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Surah Mu’minun Ayat 62 in Arabic Text

وَلَا نُكَلِّفُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا وُسْعَهَا ۖ وَلَدَيْنَا كِتَـٰبٌۭ يَنطِقُ بِٱلْحَقِّ ۚ وَهُمْ لَا يُظْلَمُونَ
Wa laa nukallifu nafsan illaa wus’ahaa wa ladainaa kitaabuny yantiqu bilhaqqi wa hum la yuzlamoon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 62

Sahih International
And We charge no soul except [with that within] its capacity, and with Us is a record which speaks with truth; and they will not be wronged.

Yusuf Ali
On no soul do We place a burden greater than it can bear: before Us is a record which clearly shows the truth: they will never be wronged.

Abul Ala Maududi
We do not lay a burden on anyone beyond his capacity. We have a Book with Us that speaks the truth (about everyone); and they shall in no wise be wronged.

Muhsin Khan
And We tax not any person except according to his capacity, and with Us is a Record which speaks the truth, and they will not be wronged.

Pickthall
And we task not any soul beyond its scope, and with Us is a Record which speaketh the truth, and they will not be wronged.

Dr. Ghali
And We do not charge any self except to its capacity, and close to Us is a Book pronouncing the Truth, and they will not be done any injustice.

Abdel Haleem
We do not burden any soul with more than it can bear- We have a Record that tells the truth- they will not be wronged.

Quran 23 Verse 62 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Mu’minun ayat 62, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(23:62) We do not lay a burden on anyone beyond his capacity.[55] We have a Book with Us that speaks the truth(about everyone)[56]; and they shall in no wise be wronged.[57]


55. The enunciation of this fundamental proposition, in the context in which it occurs, is very meaningful. In the preceding passage (verses 57-61), the characteristics of those people, who deserve true success, have been stated, and in this (verse 62), it has been made clear that those excellent qualities can be attained by anyone who tries to achieve true success, as if to say: The conditions We have laid down for true success are within the reach of those who strive for it, for “We do not lay a burden”. Therefore if you, O disbelievers, desire to achieve true success, you should follow the example of the believers from among yourselves, who have really attained it.

56. According to the Quran, an elaborate conduct book of every individual is being maintained accurately. This records every word he utters, every deed or act he performs, even every hidden thought and intention that he cherishes in his heart and mind. See also (Surah Al-Kahf, Ayat 49 and E.N. 46) thereof.

57. That is, neither a person will be accused of and punished for something he had not done, nor will he be deprived of the full reward of a good act that he had done.

Ibn-Kathir

62. And We task not any person except according to his capacity, and with Us is a Record which speaks the truth, and they will not be wronged. 63. Nay, but their hearts are covered from this, and they have other deeds, besides which they are doing. 64. Until when We seize those of them who lead a luxurious life with punishment; behold, they make humble invocation with a loud voice. 65. Invoke not loudly this day! Certainly you shall not be helped by Us. 66. Indeed My Ayat used to be recited to you, but you used to turn back on your heels. 67. In pride, talking evil about it by night.


The Justice of Allah and the Frivolity of the Idolators

Allah tells us of His justice towards His servants in this world, in that He does not task any person except according to his capacity, i.e., He does not burden any soul with more than it can bear. On the Day of Resurrection He will call them to account for their deeds, which He has recorded in a written Book from which nothing is omitted. He says:

﴿وَلَدَيْنَا كِتَابٌ يَنطِقُ بِالْحَقِّ﴾

(and with Us is a Record which speaks the truth,) meaning, the Book of deeds

﴿وَهُمْ لاَ يُظْلَمُونَ﴾

(and they will not be wronged.) means, nothing will be omitted from their record of good deeds. As for evil deeds, He will forgive and overlook many of them in the case of His believing servants. Then Allah says, denouncing the disbelievers and idolators of the Quraysh:

﴿بَلْ قُلُوبُهُمْ فِى غَمْرَةٍ﴾

(Nay, but their hearts are covered), meaning because of negligence and misguidance,

﴿مِّنْ هَـذَا﴾

(from this.) means, the Qur’an which Allah revealed to His Messenger .

﴿وَلَهُمْ أَعْمَـلٌ مِّن دُونِ ذَلِكَ هُمْ لَهَا عَـمِلُونَ﴾

(and they have other deeds, besides which they are doing.) Al-Hakam bin Aban narrated from `Ikrimah, from Ibn `Abbas that

﴿وَلَهُمْ أَعْمَـلٌ﴾

(and they have other deeds,) means, evil deeds apart from that, i.e., Shirk,

﴿هُمْ لَهَا عَـمِلُونَ﴾

(which they are doing.) means, which they will inevitably do. This was also narrated from Mujahid, Al-Hasan and others. Others said that this phrase means:

