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« on: August 16, 2010, 02:54:04 am »

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As-salaam Alaykom folks!  This being the month of Ramadan, I'm reading the Quran still more extensively than other months.  I was reading Surah Al-Araf (7th Chapter of the Noble Quran) tonight.   My question is regarding Verses 44 to 49 of Surah Al-Araf.  We know the meaning of "dwellers of the Garden" and "dwellers of the Fire," that is, those to are fortunate to enter Paradise and those unfortunate ones who enter Hellfire, respectively.  Then, in Verse 48 there is mention of "dwellers on the Heights."  I first thought this also refers to the dwellers of Paradise or Garden.  But on reading verses 44 to 49 carefully, obviously "dwellers on the Heights" does not refer to those who enter the Garden.  Can anyone please explain what this expression refers to?   In Verse 46 this expression is also referred to as "on the Heights are men who know them all by their marks."   I would really like this to be explained to me, please.  JazekAllah khair. 
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2010, 03:23:48 am »

Walaikum Salaam sis.  I hope Ramadan is going well for you and your family.  And, Alhumdulilah.  May Allah Almighty reward your reading of the Quran.  I'm also busy with this beautiful Book.  

Coming to your question which is a very intelligent one, the people of Araf (Heights) will be those who are neither righteous enough to enter Paradise nor wicked enough to be cast into Hell. They will, therefore, dwell at a place situated between the two.  Hence, Araf or Heights is a place between Paradise and Hellfire.  This is the only Surah where Allah has mentioned of the existence of a place called "Heights," and this is the only information we have about it.  Thus, it is confirmed that there is also a middle path between Paradise and Hellfire.  Actually, in Verse 163 of Surah Al-Imran (3rd Chapter), there is also a reference to this aspect.  

"There are degrees (of grace and reprobation) with Allah, and Allah is Seer of what they do."  3:163  

In this Verse, Allah plainly states that reward and punishment with Him will have various grades.  That's obviously because the righteous and the unrighteous people are of different categories.  Some righteous ones are more righteous than other good ones, while some unrighteous ones are even worse than the rest of the bad ones.  

Coming back to Surah Al-Araf regarding your question, I am quoting a tafsir from a tafsir website in English.  It's quite a nice commentary of the Verses you wanted to be explained and further clarifies this matter.  

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The trialogue between the People of Paradise, the People of the Fire. and the People of the Heights gives some indication of the tremendous range of human faculties in the Next World. These faculties would increase to such an extent that the People of Paradise, the People of the Fire and the People of the Heights will be able to see, hear and talk to one another. Other Qur'anic statements about the Hereafter enable us to realize that the laws operating in the Next World will be altogether different from those in this world. Notwithstanding this, human personalities will not undergo any such change.
Those who cannot perceive anything beyond the present limited world and who are incapable of imagining scales bigger than the ones relating to the present world, make fun of the statements in the Qur'an and about life in the Hereafter. This only betrays their poverty of understanding and imagination, and exposes the narrow and limited nature of their own minds.

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For the ready reference of all readers, Verses 44 to 49 of Surah Al-Araf are quoted as follows:

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"And the dwellers of the Garden cry unto the dwellers of the Fire: We have found that which our Lord promised us (to be) the Truth. Have ye (too) found that which your Lord promised the Truth ? They say: Yea, verily. And a crier in between them crieth: The curse of Allah is on evil-doers,

Who debar (men) from the path of Allah and would have it crooked, and who are disbelievers in the Last Day.

Between them is a veil. And on the Heights are men who know them all by their marks. And they call unto the dwellers of the Garden: Peace be unto you! They enter it not although they hope (to enter).

And when their eyes are turned toward the dwellers of the Fire, they say: Our Lord! Place us not with the wrong-doing folk.

And the dwellers on the Heights call unto men whom they know by their marks, (saying): What did your multitude and that in which ye took your pride avail you ?

