English Translation of Al-Quran
.Surah As-Sajdah [The Prostration]
Ayat 21. And verily, Allah will make them taste of the near torment (i.e. the torment in the life of this world, i.e. disasters, calamities, etc.) prior to the supreme torment (in the Hereafter), in order that they may (repent and) return (i.e. accept Islam).
Tafseer of Surah Al Sajdah (The Prostration) Ayat 21. And indeed Allah will make them taste of the Penalty of this (life) prior to the supreme Penalty, in order that they may (repent and) return. The final Penalty is to come in the Hereafter. There is no doubt about it. But before it comes, a minor Penalty comes in this very life. It may be in some kind of misfortune, or it may be in the pangs of a tortured conscience or secret sorrow. But this minor Penalty may be really a mercy, as it gives them a chance of repentance and amendment.