77. The Ones Sent Forth
A.J. Droge [+]
This sūra, unified by the theme of impending judgment, opens with a series of vivid affirmations of the certainty of the Last Day, and then, just as vividly, describes the signs that will accompany it. The remainder of the sūra is a series of eschatological ‘woes’ directed against those who deny God’s judgment. Q77 takes its name from a word in the opening verse, probably referring to the winds of an approaching storm as a metaphor for the imminent arrival of the Last Day.