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whether disbelievers will be raised blind or with sight on the day of resurrection


Assalam o alikum.sir i have a verse of quran in which i need your explanation that is sir in surah 20 verse 24-25 Allah is saying that ,”whosoever turns aways from my remembrance he will have a depressed life and we will gather him on the day of resurrection blind”.then in next verse Allah is saying,”he will say,my Lord why have you raised me blind while i was [once ] seeing.” here allah is saying that such people who turns themselves away from Allah remembrance will be raised blind on the day of resurrection.then in surah 39 verse 68 Allah says,”And the Horn will be blown, and whoever is in the heavens and whoever is on the earth will fall dead except whom Allah wills. Then it will be blown again, and at once they will be standing, looking”. here Allah is saying that all people will be raised up looking means they have sight on not raised blind…is it so plz explain this to me….plz


Alaikum salam.

{Verily, it is not the eyes that grow blind but it is the hearts which are in the breasts that grow blind.} [Quran 22:46]
The state of blindness when raised on the day of judgement is the metaphorical blindness and it means lack of insight that was a barrier for them to reach guidance.
As for the verse that states, when they were raised the second time whilst looking, refers to the acknowledgement of their book of deeds before being accounted and also the witness to the punishment or reward after accountong of deeds takes place.
commentary of Namunah writes:
We have no reason to believe that what these words (blindness and seeing) mean in this world as the same in the Hereafter. Their meaning in the Hereafter may be used metaphorically and in a discriminating way.
If he were to be raised blind, then he would not see the happiness of the hereafter and salvation to the dignity of the hereafter, but rather, he sees the book of deeds placed infront of him and the horrific situation he is entangled for himself.
This would act as a complete witness against him and whatever is the result of his accounting, from the torment of the fire he created out of his own deeds, or the bliss of paradise.

Salma Alavi