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سُورَةُ الهُمَزَةِ

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بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ وَيْلٌۭ لِّكُلِّ هُمَزَةٍۢ لُّمَزَةٍ

WOE unto every slanderer, fault-finder!

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ٱلَّذِى جَمَعَ مَالًۭا وَعَدَّدَهُۥ

[Woe unto him who amasses wealth and counts it a safeguard,

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يَحْسَبُ أَنَّ مَالَهُۥٓ أَخْلَدَهُۥ

thinking that his wealth will make him live forever!

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كَلَّا ۖ لَيُنۢبَذَنَّ فِى ٱلْحُطَمَةِ

Nay, but [in the life to come such as] he shall indeed be abandoned to crushing torment!

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وَمَآ أَدْرَىٰكَ مَا ٱلْحُطَمَةُ

And what could make thee conceive what that crushing torment will be?

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نَارُ ٱللَّهِ ٱلْمُوقَدَةُ

A fire kindled by God,

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ٱلَّتِى تَطَّلِعُ عَلَى ٱلْأَفْـِٔدَةِ

which will rise over the [guilty] hearts:

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إِنَّهَا عَلَيْهِم مُّؤْصَدَةٌۭ

verily, it will close in upon them

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فِى عَمَدٍۢ مُّمَدَّدَةٍۭ

in endless columns!

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Tafsir Surah Al-Humazah (the Slanderer) Tafsir Ibn Kathir


وَيْلٌ لِكُلِّ هُمَزَةٍ لُمَزَةٍ

Woe to every scorner and mocker.


الَّذِي جَمَعَ مَالًا وَعَدَّدَهُ

Who has gathered wealth and counted it.


يَحْسَبُ أَنَّ مَالَهُ أَخْلَدَهُ

He thinks that his wealth will make him last forever!


كَلَّا ۖ لَيُنْبَذَنَّ فِي الْحُطَمَةِ

But no! Verily, he will be thrown into Al-Hutamah.


وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا الْحُطَمَةُ

And what will make you know what Al-Hutamah is,


نَارُ اللَّهِ الْمُوقَدَةُ

The fire of Allah, Al-Muqadah,


الَّتِي تَطَّلِعُ عَلَى الْأَفْئِدَةِ

Which leaps up over the hearts.


إِنَّهَا عَلَيْهِمْ مُؤْصَدَةٌ

Verily, it shall Mu’sadah upon them,


فِي عَمَدٍ مُمَدَّدَةٍ

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In pillars stretched forth.

Allah Says:

وَيْلٌ لِّكُلِّ هُمَزَةٍ لُّمَزَةٍ ﴿١﴾

Woe to every Humazah Lumazah.

Al-Hammaz refers to (slander) by speech, and Al-Lammaz refers to (slander) by action.

This means that the person finds fault with people and belittles them. An explanation of this has already preceded in the discussion of Allah’s statement,

هَمَّازٍ مَّشَّآءِ بِنَمِيمٍ

Hammaz, going about with slander (68:11)

Ibn Abbas said,

“Humazah Lumazah means one who reviles and disgraces (others).”

Mujahid said,

“Al-Humazah is with the hand and the eye, and Al-Lumazah is with the tongue.”

Then Allah says,

الَّذِي جَمَعَ مَالًا وَعَدَّدَهُ ﴿٢﴾

Who has gathered wealth and counted it.

meaning, he gathers it piling some of it on top of the rest and he counts it up.

This is similar to Allah’s saying,

وَجَمَعَ فَأَوْعَى (And collect (wealth) and hide it.) (70:18)

This was said by As-Suddi and Ibn Jarir.

Muhammad bin Ka`b said concerning Allah’s statement, جَمَعَ مَالًا وَعَدَّدَهُ ُ (gathered wealth and counted it).

“His wealth occupies his time in the day, going from this to that. Then when the night comes he sleeps like a rotting corpse.”

Then Allah says,

يَحْسَبُ أَنَّ مَالَهُ أَخْلَدَهُ ﴿٣﴾

He thinks that his wealth will make him last forever!

meaning, he thinks that gathering wealth will make him last forever in this abode (the worldly life).

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كَلَّا …

But no!

meaning, the matter is not as he claims, nor as he reckons.

Then Allah says,

…لَيُنبَذَنَّ فِي الْحُطَمَةِ ﴿٤﴾

Verily, he will be thrown into Al-Hutamah.

meaning, the person who gathered wealth and counted it, will be thrown into Al-Hutamah, which is one of the descriptive names of the Hellfire. This is because it crushes whoever is in it.

Thus, Allah says,

وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا الْحُطَمَةُ ﴿٥﴾

نَارُ اللَّهِ الْمُوقَدَةُ ﴿٦﴾

الَّتِي تَطَّلِعُ عَلَى الْأَفْئِدَةِ ﴿٧﴾

And what will make you know what Al-Hutamah is?

The fire of Allah, Al-Muqadah, which leaps up over the hearts.

Thabit Al-Bunani said,

“It will burn them all the way to their hearts while they are still alive.”

Then he said,

“Indeed the torment will reach them.”

Then he cried.

Muhammad bin Ka`b said,

“It (the Fire) will devour every part of his body until it reaches his heart and comes to the level of his throat, then it will return to his body.”

Concerning Allah’s statement,

إِنَّهَا عَلَيْهِم مُّؤْصَدَةٌ ﴿٨﴾

Verily, it shall Mu’sadah upon them.

meaning, covering, just as was mentioned in the Tafsir of Surah Al-Balad (see 90:20).

Then Allah says,

فِي عَمَدٍ مُّمَدَّدَةٍ ﴿٩﴾

In pillars stretched forth.

Atiyah Al-`Awfi said, “Pillars of Iron.”

As-Suddi said, “Made of fire.”

Al-Awfi reported from IbnAbbas,

“He will make them enter pillars stretched forth, meaning there will be columns over them, and they will have chains on their necks, and the gates (of Hell) will be shut upon them.”

This is the end of the Tafsir of Surah Al-Humazah, and all praise and thanks are due to Allah.

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