There are many scenes of the Day of Judgment in Quran for our benefit. A few of them are described in this article. Az-Zalzalah # 1-8
When the earth is shaken with its (final) earthquake. And when the earth throws out its burdens. And man will say: “What is the matter with it?” That Day it will declare its information (about all that happened over it of good or evil). Because your Lord will inspire it. That Day mankind will proceed in scattered groups that they may be shown their deeds. So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant) shall see it. And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant) shall see it.
The guidance provided in this small Surah is so comprehensive that Prophet Mohammad (SAS) said that Surah Az-Zalzalah is equivalent to half the Quran. (Tirmidhi)
The last verse of this Surah is extremely eloquent. According to a Hadith narrated by Anas (RU), Prophet Mohammad (SAS) called it i.e single but comprehensive. Abdullah bin Masood (RU) said, “It is the most strong and eloquent verse of Quran.” Perhaps the most stunning scene of the Day of Judgement is in Surah Al-Hajj # 1-2
O mankind! Fear your Lord and be dutiful to Him! Verily, the earthquake of the Hour (of Judgement) 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.
And in Al-Haqqah # 13-18
Then when the Trumpet will be blown with one blowing (the first one). And the earth and the mountains shall be removed from their places, and crushed with a single crushing. Then on that Day shall the (Great) Event befall. And the sky will be rent asunder, for that Day it (the heaven) will be frail and torn up. And the angels will be on its sides, and eight angels will, that Day, bear the Throne of your Lord above them. That Day shall you be brought to Judgement, not a secret of you will be hidden.
And in Az-Zumar # 68-70
And the Trumpet will be blown, and all who are in the heavens and all who are on the earth will swoon away, except him whom Allah wills. Then it will be blown a second time, and behold they will be standing, looking on (waiting). And the earth will shine with the light of its Lord (Allah, when He will come to judge among men): and the Book will be placed (open); and the Prophets and the witnesses will be brought forward; and it will be judged between them with truth, and they will not be wronged. And each person will be paid in full of what he did; and He is Best Aware of what they do.
Hence when the first Trumpet will be blown all those who are in the heaven and in the earth will faint except a few angels. Later these angels will faint too. Ar-Rahman # 26-27
Whatsoever is on it (the earth) will perish. And the Face of your Lord full of Majesty and Honour will remain forever.
Hence those who have already died their spirits will faint too as mentioned in Ibn-e-Kathir.
When second Trumpet will be blown, the spirits will come back to the respective bodies and people will stand up to face their accountability.
Witnesses will be brought and accounts will be settled as in Az-Zumar # 68-70 above and again in Ya-sin # 65
This Day, We shall seal up their mouths, and their hands will speak to Us, and their legs will bear witness to what they used to earn.
Similarly in Fussilat # 19-23
And (remember) the Day that the enemies of Allah will be gathered to the Fire, then they will be driven [(to the Fire), in group. Till, when they reach it (Hell-fire), their hearing (ears) and their eyes, and their skins will testify against them as to what they used to do. And they will say to their skins, “Why do you testify against us?” They will say: “Allah has caused us to speak – He causes all things to speak: and He created you the first time, and to Him you are made to return. And you have not been hiding yourselves (in the world), lest your ears, and your eyes, and your skins should testify against you; but you thought that Allah knew not much of what you were doing. And that thought of yours which you thought about your Lord, has brought you to destruction; and you have become (this Day) of those utterly lost!”
Hence a person can hide his sins from other persons but he cannot hide them from the parts of his own body. On the Day of Judgement these parts of his body will testify against him. If we truly understand these verses, we will not dare to commit any sin whatsoever.
Abu Hurairah (RU) narrated that Prophet Mohammad (SAS) said, “Seal will be put on the mouth of a person and his thigh will be asked to describe the various actions of the person. Similarly his flesh and bone will speak out as witness.” (Muslim)
An example of the food for the sinners is given in Ad-Dukhan
Verily, the tree of Zaqqum Will be the food of the sinners. Like boiling oil, it will boil in the bellies, Like the boiling of scalding water. (It will be said) “Seize him and drag him into the midst of blazing Fire. Then pour over his head the torment of boiling water. Taste you (this)! Verily, you were (pretending to be) the mighty, the generous! Verily, this is that whereof you used to doubt!”