Are these they of whom ye swore that Allah would not show them mercy ? (Unto them it hath been said): Enter the Garden. No fear shall come upon you nor is it ye who will grieve."
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2010, 03:36:13 am »

JazekAllah Khair .... thanks for this question sister Ruhi.  I was myself meaning to ask this since quite sometime but I kept getting involved with other discussions.  I felt quite sure that Araf (Heights) apparently means a place between Jannat and Jahanum, but I needed to confirm it.   
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2010, 05:00:42 am »

Yeah, same here br. ts.  I too had been wanting to confirm the interpretation of the term "Araf."  Thanks sister Zeynab for a very nice elucidation. 
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2010, 03:47:07 am »

Many, many thanks sister Zeynab.  I had no idea about this explanation and I had been wondering what is meant by those who are in the "Heights."  This means that the Heights is also a place in the Hereafter where a particular group of people will reside.  I am wondering, because it's mentioned only in Surah 7 (Al-Araf) and in no other Surah, does this mean that Heights is not as important a place as Paradise and Hellfire, perhaps because the number of people here will be least?  Of course, answers to such queries will be known only to Allah.  But what would you think? 
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2010, 04:57:41 am »

This means that the Heights is also a place in the Hereafter where a particular group of people will reside.  I am wondering, because it's mentioned only in Surah 7 (Al-Araf) and in no other Surah, does this mean that Heights is not as important a place as Paradise and Hellfire, perhaps because the number of people here will be least?  Of course, answers to such queries will be known only to Allah.  But what would you think? 

u r right sis, only Allah would know best.  However, personally I don't think one should presume that information on Heights is not as important because it's mentioned only in one Surah.  Even if some information is mentioned in just one Surah, it's enough as a confirmation from Allah.  The importance of the content must be understood from its meaning.  Heights is a place that exists in the next world alongwith Paradise and Hellfire.  That's confirmed.  Thus, definitely it's just as important.  This is my opinion.   
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2010, 03:44:52 am »

Yes, right .. my response is ditto to sister Heba's.
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2010, 03:16:50 am »

Many thanks my sisters .. get your point. 
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2014, 01:45:07 pm »

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hmm, yeah  that's  correct ,  people of  Araaf  are those,whose good and bad deeds are equal their evil deeds prevented them from qualifying to enter Paradise, and their good deeds qualified them to avoid the Fire.

@ sis am adding bit more what i have learned,  please correct me if am wrong !!

Reference verse !

And stop them, for they must be questioned. 37:24

There are (yet) others, held in suspense for the command of Allah, whether He will punish them, or turn in mercy to them: and Allah is All-Knowing, Wise.9:106


The Araaf, or the heights  also refers to obscure area which lies in between Jannah and jahanum where whose good deeds equal their evil deeds are held in a limbo , place Or wall  (V,  57:13) ,  who would be seeing the happenings in Paradise and Hell both and will be talking to people on both sides and their decision would be in pending V 9:106 by Allah on where they would go, to jannah  or to jahanum  , as verse  7:46 says!!  these have not yet entered the Garden though they are hopeful of entering it,  so they will be stopped there on the wall or area, or path until Allah judges them  ,that's why these people are called people of Araaf / those who are tied in good and bad deeds, and waiting for a Allah's decision and hoping for Allah's mercy to tip the scale.they say: Our Lord! Place us not with the wrong-doing folk 7:47

As Quran tells us in many places that on the day of resurrection Allah will judge good and bad deeds , and it is explained in  verses like 9:106 , and 107  when ALLAH balances good and evil deeds in the scale /Mizan and distinguishes companions of paradise from companions of Hell, He will make those wait for quite some time whose good and evil deeds are equal,

just For understanding !
 
why i said they(imams) will be among the people of Araaf , we can see in worldly eyes, people do thing that imams , ulemas and all such munafiq leaders  are sin free, ministers of jannah  and they too considered themselves an angel but none know who u are in the sight of Allah , He Al mighty Alone have authority to judge each soul ,the final decision maker is ultimately Allah .


And say (unto them): Act! Allah will behold your actions, and (so will) His messenger and the believers, and ye will be brought back to the Knower of the Invisible and the Visible, and He will tell you what ye used to do.9:105

And (there are) others who await Allah's decree, whether He will punish them or will forgive them. Allah is Knower, Wise. 9:106

And as for those who chose a place of worship out of opposition and disbelief, and in order to cause dissent among the believers, and as an outpost for those who warred against Allah and His messenger aforetime, they will surely swear: We purposed naught save good. Allah beareth witness that they verily are liars.9:107



And those whose scales are heavy ( with good deeds) it is they who are the successful. But those whose scales are light those are the ones who have lost their souls, (being) in Hell, abiding . The fire burneth their faces, and they are glum therein.. 23:102-104


that's what i have learned  Rest of the correct and final truth belongs to Allah alone


