The Human Truth Foundation

Sura 83 of the Qur'an

By Vexen Crabtree 2013


Title: Al-Mutaffifin
English: Defrauding
Location: Makkah

Traditional Order:
< Sura 82 (AL-Infitar - The Cleaving)
> Sura 84 (Al-Inshiqaq - The Sundering, Splitting Open)

Chronological Order:
< Sura 29 (Al-Ankaboot - The Spider)
> Sura 2 (Al-Baqara - The Cow)

Verses: 36

1Woe to the stinters who,
2when they measure against the people, take full measure
3but, when they measure for them or weigh for them, do skimp.
4Do those not think that they shall be raised up
5unto a mighty day
6a day when mankind shall stand before the Lord of all Being?
7No indeed; the Book of the libertines is in Sijjin;
8and what shall teach thee what is Sijjin?
9A book inscribed.
10Woe that day unto those who cry it lies,
11who cry lies to the Day of Doom;
12and none cries lies to it but every guilty aggressor.
13When our signs are recited to him, he says, 'Fairy-tales of the ancients!'
14No indeed; but that they were earning has rusted upon their hearts.
15No indeed; but upon that day they shall be veiled from their Lord,
16then they shall roast in Hell.
17Then it shall be said to them, 'This is that you cried lies to.'
18No indeed; the book of the pious is in Illiyun;
19and what shall teach thee what is Illiyun?
20A book inscribed,
21witnessed by those brought nigh.
22Surely the pious shall be in bliss,
23upon couches gazing;
24thou knowest in their faces the radiancy of bliss
25as they are given to drink of a wine sealed
26whose seal is musk -- so after that let the strivers strive --
27and whose mixture is Tasnim,
28a fountain at which do drink those brought nigh.
29Behold, the sinners were laughing at the believers,
30when them passed them by winking at one another,
31and when they returned to their people they returned blithely,
32and when they saw them they said, 'Lo, these men are astray!'
33Yet they were not sent as watchers over them.
34So today the believers are laughing at the unbelievers,
35upon couches gazing.
36Have the unbelievers been rewarded what they were doing?