﴿وَلَهُمْ أَعْمَـلٌ مِّن دُونِ ذَلِكَ هُمْ لَهَا عَـمِلُونَ﴾

(And they have other deeds, besides which they are doing.) It was decreed that they would do evil deeds, and they will inevitably do them before they die, so that the word of punishment may be justified against them. A similar view was narrated from Muqatil bin Hayyan, As-Suddi and `Abdur-Rahman bin Zayd bin Aslam. This is a clear and appropriate meaning. We have already quoted from the Hadith of Ibn Mas`ud:

«فَوَ الَّذِي لَا إِلهَ غَيْرُهُ إِنَّ الرَّجُلَ لَيَعْمَلُ بِعَمَلِ أَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ حَتَّى مَا يَكُونُ بَيْنَهُ وَبَيْنَهَا إِلَّا ذِرَاعٌ، فَيَسْبِقُ عَلَيْهِ الْكِتَابُ فَيَعْمَلُ بِعَمَلِ أَهْلِ النَّارِ فَيَدْخُلُهَا»

(By Him besides Whom there is no other God, a man may do the deeds of the people of Paradise until there is no more than a forearm’s length between him and it, then the decree will overtake him and he will do the deeds of the people of Hell, then he will enter Hell…)

﴿حَتَّى إِذَآ أَخَذْنَا مُتْرَفِيهِمْ بِالْعَذَابِ إِذَا هُمْ يَجْـَرُونَ ﴾

(Until when We seize those of them who lead a luxurious life with punishment; behold, they make humble invocation with a loud voice.) means, when the punishment and vengeance of Allah comes to those who are living a happy life of luxury in this world and overtakes them,

﴿إِذَا هُمْ يَجْـَرُونَ﴾

(behold, they make humble invocation with a loud voice.) means, they scream their calls for help. This is like the Ayat:

﴿وَذَرْنِى وَالْمُكَذِّبِينَ أُوْلِى النَّعْمَةِ وَمَهِّلْهُمْ قَلِيلاً – إِنَّ لَدَيْنَآ أَنكَالاً وَجَحِيماً ﴾

(And leave Me Alone (to deal) with the beliers, those who are in possession of good things of life. And give them respite for a little while. Verily, with Us are fetters, and a raging Fire.) ﴿73:11-12﴾

﴿كَمْ أَهْلَكْنَا مِن قَبْلِهِم مِّن قَرْنٍ فَنَادَواْ وَّلاَتَ حِينَ مَنَاصٍ ﴾

(How many a generation have We destroyed before them! And they cried out when there was no longer time for escape.) ﴿38:3﴾

﴿لاَ تَجْـَرُواْ الْيَوْمَ إِنَّكُمْ مِّنَّا لاَ تُنصَرُونَ ﴾

(Invoke not loudly this day! Certainly you shall not be helped by Us. ) means, no one is going to save you from what has happened to you, whether you scream aloud or remain silent. There is no escape and no way out. It is inevitable: the punishment will surely come to you. Then Allah mentions the greatest of their sins:

﴿قَدْ كَانَتْ ءَايَـتِى تُتْلَى عَلَيْكُمْ فَكُنتُمْ عَلَى أَعْقَـبِكُمْ تَنكِصُونَ ﴾

(Indeed My Ayat used to be recited to you, but you used to turn back on your heels.) meaning, when you were called, you refused and resisted.

﴿ذَلِكُم بِأَنَّهُ إِذَا دُعِىَ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ كَـفَرْتُمْ وَإِن يُشْرَكْ بِهِ تُؤْمِنُواْ فَالْحُكْمُ للَّهِ الْعَلِـىِّ الْكَبِيرِ ﴾

(“This is because, when Allah Alone was invoked, you disbelieved, but when partners were joined to Him, you believed! So the judgment is only with Allah, the Most High, the Most Great!”) ﴿40:12﴾

﴿مُسْتَكْبِرِينَ بِهِ سَـمِراً تَهْجُرُونَ ﴾

(In pride, talking evil about it by night.) refers to the arrogant pride which the Quraysh felt because they believed themselves to be the guardians of the Ka`bah, when in fact this was not the case. As An-Nasa’i said in his Tafsir of this Ayah in his Sunan: Ahmad bin Sulayman told us that `Ubaydullah told us from Isra`il, from `Abdul-A`la that he heard Sa`id bin Jubayr narrating that Ibn `Abbas said, “Talking by late night became disapproved of when this Ayah was revealed:

﴿مُسْتَكْبِرِينَ بِهِ سَـمِراً تَهْجُرُونَ ﴾

(In pride, talking evil about it by night.) He said, “They boasted about the Ka`bah and said, `We are its people who stay up talking at night.’ They used to boast and stay up and talk at night around the Ka`bah. They did not use it for the proper purpose, and so in effect they had abandoned it.”

﴿أَفَلَمْ يَدَّبَّرُواْ الْقَوْلَ أَمْ جَآءَهُمْ مَّا لَمْ يَأْتِ ءَابَآءَهُمُ الاٌّوَّلِينَ ﴾

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