My Question  is regarding 57:13 i mentioned above ,is this same, barrier, Or  wall or place a sort of limbo mention in surah  al Araaf,?


explain it little more please ??  Inside it will be mercy, and outside it will be torment., 57:13 

doest it mean !! You're safe inside this place as long as the decision does not made , outside Punishment /hell ?,


a wall will be put up between them, with a gate therein. Inside it will be mercy, and outside it will be torment.. 57:13


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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2014, 02:21:37 am »

Walaikum As-Salam dear Sister.  I'm glad you're feeling better.  Yeah the throat continues to hurt as it gets abraded by the friction of continuous coughing.  InshAllah, it will heal .. just needs a bit more time.

Many thanks for the additional info.

From what I understand, the Heights or Al-Araf is a place where a certain category of people will reside, probably ones who are in between the righteous and the unrighteous.  But Allah knows best.  Whether or not the residents of the Heights will stay there forever is only known to Allah.  None else can confirm that.  It must also be kept in mind that most likely the Heights has many more details which Allah has not yet told us, in the same way as many more details about Paradise and Hellfire might also be known to us only on the Last Day.  It's only Allah Who knows everything, all the time.


On the day when the hypocritical men and the hypocritical women will say unto those who believe: Look on us that we may borrow from your light! it will be said: Go back and seek for light! Then there will separate them a wall wherein is a gate, the inner side whereof containeth mercy, while the outer side thereof is toward the doom. 57:13

This is apparently a conversation between believers and hypocrites on the Day of Judgment after Allah has dispensed His Judgment for both.  I don't think it refers to the Heights. The separation could be a reference to the area which constitutes the main separating line (or wall) between Paradise and Hell.  The side that contains mercy alludes to the direction of Paradise and the other side leads (or faces) the direction of Hell.  This is my opinion as I read it.  We cannot say anything more as all further details are know to Allah alone.

There are many such verses in the Quran  that are briefly descriptive of situations in the Hereafter or in Jannat or in Hellfire.  The precise accuracy of all similar verses can only be known to Allah.  We can only presume on the basis of our own understanding with the help of whatever details we have already been given in the Quran.  Hence, different people may interpret it differently but none has the authority to declare their view as the universal one.  The final interpretation is only up to Allah.

The term "barrier" is also used in certain other contexts.  In Surah al-Mumin Verse 23:100  "That I may do right in that which I have left behind! But nay! It is but a word that he speaketh; and behind them is a barrier until the day when they are raised."   In this Verse, in my personal opinion, "barrier" basically refers to the separation of the soul from this world after it has passed into the other world.  This separation disallows them to communicate with the earthly world. What lies behind that barrier is known to Allah only.   I won't comment on that because that would only amount to speculations which is what the Hadithists do.

They  try to interpret this Verse in order to make it tally with the Hadith narrations on "barzakh."  They claim barrier means "barzakh" which according to them is the place where souls are kept until raised.  However, Allah has only confirmed to us that the soul remains in His custody after it passes from this world.  He has not specified the place where He keeps the souls and neitehr has He defined it as "barzakh."  So we cannot make such claims.  To find precisely the Quranic information given to us about the soul, kindly refer to our post and thread  'The concept of soul as per the Quran.'  This thread contains the complete info on the soul as per the Quran, nothing more, nothing less.



And those whose scales are heavy ( with good deeds) it is they who are the successful. But those whose scales are light those are the ones who have lost their souls, (being) in Hell, abiding . The fire burneth their faces, and they are glum therein.. 23:102-104

Exactly.  But it's Allah Who will choose & decide which actions and intentions are negative enough to lighten our scales and which ones benefit our souls and thus make our scales heavier. 

We could definitely have a general idea in several cases.  For example, some people openly disbelieve and do all sorts of Haram acts.  On the other side, some people are very obviously righteous believers and never indulge in anything confirmed as Haram by Allah.  Thus, we would know that the former's scales will be light in the Hereafter while the latter's scales will be heavy or heavier.  But the exact weighing can only be specified by Allah for both groups; and in accordance with that precise weighing, the grade or level of the person's righteousness or unrighteousness will be determined by Him.

Similarly it's only Allah Who can determine which persons will dwell in the Heights. 



