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The Koran Interpreted Translation by A.J. Arberry

104 THE BACKBITER (1 – 9)

The Qurʾan Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

104. The Backbiter (1 – 9)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

Woe unto every backbiter, slanderer, who has gathered riches and counted them over thinking his riches have made him immortal!

No indeed; he shall be thrust into the Crusher; and what shall teach thee what is the Crusher? The Fire of God kindled roaring over the hearts covered down upon them, in columns outstretched.

A Meccan sura that condemns the greedy backbiter and gives a description of Hell.

In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

1Woe to every fault-finding backbitera Said to refer either to al-Akhnas ibn Shurayq or to al-Walid ibn al-Mughira (cf. note to 74: 11). 2who amasses riches, counting them over, 3thinking they will make him live for ever. 4No indeed! He will be thrust into the Crusher!5What will explain to you what the Crusher is? 6It is God's Fire, made to blaze, 7which rises over people's hearts. 8It closes in on them 9in towering columns.b Cf. 77: 30–3.

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a Said to refer either to al-Akhnas ibn Shurayq or to al-Walid ibn al-Mughira (cf. note to 74: 11).

b Cf. 77: 30–3.

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