I was listening to a lecture, a portion of which talked about surah Mursalat, only to realize that I did not even know what so much of the surah meant, so I decided to study it. First of all, I’m listening to Bayan ul-Quran by Dr. Israr Ahmed rahimahullah, and he mentions a very interesting point:
Style of the surah
Two surahs similar to this in style have already preceded, as-Saaffaat and adh-Dhariyat. Third is al-Mursalat. In each, either the winds or angels are mentioned. However, in the fifth, horses are mentioned (al-Adiyat). But in the four, either winds or angels (fourth is an-Nazia’at) are mentioned. Reeh (ريح: wind) and ruh (روح: soul or angel) are very close to each other, just as naar (نار fire) and noor (نور light) are very close to each other in Arabic.
Introduction to the surah
“Each of the ten sections that follow the opening of the surah represents a special round or journey into a different world. This gives the surah great scope for reflection, feeling, ideas, and responses.”
“Every subsequent section delivers a jolt. Thus the surah may be compared to someone in authority taking a person by the collar as he questions him about a misdeed or about his negation of something very obvious, then releasing him with a strong warning, ‘Woe, that Day, to the deniers.’ “
From In the Shade of the Quran. Read that for more of a detailed tafseer.
And I just came across the most amazing picture that actually remind me of some ayat from this surah:
“Proceed to a shadow [of smoke] having three columns [But having] no cool shade and availing not against the flame. Indeed, it throws sparks [as huge] as a fortress, As if they were yellowish [black] camels. Woe, that Day, to the deniers.” [77:30-34]
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