Meaning of Quran

Ali ‘Imran | Family of Imran

With the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Very-Merciful.

[3:1] Alif. Lam. Mim.

[3:2] Allah: There is no god but He, the Alive, the All-Sustaining.

[3:3] He has revealed to you the Book with the truth, confirming what has been before it, and has sent down the Torah and the Injil.

[3:4] earlier to give guidance to mankind, and has sent down the Furqan (the Criterion of right and wrong). Surely, those who have rejected the verses of Allah, for them there is severe punishment. Allah is Mighty, the Lord of Retribution.

[3:5] Surely, Allah is such that nothing is hidden from Him, neither in the earth nor in the sky.

[3:6] He is the One Who shapes you in the wombs as He likes. There is no god but He, the Mighty, the Wise.

[3:7] He is the One who has revealed to you the Book (the Qur‘an). Out of it, there are verses that are Muhkamat (of established meaning), which are the principal verses of the Book, and some others are Mutashabihat (whose definite meanings are unknown). Now those who have perversity in their hearts go after such part of it as is mutashabih, seeking (to create) discord, and searching for its interpretation (that meets their desires), while no one knows its interpretation except Allah; and those well-grounded in knowledge say, ‘We believe therein; all is from our Lord’. Only the men of understanding observe the advice.

[3:8] Our Lord, do not let our hearts deviate from the right path after You have given us guidance and bestow upon us mercy from Your own. Surely, You, and You alone, are the One who bestows in abundance.

[3:9] Our Lord, You are going to assemble all the people on a day in (the occurrence of) which there is no doubt. Verily, Allah does not back out of His promise.

[3:10] Surely, those who disbelieve, their wealth and their children shall not suffice them in the least against Allah. Those are the fuel of the Fire.

[3:11] a case similar to that of the House of Pharaoh and those before them. They denied Our signs. So, Allah seized them for their sins. Allah is severe in punishment.

[3:12] Say to those who disbelieve: You shall soon be overcome and shall be gathered into Hell. Indeed, it is an evil bed (in which) to rest.

[3:13] There was a sign for you in the two groups who confronted each other: One group fighting in the way of Allah, and the other disbelieving, seeing themselves as twice their number, with open eyes. And Allah gives strength with His help to whomsoever He wills. Indeed, there is a lesson therein for those who have eyes.

[3:14] It has been made attractive for people to love the desired things; that is, women, children, hoarded heaps of gold and silver, branded horses, cattle, and tillage. That is an enjoyment of the worldly life; but with Allah lies the beauty of the final resort.

[3:15] Say. Shall I tell you what is far better than that? For those who fear (Allah), there are gardens with their Lord, beneath which rivers flow, where they shall live forever, with purified wives, and approval from Allah. Allah is watchful over His servants.

[3:16] Those (are the ones) who say: Our Lord, surely we have believed, so forgive us our sins and save us from the punishment of the Fire.

[3:17] (and those who are) the patient, the truthful and the devout, who spend (in Allah‘s way) and who seek forgiveness in pre-dawn hours.

[3:18] Allah bears witness that there is no god but He and (so do) the angels and the men of knowledge being the One who maintains equity. There is no god but He, the Mighty, the Wise.

[3:19] Truly, the (recognized) religion in the sight of Allah is Islam. Those who have been given the Book did not differ (among themselves) until after the knowledge had come to them, (and all this) due to envy against each other. Whoever denies the verses of Allah, then, Allah is swift at reckoning.

[3:20] Then, if they argue with you, say: I have submitted myself to Allah, and (so did) those who have followed me. And say to those who have been given the Book, and to the unlettered. Do you submit?. If they submit, they will be on the right path. Yet, if they turn back, then you have only to convey the message. Allah is watchful over (all of) His servants.

[3:21] Surely, those who reject the verses of Allah and slay the prophets unjustly, and slay those of the people who bid justice, give them the good news of a painful punishment.

[3:22] Those are the ones whose deeds have gone to waste in this world and in the Hereafter. For them, there are no helpers.

[3:23] Did you not observe those who have been given a share from the Book? They are invited to the Book of Allah, so that it may decide between them. Then, a group from them goes back, turning their faces away.

[3:24] That is because they have said: The Fire shall not touch us except for a few days. Thus they are deceived in their faith by what they themselves used to invent.

[3:25] Then, how (will it be) when We will gather them together on a day about which there is no doubt, and everybody will be paid in full for what he has earned, and they shall not be wronged?

