Examples of Malediction in the Qur’an

By referring to the verses of the Noble Qur’an, we can deduce that God, the Most High, has expressed [His] malediction upon certain individuals and also upon certain groups of people – the following are some examples:

1. Satan:

وَ إِنَّ عَلَيْكَ لَعْنَتِي إِليٰ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ

“…and indeed My malediction will be on you until the Day of Retribution.”1

2. Belligerent disbelievers:

إِنَّ اللهَ لَعَنَ الْكَافِرينَ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُمْ سَعِيراً

“Indeed God has applied malediction upon the faithless and prepared for them a blaze…”2

3. Certain individuals from amongst the Tribes of Israel [Offspring of Prophet Jacob] – those key individuals who did not believe in the prophets which God sent to them and remained as non-believers:

لُعِنَ الَّذينَ كَفَرُوا مِنْ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ عَلىٰ لِسَانِ دَاوُدَ وَعِيسَىٰ بْنِ مَرْيَمَ ذٰلِكَ بِمَا عَسَيْتُمْ وَ كَانُوا يَعْتَدُونَ

“The faithless among the Children of Israel were maledicted on the tongue of David and Jesus, son of Mary. That is because they would disobey [the commandments] and used to commit transgression.”3

4. Oppressors:

أَلاَ لَعْنَةُ اللهِ عَلىٰ الظّالِـمِينَ

“Look! The curse (removal of the mercy) of God is upon the wrongdoers”4

5. Liars:

وَالْـخَامِسَةُ أَنَّ لَعْنَةَ اللهِ عَلَيهِ إِنْ كَانَ مِنَ الْكَاذِبِينَ

“…and a fifth [oath] that God’s malediction shall be upon him if he were lying.”5

6. Those who hurt Prophet Muhammad (S):

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُؤْذُونَ اللهَ وَ رَسُولَهُ لَعَنَهُمُ اللهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَ الآخِرَةِ

“Indeed those who torment God and His Apostle are cursed (removed from mercy) by God in the world and in the Hereafter…”6

7. Those who falsely accuse women of illicit sexual improprieties:

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَرْمُونَ الْمُحْصَنَاتِ الْغَافِلاَتِ الْمُؤْمِنَاتِ لُعِنُوا فِي الدُّنْيَا وَ الآخِرَةِ

“Indeed those who accuse honorable and unwary faithful women shall be cursed in this world and the Hereafter…”7

8. Those who kill innocent believers:

وَمَنْ يَقْتُلْ مُؤمِناً مُتَعَمِّداً فَجَزَاءُهُ جَهَنَّمُ خَالِداً فِيهَا وَ غَضِبَ اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ لَعَنَهُ وَ أَعَدَّ لَهُ عَذَابَاً عَظِيماً

“Should anyone kill a believer intentionally, his requital shall be hell, to remain in it [forever]; God shall be wrathful to him and maledict against him and He will prepare for him a great punishment.”8

9. Hypocrites:

وَعَدَ اللهُ الْمُنَافِقِينَ وَ الْمُنَافِقَاتِ وَ الْکُفَّارَ نَارَ جَهَنَّمَ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا هِيَ حَسْبُهُمْ وَلَعَنَهُمُ اللهُ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ مُقِيمٌ

“God has promised the hypocrites, men and women, and the faithless - the Fire of Hell, to remain in it [forever]. That suffices them. God has evoked malediction upon them, and there is a lasting punishment for them.”9

10. Those who spread corruption and also sever their family ties:

فَهَلْ عَسَيْتُمْ إِنْ تَوَلَّيْتُمْ أَنْ تُفْسِدُوا فِي الأَرْضِ وَ تُقَطِّعُوا أَرْحَامَکُمْ أُوْلٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ لَعَنَهُمُ اللهُ فَأَصَمَّهُمْ وَ أَعْمَىٰ أَبْصَارَهُمْ

“May it not be that if you were to wield authority you would cause corruption in the land and ill-treat your blood relations? They are the ones upon whom God has evoked malediction upon, so He made them deaf, and blinded their sight.”10

  • 1. Al-Qurʾan, Surat Swad (38), verse 78
  • 2. Al-Qurʾan, Suratul Ahzab (33), verse 64
  • 3. Al-Qurʾan, Suratul Ma’idah (5), verse 78
  • 4. Al-Qurʾan, Surat Hud (11), verse 18
  • 5. Al-Qurʾan, Suratul Nur (24), verse 7
  • 6. Al-Qurʾan, Suratul Ahzab (33), verse 57
  • 7. Al-Qurʾan, Suratul Nur (24), verse 23
  • 8. Al-Qurʾan, Suratul Nisaʾ (4), verse 93
  • 9. Al-Qurʾan, Suratul Tawbah (9), verse 68
  • 10. Al-Qurʾan, Surat Muhammad (47), verse 22-23