Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Zaqquum grows from the bottom of the Hellfire

Quran Chapter 37: 62 to 65 (Pt-23, Stg-6) (L-2761) درس قرآن

Zaqquum grows from the bottom of the Hellfire

Chapter “Saaaffaat” – (Those who set the Ranks) – 37

‘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)


أَذَٰلِكَ خَيْرٌ نُّزُلًا أَمْ شَجَرَةُ ٱلزَّقُّومِ   62

إِنَّا جَعَلْنَٰهَا فِتْنَةً لِّلظَّٰلِمِينَ   63

إِنَّهَا شَجَرَةٌ تَخْرُجُ فِىٓ أَصْلِ ٱلْجَحِيمِ   64

طَلْعُهَا كَأَنَّهُۥ رُءُوسُ ٱلشَّيَٰطِينِ 65

62.  Is this better as a welcome, or the tree of Zaqquum?


63.  Lo! We have appointed it a torment for wrongdoers.


64.  Lo! it is a tree that springeth in the bottom of Hell-


65.  Its crop is as it were the heads of devils.

62.  ‘A-zaalika  khayrun-nuzulan  ‘am  Shajaratuz-Zaqquum.


63.  ‘Innaa  ja-‘alNaahaa  fitnatal-liz-zaalimiin.


64.  ‘Innahaa  shajaratun  takhruju  fiii  ‘aslil-Jahiim.


65.  Tal-‘uhaa  ka-‘annahuu  ru-‘uusush-shayaatiin.



Zaqquumi – every such thing; eating of which becomes an affliction for oneself. This is a Noun from the word zaqam, which means “to swallow”. Zaqquumun means “swallowing of which was difficult but swallowed and became cause of pain in the belly”.


Ru-‘uusush-shayaatiin – (heads of the devils), i.e. in very inelegant form. Raas meas “head”. Shayaatiin is plural of Shaytaan, which means “the Devil”. It aims “the hood of the snake”.


The condition, in which the Believers of Allaah Almighty and His sincere obedient people will be on the Day of Resurrection, was described in the previous verses. Moreover, state of those people has been related in these verses who did not believe in Allaah Almighty, disobeyed unhesitatingly in the world; His Commandments and Sayings of His Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him).


It is commanded: You heard the circumstances of the heavenly people that how they will be entertained. Delicious fruits of good color for food, tasty and sweet wine for their drinking will be provided to them in the Garden. Signify now! Whether this entertainment is better or that mistreatment which will be for those who disobeyed Allaah Almighty? Listen! We have prepared a tree of Zaqquum in lieu of their all kinds of food and drinking, which will be reason of great calamity for them when they will take it because they will have nothing except it for eating and drinking when they will be hungry and thirsty. At first, swallowing it will be very difficult, but when they will swallow it then it will trouble them in the belly. Root of this tree will be in the bottom of the Hell but its branches will be spreading in the entire Hell. Its fruit will be like the hood of the snake. We have made this tree a torment for the wrongdoers.


After hearing the name of Zaqquum, the careless people began to laugh and say: How a tree can grow in the Fire? Moreover, while in the language of so and so country, the name of Zaqquum is used for “a date and butter”, then we shall enjoy it.


In this regard too, mention of Zaqquum became more cause of torment of the Doomsday for the disbelievers and the wrongdoers in the world, because they began to be arrogant after hearing this.


Transliterated Holy Qur’aan 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).