And when the earth throws out its burdens.
meaning, it will throw forth that which is in it of the dead.
More than one of the Salaf have said this and it is similar to Allah's statement,
يأَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُواْ رَبَّكُمْ إِنَّ زَلْزَلَةَ السَّاعَةِ شَىْءٌ عَظِيمٌ
O mankind! Have Taqwa of your Lord! Verily, the earthquake (Zalzalah) of the Hour is a terrible thing. (22;1)
This is also similar to His saying,
وَإِذَا الاٌّرْضُ مُدَّتْ
وَأَلْقَتْ مَا فِيهَا وَتَخَلَّتْ
And when the earth is stretched forth, and has cast out all that was in it and became empty. (84;3-4)
Muslim recorded in his Sahih from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allah said,
تُلْقِي الاَْرْضُ أَفْلَذَ كَبِدِهَا أَمْثَالَ الاُْسْطُوَانِ مِنَ الذَّهَبِ وَالْفِضَّةِ فَيَجِيءُ الْقَاتِلُ فَيَقُولُ فِي هَذَا قَتَلْتُ وَيَجِيءُ الْقَاطِعُ فَيَقُولُ فِي هَذَا قَطَعْتُ رَحِمِي وَيَجِيءُ السَّارِقُ فَيَقُولُ فِي هَذَا قُطِعَتْ يَدِي ثُمَّ يَدَعُونَهُ فَلَ يَأْخُذُونَ مِنْهُ شَيْيًا
The earth will throw out the pieces of its liver (its contents). Gold and silver will come out like columns.
- A murderer will come and say, `I killed for this.'
- The one who broke the ties of kinship will say, `For this I severed the ties of kinship.'
- The thief will say, `For this I got my hands amputated.'
Then they will leave it there and no one will take anything from it."
Then Allah says,
وَقَالَ الاِْنسَانُ مَا لَهَا