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Interpretation of Sura an-Nur - Verse 24

Adopted from the book: "The Light of the Holy Qur'an - Interpretation of Sura an-Nur" by: "Sayyid Kamal Faghih Imani & a Group of Muslim Scholars"

24. "On the day when their tongues and their hands and their feet testify against them as to what they used to do."

Commentary

The issue of testimony of body's limbs is many times brought up in the Qur'an. Therefore in this verse it specifies how this group of calumniators will appear in Allah's great court. It denotes that they will have an awful chastisement in Hereafter, when it says:

"On the day when their tongues and their hands and their feet testify against them as to what they used to do."

Their tongues will move, in spite of their reluctance, and they express the truth. These wrongdoers will confess their sin in spite of their willing when they see all Divine unquestionable evidences and reasons. In spite of their inner willing, they will explicitly reveal everything, because they will see they can no longer disclaim.

Their own hands and feet will also speak. According to the verses of the holy Qur'an, even their body's skin will start talking. It seems that they have been voice recorders that have recorded man's voices, and signs of sins are stored on them during lifetime. Yes, on the Day of manifestation, all of these things will appear.

If we see that some of the verses of the holy Qur'an refer to the Day of Judgment and say,"This day We seal up mouths, and hands speak out and feet bear witness as to what they used to earn" 30, there will be no inconsistency with the concerned verse, because it is possible of first that tongues get disabled and other limbs testify and when testimony of hand and foot discovers truths and they say what they must say, then tongue moves and confesses the sins.
Imam Baqir (a.s.) said: "This testimony of the limbs is not against the believers, but it is against someone whose punishment is inevitable." 31

Notes:

30. Sura ya-San, No. 36, verse 65

31. Nur-uth-Thaqalyn, 'Usul-i-Kafi, Vol.2 p. 32

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