Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Treasures will be as iron piece for branding the body

Lesson # 1073 from Holy Qur-’aan

Treasures will be as iron piece for branding the body

Surah ‘TAWBAH or BARAAA-‘AH (REPENTANCE) – Chapter – 9)

Stage – 2, Verse – 35 of 129, Section – 5 of 16 (Part – 10)                                                          


In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful


35.  On the Day when it will (all) be heated in the fire of Hell, and their foreheads and their flanks and their backs will be branded therewith (and it will be said unto them): Here is that which ye hoarded for yourselves; now taste of what ye used to hoard. 35.  Yawma  yuhmaa  ‘alay-haa  fii  Naari  Jahannama  fatukwaa  bihaa  jibaahu-hum  wa  junuu-buhum  wa  zuhuuruhum.  Haazaa  maa  kanaztum  li-‘anfu-sikum  fa-zuuquu  maa  kuntum  taknizuun.       




Yuhmaa – (will be ignited), this word is from ham-yun, which means “sharpening of the fire rapidly”. The aim from the word yuhmaa is that “the fire of Hell will be sharpened on the hoarded wealth”.


Tukwaa – (will be branded), the origin of this word is kay-yun, which means “making a mark on the body by a hot iron piece”. That is to say; to heat up anything so much that it becomes red, then put it on the body, by which a burning mark appears on the body.


Summary of this verse is “The Saying of God’s Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him), which is often repeated in the Sermon of Friday i.e. ‘Al-kanzu  kay-yum-minan-Naar. (It aims that the treasure will be just like an iron piece, which will be heated up to the point of redness and then body of the hoarder will be branded with it).


It means that in this world, everyone has made it (hoarding the wealth) his biggest occupation, and being entangled in its love, some people are seen enjoying themselves apparently, although, in fact, they suffer, but against their wealth, they slight their sufferings. Verily, if you consider the fact, you will observe that in the world too, the riches and the wealth causes worries, even that sometimes, hunger, thirst and sleep etc. disappear in its worry, even that, one has no hope of life. Moreover, after death, this wealth will be useless save giving pain.


To experience, a man should keep a penny on his palm after making it red on the fire. That penny will brand on his palm. After that he must meditate: The entire gold and silver etc. which he has hoarded; will be heated in the fire of the Hell, not in the ordinary fire of this world, then it will be placed on the body of the rich, and it will not be removed until it becomes cold. When it will become cold then, again it be heated and placed on the body. And this practice will be continued. What will he feel at that time?


Mufassarin (the commentators) have explained that if you say to any miser for giving some money for a good work, then at first, he will be angry. If you say again and again, then he will turn away and evade. Therefore, these three body parts will be branded i.e. forehead, flank and back. If you desire to be saved from the torment, then you should not hoard but spend in the Way of God Almighty.


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak 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)