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Allah tells us that on the Day of Judgement, when the Trumpet is blown, this stable earth of ours, with its strong and heavy mountains, will be crushed with a single crushing. Allah said: “Then when the Trumpet will be blown with one blowing (the first one). And the earth and the mountains shall be removed from their places, and crushed with a single crushing. Then on that Day shall the great Event befall.” (Al-Haqqah: 13-15). Allah further said: “Nay! When the earth is ground to powder.” (Al-Fajr: 21).

At that time, this firm and solid mountains will be turned into fine sand, as Allah said: “On the Day when the earth and the mountains will be a heap of sand poured out.” (Al-Muzzammil: 14). After being solid rock, they will become like a heap of sand poured out, which describes the kind of sand where, if some is removed, the rest poured down. Words derived from the same root are used to describe what happens when a pile of sand collapse and the top of it falls to the bottom.


Elsewhere, Allah tells that the mountains will become like wool, as He said: “And the mountains will be like flakes of wool.” (Al-Ma’arij: 9).


Then Allah will move these mountains from their places, and will flatten out the earth and there will no any peaks or troughs. The Qur’an describes the destruction on the mountains in various ways: “And when the mountains shall be made to pass away.” At-Takwir: 3). He further said: “And the mountains shall be moved away from their places and they will be as if they were a mirage.” (An-Naba’: 20)


Then Allah explains what will happen to the earth after the mountains have been made to pass away and have been blown away. “And remember the Day We shall cause the mountains to pass away (like the cloud of dust), and you will see the earth as a levelled plain…” (Al-Kahf: 47). It will be flat, with no peaks or troughs, as Allah said: “And they ask you concerning the mountains: say,My Lord will blast them and scatter them as particles of dust. Then He shall leave them as a level smooth plain. You will see therein nothing crooked or curved.” (Taha: 105-107) 

The seas which cover the greater part of our planet, in which such great numbers of creatures live and on the surface of which ships come and go, will on that Day burst forth. In modern times, we have learned of the great horror which is unleashed by the explosion of atoms which are smaller than water molecules, so how will it be then when the molecules of water in these oceans explode, when the seas turn to blazing fire? You can imagine how these huge seas will be when they become inflammables, how will they look with flames reaching up to the sky. Allah said: “And when the seas are burst forth/got dried up.” (Al-Infitar: 3), in another verse Allah said: “And when the seas are become as blazing fire or shall overflow.” At-Takwir: 6).


The mufassireen of the past thought that this refereed to the sea overflowing and breaking its barriers, so that the fresh water would be mixed with the salt water, and it would become one body of water. But what we have mentioned is more obvious and closer to the meaning, because the idea of exploding fits the idea of busting forth. And Allah knows best.   


Also our beautiful blue sky, which lifts our spirits when we look at it, will be terribly shaken. Allah said: “On the Day when the heaven will shake with a dreadful shaking.” (At-Tur: 9). He further said: “When the heaven is cleft asunder.” (Al-Inshiqaq: 1)


At that time it will become weak and torn up, like a great palace, solidly built with string pillars, when it is shaken by an earthquake, so you see how, after being strong, it becomes broken, weak and cracked. Allah said: “And the heaven will be rent asunder, for that Day it (the heaven) will be frail and torn up.” (Al-Haqqah: 16)


The colour of this beautiful blue sky will also change. On that Day the sky will start to take on different colours, like dyes – red and yellow and green, and then blue, as Allah said: “Then when the heaven is rent asunder, and it becomes rosy and red like red oil, or red hide.” (Al-Rahman: 37)

(to be continued)                                


(Prepared by Dr. Umar Al-Ashqar)

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