتُ الطَّرْفِ عِينٌ

 (48. And beside them will be Qasirat-At-Tarf with (wide and beautiful) eyes.)

كَأَنَّهُنَّ بَيْضٌ مَّكْنُونٌ

 (49. as if they were Bayd Maknun.)

Surah 37 As Saaffat Verse 38-49

Tafsir Ibn Kathir

Allah says, addressing the people:

(Verily, you are going to taste the painful torment; and you will be requited nothing except for what you used to do.) Then He makes an exception in the case of His sincerely believing servants. This is like the Ayat:

(By the Time. Verily, man is in loss, Except those who believe and do righteous deeds…) (103:1-3),

(Verily, We created man in the best stature. Then We reduced him to the lowest of the low. Save those who believe and do righteous deeds) (95:4-6).

(There is not one of you but will pass over it (Hell); this is with your Lord, a decree which must be accomplished. Then We shall save those who have Taqwa. And We shall leave the wrongdoers therein to their knees.) (19:71-72); and

(Every person is a pledge for what he has earned, except those on the right) (74:38-39). Allah says here:

(Save the chosen servants of Allah.) meaning, they will not taste the painful torment nor will they be brought to account. Their evil acts, if there are any, will be overlooked, and each good deed will be rewarded in multiples of between ten and seven hundred, or as much as Allah wills.

(For them there will be a known provision,) Qatadah and As-Suddi said, “This means Paradise.” It is explained further in the next Ayah:

(Fruits) meaning, of different kinds.

(and they shall be honored,) means, they will be served and will live a life of luxury.

(In the Gardens of Delight, facing one another on thrones.) Mujahid said, “One of them will not look at one another’s backs.”

(Round them will be passed a cup of pure wine — white, delicious to the drinkers. Neither will they have Ghawl from that nor will they suffer intoxication therefrom.) This is like the Ayah:

(Immortal boys will go around them (serving), with cups, and jugs, and a glass of flowing wine, from which they will get neither any aching of the head nor any intoxication.)(56:17-19). Allah refined the wine of Paradise from the bad effects of the wine of this world, which causes headaches and stomach aches — which is the meaning of Ghawl — causing people to lose their minds completely. So He says here:

(Round them will be passed a cup of pure wine) meaning, wine from a flowing stream which they do not fear will ever be cut off or cease. Malik narrated that Zayd bin Aslam said, “White flowing wine,” meaning, with a bright, shining color, unlike the wine of this earth with its ugly, repulsive colors of red, black, yellow and turbid shades, and other features which are repugnant to anyone of a sound nature.

(delicious to the drinkers.) means, its taste will be as good as its color, and a good taste indicates that it has a good smell, unlike the wine of this world.

(Neither will they have Ghawl from that) means, it will not have any effects on them such as causing stomach aches. This was the view of Ibn `Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, Mujahid, Qatadah and Ibn Zayd. This is unlike the wine of this world, which causes colic and so on, because it is too watery.

(nor will they suffer intoxication therefrom.) Mujahid said, “It will not cause them to lose their minds.” This was also the view of Ibn `Abbas, Muhammad bin Ka`b, Al-Hasan. `Ata’ bin Abi Muslim Al-Khurasani, As-Suddi and others. Ad-Dahhak reported that Ibn Abbas said, “Wine causes four things: intoxication, headache, vomiting and urine.” So, when Allah mentions the wine of Paradise, He states that it is free of these characteristics, as mentioned in Surat As-Saffat.

(And beside them will be Qasirat At-Tarf) means, chaste females, who will not look at anyone other than their husbands, as Ibn `Abbas, Mujahid, Zayd bin Aslam, Qatadah, As-Suddi and others said.

(with (wide and beautiful) eyes) means, with beautiful eyes. It was also said that it means with wide eyes, which is connected to the first meaning. They are wide-eyed and beautiful, and their eyes are described as being beautiful and chaste. Allah says:

(And beside them will be Qasirat At-Tarf, with (wide and beautiful) eyes.)

