Wama Adraka– What shall explain thee?

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Across Holy Quran, there are several occasions where Allah has asked the question regarding a particular ‘event’ or a ‘heavenly body’ and then in the proceeding verses explained the meaning of such term. Among some verses, Allah has used an Arabic idiom ‘Wama-Adraaka( and what may let you know’ or ‘and what shall explain thee’) to stress on the importance of a particular unknown event or heavenly body. This type of questioning occurs 12 times in Holy Quran. These verses are

 

 In chapter 69, Al-Haaqa, Verse 3

وَ مَاۤ  اَدۡرٰىکَ مَا الۡحَآقَّۃُ ؕ﴿۳﴾

And what will make thee realize what the Sure Reality is? (3)

In Chapter 74, Al-Muddaththir, Verse 27

وَ  مَاۤ  اَدۡرٰىکَ مَا سَقَرُ ﴿ؕ۲۷﴾

And what will explain to thee what Hell-Fire is? (27)

In Chapter 77, Al Mursalat, Verse 14

وَ  مَاۤ   اَدۡرٰىکَ مَا یَوۡمُ الۡفَصۡلِ ﴿ؕ۱۴﴾

And what will explain to thee what is the Day of Sorting out? (14)

In Chapter 82, Al-Infitar, Verse 17, 18

وَ مَاۤ  اَدۡرٰىکَ مَا یَوۡمُ الدِّیۡنِ ﴿ۙ۱۷﴾

ثُمَّ  مَاۤ  اَدۡرٰىکَ مَا یَوۡمُ الدِّیۡنِ ﴿ؕ۱۸﴾

And what will explain to thee what the Day of Judgment is? (17)

Again what will explain to thee what the Day of Judgment is? (18)

 

In Chapter 83, Al-Mutaffifin, Verse 8

وَ مَاۤ  اَدۡرٰىکَ مَا سِجِّیۡنٌ ؕ﴿۸﴾

And what will explain to thee what Sijjin is? (8)

In Chapter 83, Al-Mutaffifin, Verse 19

وَ مَاۤ  اَدۡرٰىکَ مَا عِلِّیُّوۡنَ ﴿ؕ۱۹﴾

And what will explain to thee whet `Illiyun is? (19)

In Chapter 86, At-Tariq, Verse 2

وَ مَاۤ  اَدۡرٰىکَ مَا الطَّارِقُ ۙ﴿۲﴾

And what will explain to thee what the Night-Visitant is? (2)

In Chapter 90, Al-Balad, Verse 12

وَ مَاۤ  اَدۡرٰىکَ مَا الۡعَقَبَۃُ ﴿ؕ۱۲﴾

And what will explain to thee, the path that is steep? (12)

In Chapter 97, Al-Qadr, Verse 2

وَ مَاۤ  اَدۡرٰىکَ مَا لَیۡلَۃُ  الۡقَدۡرِ ؕ﴿۲﴾

And what will explain to thee what the Night of Power is? (2)

In Chapter 101, Al-Qaria, Verse 3

وَ  مَاۤ  اَدۡرٰىکَ مَا الۡقَارِعَۃُ ؕ﴿۳﴾

And what will explain to thee what the (Day) of Noise and Clamour is? (3)

In Chapter 101, Al-Qaria, Verse 10

وَ مَاۤ  اَدۡرٰىکَ مَا ہِیَہۡ ﴿ؕ۱۰﴾

And what will explain to thee what this (bottomless-pit) is? (10)

In Chapter 104, Al-Humaza, Verse 5

وَ  مَاۤ  اَدۡرٰىکَ مَا  الۡحُطَمَۃُ ؕ﴿۵﴾

And what will explain to thee That which Breaks to Pieces? (5)

The above verses are mysterious in lot of sense. At the same time, they convey a message that, Allah wants us to deeply think about them. I don’t know why, these verses have immensely fascinated them.

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