Then when the heaven is rent asunder and it becomes (rosy or red) like paint
And when a single blast is sounded on the trumpet, and earth and the mountains are heaved up and then crushed in a single crash. On that day the great event come to pass inevitable,
and the heaven will be rent asunder for that day it will be frail and torn up
Whereon the heaven will be cleft asunder.
A day whereon men will be like moths scattered about
O ye who believe! fear Allah and believe in His Messenger, He will give you a double share of his mercy, and will provide for you a light wherein you will walk, and will grant you forgiveness and verily Allah is most forgiving and merciful
Here we are back to the sky which will be cleft asunder, well… if volcanic eruption acts so badly to the ozone layer than that might be the explanation. We’re aware of the ozone layer protection, The ozone layer is one layer of the stratosphere, the second layer of the Earth’s atmosphere. The stratosphere is the mass of protective gases clinging to our planet.
The stratosphere gets its name because it is stratified, or layered: as elevation increases, the stratosphere gets warmer. The stratosphere increases in warmth with elevation because ozone gases in the upper layers absorb intense ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
Ozone is only a trace gas in the atmosphere—only about 3 molecules for every 10 million molecules of air. But it does a very important job. Like a sponge, the ozone layer absorbs bits of radiation hitting Earth from the sun. Even though we need some of the sun’s radiation to live, too much of it can damage living things. The ozone layer acts as a shield for life on Earth.
Ozone is good at trapping a type of radiation called ultraviolet radiation, or UV light, which can penetrate organisms’ protective layers, like skin, damaging DNA molecules in plants and animals. There are two major types of UV light: UVB and UVA.
UVB is the cause of skin conditions like sunburns, and cancers like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
People used to think that UVA light, the radiation used in tanning beds, is harmless because it doesn’t cause burns. However, scientists now know that UVA light is even more harmful than UVB, penetrating more deeply and causing a deadly skin cancer, melanoma, and premature aging. The ozone layer, our Earth’s sunscreen, absorbs about 98 percent of this devastating UV light
Now saying that the sky will be rosy or red like paint makes me think of the sunsets’s or sunrises’s hue which turns redder after an eruption:
The eruption of Krakatoa on August 26–27, 1883, completely collapsed its Indonesian island, blasting the stratosphere with volcanic dust and sulphur dioxide. A catastrophe of incredible scale for anyone in its radius, the natural disaster impacted the entire world with skies suddenly changed, particularly the sunsets which many reported as having altered, otherworldly colors.
Artists were among those mesmerized by the Krakatoa sunsets, and captured them on canvas with vibrant detail then impossible for photography.
Four years following Krakatoa’s eruption, the Earth was oddly cold, something scientists later found was sulfur dioxide in the high atmosphere reacting with water vapor, making very fine particles of sulphuric acid. These aerosols reflected back some sunlight, and also created the strange sunsets.
Munch described the sunset he witnessed after Krakatoa:
“I was walking along the road with two friends — then the sun set — all at once the sky became blood red — and I felt overcome with melancholy. I stood still and leaned against the railing, dead tired — clouds like blood and tongues of fire hung above the blue-black fjord and the city. My friends went on, and I stood alone, trembling with anxiety. I felt a great, unending scream piercing through nature.”
It haunted him, and finally in 1893 he painted it as he remembered. “The Scream” (1893). However, there was another artist who made hundreds of paintings of the post-volcano sunsets while they happened. In “The Krakatoa Sunsets,” part of the recently published The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays, 2011-2013, Richard Hamblyn writes “by late October 1883 most of the world, including Britain, was being subjected to lurid evening displays, caused by the scattering of incoming light by the meandering volcanic haze.” British artist William Ascroft, from his vantage on the Thames in Chelsea, painted pastel after pastel sunset until they faded in 1886. While not as well known as Munch, Ascroft left a blazing climatological archive of the skies.
Krakatoa was unusually cataclysmic, with the loudest noise ever made by Earth, heard up to 3,000 miles away (consider hearing a noise in New York made in Los Angeles). At least 36,000 people were killed. But it’s not the only volcano to have influenced sunsets in art. An analysis last year of over 300 works from the Tate and National Gallery in London covered 50 volcanic explosions and the skies after, potentially to compare to modern aerosol pollution. These volcano “afterglows” were visual oddities, alluring to artists, that are now a form of scientific record, and reminders of the power of the Earth.
It’s undoubted that after a super volcano eruption the sun will be hidden so there will be no light and God will provide for the believers a light wherein we will walk.
Here is what people see after an eruption:
Ash falls vary widely in intensity, size of the ash particles, and the degree to which light from the sun is obscured or blocked completely. Because of the unexpected darkness during daylight hours, loud thunder and lightning, and the sometimes strong smell of sulfur during an ash fall, many people describe the experience as eerie and frightening, disorienting and confusing, or dreadful. In extreme ash fall, for example when ash thickness is more than 5-10 cm, people may feel stunned and fearful of the conditions, have a difficult time breathing if a well-sealed shelter is not available. If caught outside during low visibility, people may become lost or extremely disoriented.
People being scattered and disoriented is part of the ash fall and this remembers me of a proverbe:
The light 24.40
Or their deeds are like darkness within an vast and deep sea which is covered by waves, upon which are waves, over which are clouds: layers of darkness one upon another. When one puts out his hand [therein], he can hardly see it. And he to whom Allah has not granted light – for him there is no light.