Chapter Scripts

Surah Al-Mutaffifin 83:11-20

83:11 Those who give the lie to the [coming of] Judgment Day. 


In the original, verses 29-33 are in the past tense, as if viewed from the time level of Judgment Day. However, since the preceding and the following passages (i.e., verses 18-28 and 34-36) are formulated in the future tense, verses 29-33 (which relate to life in this world) may be adequately rendered in the present tense.

83:12 For, none gives the lie to it but such as are wont to transgress against all that is [and are] immersed in sin.


Lit., “to their [own] people”,

83:13 [And so,] whenever Our messages are conveyed to them, they but say, “Fables of ancient times!”


Lit., “they have not been sent as watchers over them” – implying that none who is devoid of faith has the right to criticize the faith of any of his fellow men.

83:14 Nay, but their hearts are corroded by all [the evil] that they were wont to do!


Speaking of the righteous, the Qur’an repeatedly stresses that on the Day of Judgment God “shall have removed whatever unworthy thoughts or feelings (ghill) may have been [lingering] in their bosoms” (7:43 and 15:47). Since an expression of vengeful joy on the part of the blest at the calamity which in the hereafter will befall the erstwhile sinners would certainly fall within the category of “unworthy feelings”, their “laughing” can only have a metaphorical meaning, denoting no more than a realization of their own good fortune.

83:15 Nay, Verily, from [the grace of] their Sustainer shall they on that Day be debarred. 

83:16 And then, behold, they shall enter the blazing fire 

83:17 And be told, “This is the [very thing] to which you were wont to give the lie!”

83:18 Nay, Verily – the record of the truly virtuous is [set down] in a mode most lofty!

83:19 And what could make thee conceive what that mode most lofty will be?

83:20 A record [indelibly] inscribed. 


The divine scriptures are God’s beacons to the world. Surely God offered His trust to the heavens and the earth, and the hills, but they shrank from bearing it and were afraid of it. And man undertook it.
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