SURA 101. Al Qaria, or The Day of Noise and Clamor
1. The [Day] of Noise and Clamour:
2. What is the [Day] of Noise and Clamour?
3. And what will explain to thee what the [Day] of Noise and Clamour is?
4. [It is] a Day whereon men will be like moths scattered about,
5. And the mountains will be like carded wool.
6. Then, he whose balance [of good deeds] will be [found] heavy,
7. Will be in a life of good pleasure and satisfaction.
8. But he whose balance [of good deeds] will be [found] light,-
9. Will have his home in a [bottomless] Pit.
10. And what will explain to thee what this is?
11. [It is] a Fire Blazing fiercely!
1. Al-Qāri`ah, means the resurrection. The term al-Qāri`ah also connotes hitting and knocking hard. It knocks people’s hearts with its engulfing horror.
2. This is the first scene of the Striker, a scene that leaves people’s hearts in panic and makes limbs tremble with fear. The listener feels that everything he clings to in this world is flying all around him like dust.
3. It is useful for us to consider the weights, whether heavy or light. This means that there are standards which God credits with being valuable and others that are valueless.
4. “Then he whose weight [of good deeds] is heavy in the balance”, according to God’s measures and evaluation, “shall enjoy a happy life.” God makes this statement general without any detailed information. Thus, the statement imparts to man the connotations of content and satisfaction or, indeed, pure happiness.
5. But he whose weight is light in the balance,” according to God’s same measure and evaluation, “shall have the bottomless pit for his home.”
source: Sayyid Qutb in the Shade of the Quran