[3:26] Say: O Allah, O Lord of the Kingdom, You give the kingdom to whom You will, and take the kingdom away from whom You will; and You bestow honor on whom You will, and bring disgrace to whom You will. In your hand lies the betterment (of everyone). You are surely powerful over everything.

[3:27] You make the night enter into the day, and make the day enter into the night, and You bring the living out from the dead, and bring the dead out from the living, and You give to whom You will beyond measure.

[3:28] The believers must not take the disbelievers as friends instead of the believers. And whoever does that has no relation with Allah whatsoever, unless you (do so) as a protective measure (in order to) save yourself from them. Allah warns you of Himself, for unto Allah is the return.

[3:29] Say: Whether you conceal what is in your hearts or reveal it, Allah will know it. He knows what is in the heavens and what is in the earth. Allah is powerful over everything.

[3:30] On the day when everybody shall find present before him whatever good he did and whatever evil he wrought, he will wish there would have been a wide space between him and that (day). Allah warns you of Himself, and Allah is compassionate to (His) servants.

[3:31] Say (O Prophet):.If you really love Allah, then follow me, and Allah shall love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful.

[3:32] Say: Obey Allah and the Messenger. Then, should they turn back, Allah does not love the disbelievers.

[3:33] Verily, Allah has chosen ‘Adam and Nuh (Noah) and the House of Ibrahim and the House of  Imran over all the worlds

[3:34] – a progeny some of whom resemble the others (in faith). Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.

[3:35] (Remember) when =Imran‘s wife said: O my Lord, I have vowed that what is in my womb will be devoted exclusively for You. So, accept (it) from me. You, certainly You, are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.

[3:36]So, when she delivered her, she said: O my Lord, I have delivered her, a female child. And Allah knew better what she had delivered, and the male was not like the female. I have named her Maryam, and I place her and her progeny under Your shelter against Satan, the rejected.

[3:37] So, her Lord accepted her, a good acceptance, and made her grow, a good growth, and made Zakariyya her guardian. Whenever Zakariyya visited her at the place of worship, he found food with her. He said: Maryam, from where did you have this?. She said: It is from Allah. Surely, Allah gives whom He wills without measure.

[3:38] Thereupon, Zakariyya prayed to his Lord. He said: O my Lord, grant me from Your own (power) a goodly progeny. Verily, You are the One who listens to the prayer.

[3:39] So then, when he stood praying in the place of worship, the angels called out to him saying: Allah gives you the good news of Yahya who shall come to confirm a word of Allah and shall be a chief, abstinent (from women), a prophet and one of the righteous.
[3:40] He said: O my Lord, how shall I have a boy when old age has come upon me and my wife is barren?. Said He: That is how Allah does what He wills.

[3:41] He said: O my Lord, set for me a sign. Said He: Your sign is that you shall not be able to speak to people for three days except through gestures. Remember your Lord much, and proclaim His purity in the evening and the morning.

[3:42] And when the angels said: O Maryam, Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you over the women of all the worlds.

[3:43] O Maryam, stand in devotion to your Lord and prostrate yourself and bow down in Ruku with those who bow.

[3:44] This is a part of the news of the unseen We reveal to you (O Prophet!). You were not with them when they were casting their pens (to decide) who, from among them, should be the guardian of Maryam, nor were you with them when they were quarreling.

[3:45] (Remember the time) when the angels said: O Maryam, Allah gives you the good news of a Word from Him whose name is Masih Isa, the son of Maryam (the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary) a man of status in this world and in the Hereafter, and one of those who are near (to Allah).

[3:46] He shall speak to people while (he is still) in the cradle, and also later when he is of mature age, and he shall be one of the righteous.

[3:47] She said: O my Lord, how shall I have a son while no human has ever touched me?. Said He: That is how Allah creates what He wills. When He decides a matter, He simply says to it Be, and it comes to be.

[3:48] He shall teach him the Book and the Wisdom, and the Torah and the Injil,

[3:49] and (shall make him) a messenger to the Children of Isra‘il (who will say to them):.I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that is, I create for you from clay something in the shape of a bird, then I blow in it, and it becomes a living bird by the will of Allah; and I cure the born-blind and the leper, and I cause the dead to become alive by the will of Allah, and I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your homes. In this, there is surely a sign for you, if you are (truly) believers.

[3:50] (I have come to you) confirming that (book) which is (sent down) prior to me, that is, the Torah, and to make permissible for you some of what was prohibited to you. I have come to you with a sign from your Lord. So, fear Allah and obey me.

