|The Second Episode of Mischief|
Then Allah says:
﴿فَإِذَا جَآءَ وَعْدُ الاٌّخِرَةِ﴾
(Then, when the second promise came to pass,) meaning, the second episode of mischief, when your enemies came again,
((We permitted your enemies) to disgrace your faces) meaning, to humiliate you and subdue you,
(and to enter the Masjid) meaning, Bayt Al-Maqdis (Jerusalem).
﴿كَمَا دَخَلُوهُ أَوَّلَ مَرَّةٍ﴾
(as they had entered it before,) when they entered the very innermost parts of your homes.
(and to destroy) wrecking and inflicting ruin upon it.
(all that fell in their hands.) everything they could get their hands on.
﴿تَتْبِيرًاعَسَى رَبُّكُمْ أَن يَرْحَمَكُمْ﴾
(with utter destruction. It may be that your Lord may show mercy unto you) meaning that He may rid you of them.
﴿وَإِنْ عُدتُّمْ عُدْنَا﴾
(but if you return (to sins), We shall return (to Our punishment).) meaning, if you return to causing mischief,
(We shall return) means, We `will once again punish you in this world, along with the punishment and torment We save for you in the Hereafter.'
﴿وَجَعَلْنَا جَهَنَّمَ لِلْكَـفِرِينَ حَصِيرًا﴾
(And We have made Hell a prison ﴿Hasir﴾ for the disbelievers.) meaning, a place of permanent detention, a prison which cannot be avoided or escaped. Ibn `Abbas said, "Hasir here means a jail.'' Mujahid said, "They will be detained in it.'' Others said like- wise. Al-Hasan said, "Hasir means a bed of Fire.'' Qatadah said: "The Children of Israel returned to aggres- sion, so Allah sent this group against them, Muhammad and his companions, who made them pay the Jizyah, with willing submission, and feeling themselves subdued.''
﴿إِنَّ هَـذَا الْقُرْءَانَ يِهْدِى لِلَّتِى هِىَ أَقْوَمُ وَيُبَشِّرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ الَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ الصَّـلِحَاتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ أَجْرًا كَبِيرًا - وأَنَّ الَّذِينَ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِالاٌّخِرَةِ أَعْتَدْنَا لَهُمْ عَذَابًا أَلِيمًا ﴾
(9. Verily, this Qur'an guides to that which is most just and right and gives good news to those who believe, those who do righteous deeds, that they will have a great reward (Paradise).) (10. And that those who do not believe in the Hereafter, for them We have prepared a painful torment (Hell).)
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