Would you explain the verse, “And indeed We will make them taste of the Penalty of this (life) prior to the supreme Penalty in order that they may (repent and) return.” (Surah As-Sajda 32/21)

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Would you explain the verse, “And indeed We will make them taste of the Penalty of this (life) prior to the supreme Penalty in order that they may (repent and) return.” (Surah As-Sajda 32/21)
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 “And indeed We will make them taste of the Penalty of this (life) prior to the supreme Penalty in order that they may (repent and) return.” (Surah As-Sajda 32/21)

 “The penalty of this life in the verse is the nearby torment; the supreme penalty is the torment of the hereafter.”

It can be said that there is an implication for deniers that they will definitely face the nearby torture and it aims at letting them return from the wrong way and with the expression given above the aforementioned individuals are subjected to troubles and depressions especially material-spiritual troubles, which may give them an opportunity to do soul-searching in the world-life. In the verse that follows, this meaning is supported with the remark that people who insist on their bigotry at the top of their wrongfulness, and as a result they certainly deserve the punishment. (Diyanet Tefsiri, Kur’an Yolu: IV/328).

Such warnings have a manifestation of divine mercy which is for the benefit of humans and another manifestation of His endless blessing. "One disaster is better than a thousand pieces of advice” is a well-known Turkish proverb.

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