[3:51] Allah is surely my Lord and your Lord. So, worship Him. This is the straight path.

[3:52] So, when Isa sensed disbelief in them, he said: Who are my helpers in the way of Allah?. The disciples said: We are helpers of Allah. We believe in Allah; so be our witness that we are Muslims.

[3:53] Our Lord, we have believed in what You have revealed, and we have followed the messenger. So, record us with those who bear witness (to the Truth).

[3:54] They (the opponents of Isa ) devised a plan, and Allah devised a plan. And Allah is the best of all planners.

[3:55] When Allah said: O Isa, I am to take you in full and to raise you towards Myself, and to cleanse you of those who disbelieve, and to place those who follow you above those who disbelieve up to the Day of Doom. Then to Me is your return, whereupon I shall judge between you in that over which you have differed.

[3:56] As for those who disbelieve, I shall punish them a severe punishment in this world and in the Hereafter; and for them, there are no helpers.

[3:57] As for those who believe and do good deeds, He (Allah) will give them their rewards in full. Allah does not like transgressors.

[3:58] This We recite to you of the Verses and the Message that is full of wisdom.

[3:59] Surely, the case of Isa, in the sight of Allah, is like the case of ‘Edam. He created him from dust, then He said to him: Be., and he came to be.

[3:60] The truth is from your Lord. So, do not be of those who doubt.

[3:61] If someone argues with you (O Prophet) over this after the knowledge that has come to you, say (to him): Come, let us call our sons and your sons, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves, then (let us) pray and invoke the curse of Allah upon the liars.

[3:62] This is, indeed, the true narration. There exists no god but Allah. Allah is surely the Almighty, the All-Wise.

[3:63] So, should they turn back, Allah is fully aware of the mischievous people.

[3:64] Say, O people of the Book, come to a word common between us and between you, that we worship none but Allah, that we associate nothing with Him, and that some of us do not take others as Lords instead of Allah. Then, should they turn back, say: Bear witness that we are Muslims.

[3:65] O people of the Book, why do you argue about Ibrahim, while the Torah and the Injil were not revealed until after him? Have you, then, no sense?

[3:66] Look, this is what you are — you have already argued about matters concerning which you have knowledge; why then do you argue about matters of which you have no knowledge? Allah knows and you do not know.

[3:67] Ibrahim was neither a Jew nor a Christian. But he was upright, a Muslim, and was not one of those who associate partners with Allah.

[3:68] The closest of people to Ibrahim are those who followed him, and this prophet, and those who believe; and Allah is the Guardian of all believers.

[3:69] A group from the people of the Book loves to mislead you, while they mislead none but themselves, and they do not realize.

[3:70] O people of the Book, why do you disbelieve in the verses of Allah (revealed in the former Scriptures to foretell about the advent of the Holy Prophet ?)

while you are yourselves witnesses (to those verses)?

[3:71] O People of the Book, why do you confound the truth with falsehood, and conceal the truth when you know (the reality)?

[3:72] And a group from the people of the Book said (to their people): Believe in what has been revealed to the believers in the early part of the day, and disbelieve at the end of it, so that they may turn back.

[3:73] But do not believe (for real) except in those who follow your faith. Say, (Real) guidance is the guidance of Allah.. (But all that you do is due to your envy) that someone is given what is similar to that which you have been given, or that they argue against you before your Lord. Say: The bounty is in the hands of Allah. He gives it to whom He wills. Allah is AllEmbracing, All-Knowing.

[3:74] He chooses for His grace whom He wills. Allah is the Lord of great bounty.

[3:75] Among the people of the Book there is one who, if you entrust him with a heap (of gold or silver), will give it back to you; and among them, there is one who, if you entrust him with a single dinar (a coin of gold), he will not give it back to you, unless you keep standing over him. This is because they have said, There is no way we can be blamed in the matter of the unlettered..And they tell lies about Allah knowingly.

[3:76] Why (will they) not (be blamed)? Whoever fulfills his pledge and fears Allah, then, Allah loves the God-fearing.

[3:77] Surely, those who take a small price by (breaking) the covenant of Allah and their oaths, for them there is no share in the Hereafter, and Allah will neither speak to them, nor will He look towards them on the Day of Judgment, nor will He purify them. For them, there is a painful punishment.

