English Translation of Al-Quran
.Surah Al-Qasas [The Narration]
Ayat 71. Say (O Muhammad SAWW (PBUH): “tell them! If Allah made night continuous for you till the Day of Resurrection, who is an ilah (a god) besides Allah who could bring you light? Will you not then hear?”
Tafseer of Surah Al-Qasas Ayat 71. Say: See ye? If Allah were to make the Night perpetual over you to the Day of Judgment, what God is there other than Allah, who can give you enlightenment? Will ye not then hearken? In the physical world the Night and Day are both blessings, the one for rest and the other for work, and the alternation itself is one of the mercies of Allah, and none but He can give us these blessings. If we were perpetually resting, or screened from the light, our faculties would be blunted and we should be worse than dead. If we were perpetually working, we would be tired, and we should also be dead in another way. This daily miracle keeps us alive and prepares us, in this our probationary life, for our final destiny in the Hereafter. So in the spiritual world. Some kinds of ignorance-such as ignorance of what is coming in the future are necessary to conserve our powers and give rest to our minds and spirits, but if we were to remain ignorant perpetually, we would be spiritually dead. In the same way our spiritual strivings require periodical alterations to rest in the form of attention to our temporal concerns: hence the justification of a good and pure life on the plane of this earth also. Also, in the world’s history, there are periods when a living messenger stimulates intense spiritual activity, and periods when it is comparatively quiescent (the so-called Dark Ages); but both are examples of the working of Allah’s Plan of wisdom and mercy. But this applies only up to the Day of Judgment. After that we shall be on another planet altogether.
English Translation of Hadith
Hazrat Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah [SAWW](PBUH) said, “Among the inmates of Hell, a person who had led the most luxurious life in this world will be brought up on the Day of Resurrection and dipped in the Fire and will be asked: `O son of Adam! Did you ever experience any comfort? Did you happen to get any luxury?’ He will reply: `By Allah, no, my Rubb.’ And then one of the people of Jannah who had experienced extreme misery in the life of this world will be dipped in Jannah. Then he will be asked: `O son of Adam! Did you ever experience any misery? Have you ever encountered difficulty?’ He will say: “By Allah, no my Rubb, I neither experienced misery nor passed through hardship”
[Muslim Book 39, Chapter 11, Hadith # 6738]
Lesson : This Hadith also induces one to work for the life of the Hereafter, as the amenities of this world which one strives hard to attain, and for which one violates the injunctions of Sharia’s, will be forgotten with a glimpse of the Hell-fire. Therefore, the sensible course is that one should adopt a way of life which is full of true faith and good deeds so that one becomes eligible for the eternal blessings and joys of the life of the Hereafter.