Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Burning of faces and backs in the Fire

Quran Chapter 21  38 & 39 (Pt-17, Stg-4) (L-2050) درس قرآن

Burning of faces and backs in the Fire

Chapter “The Prophets” – (Suratul‘Ambiyaaa’ – 21)

 ‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim. 
(I seek refuge in Allaah from Satan the outcast.)


(In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.)


  وَيَقُولُونَ مَتَىٰ هَٰذَا ٱلْوَعْدُ إِن كُنتُمْ صَٰدِقِينَ 38

 لَوْ يَعْلَمُ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ حِينَ لَايَكُفُّونَ عَن وُجُوهِهِمُ ٱلنَّارَ وَلَا عَن ظُهُورِهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يُنصَرُونَ 39


38.  And they say: When will this promise (be fulfilled), if ye are truthful?


39.  If those who disbelieved but knew the time when they will not be able to drive off the fire from their faces and from their backs, and they will not be helped!

38.  Wa  yaquuluuna  mataa  haazal-wa’-du  ‘in  kuntum  saadiqiin.


39.  Law  ya’-lamullaziina  kafaruu  hiina  laa  yakuffuuna  ‘anw- wujuu-hihimun-Naara  wa  laa  ‘an-  zuhuurihim  wa  laa  hum  yunsaruun.




Selfish-nesses of the human being have sown as much dissensions in the world that after hearing the state of which, the hairs stand on end. What condition of those people would have become who would have seen them? Messengers of Allaah Almighty (peace be upon them) caused to understand them that: Behold! Use your sense! Don’t oppress others for the cause of own pleasures. You would have to suffer from retribution of violating their rights.


But they did not care, ignored their (peace be upon them) sayings and began to say: Go and bring the torment, so that we may see that you are really true!


They were admonished: You should not hasten in asking for punishment. If you did not refrain from doing wrong then certainly the torment would come later or soon. Moreover, the Day of Resurrection has been fixed for the purpose that the wrongdoers should be punished.


After hearing this; they said: If you are saying true then tell us that when the Day of Resurrection will come? It seems that your saying about the Day of Resurrection is self-fabricated. In fact there is neither any Day of Resurrection, nor reckoning of accounts, nor punishment and nor reward.


As answer to their saying, it is being warned to them: If you knew that in what manner would be That Time, then you will never hasten in this matter. At that Time the Fire will enclose you from all around. Its flames will scorch your faces and you will not be able to do something. That will attack on your backs and you will not be able to stop it. You will cry due to pain and fear that someone should help you and bring you out by pulling from the burning Fire, but no one will come for your help. Are you hastening for That Time?


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).