[3:78]Among them there is indeed a group who twist their tongues while (reading) the Book, so that you may deem it to be from the Book, while it is not from the Book. They say, It is from Allah., while it is not from Allah; and they tell lies about Allah knowingly.

[3:79] It is not (possible) for a man that Allah gives him the Book, the wisdom, and the prophethood, then he starts saying to the people. Become my worshippers, aside from Allah. rather, (he would say),. Be men of the Lord; as you have been teaching the Book, and as you have been learning it.

[3:80] Nor is it (possible for him) that he bids you hold the angels and the prophets as Lords. Shall he bid you to disbelieve, after your having become Muslims?

[3:81] When Allah made the prophets enter into a covenant: (saying). If I give you a book and wisdom, then comes to you a messenger verifying what is with you, you shall have to believe in him, and you shall have to support him. He said: Do you affirm and accept my covenant in this respect?. They said: We affirm. He said: Then, bear witness, and I am with you among the witnesses.

[3:82] Then those who turn back after this, are the sinful.

[3:83] Are they, then, seeking a religion other than that of Allah, while to Him alone submit all those in the heavens and the earth, willingly or unwilling, and to Him, they shall be returned?

[3:84] Say: We believe in Allah and in what has been revealed to us and in what was revealed to Ibrahim, Ismail, Ishaq, Yaqub, and the descendants, and in what has been given to Musa, Isa, and the prophets, from their Lord: We do not differentiate between any of them, and to Him, we submit ourselves.

[3:85] Whoever seeks a faith other than Islam, it will never be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.

[3:86] How shall Allah give guidance to a people who disbelieved after they had accepted Faith and testified that the Prophet is true and the clear signs had come to them? Allah does not give guidance to unjust people.

[3:87] The punishment of such people is that upon them is the curse of Allah, of the angels, and of the human beings altogether.

[3:88] They will remain under it forever. Neither will the punishment be lightened for them, nor will they be given respite,

[3:89] except those who repent afterward and mend their ways. Then, Allah is All-Forgiving, Very-Merciful.

[3:90] Those who disbelieve after having accepted Faith and then increase in disbelief, their repentance shall never be accepted. They are the ones who have lost the right path.

[3:91] Those who disbelieve and die as disbelievers, even an Earth-full of gold shall never be accepted from any of them, even if one were to offer it as ransom. They are the ones for whom there is a painful punishment, and for them, there are no helpers.

[3:92] You shall never attain righteousness unless you spend from what you love. Whatsoever you spend, Allah is fully aware of it.

[3:93] Every (kind of) food was lawful for the children of Isra‘il, except what Isra‘il had made unlawful for himself, well before the Torah was revealed. Say: Then, bring the Torah and recite it, if you are true.

[3:94] Then those who forge the lie against Allah, after all this,__ they are the transgressors.

[3:95] Say: Allah has told the truth. So, follow the Faith of Ibrahim, the upright one. He was not one of those who ascribe partners to Allah.

[3:96] The first house set up for the people is surely the one in Makkah having blessings and guidance for all the worlds.

[3:97] In it there are clear signs: The Station of Ibrahim! Whoever enters it is secure. As a right of Allah, it is obligatory on the people to perform Hajj of the House – on everyone who has the ability to manage (his) way to it. If one disbelieves, then Allah is independent of all the worlds.

[3:98] Say, O people of the Book, why do you reject the verses of Allah while Allah is witness to what you do?.

[3:99] Say, O people of the Book, why do you hinder the believers from the way of Allah, trying to create crookedness in it, while you yourselves are witnesses (to its being the right way)? Allah is not oblivious of what you do.

[3:100] O you who believe, if you obey a group from those who have been given the Book (i.e. the Christians and the Jews), they will turn you into infidels after you have embraced the faith.

[3:101]How could you disbelieve while you are the ones to whom the verses of Allah are recited, and present amidst you is His Messenger? Whoever holds on to Allah, is surely led to the straight path.

[3:102]O you who believe, fear Allah, as He should be feared, and let not yourself die to save as Muslims.

[3:103]Hold fast, all of you, to the cord of Allah, and be not divided. Remember the blessing of Allah upon you: When you were enemies to each other, and He brought your hearts together, so that, you became brothers through His blessing. You were at the brink of a pit of fire, then He saved you from it. This is how Allah makes His signs clear to you, so that you may take the right path.

[3:104] There has to be a group of people from among you who call towards the good, and bid the Fair and forbid the Unfair. And it is these who are successful.

