My Lord! Increase me in knowledge

The defrauders (Al Mutaffifin)

Posted on: February 8, 2012


Every time i read the quran, i learn something new from it. This verse which i read a few days ago really affected me in the way i think and deal with people. I always questions myself if i fall in this category.

“Woe unto the defrauders: Those who, when they have to receive by measure from men, demand full measure, And when they have to give by measure or weight to (other) men, give less than due. “(Quran, Chapter 83, Verse 1-3)

The word “woe” means misfortune, grief or misery. And this is a curse from God to people who don’t deal with justice. This is not just about commercial dealings, but also social dealings like being stingy in giving time, honour, respect or other services to people, and demanding more in return from others.


About being just in dealings

It has been ordered at several places in the Quran to be just.

“And give full measure when you measure, and weigh with a balance that is straight. That is good and better in the end. (17:35)

“And give full measure and full weight with justice. We burden not any person, but with that which he can bear.” (6:152)


Infact, This was one of the evils that the nation of Shuaib (Jhetro) committed.

And unto Madyan We sent their brother Shuaib. He said: O my people! worship God; there is no god for you but he. And give not short measure and weight. Verily I see you in prosperity, and verily I fear for you the torment of a Day encompassing. And, O my people! give full measure and weight with equity, and defraud not the people of their things, and commit not mischief on the earth as corrupts. (Quran, Chapter 11, Verse 84 – 85)

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