Looking at their Lord.)
meaning, they will see Him with their very eyes.
This is just as was recorded by Al-Bukhari in his Sahih,
إِنَّكُمْ سَتَرَوْنَ رَبَّكُمْ عِيَانًا
Verily, you all will see your Lord with your own eyes.
The believers seeing Allah in the abode of the Hereafter has been confirmed in the authentic Hadiths from numerous routes of transmission with the scholars of Hadith. It is not possible to deny this or refuse it. Examples would be the Hadiths of Abu Sa`id and Abu Hurayrah, and they are both recorded in the Two Sahihs. They both mentioned that some people said,
"O Messenger of Allah! Will we see our Lord on the Day of Judgement"
The Prophet said,
هَلْ تُضَارُّونَ فِي رُوْيَةِ الشَّمْسِ وَالْقَمَرِ لَيْسَ دُونَهُمَا سَحَابٌ
Are you harmed by seeing the sun and the moon when there are no clouds beneath them?
They replied, "No."
The Prophet then said,
فَإِنَّكُمْ تَرَوْنَ رَبَّكُمْ كَذَلِك
Then you will surely see your Lord like that.
In the Two Sahihs it is recorded from Jabir that he said,
"The Messenger of Allah looked at the moon on a night when it was full, and he said,
إِنَّكُمْ تَرَوْنَ رَبَّكُمْ كَمَا تَرَوْنَ هَذَا الْقَمَرَ فَإِنِ اسْتَطَعْتُمْ أَنْ لَا تُغْلَبُوا عَلَى صَلَةٍ قَبْلَ طُلُوعِ الشَّمْسِ وَلَا قَبْلَ غُرُوبِهَا فَافْعَلُوا
Verily, you will see your Lord just as you see this moon! So if you are able to avoid missing a prayer before the rising of the sun (Fajr prayer) or before its setting (`Asr prayer) then do so."
Among the Hadiths, which Muslim was alone in recording, is a narration from Suhayb that the Prophet said,
إِذَا دَخَلَ أَهْلُ الْجَنَّةِ الْجَنَّةَ قَالَ يَقُولُ اللهُ تَعَالى تُرِيدُونَ شَيْيًا أَزِيدُكُمْ فَيَقُولُونَ أَلَمْ تُبَيِّضْ وُجُوهَنَا أَلَمْ تُدْخِلْنَا الْجَنَّةَ وَتُنَجِّنَا مِنَ النَّارِ قَالَ فَيَكْشِفُ الْحِجَابَ فَمَا أُعْطُوا شَيْيًا أَحَبَّ إِلَيْهِمْ مِنَ النَّظَرِ إِلَى رَبِّهِمْ وَهِيَ الزِّيَادَة
When the people of Paradise enter the Paradise, Allah will say, `Do you want me to give you anything extra'
They will say, `Haven't You whitened our faces, haven't You entered us into Paradise and saved us from the Fire'
Then He will remove the veil and they will not be given anything more beloved to them than looking at their Lord, and that will be the extra (Ziyadah).
Then he recited this Ayah,
لِّلَّذِينَ أَحْسَنُواْ الْحُسْنَى وَزِيَادَةٌ
For those who have done good is the best and extra (Ziyadah). (10;26)
Also among the Hadiths, which Muslim was alone in recording, is the Hadith of Jabir in which the Prophet said,
إِنَّ اللهَ يَتَجَلَّى لِلْمُوْمِنِينَ يَضْحَك
Verily, Allah will appear before the believers while He is laughing.
This will take place on the open plains of the Resurrection place.
In some of these Hadiths, it mentions that the believers will be looking at their Lord on the open plains and some mention that this will occur in the Gardens of Paradise.
If it were not due to fear of taking up a lot of space, we would present all of these Hadiths with their routes of transmission and wordings from those that are in the Sahih collections, the collections of good narrations, the Musnad collections and the Sunan collections. However, we have mentioned this in separate places in this Tafsir, and Allah is the Giver of success. This issue is something that the Companions, the Successors and the Salaf of this nation have agreed upon, and all praise is due to Allah. It is something that is agreed upon between the Imams of Islam and the guides of all mankind.
Blackening of the Faces of the Disobedient People on the Day of Judgement
وَوُجُوهٌ يَوْمَيِذٍ بَاسِرَةٌ