[3:105] Do not be like those who became divided and fell into disputes after the clear signs had come to them. Those are the ones for whom there is a grave punishment.

[3:106] On a day when some faces shall turn bright, and some faces shall turn dark. As for those whose faces turn dark, (they shall be questioned):.Did you disbelieve after you had accepted the Faith? Now taste the punishment, because you used to disbelieve.

[3:107] As for those whose faces turn bright, they will rest in Allah‘s mercy. They will live there forever.

[3:108] These are the verses of Allah We recite to you with all veracity. Allah does not intend to do injustice to (anyone in) the world.

[3:109] To Allah belongs what is in the heavens and what is in the earth. To Allah, all matters are returned.

[3:110] You are the best Ummah ever raised for mankind. You bid the Fair and forbid the Unfair, and you believe in Allah. If the people of the Book had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them, there are believers, while most of them are sinners.

[3:111] They shall never (be able to) cause you any harm except a little hurt. If they fight you, they will turn their backs on you, then they shall not be helped.

[3:112] Disgrace has been stamped over them wherever they are found, unless (saved) through a source from Allah and through a source from men, and they have returned with wrath from Allah, and misery has been stamped over them. All this is because they used to deny the signs of Allah, and to slay the prophets unjustly. All this is because they disobeyed and transgressed the limits.

[3:113] Not all of them are alike: Among the people of the Book there are those who are steadfast; they recite the verses of Allah in the night hours, and they prostrate themselves;

[3:114] They believe in Allah and the Hereafter, and bid the Fair and forbid the Unfair, and hasten towards good deeds. They are among the righteous.

[3:115] Whatever good they do, they shall never go unappreciated for it. Allah is All-Aware of the God-fearing.

[3:116] Surely, those who disbelieve, neither their wealth nor their children shall help them against Allah; and they are the people of the Fire. They shall be there forever.

[3:117] The example of what they spend in this worldly life is just like a wind that, having chill within, struck the village of those who wronged themselves, and destroyed it. Allah has not wronged them; rather, they did wrong to themselves.

[3:118] O you who believe, do not take anyone as an insider but those from among your own selves. They would spare no effort to do you mischief. They want you to be in trouble. Malice has come out of their mouths while what is concealed in their hearts is still worse. We have made the signs clear to you, if only you understand.
[3:119] Look, you are the ones who love them and they do not love you. You believe in all the books; (On the other hand,) when they meet you, they say, We believe., and when they are alone, they bite their fingertips out of rage against you. Say, May you perish in your rage. Surely, Allah is All-Aware of what lies in the hearts.

[3:120] If something good happens to you, it annoys them, and if something evil befalls you, they are delighted with it. If you keep patience and fear Allah, their cunning shall not harm you at all. Allah is All-Encompassing of what they do.

[3:121]Recall the time when you left your house in the morning in order to place the believers in positions for fighting. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.

[3:122] When two of your groups were about to lose heart, while Allah was their guardian! It is in Allah alone that the believers must place their trust.

[3:123] Allah certainly supported you at Badr when you were weak. So, fear Allah that you may be grateful.

[3:124] When you were saying to the believers: Shall it not suffice you that your Lord should help you with three thousand of the angels sent down (for you)?.

[3:125] Of course, if you stay patient and fear Allah, and they come upon you even in this heat of theirs, your Lord will reinforce you with five thousand of the angels, each having distinct marks.

[3:126] And Allah did this solely to make it good news for you, and so that your hearts may be at rest with it. Otherwise, victory is from none but Allah, the All-Powerful, the All-Wise.

[3:127] (Allah helped you) so that He may cut off a flank of disbelievers or throw them down in disgrace, and they go back frustrated.

[3:128] You have no authority in the matter unless Allah forgives them or punishes them, as they are unjust.

[3:129] To Allah belongs what is in the heavens and what is in the earth. He forgives whomsoever He wills and punishes whomsoever He wills. Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful.

[3:130] O you who believe, do not eat up the amounts acquired through Riba (interest), doubled and multiplied. Fear Allah, so that you may be successful,

[3:131] and fear the Fire that has been prepared for the disbelievers.

[3:132] Obey Allah and the Messenger, so that you may be blessed.

