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The state of relationships on the Day of Qiyamah

Question

Allah says in the Quran:

فَإِذَا نُفِخَ فِي الصُّورِ فَلَا أَنسَابَ بَيْنَهُمْ يَوْمَئِذٍ وَلَا يَتَسَاءلُونَ

‘So when the Horn is blown, no relationship will there be among them that Day, nor will they ask about one another.’ (Surah Al Muminun, Verse:101).

Does the following narration hold any weight and does it not vigorously clash with the verse of the Quran above? How can the verse of the Quran and this narration be reconciled?

At the time of his marriage to Sayyiduna Ali’s (radiyallahu ‘anhu) daughter Sayyidatuna Umm Kulthoom (radiyallahu ‘anha), Sayyiduna Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said:

إلا تهنئوني سمعت رسول الله صلى الله علي وسلم يقول: ينقطع يوم القيامة كل سبب ونسب إلا سببي ونسبي

‘Do you not congratulate me! I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) say ‘On the Day of Qiyamah all sabab (relations through marriage) and nasab (relations by blood) will break except my sabab and nasab.’

Answer

There is no real contradiction in the above.

The Mufassirun (Quran commentators) have offered several explanations. Among them are the following:

1. The ayah, according to its context, is referring exclusively to the disbelievers.

 

2. The ayah could also be referring to the immediate reaction following the blowing of the horn. If a calamity occurs in this world, a person’s first thought is of his nearest and dearest, but on the Day of Qiyamah, when the trumpet is blown, a person will think of himself and no-one else.

 

3. The only relationship that will benefit a person on the Day of Qiyamah is the relationship that a person has with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam).

(Ruhul Ma’ani 23:101)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar