Surah Al-Ghashiyah, also known as “The Overwhelming” or “The Enveloping Event,” is the 88th chapter of the Quran. It was revealed in Makkah and contains 26 verses. This Surah discusses the Day of Judgment, the consequences of people’s actions, and the distinction between the righteous and the wicked.
Surah Al-Ghashiyah begins with the declaration that the event of the Day of Judgment is inevitable and will occur without a doubt. It is a day when the faces of people will be downcast, hearts will be filled with fear and distress, and they will be preoccupied with their own fate. On that day, the sky will be split asunder and the earth will be stretched out, creating a scene of awe and astonishment.
Allah then draws attention to the two groups of people that will emerge on the Day of Judgment: the successful and the doomed. The successful ones are those whose deeds were righteous and in accordance with Allah’s commands. They will be in a state of bliss, residing in Gardens of Paradise, enjoying the rewards of their piety and good actions. They will have abundance and sustenance, and their thirst will be quenched with pure and delicious drinks.
In contrast, the doomed ones are those who rejected the message of Allah and turned away from the truth. They will enter Hellfire, where they will face torment and punishment for their denial and disobedience. They will have a painful existence, where their faces will be covered with darkness, and they will be enveloped in layers of intense heat and scorching flames. They will be given boiling hot water to drink, which will be a source of extreme agony for them.
The Surah then highlights the importance of the Quran and its role as a reminder for humanity. Allah states that He is the one who created mankind and knows the innermost secrets of their hearts. He knows their deeds, whether they are righteous or sinful. The Quran serves as a reminder and a guide for those who believe, and it is a source of guidance and mercy for those who turn to it with sincerity.
Furthermore, the Surah emphasizes the importance of pondering over the signs of Allah’s creation. Allah calls attention to the earth, its fruits, and its livestock as clear signs of His power and ability to resurrect the dead. Just as Allah brings life back to the earth after it has become barren, He will resurrect the dead on the Day of Judgment. This serves as a reminder to humanity of the power and ability of Allah, and it should lead them to reflect upon their own existence and the purpose of their lives.