Al-Anaam · Juz 7 · Qur'an Tafseer

Tafseer Surah Al-Anaam Ayah 23

Disbelievers will Lie in the Hereafter

In the ayah 23, we come across the answer that the disbelievers will give when confronted with the situation stated in ayah 22.

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says,

ثُمَّ لَمْ تَكُنْ فِتْنَتُهُمْ إِلاَّ أَن قَالُواْ وَاللَّهِ رَبِّنَا مَا كُنَّا مُشْرِكِينَ

Then there will be no excuse upon examination except that they will say: “By Allah, our Lord, we were not those who associated.”

The word fitnah [فِتْنَ] is from the root letters fa-ta-noon and it means “a trial or a test”. Here in the ayah it is used in the sense of an excuse or an argument.

The only excuse or argument that the disbelievers will be able to give is, “We never committed shirk”. Why has this argument been called fitnah? Any question that a person is asked, or any test that a person is going through, isn’t it a fitnah?

Therefore, they will say, “By Allah, our Lord, we were not those who associated”. Meaning, they will take support of lies to protect themselves while Allah knows everything.

This is the most astonishing thing about their answer. The Day of Retribution will be a nerve-shattering time where the power and authority of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will be manifested, yet they will have the courage to lie before Him without shame. They will say, “You are our Lord, and we never committed shirk”.

The commentators explain this answer as something not based on foresight or hindsight. In fact, it was caused by the heat of surrounding awe and the loss of personal nerves, a condition in which one utters what is not intended. This indicates that on that Day Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will allow them to say like they used to talk in the dunya. In Surah al-Mujidalah Ayah 18, it was said,

يَوْمَ يَبْعَثُهُمُ اللَّهِ جَمِيعاً فَيَحْلِفُونَ لَهُ كَمَا يَحْلِفُونَ لَكُمْ وَيَحْسَبُونَ أَنَّهُمْ عَلَى شَىْءٍ أَلاَ إِنَّهُمْ هُمُ الْكَـذِبُونَ

“On the Day when Allah will resurrect them all together; then they will swear to Him as they swear to you. And they think that they have something. Verily, they are liars!”

This gives the hint that just like they would falsely swear in the dunya, they would not refrain from doing so in the Hereafter, in front of the Lord Who knows every secret. Lying would become their second nature.


– People who lie in dunya will be resurrected on the Judgment Day with this bad habit. They will lie there too. They committed shirk yet they will be denying in front of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.

– Sometimes people say things they don’t even realize what they are saying. Allah knows what’s in our hearts, and we are lying to Him?

– A person who does wrong he becomes accustomed to it. It becomes his second nature.

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