[3:133] Race with one another towards Forgiveness from your Lord and towards a paradise the width of which spans the heavens and the earth. It has been prepared for the God-fearing,

[3:134] The ones who spend (for Allah‘s sake) in prosperity and adversity, and those who control anger and forgive people. And Allah loves those who are good in their deeds,

[3:135] ___and those who, when they happen to commit a shameful act or wrong themselves, remember Allah, then, seek forgiveness for their sins__and who is there to forgive sins except Allah?___and do not persist in what they have done, knowingly.

[3:136] Their reward is forgiveness from their Lord and gardens beneath which rivers flow where they shall live forever. And excellent is the reward of those who work.

[3:137] Many patterns of behavior have passed before you. So, traverse the land and see what was the fate of those who rejected (the prophets).

[3:138] This is a declaration for mankind, and guidance, and a lesson for the God-fearing.

[3:139] Do not lose heart and do not grieve, and you are the upper-most if you are believers.

[3:140] If you have received a wound, they have received a similar wound. Such days We rotate among the people, so that Allah may know those who believe and let some of you be martyrs — and Allah does not like the unjust.

[3:141] — and so that Allah may purify those who believe and eradicate the disbelievers.

[3:142] Do you think that you shall enter Paradise even before Allah knows those of you who carry out Jihad and those who are steadfast.

[3:143] You had longed for death before you faced it. Now, you have seen it with your eyes wide open.

[3:144] Muhammad is but a messenger, there have been messengers before him. So, if he dies or is killed, would you turn back on your heels? Whoever turns back on his heels can never harm Allah in the least. Allah shall soon reward the grateful.

[3:145] It is not the choice of a person to die without the will of Allah, death being a time-bound destiny. Whoever seeks a reward in this world, We shall give him out of it, and whoever seeks a reward in the Hereafter, We shall give him out of it. We shall soon reward the grateful.

[3:146] There have been many prophets with whom many men of Allah have fought; they did not lose heart for what they suffered in the way of Allah, nor did they become weak, nor did they yield. Allah loves the steadfast.

[3:147] They had nothing else to say except that they said: Our Lord, forgive us our sins and our excesses in our conduct, make firm our feet and help us against the disbelieving people.

[3:148] So, Allah gave them the return in this world and also the better rewards in the Hereafter. Allah loves those who do good.

[3:149] O you who believe, if you obey those who disbelieve, they will make you turn back on your heels, then you shall turn into losers.

[3:150] Instead, Allah is your Lord, and He is the best of all helpers.

[3:151] We shall put awe into the hearts of those who disbelieve since they have associated with Allah something for which He has not sent any authority. Their ultimate place is the Fire, and evil is the abode of the unjust.

[3:152] Allah has surely fulfilled His promise to you when you, with His will, we’re killing them off, until you showed weakness and disputed in the matter and disobeyed after He had shown you what you liked. Among you, there were some who were seeking the mundane, and among you, there were others who were seeking the Hereafter. After that, He reversed your position against them, so that He may test you. Of course, He has forgiven you. Allah is All-Gracious to the believers.

[3:153] When you were going away, not even turning to look at anyone, and the Messenger was calling you from behind you. He awarded you sorrow for sorrow so that you should not grieve (in the future) over what you lost, or for what you suffered. Allah is All-Aware of what you do.

[3:154] Then, after the grief, He poured tranquility upon you – drowsiness overtaking a group of you. Another group was worrying about their own selves, harboring thoughts about Allah that were untrue – thoughts of ignorance. They were saying: Is there anything in our hands?. Say: The whole thing belongs to Allah. They conceal in their hearts what they do not disclose to you. They say: If we had any say in the matter, we would not have been killed here..Say: If you were in your homes, those destined to be killed would have come out all the way to their (final) resting -places.. (All this was done) so that Allah may test your inner qualities and may purify what is in your hearts. Allah is All-Aware of what lies in the hearts.

[3:155] Surely, those of you who turned back on the day when the two troops faced each other, Satan had but made them slip for some of their deeds. Of course, Allah has forgiven them. Certainly, Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Forbearing.

[3:156] O you who believe, do not be like those who disbelieved and said about their brethren while they traveled on the earth or had to fight: Had they been with us, they would have not died, nor would they have been killed. The result is that Allah makes it remorse resting in their hearts. Allah gives life and brings death; Allah is watchful of what you do.

[3:157] If you are killed in the way of Allah or die, the forgiveness from Allah and the mercy is far better than what they accumulate.

[3:158] If you die or get killed, it is towards Allah that you shall be gathered.

