This sūrah of 11 verses was revealed in Makkah. It takes its name from the word al-qāri’ah (the sudden, mighty strike) in its first verse. It is about the dreadful occurrences on the Day of Resurrection, and the end of good and evil.
- The sudden, mighty strike!
- What is the sudden, mighty strike?
- What enables you to perceive what the sudden, mighty strike is?
- The day (when it occurs) humans will be like moths scattered about;
- And the mountains will be like carded wool.1
- These verses relate some of the dreadful events that will take place during the destruc- tion of the world. The following verses focus attention on the result of the deeds of people in the world.
- And then, the one whose scales are heavy (with faith and good deeds),
- He will be in a life of contentment.
- Whereas the one whose scales are light (as devoid of faith and accepted good deeds),
- He will have his home in a bottomless pit,
- What enables you to perceive what it is?
- It is a fire burning fiercely.