Sūrat al-Mutaffifīn

Sūrah No. 83. Revealed in Makkah, 36 verses. Because of the beginning verses of this Sūrah that talk about those who defraud and cheat people, some Mufassirūn believe that it is possible that part of this Sūrah was revealed in Madina. But because most of the verses are in line with what was revealed in Makkah the Sūrah has been classified as Makki.

Merits of reciting the Sūrah

Imam Ja‘far al-Sādiq (a) said: Whoever recites Sūrat al-Mutaffifīn in the obligatory prayers Allah will grant him safety of the Day of Judgement from the fire, it will not see him, and he will not see it.

Note: This reward of safety of that day will be for those who implement the messages of the Sūrah in their actions.

General synopsis of contents

1) A stern warning to those who cheat people when trading (vv. 1-6)

2) The fate of those who reject God and do evil (vv. 7-17)

3) The fate of the pious ones (vv. 18-28)

4) The mocking of believers by the disbelievers and the reversal on the Day of Judgement.

Selected Lessons

1) Lack of belief in the hereafter allows human beings to do evil without any fear of accountability.

2) Hearts that have become hardened due to sins are not receptive to the truth.

3) Believers compete for the blessings of the hereafter.

4) The rejecters of faith have always mocked those who believe. This act will be reversed in the


Suggested verses for reflection and memorization.

1) 83:4-6 Do they not know that they will be resurrected, on a tremendous day, a day when mankind

will stand before the Lord of all the worlds?

2) 83:14 – Nay! rather, what they used to do has become like rust upon their hearts.

3) 83:26 – for such let the viers vie.

Activities for self-study

1) Read about the ‘pure drink’ that will be served to believers in Heaven:


2) Go over verses 29-33. Outline the different ways in which the disbelievers mocked the believers.

How does that happen presently?