EATING FIRE

17 Feb

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَأْكُلُونَ أَمْوَالَ الْيَتَامَىٰ ظُلْمًا إِنَّمَا يَأْكُلُونَ فِي بُطُونِهِمْ نَارًا ۖ وَسَيَصْلَوْنَ سَعِيرًا

Indeed, those who devour the property of orphans unjustly are verily only consuming into their bellies fire. And they will be burned in a Blaze (4:10).

  • This verse is found in Surah an-Nisaaa. The central theme of this chapter is the rights of people.
  • The chapter begins with the rights of the weakest in society: female orphans.
  • The discussion ends with the above warning.
  • This is the fifth time in ten verses that this phrase is repeated. This is to emphasize that the wealth belongs to the orphans and the guardians have no share in it, whatsoever.
  • This implies that eating the wealth of the orphan is of two types: unjustly and justly (later applies to someone who is poor as stated in verse six).
  • The fire of Hell is in the indefinite article for aggrandizement, and to horrify and scare those that unjustly eat the wealth of orphans.
  • What does it mean to eat the fire? It could mean that it is a means of entering the fire. It could be literal in that the person in their grave, the Day of Judgement or in hellfire will eat the fire.
  • More probably, it is metaphorical implying that whatever is eaten will be destroyed and devoid of any barakah.
  • The general principle of wealth being devoid of barakah and slowly disintegrating applies to all wealth earned through impermissible means.
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