Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,
I was intrigued by Suraah Al-A’raf which means ‘The Heights’ after listening to this recitation by Qari Tawfeeq As Sayegh. One of the ayaah struck a chord in me:
And the dwellers of the Fire will call to the dwellers of Paradise: “Pour on us some water or anything that Allah has provided you with.” They will say: “Both (water and provision) Allah has forbidden to the disbelievers.”
[Transcribed from “Description of Paradise in the Glorious Qur’an” by Abdul-Halim ibn Muhammad Nassar As-Salafi]
In this verse, Allah informs us about the helplessness of the dwellers of Hell after they will have entered it and experienced its severe torments such as hunger and thirst – which are part of their recompense for their disobeying Allah and disregarding His commands while they were in this world (1).
‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas – may Allah be pleased with him and his father – said: “After the people of Heights will have entered Paradise, the dwellers of Hell will desire respite after a despair and they would say, ‘Lord, we have relatives from among the dwellers of Paradise, so permit us to see them and speak to them.’ They will then be allowed to look at their relations in Paradise and see the delight they are in and they will recognize them; but the people of Paradise will not recognize them due to their blackened faces. The dwellers of Hell will then call the dwellers of Paradise by their names and inform them about their blood ties.
One of the dwellers of Hell will call his brother or father from among the dwellers of Paradise and say, ‘brother, – or father – I am burning. Pour on me some water or anything that Allah has provided you with!’ But the dwellers of Paradise will answer them saying, ‘Allah has forbidden them to the disbelievers!’ (2)
(1) See: Tafseer At-Tabarani 12/473; and Tafseer Al-Qur’an Al-A’zeem 3/419
(2) See: Ma’alim At-Tanzeel 2/475; Zad Al-Maseer 3/208; Al-Bahr Al-Muheet 4/305; Tafseer Ath-Thawri p113; and Tafseer At-Tabari 12/474