Surah Al-A’raf : Chapter 7 (line 40-50) the Elevations

40. Those who reject Our revelations and are too arrogant to uphold them-the doors of Heaven will not be opened for them, nor will they enter Paradise, until the camel passes through the eye of the needle. Thus We repay the guilty.

41. For them is a couch of hell, and above them are sheets of fire. Thus We repay the wrongdoers.

42. As for those who believe and do righteous works-We never burden any soul beyond its capacity-these are the inhabitants of the Garden; abiding therein eternally.

43. We will remove whatever rancor is in their hearts. Rivers will flow beneath them. And they will say, “Praise be to God, who has guided us to this. Had God not guided us, we would never be guided. The messengers of our Lord did come with the truth.” And it will be proclaimed to them, “This is the Garden you are made to inherit, on account of what you used to do.”

44. And the inhabitants of the Garden will call out to the inmates of the Fire, “We found what our Lord promised us to be true; did you find what your Lord promised you to be true?” They will say, “Yes.” Thereupon a caller will announce in their midst, “The curse of God is upon the wrongdoers.”

45. “Those who hinder from the path of God, and seek to distort it, and who deny the Hereafter.”

46. And between them is a partition, and on the Elevations are men who recognize everyone by their features. They will call to the inhabitants of the Garden, “Peace be upon you.” They have not entered it, but they are hoping.

47. And when their eyes are directed towards the inmates of the Fire, they will say, “Our Lord, do not place us among the wrongdoing people.”

48. And the dwellers of the Elevations will call to men they recognize by their features, saying, “Your hoardings did not avail you, nor did your arrogance.”

49. “Are these the ones you swore God will not touch with mercy?” “Enter the Garden; you have nothing to fear, and you will not grieve.”

50. The inmates of the Fire will call on the inhabitants of the Garden, “Pour some water over us, or some of what God has provided for you.” They will say, “God has forbidden them for the disbelievers.”

My Interpretation: 

Gabriel is giving Muhammad a glimpse mentally of the isolation of Hell felt when the punishment comes. The reason this is, is to be able to sincerely tell others to change their ways before they enter such a place of despair.

There seem to be different levels of Hell. With layers of fire above them. This is a hard image to grasp, but I believe it is talking about the layers that will separate the evil ones from the people in Heaven who are elevated higher above these layers of fire. There will be a moment when those from Hell will call up to those beneath them and that is when a voice will be heard that they will experience no such bliss because of what they did on earth.

This also very much to me represents lower consciousness and higher consciousness. 

The believers will be in bliss and all bitterness or a sense of anger at the evil people on earth will be removed. This is the most comforting of all ideas for me personally. Right now, I have been carrying so much anger towards evil people who are just killing, hoarding, and being selfish towards others. In the end, all of those feelings will be removed as justice will be had.

But there is always Mercy for those that deserve it, and God is a Just Creator full of balance and fairness. So the people that have been thought to go to Hell by others on earth, will be at mercy if they did not do two things:

  1. hoard the wealth so others could suffer.
  2. be arrogant and not remained open to learn about God’s words from the messengers.

The inhabitants of Hell will ask for water to soothe them, from Heaven, but the people in Heaven will call down saying God has forbidden us to help you. God knows best.


The seven layers or circles of Hell in the poem, “Dante’s Inferno”