"And stop them, for they must be questioned." 37:24

This verse also refers to one of the procedures in the Hereafter concerning the disbelievers.  This is how I understand it.  They will be gathered separately from the believers; and prior to be taken to Hellfire, they will be questioned about their violations when they will acknowledge their sins as an evidence so they may realize that they are only being paid for the ills they did.  I think it refers to the disbelievers in general.


"And as for those who chose a place of worship out of opposition and disbelief, and in order to cause dissent among the believers, and as an outpost for those who warred against Allah and His messenger aforetime, they will surely swear: We purposed naught save good. Allah beareth witness that they verily are liars."9:107

This Verse basically refers to a bunch of munafiqs in Medinah who surreptitiously built a masjid only to misguide people with their discreetly noxious talks.  But similar mindsets were also found in later times including the present.  In my opinion we could consider such munafiqs to be in a comparable category with some of the imams today who lie telling people to drink water while fasting or allowing sexual intercourse with spouses during fasting.



"And (there are) others who await Allah's decree, whether He will punish them or will forgive them. Allah is Knower, Wise."  (9:106)

True.  Actually, from what I assume from reading the preceding and following verses of V.9:106 is that after the Prophet (pbuh) immigrated to Medinah, most residents of Medinah helped him but there were some bad apples who carried out opposition or disobedience in different ways. Then some repented and took the path of righteousness, some did not.  So I think the reference is to those who realized their mistakes and were later hopeful of being forgiven by Allah.  It's basically the same with everyone.  Even today when we make mistakes and repent, if our repentence (taubah) is sincere, we can have hopes of Allah's forgiveness.  But we can be sure whether or not we have received His forgiveness only on the Last Day.  Hence, as I see it, the Verse emphasizes that every bit of final decision depends on Allah.   



In the context of our discussion, let me also add the following two verses which I've always loved.

"There are degrees (of grace and reprobation) with Allah, and Allah is Seer of what they do. "  3:163.

V.3:163 (already quoted by Sister Zeynab) should answer lots of questions people often raise.  It confirms that Allah's Judgment is not in 'black & white.'  There are grades of righteousness as well as unrigheousness.   Therefore, some good persons might receive greater bliss in Jannat compared to other good persons, depending on the levels and scales of righteousness of all.  Same is the case with the violators.  The important thing here is that only and only Allah is authorized to determine every individual's quality and level of conduct.  The following V.53:32 is a wonderful one which further highlights this concept of Allah being the Final Judge.

"He is Best Aware of you (from the time) when He created you from the earth, and when ye were hidden in the bellies of your mothers. Therefor ascribe not purity unto yourselves. He is Best Aware of him who wardeth off (evil)."  53:32.


This Verse is a clear hint on the self-righteous pharisees who often preach what they don't quite practice, who might blame others yet perform much the same deeds themselves.  Verse 53:32 actually connects with Verse 9:106, in that, even as a righteous person we are not entitled to take Allah's forgiveness for granted by confirming with our own tongues that we are pure.  Rather according to the rules of humility, we must continue with our endeavors to please Allah and instead of bragging about our endeavors before others, we should humbly and silently wait for His Final Judgment.
 
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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2014, 05:12:41 pm »



From what I understand, the Heights or Al-Araf is a place where a certain category of people will reside, probably ones who are in between the righteous and the unrighteous.  But Allah knows best.  Whether or not the residents of the Heights will stay there forever is only known to Allah.  None else can confirm that.  It must also be kept in mind that most likely the Heights has many more details which Allah has not yet told us, in the same way as many more details about Paradise and Hellfire might also be known to us only on the Last Day.  It's only Allah Who knows everything, all the time.

Yes that is what it seems. 

@ Sister Muslima .. salaam.  If you concentrate on the complete set of Verses from Surah Al-Araf on this topic, Verses 7:44-49, you get a clearer idea.  In these Verses Allah describes the plight of the people of the heights briefly.   When they call out to the dwellers of Jannat, they say "Peace be unto you!"  And Allah mentions of them that "They enter it not although they hope (to enter)."   This obviously means they did not qualify for any of the grades of Jannat because their deeds were not good enough.   When they look towards the dwellers of Hellfire, they say "Our Lord! Place us not with the wrong-doing folk."  This again indicates they are not in Hellfire, perhaps because their deeds were not so bad to deserve Jahanum. 

