Surah Al-A’raf Ayat 8 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 8
And the weighing [of deeds] that Day will be the truth. So those whose scales are heavy – it is they who will be the successful.
The balance that day will be true (to nicety): those whose scale (of good) will be heavy, will prosper:
The weighing on that Day will be the true weighing: those whose scales are heavy will prosper.
And the weighing on that day (Day of Resurrection) will be the true (weighing). So as for those whose scale (of good deeds) will be heavy, they will be the successful (by entering Paradise).
The weighing on that day is the true (weighing). As for those whose scale is heavy, they are the successful.
And the weight upon that Day is the true (one); so he whose scales weigh heavy, then those are they (who) are the prosperers.
On that Day the weighing of deeds will be true and just: those whose good deeds are heavy on the scales will be the ones to prosper,
Quran 7 Verse 8 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-A’raf ayat 8, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(7:8) The weighing on that Day will be the true weighing: those whose scales are heavy will prosper.
8. This means that when the Balance is fixed on the Day of Judgement, ‘truth’ and weight will be identical. The more truth one has to one’s credit, the more truth one has to one’s credit, the more the weight in one’s scale; and vice versa. One will be judged solely on the basis of this weight. In other words, no consideration other than truth will enter into the calculation. A life of falsehood, however long it lasted, and however full of worldly achievements, will carry no weight at all. Weighed in the Balance, the devotees of falsehood will discover that their life-long deeds do not even weigh so much as a birds feather. The same point has been expatiated upon in (al-Kahf 18:103-5) : ‘Shall We tell you of those who are greatest losers in respect of their deeds? It is those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they kept believing that they were acquiring good by their deeds. they are those who deny the Signs of their Lord and the fact of their having to meet Him (in the Hereafter). So their works are in vain and we shall attach no weight to them on the Day of Judgement.’
8. And the weighing on that Day will be the true (weighing). So, as for those whose scale (of good deeds) will be heavy, they will be the successful (by entering Paradise). 9. And as for those whose scale will be light, they are those who will lose themselves for their wrongful behavior with Our Ayat.
(And the weighing), of deeds on the Day of Resurrection,
(will be the true (weighing)), for Allah will not wrong anyone. Allah said in other Ayat,
(And We shall set up the Balances of justice on the Day of Resurrection, then none will be dealt with unjustly in anything. And if there be the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it. And Sufficient are We to take account.)﴿21:47﴾,
(Surely, Allah wrongs not even the weight of a speck of dust, but if there is any good (done), He doubles it, and gives from Him a great reward.) ﴿4:40﴾,
(Then as for him whose scale (of good deeds) will be heavy. He will live a pleasant life (in Paradise). But as for him whose scale (of good deeds) will be light. He will have his home in Hawiyah (pit, Hell). And what will make you know what it is (It is) a fiercely blazing Fire!) ﴿101:6-11﴾ and,
(Then, when the Trumpet is blown, there will be no kinship among them that Day, nor will they ask of one another. Then, those whose scales (of good deeds) are heavy, they are the successful. And those whose scales (of good deeds) are light, they are those who lose themselves, in Hell will they abide)﴿23:101-103﴾. As for what will be placed on the Balance on the Day of Resurrection, it has been said that the deeds will be placed on it, even though they are not material objects. Allah will give these deeds physical weight on the Day of Resurrection. Al-Baghawi said that this was reported from Ibn `Abbas. It is recorded in the Sahih that Al-Baqarah (chapter 2) and Al `Imran (chapter 3) will come on the Day of Resurrection in the shape of two clouds, or two objects that provide shade, or two lined groups of birds. It is also recorded in the Sahih that the Qur’an will come to its companion (who used to recite and preserve it) in the shape of a pale-faced young man. He will ask (the young man), “Who are you” He will reply, “I am the Qur’an, who made you stay up sleeplessly at night and caused you thirst in the day. ” The Hadith that Al-Bara’ narrated about the questioning in the grave states,
(A young man with fair color and good scent will come to the believer, who will ask, `Who are you’ He will reply, `I am your good deeds’). The Prophet mentioned the opposite in the case of the disbeliever and the hypocrite. It was also said that the Book of Records that contains the deeds will be weighed. A Hadith states that a man will be brought forth and ninety-nine scrolls containing errors and sins will be placed on one side of the balance each as long as the sight can reach. He will then be brought a card on which `La ilaha illallah’ will be written. He will say, “O Lord! What would this card weigh against these scrolls” Allah will say, “You will not be wronged.” So the card will be placed on the other side of the Balance, and as the Messenger of Allah said,
(Behold! The (ninety-nine) scrolls will go up, as the card becomes heavier.) At-Tirmidhi recorded similar wording for this Hadith and said that it is authentic. It was also said that the person who performed the deed will be weighed. A Hadith states,
(On the Day of Resurrection, a fat man will be brought forth, but he will not weigh with Allah equal to the wing of a mosquito). He then recited the Ayah,
(And on the Day of Resurrection, We shall assign no weight for them) ﴿18:105﴾. Also, the Prophet said about `Abdullah bin Mas`ud,
(Do you wonder at the thinness of his legs By He in Whose Hand is my soul! They are heavier on the Balance than (Mount) Uhud.) It is also possible to combine the meanings of these Ayat and Hadiths by stating that all this will truly occur, for sometimes the deeds will be weighed, sometimes the scrolls where they are recorded will be weighed, and sometimes those who performed the deeds will be weighed. Allah knows best.
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