SURA 82. Infitar, or The Cleaving Asunder
1. When the Sky is cleft asunder;
2. When the Stars are scattered;
3. When the Oceans are suffered to burst forth;
4. And when the Graves are turned upside down;-
5. [Then] shall each soul know what it hath sent forward and [what it hath] kept
6. O man! What has seduced thee from thy Lord Most Beneficent?-
7. Him Who created thee. Fashioned thee in due proportion, and gave thee a just
8. In whatever Form He wills, does He put thee together.
9. Day! nit ye do reject Right and Judgment!
10. But verily over you [are appointed angels] to protect you,-
11. Kind and honourable,- Writing down [your deeds]:
12. They know [and understand] all that ye do.
13. As for the Righteous, they will be in bliss;
14. And the Wicked – they will be in the Fire,
15. Which they will enter on the Day of Judgment,
16. And they will not be able to keep away therefrom.
17. And what will explain to thee what the Day of Judgment is?
18. Again, what will explain to thee what the Day of Judgment is?
19. [It will be] the Day when no soul shall have power [to do] aught for
another: For the command, that Day, will be [wholly] with Allah.
1. The sūrah touches the hearts of men who busy themselves with trivialities. It reminds man of God’s very first act of grace towards him, namely, his moulding in such an upright, perfectly proportioned form.
2. God could have easily given him any form He wished. Yet man is ungrateful
3. The address appeals to man’s most noble quality, his humanity, which distinguishes him from all other creatures and assigns to him the highest position among them. This quality represents God’s gracious blessing to man and His abundant generosity.
4. What makes you neglect your duties to your Lord and behave impudently towards Him when He has given you your humanity which raises you above all His creation and provides you with the ability to distinguish between right and wrong.
6. It is an address which appeals straight to man’s heart. He listens to God’s remonstrance as He reminds him of His grace while he continues with his erring ways and impudent behaviour towards Him.
7. Indeed, man should reflect deeply over his creation, and the fact that he has been given a physically and physiologically perfect constitution. Reflection should prompt him to show his real love, deep respect and genuine gratitude towards God, his gracious Lord, who has blessed him with such constitution: perfect, upright and handsome.
8. The human body is composed of a number of specialized systems: the skeleton, muscular system, skin, digestive system, blood circulation, respiratory system, procreative system, lymphatic system, nervous system, the urinal system and the senses of taste, smell, hearing and sight. Every one of these systems is miraculous and far more wonderful than any scientific achievement. Yet man tends to overlook the wonders of his own constitution!
source: Sayyid Qutb – in the shade of the quran