- Woe to Al-Mutaffifin [those who give less in measure and weight (decrease the rights of others)].
Mutaffifin are the ones who commit unnoticeable theft, retaining maybe 0.5% out of 100%. It could be in goods, services, or rights. Allah (swt) announces a warning of hopeless and unimaginable destruction for them, a clear sign of His anger.
Imam Ash-Shanqeeti observes the order of this Ayat, where the word “Wayl” has come before “Mutaffifeen”. It denotes high danger of the big crime people are committing by usurping tangible and intangible rights of others. The world economies are regulated by it, thus impacting globally.
“Wayl” is also one of the most dangerous valleys in the Hell, which Hell itself has sought refuge from.
Allah (swt) has created this world on the principles of justice. Hence, He is angered by anyone, who is unjust. Cruel kingdoms and famines are a direct punishment for such nations to be followed by devastation in the hereafter.
- Those who, when they have to receive by measure from men, demand full measure.
Imam Al-Bayhaqi states that bad Akhlaq leads to a bad ending. This person steals and cheats others for the love of this world. His tactics are lowly, whereas nobility of character demands justice. Any kind soul will never even think of striping others of their rights. However, when disbelievers demand their rights, they will stoop to any level to get them.
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