(as if they were Bayd Maknun.) Their bodies are described as having the most perfect color. `Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn `Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him:

(as if they were Bayd Maknun.) means, as if they were hidden pearls. Al-Hasan said:

(as if they were Bayd Maknun. ) means, protected, never touched by any hands. As-Suddi said, “The well preserved egg in its nest.” Sa`id bin Jubayr said:

(as if they were Bayd Maknun.) means, “The inside of the egg.” `Ata’ Al-Khurasani said, “It is the membrane which is between its outer shell and its inner contents.” As-Suddi said:

(as if they were Bayd Maknun.) means, “The white of the egg when its shell is removed.” Ibn Jarir’s view concerning the meaning of Maknun (well preserved) is that the outer shell is touched by the wing of the bird and the nest, and by people’s hands, unlike the interior of the egg. And Allah knows best.

فَأَقْبَلَ بَعْضُهُمْ عَلَى بَعْضٍ يَتَسَآءَلُونَ

(50. Then they will turn to one another, mutually questioning.)

 قَالَ قَآئِلٌ مِّنْهُمْ إِنِّى كَانَ لِى قَرِينٌ

(51. A speaker of them will say: “Verily, I had a companion (in the world),”)

 يَقُولُ أَءِنَّكَ لَمِنَ الْمُصَدِّقِينَ

 (52. “Who used to say: `Are you among those who believe.)

 أَءِذَا مِتْنَا وَكُنَّا تُرَاباً وَعِظَـماً أَءِنَّا لَمَدِينُونَ

 (53. (That) when we die and become dust and bones, shall we indeed be indebted (Madinun)”’)

 قَالَ هَلْ أَنتُمْ مُّطَّلِعُونَ

 (54. (The speaker) said: “Will you look down”)

فَاطَّلَعَ فَرَءَاهُ فِى سَوَآءِ الْجَحِيمِ

 (55. So he looked down and saw him in the midst of the Fire.)

قَالَ تَاللَّهِ إِن كِدتَّ لَتُرْدِينِ

 (56. He said: “By Allah! You have nearly ruined me.”)

 وَلَوْلاَ نِعْمَةُ رَبِّى لَكُنتُ مِنَ الْمُحْضَرِينَ

 (57. “Had it not been for the grace of my Lord, I would certainly have been among those brought forth (to Hell).”)

 أَفَمَا نَحْنُ بِمَيِّتِينَ

 (58. “Are we then not to die (any more)”)

إِلاَّ مَوْتَتَنَا الاٍّولَى وَمَا نَحْنُ بِمُعَذَّبِينَ

 (59. “Except our first death, and we shall not be punished”)

 إِنَّ هَـذَا لَهُوَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ

 (60. Truly, this is the supreme success!)

 لِمِثْلِ هَـذَا فَلْيَعْمَلِ الْعَـمِلُونَ

(61. For the like of this let the workers work.)

Surah 37 As Saaffat Verse 50-61

Tafsir Ibn Kathir

Allah tells us how the people of Paradise will turn to one another, asking one another about their situation, how they were in this world and what they suffered. This is part of their conversation when they get together to converse and drink, sitting on their thrones, servants coming and going, bringing all kinds of good food, drink, clothes and other delights no eye has seen, no ear has heard, never having comprehend the mind of man.

(A speaker of them will say: “Verily, I had a companion…”) Al-`Awfi reported that Ibn `Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him said, “This refers to an idolator man who had a companion among the believers in this world.”

(Who used to say: “Are you among those who believe…”) means, `do you believe in the resurrection after death, and the Reckoning and reward or punishment’ He used to say that by way of astonishment, disbelief and stubbornness.

(That) when we die and become dust and bones, shall we indeed be indebted (Madinun).) Mujahid and As-Suddi said, “Brought to account.” Ibn `Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, and Muhammad bin Ka`b Al-Qurazi said, “Rewarded or punished according to our deeds.” Both views are correct.

