Subhaan Allaah- Three Categories of People on the Day of Resurrection

Tafseer Ibn Kathir : 56. Al-Waqi’ah

(7. And you (all) will be in three groups. )

(8. So those on the right — how (fortunate) will be those on the right!)

(9. And those on the left — how (unfortunate) will be those on the left!)

(10. And those foremost will be foremost.)

Allah’s statement,

(And you (all) will be in three groups.) This means that people will be divided into three categories on the Day of Resurrection.

  1. Some will on the right of Allah’s Throne, and they are those who were brought forth from `Adam’s right side. This category will be given their Books of Records in their right hand and will be taken to the right side. As-Suddi explained that they will comprise the majority of the residents of Paradise.
  2. Another category is those who will be placed to the left of Allah’s Throne, and they are those who were brought forth from `Adam’s left side. This category will be given their Books of Records in their left hands and will be taken to the left side. They are the residents of the Fire, may Allah save us from their actions.
  3. A third category is comprised of those who are the foremost and nearest before Allah. They are in a better grade and status and nearer to Allah than those on the right side. They are the chiefs of those on the right side, because they include the Messengers, Prophets, true believers and martyrs. They are fewer than those on the right side;

so Allah said,

(So those on the right — how will be those on the right! And those on the left — how will be those on the left! And those foremost will be foremost.) Allah divides people into these three groups upon their death, as indicated by the end of this Surah. Allah mentioned them in His statement as well,

(Then We gave the Book as inheritance to such of Our servants whom We chose. Then of them are some who wrong themselves, and of them are some who follow a middle course, and of them are some who are, by Allah’s leave, foremost in good deeds.)(35:32) Muhammad bin Ka`b, Abu Hazrah Ya`qub bin Mujahid said that,

(And those foremost will be foremost.) is about the Prophets, peace be upon them, while As-Suddi said that they are the residents of the utmost highs (Ahl Al-`Illiyyin, in Paradise). The meaning of foremost is that they were foremost in performing the acts of righteousness just as Allah commanded them,

(And march forth in the way to forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth.)(3:133) and,

(Race with one another in hastening towards forgiveness from your Lord, and Paradise the width whereof is as the width of the heaven and the earth.)(57:21) Therefore, those who rush to obey Allah in this life and are foremost in performing acts of righteousness, will be among the foremost believers honored in the Hereafter. Verily, the reward is according to the kind of deed, and as one does, so he is judged. So Allah said:

(These will be the nearest (to Allah). In the Gardens of Delight.)

Source : Quran : Tafsir Ibn Kathir : Surah List : Surah No.56 : Three Categories of People on the Day of Resurrection

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Very Beneficial- Must Read || Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – The acts of Disobedience are the path to kufr (disbelief)

Al-Imaam Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy upon him) stated: “The Shaytaan wants that the children of Aadam stray with a far straying and not a near straying (one that’s close to the truth). Allaah stated: “And the Shaytaan wants to lead them far astray.” However we are not to think that the Shaytaan commands (the people) with (going) far astray from the onset. Rather (he does it) in stages. So he commands with Fisq (corruption) and the lesser acts of disobedience. Then (he commands with) the major sins. Then (he commands with) the disbelief (in Allaah). We ask Allaah to protect us. Based upon this the Ulamaa have said: The acts of disobedience are the Bareed (path) to al-Kufr…The scholars have mentioned that the acts of disobedience are the path to al-Kufr and the Shaytaan takes the person in stages, step by step until the point he destroys him.” (Tafseer Soorah an-Nisaa V. 1 Pg. 475-476)

”WHAT HAS AFFLICTED YOU WAS NOT TO MISS YOU AND WHAT HAS MISSED YOU WAS NOT TO AFFLICT YOU…”!

It is reported in Musnad Ahmad and Sunan Abi Dawud on the authority of Ibn Ad-Dailami that he said:

I went to Ubai bin Ka’b (رضي الله عنه) and I said to him “There is something within me (doubt) -regarding Al-Qadar. Please narrate to me something that perhaps by it Allah would take it (doubt) from my heart.” He said, “Even if you spend gold equal to the weight of Uhud mountain, Allah will not accept it until you believe in Qadar. And know that what has afflicted you was not to miss you and what has missed you was not to afflict you and if you die believing something other than this, then you are one of the people of Hell-fire.” I then went to Abdullah bin Mas’ud, and Hudhaifa bin Al-Yaman and Zaid bin Thabit (رضي الله عنهم) and they all reported something similar from the Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم to me.

The above quoted Hadith is Sahih. Al-Hakim reported it in his collection Sahih.

Source: Kitab At-Tauhid, THE BOOK OF MONOTHEISM. CHAPTER NO: 60, (Page: 171-173). By Sheikh-ul-Islam Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhab rahimahullah