The Meaning of Sūrah Al-Ḥumazah from Al-Tafsīr Al-Muyassar

Al-Ḥumazah

Verse 1

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
وَيْلٌ لِكُلِّ هُمَزَةٍ لُمَزَةٍ ١

A bad [end] and destruction are [in store] for every backbiter of people, every frequent attacker of their character or honor–

Verse 2

الَّذِي جَمَعَ مَالًا وَعَدَّدَهُ ٢

[he] whose concern has been to collect wealth and count it.

Verse 3

يَحْسَبُ أَنَّ مَالَهُ أَخْلَدَهُ ٣

He thinks that he has guaranteed for himself, with this wealth that he has collected, permanence in this life and an escape from being held to account [on the Day of Recompense].

Verse 4

كَلَّا ۖ لَيُنْبَذَنَّ فِي الْحُطَمَةِ ٤

The situation is not as he has thought: [by Allāh,] he will be flung into the Fire that crushes everything that is thrown into it.

Verse 5

وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا الْحُطَمَةُ ٥

And what will make you realize, O Messenger, what the reality of [that] Fire is?

Verse 6

نَارُ اللهِ الْمُوقَدَةُ ٦

It is indeed the Fire of Allāh, set alight, blazing intensely….

Verse 7

الَّتِي تَطَّلِعُ عَلَى الْأَفْئِدَةِ ٧

…that, due to the severity of its heat, goes right through bodies into the hearts.

Verse 8

إِنَّهَا عَلَيْهِمْ مُؤْصَدَةٌ ٨

Indeed, it is a closed cover upon them…

Verse 9

فِي عَمَدٍ مُمَدَّدَةٍ ٩

…[they who are bound] in lengthened chains and restraints so that they do not get out of it.

Source: Al-Tafsīr Al-Muyassar. King Fahd Qurʾān Printing Complex. Madīnah: 1434 H.