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83:1 Woe to those that deal in fraud

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Woe to those that deal in fraud,-

“Fraud” must here be taken in a widely general
sense. It covers giving short measure or short weight,
but it covers much more than that.
The next two verses make it clear that it is the spirit of
injustice that is condemned, giving too little and asking
too much.
This may be shown in commercial dealings, where a man
exacts a higher standard in his own favour than he is
willing to concede as against him.
In domestic or social matters an individual or group may
ask for honour, or respect, or services which he or they
are not willing to give on their side in similar
circumstances. It is worse than one-sided selfishness: for
it is double injustice. But it is worst of all in religion or
spiritual life: with what face can a man ask for Mercy or
Love from Allah when he is unwilling to give it to his
In one aspect this is a statement of the Golden Rule.
‘Do as you would be done by’.
But it is more completely expressed. You must give in
full what it due from you, whether you expect or wish to
receive full consideration from the other side or not.


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 83 verse 1) Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (

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