Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

Get access

Justice and Injustice
(2,919 words)

Equitable action according to God's will; action that transgresses God's bounds. One of the key dichotomies in the Qurʾān, it separates divine from human action, moral from immoral behavior (see ethics and the qurʾān ). The Qurʾān uses several different words and metaphors to convey this moral balance. ʿAdl and qisṭ can be used to speak of justice as equitable action but justice can also be defined as correct or truthful action, in which case ṣidq or ḥaqq may be used. Metaphors (see metaphor ) such as the balance ( mīzān, see weights and measures; instruments), inheritance (q.v.) shares ( naṣī…

Cite this page
Brockopp, Jonathan E., “Justice and Injustice”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 22 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00246>

▲   Back to top   ▲