(The speaker) said: “Will you look down”) meaning, look over. The believer will say this to his companions among the people of Paradise.

(So he looked down and saw him in the midst of the Fire.) Ibn `Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, Sa`id bin Jubayr, Khulayd Al-`Usari, Qatadah, As-Suddi and `Ata’ Al-Khurasani said, “This means, in the middle of Hell.” Al-Hasan Al-Basri said, “In the middle of Hell as if he were a burning star.”

(He said: “By Allah! You have nearly ruined me.”) The believer will say, addressing the disbeliever: `By Allah, you nearly caused me to be doomed, if I had obeyed you.’

(Had it not been for the grace of my Lord, I would certainly have been among those brought forth (to Hell).) means, `Were it not for the favor of my Lord towards me, I would have been like you in the middle of Hell where you are, brought forth with you for punishment. But He bestowed His grace upon me, had mercy upon me and guided me to faith and to belief in Him Alone.’

(and never could we have found guidance, were it not that Allah had guided us!) (7:43) 

(Are we then not to die (any more) Except our first death, and we shall not be punished) This is what the believers will say when they feel joy at what Allah has given them, and they realize that they are to remain in Paradise forever with no punishment and no death to come. Allah says:

(Truly, this is the supreme success!) Al-Hasan Al-Basri said, “They know that death brings an end to every delight, so they will say,

(Are we then not to die Except our first death, and we shall not be punished) It will be said, “No,

(Truly, this is the supreme success!).”

(For the like of this let the workers work.) Ibn Jarir said, “These are the Words of Allah, and it means: for the like of this pleasure and this success, let the workers work in this world, so that they may attain it in the Hereafter.

They mentioned the story of two men among the Children of Israel who were partners and who are included in the meaning of this Ayah. Abu Ja`far bin Jarir recorded that Furat bin Tha`labah Al-Bahrani said concerning the Ayah,

(Verily, I had a companion) “There were two men who were partners and had collected eight thousand Dinars. One of them had a craft and the other did not. The one who had a craft said to the other, `You do not have a craft, so I think I will divide the money with you and leave you.’ So he left him. Then the man bought a house, belonging to a king who had died, for the price of one thousand Dinars. He called his companion and showed him the house, saying, `What do you think of this house I bought it for one thousand Dinars.’ He said, `How beautiful it is.’ When he went out he said, `O Allah, this companion of mine has bought this house for one thousand Dinars; I ask You for one of the houses of Paradise — and he gave one thousand Dinars in charity.’ Then as much time passed as Allah willed should pass. The first man married a woman with a dowry of one thousand Dinars, and invited his companion and made food for him. When he came, he said, `I have married this woman with a dowry of one thousand Dinars.’ He replied; `How beautiful this is.’ And when he left, he said, `O Lord, my companion has married a woman with a dowry of one thousand Dinars; I ask you for a wife from among Al-Hur Al-`Iyn’ — and he gave one thousand Dinars in charity. Then as much time passed as Allah willed should pass. Then the first man bought two gardens for two thousand Dinars, then he called his companion and showed them to him. He said, `I have bought these two gardens for two thousand Dinars.’ He replied, `How beautiful this is.’ When he came out, he said, `O Lord, my companion has bought two gardens for two thousand Dinars; I ask you for two gardens in Paradise’ — and he gave two thousand Dinars in charity. Then the angel came to them and took their souls in death. He took the one who had given his money in charity and put him in a house that he liked. There, there was a woman who was so beautiful that the ground shinned under her, then he (the angel) took him to two gardens and gave him other things which are known only to Allah. The man said, `This is like a man who has such and such.’ The angel said, `That is exactly what it is; this house, these gardens and this wife are all for you.’ The man said, `I had a companion who used to say: Are you among those who believe’ It was said to him, `He is in Hell.’ He said, `Will you look down’ So he looked down and saw him in the midst of Hell. At this, he said:

(By Allah! You have nearly ruined me. Had it not been for the grace of my Lord, I would certainly have been among those brought forth (to Hell).)”

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