¡ Hast thou heard tell of the overwhelming event?
1 The beginning of the verse can also be rendered, “Thou hast heard tell” (Āl). If understood as a question, it is rhetorical, for emphasis. In the context of this sūrah, the overwhelming event most likely refers to the Day of Resurrection, whose grandeur will overcome all of humanity (cf. 12:107; JJ). But it is also taken by some to mean that Hell will “cover” or “overwhelm” the people in layers (cf. 7:41; Āl) or that the Fire will overwhelm the faces of disbelievers (cf. 14:50; Ṭs).