Sunday, February 23, 2014

The next world is an organic consequence of this world

Qur'an***37:62 (Asad) Is such [a paradise] the better welcome - or the [hellish] tree of deadly fruit?***

[Note 22]: According to the lexicographers, the noun zaqqum denotes any "deadly food"; hence, the expression shajarat az-zaqqum, a symbol of hell, may be appropriately rendered as "the tree of deadly fruit", symbolizing the fact that the otherworldly sufferings which the Qur’an describes as "hell" are but the fruit - i.e., organic consequence - of one’s evil deeds done on earth. 
(Note by translator Leopold Weiss Muhammad Asad)

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