On the other hand true believers will be treated differently.
Az-Zukhruf # 68-73
(It will be said to the true believers): My worshippers! No fear shall be on you this Day, nor shall you grieve, (You) who believed in Our Ayat, (proofs, verses, lessons, signs, revelation etc.) and were Muslims. Enter Paradise, you and your wives, in happiness. Trays of gold and cups will be passed round them; (there will be) therein all that inner-selves could desire, and all that eyes could delight in and you will abide therein forever. This is the Paradise which you have been made to inherit because of your deeds which you used to do (in the life of the world). Therein for you will be fruits in plenty, of which you will eat (as you desire).
Similarly in Fussilat # 30-32
Verily, those who say: Our Lord is Allah (Alone), and then they stand firm, on them the angels will descend (at the time of their death) (saying): “Fear not! nor grieve! But receive the glad tidings of Paradise which you have been promised! We have been your friends in the life of this world and are (so) in the Hereafter. Therein you shall have (all) that your inner-selves desire, and therein you shall have (all) for which you ask. An entertainment from (Allah), the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
Here the word ‘Nozolan’ or hospitality of Allah (SWT) means that many bounties of Allah (SWT) will be bestowed upon you even if you ask for these or not. For example, a guest is served many kinds of delicious food even if he asks for it or not. Furthermore, it means that it is only the beginning of the hospitality on your arrival in paradise. What follows this will be even greater. (Mazhari)
One day Sufyan bin Abdullah Thaqfi (RU) requested Prophet Mohammad (SAS) to advise him about something so comprehensive that he did not have to ask about any other thing. Prophet Mohammad (SAS) said, “Believe in Allah firmly and then stick to that path.” (Muslim)
Hence angels with good tidings descend on firm believers at the time of death, then in the grave and then on the Day of Judgement as narrated by Zaid bin Aslam in Dur Mansur. These angels are the companions of good believers in the worldly life since they put good ideas in the minds of the believers and asked them to be patient in case of a hardship. These angels will also be with the good believers on the day of judgement to give them good tidings of their entry into paradise.
In Az-Zumar it is described how the disbeliever will be received by the angels. Az-Zumar # 71-72
And those who disbelieved will be driven to Hell in groups till, when they reach it, the gates thereof will be opened (suddenly like a prison at the arrival of the prisoners). And its keepers will say, “Did not the Messengers come to you from yourselves, reciting to you the Verses of your Lord, and warning you of the Meeting of this Day of yours?” They will say: “Yes,” but the Word of torment has been justified against the disbelievers! It will be said (to them): “Enter you the gates of Hell, to abide therein. And (indeed) what an evil abode of the arrogant!”
It is also described how will the angels greet the good believers. Az-Zumar # 73-74
And those who kept their duty to their Lord will be led to Paradise in groups, till, when they reach it, and its gates will be opened (before their arrival for their reception) and its keepers will say: Salamun ‘Alaikum (peace be upon you)! You have done well, so enter here to abide therein.” And they will say: “All the praises and thanks be to Allah Who has fulfilled His Promise to us and has made us inherit (this) land. We can dwell in Paradise where we will; how excellent a reward for the (pious, good) workers!”
May Allah (SWT) count us among those who will be greeted at the doors of the paradise.
It is very important to note that the people will be led to the paradise and hell in groups as indicated by the above verses and many other similar verses of the Quran .
The word Zumar means group. Allah (SWT) has named this chapter of the Quran as Az-Zumar to stress this point.
In fact, whatever good or evil we do is supported by some other people or sources of knowledge. Allah (SWT) will put the people of common thinking and actions in a group before dispatching them to their final destination. Hence the company of good people and the beneficial forms of knowledge will,help us to become a good candidate for entry into paradise. Of course, the actual entry into paradise will only be by the Grand Mercy of Allah (SWT). May Allah (SWT) shower His Mercy upon us. Ameen.