On the Day of Resurrection, No Wealth or Offspring Shall
Tafsir Ibn Kathir - Surah Al-Imran
On the Day of Resurrection, No Wealth or Offspring Shall Avail Allah states
that the disbelievers shall be fuel for the Fire,
(The Day when their excuses will be of no profit to wrongdoers. Theirs
will be the curse, and theirs will be the evil abode (i.e. painful torment in Hell-fire).) [40:52].
Further, what they
were granted in this life of wealth and offspring shall not avail them with Allah, or save them from His punishment and severe
torment. Similarly, Allah said,
(So let not their wealth nor their children amaze you; in reality Allah's plan is to
punish them with these things in the life of this world, and that their souls shall depart (die) while they are disbelievers.)
(Let not the free disposal (and affluence) of the disbelievers throughout the land deceive you. A brief
enjoyment; then, their ultimate abode is Hell; and worst indeed is that place for rest.) [3:196, 197].
Allah said in this
(Verily, those who disbelieve) meaning, disbelieved in Allah's Ayat, denied His Messengers, defied His
Books and did not benefit from His revelation to His Prophets,
(Neither their properties nor their offspring will avail
them whatsoever against Allah; and it is they who will be fuel of the Fire.) meaning, they will be the wood with which the
Fire is kindled and fed. Similarly, Allah said,
(Certainly you (disbelievers) and that which you are worshipping now
besides Allah, are (but) fuel for Hell!) [21:98].
Allah said next,
(Like the Da'b of the people of Fira`wn.) Ad-Dahhak
said that Ibn `Abbas said that the Ayah means, "Like the behavior of the people of Fir`awn.'' This is the same Tafsir of `Ikrimah,
Mujahid, Abu Malik, Ad-Dahhak, and others. Other scholars said that the Ayah means, "Like the practice, conduct, likeness
of the people of
Fir`awn.'' These meanings are all plausible, for the Da'b means practice, behavior, tradition and habit.
The Ayah indicates that the disbelievers will not benefit from their wealth or offspring. Rather, they will perish and be
punished. This is the same end the people of Fir`awn and the previous nations met, those who rejected the Messengers, the
Ayat, and proofs of Allah that they were sent
(And Allah is severe in punishment.) meaning, His punishment
is severe and His torment is painful. None can escape Allah's grasp, nor does anything escape His knowledge. Allah does what
He wills and prevails over all things, it is He to Whom everything is humbled and there is no deity worthy of worship, nor
any Lord except Him.
(12. Say to those who disbelieve: "You will be defeated and gathered together to Hell, and worst
indeed is that place of rest.'') (13. There has already been a sign for you in the two armies that met. One was fighting in
the cause of Allah, and as for the other, in disbelief. They saw them with their own eyes twice their number. And Allah supports
with His aid whom He wills. Verily, in this is a lesson for those who understand.)