Lessons from Holy Qur'an

No preference over any other in the Fire of Hell

Lesson # 847 from the Noble Quran

No preference over any other in the Fire of Hell

Surah ‘A’-RAAF (The Heights) – Chapter – 7)

Stage – 2, Verses – 38b & 39 of 206, Section – 4 of 24 (Part – 8)


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

 38b.  He saith: For each one there is double (torment), but ye know not.


39.  And the first of them will say unto the last of them: Ye have no preference over us, so taste the doom for what ye used to earn.    

 38.b.  Qaala  li-kullin  zi’-funw-wa  laakil-laa  ta’-lamuun.


39.  Wa  qaalat  ‘uulaahum  li-‘ukh-raahum  faman  kaana  lakum  ‘alay-naa  min-  fazlin  fazuuqul- ‘azaaba  bimaa  kuntum  tak-sibuun.       



It was described in the previous verse that when those people, who throw the Revelations of Allah Almighty behind, will be confuted after looking the faces of Angels (peace be upon Them) during the agonies of death and listening to their question, and will understand clearly that: Really we are infidels. The Holy Scriptures and Messengers (peace be upon Them) of Allah Almighty caused to know us in the world hundred thousand times that you should not be disbelievers, otherwise, you will be tormented after death. But we understood nothing at that time. We are looking clearly at this time that: That was very true, which the Messengers of Allah Almighty (peace be upon Them) used to admonish us and which was mentioned in the Heavenly Scriptures.


They will be commanded on the Day of Resurrection: Go to the Fire of Hell along with those, who are like you, all together. Therefore they will enter into It in a row reproving one another. After entering into the Hell, the last of them will request Lord Almighty: The first of us misled us. Therefore, they should be tormented double. This verse contains reply of their application.


It is commanded: It is right. Because they were misled as well as they seduced you too, so they committed two errors, according to this, you are right that they should be punished twofold. Therefore, they will get double doom. But you don’t know that two crimes are liable to come upon you also:


  • You committed evils.


  • You did not use your own sense.


You were told through the Holy Qur’aan: See! The people before you committed wicked deeds, so they were punished in the world – it was for your information that: Fruit of the bad is always bad, but you did not hear any word. Therefore, you are twofold accused too and you will be tormented double also.


Based on this, it is the decision that the first of them and the last of them (both kinds of people) will taste double agony. After hearing this decision, the first of them will irritate the last of them: You stood up for requesting that we should be punished twofold. What did come into your hand? On the contrary, you are defeated. Why would you be punished less than us? Of what you were proud? All accused people are equal because their wrong deeds are equal, so, as we would have to suffer against our sins, similarly, you would have to enjoy the torment of your part too. God bless, otherwise, it seems impossible to get rid of this torment. Alas! We would have to understand this reality in the world: Ultimately every living being has to die.


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)