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When the Sky is cleft asunder;
C5997. Cf. the passage 81:1-14 and notes.
For the three parallel interpretations, see the
Introduction to the Sura.
There are four conditional clauses here, and the
substantive clause is in verse 5.
In S. 81, there were 12 conditional clauses, and the
conclusion was, similar, but not expressed in precisely
the same terms. See 82:5. n. 6002 below.

The physical world as we see it now will be destroyed
before the final Day of Judgment, establishing the true
Reality. In the following four clauses we have a reference
to the Lesser Judgment, the individual dawn of the true
Reality at Death. (R).
C5998. Cf. 73:17, n. 5769.
The beautiful blue sky overhead, which we take for
granted in sunshine and storm, will be shattered to
pieces before the New World is established. The partition
which seems at present to divide things divine from this
phenomenal world has to be shattered before each soul
knows the reality about itself. (R).

References:

Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 82 verse 1-19) Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (quran4u.com)

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