Tafseer of az-Zalzalah (99):7-8

Imam Ibn Kathir

So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom shall see it.

And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom shall see it. [99:7-8]

"It is reported on the authority of Sa`id ibn Jubayr: When the verse: "And they give food in spite of their love for it, to the poor, the orphan, and the captive," (76:8) was revealed, the people thought that it would carry no weight if they give some paltry thing in alms. Consequently, they started turning back beggars thinking the alms of a date or a piece of bread to be of no value. They thought that they should give something valuable in alms if they could afford it. On the other hand there was a group who thought that they would not be called to account for small sins, like telling a lie. They thought that the warning of the Hell is for major sins. To correct false impressions these verses were revealed.

The Prophet sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam said, "Do not understate sin. They gather together to destroy a person. (He set forth a parable of small sins). They are as some people pick up one or two small pieces of wood each. These pieces, put together, will make a heap which if lit would produce enough fire to cook anything."

Excerpted from Tafseer ibn Katheer
Tafsir Ibn Kathir (Summarized) Part 30

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