The last Verse "Are these they of whom ye swore that Allah would not show them mercy ? (Unto them it hath been said): Enter the Garden. No fear shall come upon you nor is it ye who will grieve."  In this Verse the people of the heights are referring to the dwellers of Jannat and conveying to the dwellers of Hellfire how wrong they were to think that the righteous believers would not be rewarded by Allah.  This gives us a reason to presume that the dwellers of the heights are the middle people whose good & bad deeds might be neutral.  However only Allah knows the exact details on all such issues.

I don't think the people of the heights are those who will be awaiting the decision of Allah.  From the way I understand Verses 7:44-49, it seems that the decision of Allah will already be dispensed to them on the Day of Judgment.  They will not be kept waiting; the Quran does not convey any information regarding definite pending decisions from Allah on the Day of Judgment.  This itself will be the Day of Decision. 

The people of the Heights are also referred in the Quran as the "dwellers on the Heights." The definition of "dweller" is a person who lives at a particular place.  That gives a reason to presume that their presence in the heights is itself the decision of Allah for them on the Day of Judgment. The Heights apparently seems to be a third category of accommodation in the next world.  From the verses quoted, I can only surmise that this category is for people whose scales of good and bad deeds & intentions weigh neutral.  Hence they have been put in a place that's neutral too. 

However, what might be the future decision of Allah for each individual residing in the heights is only known to HIM.  Whether or not the heights is a permanent abode is best known to Allah only.  It might be so that the future decision of Allah concerning them may also depend upon the level of neutrality of these people.  Neutrality can also have grades & variations in the very accurate Sight and Judgment of Allah.  It reflects on the perfection of Divine Justice, the vastness of the next world and the Bounty of Allah Who punishes an individual for a bad deed for exactly what they did, but rewards a person for a good deed by giving them even more.  Alhumdulilah. 

This matter about the Heights has only been discussed in Surah Al-Araf in those Verses quoted in my first post (Verses 7:44-49).  I don't see any references to it in other Surahs.    Therefore, whatever conclusions we may arrive at, can be by the reading and interpreting these Verses only. 
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« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2014, 07:33:49 am »

wsalam  dear Sis Zeyab 



alright get it,  clear  !!  Smiley  thank U so much , am very grateful to both of U my dear sister Heba and sis Zeynab for ur time & wonderful verse by verse detailed explanation which is Very helpful indeed to learn more and more,  jazak Allah khaireen , Allah bless u guys

@ Putting here only  to inform u just have checked Madudi's tafsir !! Sayyid Abul  Ala Maududi also mention The people on 'the Heights' will be those with pending cases.


http://www.englishtafsir.com/Quran/7/index.html



Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi - Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Qur'an


7. Surah Al Aaraf (The Heights)


[46-49] Between these two groups, there shall be a barrier, on `the Heights,' on which will be some other people, who will recognize everyone of them by his countenance. They will call out to the inmates of Paradise, "Peace be upon you! "-They will not have yet entered Paradise, though they will be expecting to do so.34-


34The people on 'the Heights' will be those with pending cases. While their positive sides will not be so strong as to merit admission into Paradise, their negative sides will not be so weak as to condemn them to Hell. Therefore they will wait for the decisions of their cases on 'the Height' between Paradise and Hell.
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« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2014, 02:08:44 am »

Walaikum Salam.  You're welcomed.


34 While their positive sides will not be so strong as to merit admission into Paradise, their negative sides will not be so weak as to condemn them to Hell.

Well yes, isn't that what Zeynab and I mentioned?  Their deeds are neutral.  That's what we personally presume, it's no final confirmation for that can only come from Allah.

Therefore they will wait for the decisions of their cases on 'the Height' between Paradise and Hell.

....  The people on 'the Heights' will be those with pending cases.

Okay, but how did Maududi figure out that their decisions are pending?  Can you please quote any other verses that highlight or hint that a certain group of people will be kept waiting on the Day of Judgment?  By reading Verses 7:44-49 I don't get that impression. And none of the verses you quoted seem to have anything to do with Araf.
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« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2014, 04:22:49 am »

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 no sis heba i don't know any other verse & all explanations are clear to me  Smiley

u get me wrong i guess  Undecided ?   i didn't meant to carry disagreement or anything els sis i put it here only to inform that maududi also said the same thing why no idea and i too didn't know that .