[3:159] So, (O Prophet) it is through mercy from Allah that you are gentle to them. Had you been rough and hard-hearted, they would have dispersed from around you. So, pardon them, and seek forgiveness for them. Consult them in the matter and, once you have taken a decision, place your trust in Allah. Surely, Allah loves those who place their trust in Him.

[3:160] If Allah helps you, there is none to overcome you. And if He abandons you, then, who is there to help you after that? In Allah, the believers should place their trust.

[3:161] It is not conceivable for a prophet to misappropriate the spoils. Whoever misappropriates shall bring forth, on Doomsday, what he misappropriated. Then, everybody shall be paid, in full, for what he has earned, and they shall not be wronged.

[3:162] How then, could one who submits to the pleasure of Allah be equal to him who returns with displeasure from Allah? His ultimate place is the Fire; and what an evil end it is!

[3:163] They are of various ranks with Allah. Allah is watchful of what they do.

[3:164] Allah has surely conferred favor on the believers when He raised in their midst a messenger from among themselves who recites to them His verses and makes them pure and teaches them the Book and the Wisdom, while earlier, they were in open error.

[3:165] How is it that, when you suffered a hardship the twice of which you had inflicted upon them, you say: Where did this come from?. Say, This is from your own selves. Allah is surely Powerful over everything.

[3:166] Whatever you suffered on the day when the two troops faced each other was by the will of Allah and in order to know the believers,

[3:167] and in order to know those who are hypocrites. It was said to them: Come on, fight in the way of Allah, or defend. They said: Had we known it to be a fight we would have certainly followed you. That day, they were nearer to disbelief than they were to Belief. They utter from their mouths what is not in their hearts. Allah knows well what they conceal.

[3:168] Those who said about their brethren, while themselves sitting: Had they obeyed us, they would have not been killed. Say: Then avert death from yourselves if you are true.

[3:169] Never take those killed in the way of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, well-provided,

[3:170] happy with what Allah has given them of His grace; and they feel pleased with the good news, about those left behind them who could not join them, that there shall be no fear for them nor shall they grieve.

[3:171] They feel pleased with the blessing from Allah, and grace, and with the fact that Allah would not let the reward of the believers be lost.

[3:172] Those who responded to the call of Allah and the Messenger, even after they had received the wound, for those of them who did good deeds and feared Allah there is a great reward.

[3:173] – (that is) those to whom people said: The people have gathered against you; so, fear them. It increased them in Faith and they said: Allah is fully sufficient for us, and the best One in whom to trust.

[3:174] So, they returned with bounty from Allah, and grace, with no evil having even touched them, and submitted to the pleasure of Allah. Allah is the Lord of great bounty.

[3:175]It is none but Satan who frightens (you) of his friends. So, do not fear them; but fear Me, if you are believers.

[3:176] Those who hasten towards disbelief should not make you grieve. They cannot harm Allah at all. Allah intends not to spare for them any share in the Hereafter. For them, there is a mighty punishment.

[3:177] Certainly, those who bought disbelief in exchange for Belief cannot harm Allah at all. For them, there is a painful punishment.

[3:178] Those who disbelieve should not think that the respite We give them is good for them. In fact, We give them respite only that they may increase in sin, and for them, there is a humiliating punishment.

[3:179] Allah is not to leave the believers in the state you are in unless He separates the impure from the pure. Allah is not to inform you of the Unseen. But Allah selects from His messengers whom He wills. So, believe in Allah and His messengers. If you believe, and fear Allah, you will deserve a great reward.

[3:180] Those who withhold in miserliness what Allah has given them out of His grace should not take it as good for them. Instead, it is bad for them. They shall be forced, on the Doomsday, to put on what they withheld, as iron-collars round their necks. To Allah belongs the inheritance of the heavens and the earth. Allah is All-Aware of what you do.

[3:181] Allah has surely heard the words of those who said: Allah is poor, and we are rich. We shall write down what they said, and their killing of the prophets unjustly; and We shall say: Taste the punishment of the flaming fire.

[3:182] This is due to what your hands sent ahead and that Allah is not cruel to His servants.

[3:183] (There are) those who have said, Allah has directed us that we should not believe in a messenger unless he comes to us with an offering to be eaten up by the fire. Say: A number of messengers have come to you, before me, with clear signs and with what you have said. So, why did you kill them, if you are true?

[3:184] Then if they reject you, then messengers have been rejected before you. They came with clear signs and the Scriptures and the enlightening Book.

