Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Surah Al-Isra’, Verses 13-14

وَكُلَّ إِنْسَـانٍ أَلْزَمْنَـاهُ طَـآئِرَهُ فِى عُنُقِهِ وَنُخْرِجُ لَهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَـامَةِ كِتَابًا يَلْقَـاهُ مَنْشُوراً - اقْرَأْ كَتَـابَكَ كَفَى بِنَفْسِكَ الْيَوْمَ عَلَيْكَ حَسِيبًا

{13. And We have fastened every man's Ta'irah (deeds) to his neck, and on the Day of Resurrection, We shall bring out for him a Book which he will find wide open. 14. (It will be said to him): "Read your Book. You yourself are sufficient as a reckoner against you this Day.’'}

{And We have fastened every man's Ta'irah (deeds) to his neck} The neck is mentioned because it is a part of the body that when one is restrained by it, he has no escape.

The word Ta'irah (lit. something that flies) refers to man's deeds which fly from him. It includes both good deeds and bad deeds, he will be forced to acknowledge them and will be rewarded or punished accordingly.

Allah (SWT) says in another verse:
{So whosoever does good equal to the weight of a speck of dust shall see it. And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of a speck of dust shall see it.}(99:7-8).

And in another verse:
{(Remember) that the two receivers (recording angels) receive (each human being), one sitting on the right and one on the left (to note his or her actions). Not a word does he (or she) utter but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it)}(50:17-18)

{and on the Day of Resurrection, We shall bring out for him a Book} meaning, `We will collect all of his deeds for him in a Book which will be given to him on the Day of Resurrection, either in his right hand, if he is one of the blessed, or in his left hand if he is one of the wretched.'

{which he will find wide open} means, the book will be open for him and others to read all of his deeds, from the beginning of his life until the end.

{(It will be said to him): "Read your Book. You yourself are sufficient as a reckoner against you this Day.''} meaning, you have not been treated unjustly and nothing has been recorded against you except what you have done, because you remember everything that you have done, and no one will forget anything that he did. Everyone will be able to read his Book, whether he is literate or illiterate.

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