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Drowning
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Death by suffocation under water. Alongside warnings about the day of judgment on which individuals will receive their reckoning (see last judgment; apocalypse; eschatology), the Qurʾān also recounts instances of God's judgments against entire communities in former times. Due to their corruption (q.v.), God had destroyed these once powerful peoples, as stated in q 29:40: “And we seized [and punished] each for its crime. We sent a hail of stones against some; others were overtaken by an awful cry; some we had the earth (q.v.) swallow up; while still others we drowned! Surely G…

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Homerin, Th. Emil, “Drowning”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00125>



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