The fifth and final part of Ars’ “5 Most Memorious Moments from The Qur’ans” series, this one features one of the most iconic Qur’anic verses of all time, the famous “Aqeeda.”
It was written in the ninth century, and it’s arguably one of Islam’s most revered verses.
The phrase “the day of judgment” (mubarakan) is the literal translation of the Arabic word for “day of judgment.”
Here it’s spelled out in verse five of Surah 47:49:It’s a verse that’s been used to show the severity of the punishment for apostasy and non-Muslims who refuse to pay a tax, and also to emphasize that if a person refuses to pay his or her taxes, then Allah will judge them by their deeds and actions.
Here’s the Arabic version of the verse:Here’s the English version:The verse is also frequently used as a metaphor for the punishment of those who refuse Islam, as the Prophet Muhammad himself repeatedly stated, “If you refuse to worship Allah and His Messenger and do not pay Zakat, Allah will give you the fire of Hell.”
But it’s also used as an allegory for the literal death penalty, and the verse itself is a literal warning to the believer:If you do not believe in Allah, then what is there to believe in except for what you have done?
“(Qur’an 5:59) It’s also an allegorical reference to the persecution of Jews and Christians during the Crusades, and of other minority groups that were persecuted by Islam’s enemies.
And finally, here’s the verse as a literal description of the afterlife, in the Quran’s sixth chapter:The literal meaning of the Quranic verses that refer to the punishment and afterlife of apostates is clear.
If you refuse a tax from the rulers of the universe, or you do your best to disobey the laws of Allah, Allah is going to judge you by your deeds and the actions of your ancestors.
And Allah is always punishing the wrongdoers.
And if you are a person who refuses to follow Allah’s rules, you will be cast into Hellfire.