Our Unjust Justice – Nouman Ali Khan There are many notions about the scales of Judgment Day. And you know typically we picture something simple in our minds like every person is going to stand on Judgment Day. And every person is going to have their own kind of a weighing thing in front of them, a scale. And there is going to be bad deeds on the one side and good deeds on the other side. And whichever one ends up weighing more is where a person is going to end up. If their good deeds are heavier, then they are going to go in to heaven. If their bad deeds are heavier, then they are going to go into hell. But the Qur’an actually paints a much more complicated picture than that simple image to help us understand what’s actually going to happen on Judgment Day. How our deeds are going to be weighed and what that means for us right now. He says (QS. Al-‘Araf: 8), وَالْوَزْنُ يَوْمَئِذٍ الْحَقُّ “The scale on that day and the measurement on that day is actually truthful, is accurate.” The first thing that means it is real. Don’t think that Judgment Day is not going to happen. Al-Haqq (الحق) could mean al-haqiqah (الحقيقة). It’s reality. So don’t doubt it. But the other meaning of Al-Haqq is actually that it’s accurate. And that it’s precise. And that it’s also justified. Haqq is also haqqullahaa for something is rightful of it. Allah is almost saying all the scales we have right now are not accurate. And all the judgments we have right now have some degree of inaccuracy. Even our Messenger (ﷺ), people came to him with a dispute. And one person came and made their case and said, “Here my reasons why I think I’m right.” And he spoke and gave his idea, and his evidence is very clearly. The other person was not very well spoken. He was shy. He was nervous. And it makes it look like one person had a really good case and the other person didn’t have a good case. The same thing happens today in a courtroom. Somebody can get a really good lawyer. And somebody can get a terrible lawyer and it looks like the good lawyer has a better case. But justice is not the same as the one speaking. If you spoke well or you made a good case that doesn’t mean you are more rightful or you’re more true. Justice is something else entirely, right? So even the Messenger (ﷺ) said that “Even if you were to pass a verdict right now, don’t think you’ve escaped Allah’s Judgment.” That’s something else. That’s a different set of standards. Because Allah (عَزَّ وَ جَلَّى) knows reality is far beyond what we can know. The same is true even of the laws of Islam. The law of Islam are better than any other law because it’s the law given by Allah (عَزَّ وَ جَلَّى). But at the same time, the law of Allah can also be misused. The law of Allah can be manipulated. Somebody for example can be given punishment in Islam because they’re found guilty. But because they were found guilty in the court of law maybe the evidences presented were corrupted evidences, they were faked, they were false testimonies, they could be all kinds of things that took place, corrupt things that took place. At the end of the day sharia was established,.The law was executed. But as a matter of fact justice was not served. So just because the law is served, justice isn’t necessarily served. And you know in courtrooms all over the world or when we think of the image of justice, all over the world you find the image of a scale, a balance scale. And some blind lady holding it, right? Because the idea is justice isn’t biased. And we have to weigh things out equally. But when Allah says, “On that Day, scales are going to be actually justified,” what Allah is telling us is no matter how much we try to make judgments in this world, the judgments of this world are limited. They are imperfect and they are not complete. It is only on that Day, that judgment is going to be in its absolute sense.