I don’t trust you!

14 Jul

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُكُمْ أَن تُؤَدُّوا الْأَمَانَاتِ إِلَىٰ أَهْلِهَا وَإِذَا حَكَمْتُم بَيْنَ النَّاسِ أَن تَحْكُمُوا بِالْعَدْلِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ نِعِمَّا يَعِظُكُم بِهِ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ سَمِيعًا بَصِيرًا

Indeed, Allah commands you to render trusts to whom they are due and when you judge between people to judge with justice. Excellent is that which Allah instructs you. Indeed, Allah is ever Hearing and Seeing. [4:58]

  • This is the only ayah in the Qur’an that was revealed inside the Kabaah. There is an amazing incident for its revelation, and a miracle that exists to this day (click here to listen to the story).
  • The trust is not specified and therefore applies to all trusts: family, work, friends, wealth, secrets, etc.
  • One trust that is highlighted is judging. However, the judge is not mentioned as it could be a father, a friend, a teacher, an employer…
  • Hakam means to prevent something; a Hukum prevents people from arguing and fighting.
  • Islam is not a religion of equality but of justice.  Justice is not synonymous with equality. Rather it is giving everyone their due right.
  • Egalitarianism requires one to equate things that are different thus leading to injustice.
  • This ayah commands us to fulfill our trusts and to judge with justice.  It concludes by reminding us that Allah hears all of our statements and sees all of our actions and that nothing is hidden is from Him.

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