Posted by: mjaga | October 5, 2011

Man’s Utter Recklessness

Qur’aanic Verse 21.1:



1. Iqtaraba lilnnasi hisabuhum wahum fee ghaflatin muAAridoona


1. For the human beings, their time of reckoning is near, and yet they pass their time in utter recklessness.1 

Study Note:

1. The time of reckoning is the Judgment Day in the Hereafter. And man is wont to think that Day is far off. Already over 1400 years have elapsed since this Verse was revealed, and Allah alone knows how many more centuries hereafter will this event occur. Man is thus deluded into doubts whether that event will ever occur. And he relapses to his worldliness. He starts thinking that this world is the be-all and end-all of all things. So why not grab whatever you get in this life, by fair means or foul, and make merry? Who has seen the morrow, so why worry about it? This attitude is the root cause of all trouble and has the potential to convert this very world into Hell. Allah Ta’ala therefore warns mankind against this attitude and delusion by telling them that they should not be deceived by mere appearances. No person is secure from death, which may come the very next moment. And when that person rises from the dead, it will appear to him/her as if he/she had been dead for hardly some hours! So, in that sense, the time of reckoning for any person should be near. It is to that person’s benefit then that he should not while away his/her precious time in this world in its frivolous and temporary pleasures.


The above is an extract from Qur’aanic Studies Manzil IV, which will soon, inshaAllah, be published on Amazon Kindle. Manzil IMabzil II & Manzil III of the series are already published.

Mohammad Shafi


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