Ayaat 8-10 ― That Day will be a Hard Day
After the first few commands given to the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, the ayaat further move on to the Hereafter and its horrors. The word naqeer means ‘trumpet’ and the verb nuqeera means ‘to blow into the trumpet so that it makes a loud high sound’.
“That Day will be a Hard Day, far from easy for the disbelievers,” (74: 9-10) meaning it will be a severe day in general, but for the disbelievers the hardship will not be easy to endure.
In Surah al-Hajj, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says,
“O mankind! Fear your Lord and be dutiful to Him! Verily, the earthquake of the Hour is a terrible thing. The Day you shall see it, every nursing mother will forget her nursling, and every pregnant one will drop her load, and you shall see mankind as in a drunken state, yet they will not be drunken, but severe will be the Torment of Allah,” (22: 1-2)
In Surah al-Muzzamil it appears,
“Then how can you avoid the punishment, if you disbelieve, on a Day that will make the children grey-headed (i.e. the Day of Resurrection)?” (73: 17)
In Surah an-Naml, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says,
“And the Day on which the Trumpet will be blown and all who are in the heavens and all who are on the earth, will be terrified except him whom Allah will (exempt). And all shall come to Him humbled,” (27: 87).
The Messenger of Allah salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,
كَيْفَ أَنْعَمُ وَصَاحِبُ الْقَرْنِ قَدِ الْتَقَمَ الْقَرْنَ وَحَنَى جَبْهَتَهُ يَنْتَظِرُ مَتَى يُؤْمَرُ فَيَنْفُخُ؟
“How can I be comfortable when the one with the horn has placed it in his mouth, leaned his forehead forward, and is waiting to be commanded so that he can blow?” The Companions of the Messenger of Allah said, “What do you command us, O Messenger of Allah?”’ He replied,
قُولُوا: حَسْبُنَا اللهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ، عَلَى اللهِ تَوَكَّلْنَا
“Say: ‘Allah is sufficient for us, and what an excellent Trustee He is. We put our trust in Allah.’” [Imam Ahmad]
When you are doing da’wah start from the talks on the Hereafter. Warn people of what lies ahead. Help them prepare themselves. Nothing changes a person than fear. We see this in the revelation of Qur’an too, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala first revealed the description of the tremors of the Hereafter and the Judgment Day, and then sent the Shariah. Learn hikmah from the Qur’an.