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    And when they would pass by them, they would wink at each other..(Quran 83:30)

    Asalaamu alaykum waRahmatullahi waBarakaatuh

    These are personal notes ( from tafseer surah Mutaffifeen (83) by Nouman Ali Khan in his Audio tafseers which can be downloaded for free at

    Ayah 29:

    إِنَّ الَّذِينَ أَجْرَمُوا كَانُوا مِنَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا يَضْحَكُونَ

    Inna alladheena ajramoo kaanoo min-alladheena amanoo yaDhakoon
    No doubt those who engaged in Crime had been making fun and laughing at the believers.

    Ijraam – have a crime and see its consequences.

    Those people laughed at the believers, made fun of their beliefs. The comedian’s main jokes were against Muslims. They attempted to humiliate the believers and then laughed at them. Those who tortured the believers would harm them and laugh at them.

    Kaanoo [used to
    (in past tense)] -

    Allah did not say; the disbelievers laugh at the believers. (present tense - yakuwnu) He said;the Disbelievers USED TO (Kanoo – past tense) used to laugh at the believers. So Allah is showing this in a way as if it is a distant memory, and as if the people of Jannah (Paradise) are remembering their time of this world.

    Ayah 30:

    وَإِذَا مَرُّوا بِهِمْ يَتَغَامَزُونَ

    Wa-idhaa marraw bihim yataghaamazoon

    And when they (disbelievers) would pass by them (the believers) – they would wink at each other.

    Ghamz – gesture with their eyes. I.e. Roll your eyes, wink, insulting.
    Allah exposes and focuses on even the smallest of their bodily actions. Just the way they stare at the believers in sarcasm.

    Ayah 31:

    وَإِذَا انقَلَبُوا إِلَىٰ أَهْلِهِمُ انقَلَبُوا فَكِهِينَ

    Wa-idha inqalaboo ilaa ahlihimu inqalaboo

    And when they returned to their people, they would return

    Then they return to their families (this is a repeated theme, even in surah Qiyamah 75:33 – then he returned to his family with full pride of himself) Faqiheen – joyed. From the word Faqiha – fruit. Because when you eat a delicious fruit – you have a sense of joy on your face. They enjoyed making funny of the believers so much – that it is like they are delighted at eating a tastey fruit. They are so happy – it is like they can taste joy when insulting the believers. So they tell their family what they did against the believers. This is a contrast – since the same disbelieving man will be running away from his family on Judgment Day.

    Ayah 32:

    وَإِذَا رَأَوْهُمْ قَالُوا إِنَّ هَٰؤُلَاءِ لَضَالُّونَ

    Wa-idhaa ra’awhum qaaloo inna haa ola-ilaa ad-Daaalloon

    and when they saw them – they said these people are the truly lost/misguided (Daaloon)

    The believers want this Paradise, that’s why they’re acting like this. So the Sahabah (Companions) of the Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wasalam) would compete in spreading Islam, and if one got tortured, another Sahabi would get jealous. I.e. Uthman ibn Maz'un heard about other Sahaba being tortured so he abandoned his protection from the polytheists and spread the Qur'an without tribal (or nowadays legal) protection until someone damaged his eye (and he got blinded from that eye.) Then Uthman was happy.

    So Ustadh Nouman explains that the disbelievers would really think the Muslims had gone insane (majnoon) because they were racing against each other to get tortured! And the more they got tortured, the more they got happy about it (because they got closer to Allah)! The disbelievers look at the Muslims with pity, thinking they’re wasting their lives away for an ‘imaginary’ Paradise.

    Ayah 33:

    وَمَا أُرْسِلُوا عَلَيْهِمْ حَافِظِينَ
    Wa maa orsiloo AAalayhim hafiDheen

    and they had not been sent upon them as guardians.

    The disbelievers were not sent to guard the believers, so what is your concern if the Muslim is trying to strive for Paradise? Why do you pity him or laugh at him, when it is his concern and not yours? He believes in this Paradise for a reason.

    Another opinion is
    ; The criminals are looking at the believers and are saying; who made them (believers) as guards over our matters? I.e. When the Muslim forbids the disbelievers from doing evil, the fujjaar (criminals who tear through Allah’s forbidden laws) – they ask why are Muslims getting involved in our matters? ‘Who gave you such an authority to control what I do in my life?’

    Ayah 34:

    فَالْيَوْمَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنَ الْكُفَّارِ يَضْحَكُونَ

    Fa al-yawma alladheena amanoo mina alkuffaari yaD-hakoon

    then on that Day, the believers will be laughing at those who disbelieved.

    The scene goes back into the future again. Why will the believers laugh? In surah al Baqarah 2:212; Allah says;

    Beautified for those who disbelieve was the life of this world, and they made fun of those who believed. But those who guarded against evil when remembering Allah – will be above them (the disbelievers) on the Day of Ressurection. [al Baqarah 2:212]

    So Allah continues;
    Ayah 35:

    عَلَى الْأَرَائِكِ يَنظُرُونَ
    ‘Alaa al-araa/iki yanDhuroon

    They will be on these high couches, reclining, having full view.

    This description is given for the second time. But now they are looking at the disbelievers, and laughing. Didn’t you find our belief in hellfire funny before? Because now I find your situation funny because of the hardships you caused me.

    Ayah 36:

    هَلْ ثُوِّبَ الْكُفَّارُ مَا كَانُوا يَفْعَلُونَ

    Hal thuwwiba alkuffaru ma kanoo yafAAaloon

    Are not the disbelievers paid (fully) for what they used to do?

    Thawb – thawwaab – to get a good salary/payback. I.e. You do good work, so you get good salary.
    Have those who disbelieved now got a good salary for what they used to do? This might be sarcasm from Allah, or sarcasm from the believers in Paradise.

    This is the Qur'an Allah has sent as good news to the believers in this life and as a warning to the disbelievers. How eloquent it is in conveying all these emotions and realities of the world we are living in today.

    Surah Mutaffifeen – the Defrauding (83) « Linguistic Miracle

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    Re: And when they would pass by them, they would wink at each other..(Quran 83:30)

    asalaamu alaykum waRahmatullahi waBarakaatuh

    If you liked that, you might also enjoy this;

    But he has made no effort to pass on the path that is steep. [Surah Balad 90:11]

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    Re: And when they would pass by them, they would wink at each other..(Quran 83:30)

    I know about this verse, thanks for reminding me with this verse, here is another important one :

    [The Quran 68:35]

    "Shall we treat the Muslims like the criminals?"

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    Re: And when they would pass by them, they would wink at each other..(Quran 83:30)


    Verily! (During the worldly life) those who committed crimes used to laugh at those who believed.
    And whenever they passed by them, used to wink one to another (in mockery);
    And when they returned to their own people, they would return jesting;
    And when they saw them, they would say, "Indeed, those are truly lost."
    But they (disbelievers, sinners) had not been sent as watchers over them (the believers).
    But this Day (the Day of Resurrection) those who believe will laugh at the disbelievers

    ~ Surah Al-Mutaffifīn (29 - 34)
    My agonising supplication is a witness to my poverty. You know my state and what has settled in my heart of agonies and preoccupations. Save me with Your gentleness.. before I run out of patience (with myself). O One who is swift in sending aid I ask for aid that will arrive to me swiftly..I’m standing by the door, so My Lord have mercy on my standing. There is a need in my soul, O Allah, so please fulfill it!


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