The Quran about libel

In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful

Vainness is from the one who commits libel. (51:9)


As can be seen from the passage, God evaluates the distorted information negatively. To describe this situation, the term “afaka” is used in the Qur’an – to invent a libel, libel. Unfortunately, this was also the case among believers:

Indeed, those who came with vainness are a group among you. Do not think it bad for you; rather it is good for you. For every person among them is what he has earned from the sin, and he who took upon himself the greater portion thereof – for him is a great punishment.

Why, when you heard it, did not the believing men and believing women think good of one another and say, “This is an obvious libel”? (24:11-12)


Such people belonged to the hidden enemies of the divine truth, who wanted to sow discord from within. Those who openly confronted the messengers themselves blamed them for fabrications:

And when Our signs are recited to them as clear evidences, they say, “This is not but a man who wishes to avert you from that which your fathers were worshipping!”

And they say, “This is not except a libel invented.”

And those who closed themselves say of the truth when it has come to them, “This is not but obvious magic!” (34:43)

And those who closed themselves say of those who believe, “If it had [truly] been good, they would not have preceded us to it.”

And when they are not guided by it, they will say, “This is an ancient libel!”(46:11)


Such conclusions are not uncommon in our time. However, the Quranic idea is based on the facts, and not on inferences and fictions inherent to polytheists:

And those who closed themselves say, “This is not except a libel he invented, and another people assisted him in it.” But they have committed a gloomy falsehood! (25:4)

You only serve, besides God, idols, and you produce a libel. Indeed, those you serve besides God do not possess for you provision. So seek from God provision and serve Him and be grateful to Him. To Him you will be returned.” (29:17)

Is it libel of gods you desire, beside God? (37:86)

Unquestionably, it is out of their [invented] libel that they say, “God has begotten,” and indeed, they are liars! (37:151-152)

Then why did those they took besides God as deities by which to approach [Him] not aid them? But they had strayed from them. And that was their libel and what they were inventing. (46:28)