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« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2014, 04:34:29 am »

Walaykum Salam. 

The commonest interpretation is that the people of Araf are neither among the good nor the bad.  They are in between.  Everyone agrees to that.  This information is reflected in those verses of Surah Al-Araf quoted by Sister Zeynab.  Furthermore, the term "companions" (aṣḥābu) is used for the people of all 3 places.  The people of Paradise, the people of Hell and the people of Al-Arafi are mentioned as "companions of Paradise," "companions of Hell" and "companions of the Heights," respectively.  I think addressing them as "aṣḥābu" of the places where they reside apparently means they are the residents of the respective places - Paradise, Fire and Heights.   Pickthall has used the word  "dwellers" instead of "companion" in his translation for a clearer understanding.  The only other information we have is their conversation as given in the quoted verses of Chapter Al-Araf.

Verse 7:46 which states "Between them is a veil (or hijabun)." is interpreted by Corpus Quran as a "partition."

Other than the above details, you cannot confirm anything else.  If you try to, you're bound to fabricate stories or borrow tales from story-tellers.   We cannot even confirm the exact level of comfort or discomfort Araf contains for its dwellers.
 
As always, gossips abound.  That notion on awaiting decision with slight variations comes from different sources such as medieval Muslim thinkers and philosophers of the sufi line and of course from the Hadith narrations with links it with the Sirat Bridge which according to Hadith is supposed to be a bridge over Hell.  As we know, the hadith has woven a long story on the Sirat Bridge and the hadith-following tafsir writers and translators pick Verses 68 to 72 of Surah Maryam to represent "Sirat Bridge."  Needless to say, those Verses of the Quran do not symbolize Sirat Bridge.  Verses 19:68-72 don't even mention the word "bridge."  They simply convey the message that everyone will get a glimpse of Hellfire prior to Judgment.

Turkish writer, Mehmet Paksu, says that according to Ibn Abbas, Araf is a "balcony (surrounding minaret) up on the Sirat Bridge (bridge, which is thin, straight, and sharp will be laid across Hell with the command of God)."

Mehmet also says that the reason why the people in the Araf are called as "Araf" or Heights is because of their recognizing humans for their actions.  Again this is a presumption.  We do not know the reason why that place is called "Araf."  However there is surely a reason for it which is only known to Allah.  Traditionalists have come up with many interpretations about Araf such as a curtain, a high wall, and a hill between Hell and Paradise.  The guesswork goes on.

Mehmet Paksu writes still more, quote "When God balances good and evil deeds in the scale (Mizan) and distinguishes companions of paradise from companions of Hell, He will make those wait for quite some time whose good and evil deeds are equal. Those who are going to be next to the Sirat Bridge will know the companions of Hell and the companions of Paradise."  You see how he gives it a twist, mixing up the hadith or sufi contents and connecting it with the Quranic contents?  It's from stories like these that the concept of "waiting" arises.

Final paragraph of Mehmet's article on Araf, quote "Besides, there are some accounts, which reports that the companions of Araf are not humans but they are angels. All these explanations are in conformity with the conception and the interpretation of the verses."  Again this statement is false and it's being falsely attributed to the Quran.  Where does the Quran say the companions or dwellers of the heights are angels?  Yet the writer claims that explanation is contained within the concept of the verses of Araf.

A quote of Hasan Basri claims "These are the people who were assigned by the command of God to allocate the companions of Hell and the companions of Paradise. I swear it is true, they might be among us today."  Excuse me?  The people of the Heights are given the task of designating everyone else to Paradise and Hell ??  And then Basri swears he's speaking the truth.   Their lies are shameful and annoying .. I would call it blasphemy.

Another mind boggling guesswork by Ibrahim Hakki, a turkish sufi philosopher of the 1700s.  He states, quote "insane and children of unbelievers who are not held responsible of religious duties are entitled to Araf. When they see people of Paradise just because they cannot reach those blessings, they are in sadness, but when they see people of Hell, they are thankful to the God for where they are and they stay there forever."   So, now from "waiting for decision" they become the mentally insane and the kids of disbelievers.

My only question is, why don't people read the Quranic verses carefully by connecting all the preceding and following ayats of every verse they want to understand ?   And because the hadith writers, imams and sufis know that the people don't assess Quranic verses by making a chain of the significant successive verses, thus they take advantage and slip in hadith ideas.
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