Surah Inshiqaq is the eighty-fourth chapter (surah) of the Quran. It is a Meccan surah, revealed during the early period of Prophet Muhammad’s mission in Makkah. The surah is composed of 25 verses and is named after the word “inshiqaq,” which means “the splitting open” or “the cleaving asunder.”
The surah begins with a powerful description of the Day of Judgment, emphasizing the cataclysmic events that will occur when the heavens split apart. It depicts the dramatic scene of the sky cracking and disintegrating, the stars falling, and the earth being shaken to its core. This imagery serves to remind humanity of the Day of Judgment’s reality and the consequences of their actions in this life.
The surah then highlights the different destinies of the righteous and the wicked on the Day of Judgment. Those who have led a righteous life, fulfilled their obligations to God, and practiced virtuous deeds will be rewarded with eternal bliss in Paradise. They will enjoy the bounties and pleasures beyond human comprehension, dwelling in peace and tranquility.
Conversely, the surah describes the fate of the disbelievers and evildoers. They will face severe punishment and torment in Hellfire. The surah emphasizes that no one will be able to save them from this punishment or intercede on their behalf. It stresses the absolute justice of God, who will recompense each person according to their deeds.
Surah Inshiqaq also urges reflection upon the creation of human beings. It reminds people of their humble beginnings when they were nothing more than a drop of sperm. It emphasizes that God, who brought them into existence, has the power to resurrect them after death and hold them accountable for their actions. This serves as a reminder of the transient nature of life and the need to strive for righteousness.
Additionally, the surah encourages believers to be grateful for the blessings bestowed upon them by God. It mentions various provisions and favors provided by God, such as sustenance, guidance, and knowledge. It calls upon people to recognize these blessings and express gratitude to their Creator.