In Suratul Kahf, when Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala finishes mentioning the trials of religion (Story of the Cave), of wealth and children (story of the two gardens), then warn us about the shaytaan and his plots, and then the trials of knowledge (Musa and Khidr) and authority (Dhul Qarnayn), Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala talks about the disbelievers, the greatest losers, and then the believers.
In this post, I will mention the part about the disbelievers.
Let’s say, you are hosting a huge party at your place. The guests have arrived and you start to show them your place.
Similarly, Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala has prepared something for the disbelievers as well.
وَعَرَضْنَا جَهَنَّمَ يَوْمَئِذٍۢ لِّلْكافِرِينَ عَرْضًا
Ayah 100: And We will present Hell that Day to the Disbelievers, on display
The disbelievers will be shown the Hell-Fire before being thrown into it.
Why will the disbelievers be shown Hell-Fire before being thrown into it? Because it is a form of a punishment, something that will torture them. It will increase their fear.
So, who did you invite to your party? Those who accepted your invitation.
Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala will be punishing:
ٱلَّذِينَ كَانَتْ أَعْيُنُهُمْ فِى غِطَآءٍ عَن ذِكْرِى وَكَانُوا۟ لَا يَسْتَطِيعُونَ سَمْعًا
Ayah 101: Those whose eyes had been within a cover [removed] from My remembrance, and they were not able to hear.
Remembrance: Quraan. They didn’t act, heed, reflect or ponder over the Quraan.
They were not capable of hearing: i.e., they didn’t have the ability to hear, they didn’t want to hear, or they refused to hear.
People don’t want to hear the Quraan because it goes against their desires. They are too arrogant for the Quraan.
And then, you question your guests. How was your day? How long did it take you to get here? Was there any problem on the way?
أَفَحَسِبَ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوٓا۟ أَن يَتَّخِذُوا۟ عِبَادِى مِن دُونِىٓ أَوْلِيَآءَ ۚ إِنَّآ أَعْتَدْنَا جَهَنَّمَ لِلْكَافِرِينَ نُزُلًۭا
Ayah 102: Then do those who disbelieve think that they can take My servants instead of Me as allies?
Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala will question the disbelievers as a reproach (scolding).
Do they think they can take my servants, My slaves as awliyaa’ instead of Me?
Wali = a close protecting friend. One whom we rely on, we trust, we seek help.
Who did the disbelievers take as their allies from His Servants? It could be anything or anyone, like Eesa alayhis Salaam, sun, moon, stars, trees, birds – whatever people relied on, trusted and sought help from other than Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
إِنَّآ أَعْتَدْنَا جَهَنَّمَ لِلْكَافِرِينَ نُزُلًۭا
Indeed, We have prepared Hell for the disbelievers as a lodging.
Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala says that this is the hospitality for the disbelievers, something that is awaiting them in the Hell-Fire.
When guests come to your house, how do you prepare for them? You clean up your place to make it as comforting for them as possible.
You take out extra bedding and put new sheets on them to sleep on.
You serve them with the best food you can serve.
You offer them something to drink, like juice, tea or coffee.
You entertain them by sharing stories, ensuring they don’t feel bored.
Now, let’s say, you are hosting a big party at home. You will spend days planning for it. Looking over all the fine details for your guests’ comfort. Right? Comfort seating to the tastiest variety of food and drinks, and to the best of entertainment.
In Hell-Fire, the disbelievers bed will be beds of fire.
Their only food wil be from a Tree of Zaqqum whose fruits are bitter and shaped like a head of shaytaan.
Their only drink will be puss and blood off their wounds.
And once they have consumed that food, it will churn in their bellies like burning oil, like the boiling of hot water.
Their entertainment will be rebuking each other, arguing, rebuking the angels.
How long do your guests stay over? A day, 3 days, a week, and if you are really good you may host them for a month.
The disbelievers abode will be Hell-Fire for eternity and if only they knew what is awaiting them…
And We have prepared for the disbelievers a disgraceful torment.” (An-Nisaa’: 37)
And we seek Allaah’s Protection and Help.