Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Smiting faces and backs of unbelievers by Angels

Lesson # 1011 from Noble Quran

Smiting faces and backs of unbelievers by Angels

Surah ‘ANFAAL (SPOILS OF WAR) – Chapter – 8)

Stage – 2, Verses –  50 & 51 of 75, Section – 7 of 10 (Part – 10)


In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

50.  And if thou couldst see how the angels receive those who disbelieve, smiting their faces and their backs and (saying): Taste the punishment of burning!


51.  This is for that which your own hands have sent before (to the Judgment), and (know) that Allah is not a tyrant to His slaves-     

50.  Wa  law  taraaa  ‘iz  yata-waffal-laziina  kafarul-malaaa-‘ikatu  yazri-buuna  wujuu-ha-hum  wa  ‘adbaara-hum.  Wa  zuuquu  ‘Azaabal-hariiq.


51.  Zaalika  bimaa  qaddamat  ‘aydii-kum  wa  ‘annAllaaha  laysa  bi-zallaamil-lil-‘abiid.    


Yata-waffa – (to drag out the soul from the body), the origin of this word is tu-waffaa, which means “to die”. God Almighty has appointed the Angels (peace be upon Them) for dragging the souls from the bodies, so, it is the reason that in this verse, it is mentioned “And if thou couldst see how the angels receive those who disbelieve”. From it; more words like fawt and wafaat etc. have also been derived, which means “the death and dying” etc. It aims that when the Angels (peace be upon Them) seize the souls of the disbelievers, infidels and idolaters etc.


In the previous verses, God Almighty has been making the mention of disbelievers’ behavior since long. These people are so absorbed in the visual splendor, planning and management of the world that they do not think ahead of it. But That Omnipotent; Who has created this entire world and all creatures, He does not like this disobedience, pride and haughtiness of the human beings. Therefore, sometimes, they are taught a lesson. They keep doing their managements, whereas at the other hand, they are removed from the world by means of floods, rain and dust-storms etc.


Armies of God Almighty are uncountable. He arranged to slay many people in the Battle of Badr through a handful Muslims. It is commanded that they strutted away during the whole life, but when the time of death reached and seized them, then they were unable to do something. Such condition of their helplessness is worth watching; when the Angels (peace be upon Them) have been dragging their souls from their bodies, smiting their faces and their backs, and along with it, they have been saying: It is not sufficient. In the next world, when you would have to burn in the Fire, then the reality will be opened on you.


Their condition is due to their own evil deeds, because Allah Almighty commands: There is no tyranny in Our Court. Molesting the helpless and innocent people is against Our Mercy. However, those people, who are blameworthy at fault; are punished properly, because they deserve it due to their wicked deeds.


In addition to the above mentioned verses, you must see the last verse of the fifth Part of the Chapter (Surah) Nisaaa’ (Women) (4:147), where Allah Almighty commands: What concern hath God for your punishment if ye are thankful (for His Mercies) and believe (in Him)? And God is ever Responsive, Aware.


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