Ibn Umar narrated that Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said:
Whoever wishes to look at the Day of Resurrection
as if he is seeing it with his own eye,
then let him recite:
‘When the sun Kuwwirat’ (At-Takwir 81:1)
and ‘When the heaven is cleft sunder’ (82:1)
and ‘When the heaven is split asunder’ (84:1)
[At-Tirmidhi | Graded Hasan]
How true are the statements of Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam. Hands down, one of the scariest scenes on the Day of Judgment has been told by Allah s.w.t. in Surah At-Takwir. The Surah begins with:
إِذَا الشَّمْسُ كُوِّرَتْ
When the sun is [Kuwwirat]
This is what will happen to the sun on the Day of Judgement. The translation of this ayah is “When the sun is wound round and lost its light.” Our righteous predecessors said this ayah means:
The sun will be darkened,
The sun will go away,
Its light will go away,
The sun will sink in,
The sun will be thrown down.
Ibn Kathir rahimahullah wrote that At-Takwir means to gather one part of something with another part of it, like the folding of clothes together. Therefore the meaning of Allah’s statement [Kuwwirat] is that:
Part of the sun will be folded up into another part of it.
Then it will be rolled up.
Then it will be thrown away.
And when this is done, its light will go away.
Subhanallah, this short tafsir unnerved me so much. Taking straight from the wiki, the Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System, a nearly perfect sphere of hot plasma, with a diameter about 109 times that of Earth, and its mass is about 330,000 times that of Earth, accounting for about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System.
So try to imagine that this great sun, greater than the earth, greater than you and me, will easily be folded up like clothes.
And then it will be easily rolled up.
And its light will easily be snuffed out.
It frightens the soul and truly, it humbles it. It reminds us of our insignificance, of our weakness, and it reminds us that if a great creation such as the sun can easily, EASILY, come to pass, then so will you and I.
So I remind my soul, and then yours, to remember who we really are. Do not let our status, our wealth, our looks, our intellect, our state of happiness / sadness make us forget of our responsibilities as slaves of Allah. Do not let the pleasures of life make us forget the Rabb who gave them to us in the first place. Do not allow these things make us look big in our eyes, when in reality, we might be so insignificantly small in the sight of our Rabb. Do not allow these things to make us forget of the Day when Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said:
“The sun and the moon will be rolled up on the Day of Judgement.”
Tafsir Ibn Kathir