[3:185] Every soul has to taste death. It is on the Day of Judgement that you shall be paid your rewards in full. So, whoever has been kept away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has really succeeded. The worldly life is nothing but an illusionary enjoyment.

[3:186] Of course, you shall be tested in your wealth and yourselves; and, of course, you shall hear hurting statements from those who have been given the Book before you, and from those who associate (others with Allah in His divinity). If you observe patience and fear Allah, then this (observance) is among the matters of firm resolution.

[3:187] When Allah took a pledge from those who were given the Book: You shall make it known to people, and you shall not conceal it, they threw it away behind their backs and acquired a small price for it. So, evil is what they acquire.

[3:188] Do not think of those who are delighted with what they did, and love to be praised for what they never did – do not think they are secure from the punishment. For them, there is a painful punishment.

[3:189] To Allah belongs the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth. Allah is powerful to do everything.

[3:190] Surely, in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are signs for the people of wisdom,

[3:191] who remember Allah standing and sitting, and (lying) on their sides, and ponder on the creation of the heavens and the earth (and say). Our Lord, You have not created all this in vain. We proclaim Your purity. So, save us from the punishment of Fire.

[3:192] Our Lord, whomsoever You admit into the Fire, he is disgraced by You indeed, and for the unjust, there are no supporters.

[3:193]Our Lord, We heard a herald calling towards Faith: =Believe in your Lord.‘ So we believed. Our Lord, forgive us, then, our sins, and write off our evil deeds, and make us die only when we have joined the righteous.

[3:194]Our Lord, give us what You have promised us through Your messengers, and do not put us to disgrace on the Day of Judgement. Surely you do not go back on Your promise.

[3:195] So, their Lord answered their prayer: I do not allow the labour of any worker from among you, male or female, to go to waste. You are similar to one another. So, those who emigrated, and were expelled from their homes, and were tortured in My way, and fought, and were killed, I shall certainly write off their evil deeds, and shall certainly admit them into gardens beneath which rivers flow, as a reward from Allah. It is Allah with Whom lies the beauty of the reward.

[3:196] The strutting of the disbelievers about the land should not deceive you.

[3:197] It is just a little enjoyment. After that, their resort is Hell; and it is an evil abode.

[3:198] But those who fear their Lord, for them there are Gardens beneath which rivers flow, where they will live forever – as hospitality from Allah. What is with Allah is best for the righteous.

[3:199] Surely, among the people of the Book there are those who believe in Allah, and in what has been sent down to you and what has been sent down to them, humbling themselves before Allah. They do not barter away the verses of Allah for paltry (worldly) gains. They have their reward with their Lord. Surely, Allah is swift at reckoning.

[3:200] O you who believe, be patient, compete with each other in patience, and guard your frontiers and fear Allah, so that you may be successful.


Overview of Surah Ali Imran

  1. Title and Position: Surah Ali Imran is the 3rd chapter of the Quran. The title “Ali Imran” refers to the family of Imran, which includes notable figures such as Mary, the mother of Jesus.
  2. Verses and Structure: This surah consists of 200 verses and is known for its focus on the themes of faith, knowledge, wisdom, and the relationship between Christians and Muslims.
  3. Themes and Messages: Major themes include the unity of the prophetic message, the wisdom in God’s creation, the importance of patience and perseverance in faith, and lessons from the lives of prophets.
  4. Significance in Islamic Thought: Surah Ali Imran is significant for its discussion of the family of Imran, its emphasis on the unity of monotheistic religions, and its guidance on maintaining communal harmony.

Detailed Explanation

  1. Unity of Prophetic Message: The surah emphasizes the continuity and consistency of the prophetic message from Adam to Muhammad, highlighting the unity of divine guidance across different eras.
  2. Story of the Family of Imran: It recounts the story of the family of Imran, particularly focusing on Mary and the miraculous birth of Jesus, underscoring the reverence of these figures in Islam.
  3. Interfaith Relations: Surah Ali Imran addresses the relationship between Muslims and People of the Book (Christians and Jews), advocating for respectful dialogue and common ground in monotheistic beliefs.
  4. Guidance on Faith and Wisdom: The surah provides insights into the nature of faith, the importance of seeking knowledge, and the wisdom underlying God’s creation and decrees.
  5. Lessons from Battles: It also covers the events and lessons from the Battle of Uhud, emphasizing the importance of unity, obedience, and resilience in the face of adversity.


  1. What is the significance of the title “Ali Imran”?
    • The title “Ali Imran” signifies the importance of the family of Imran in Islamic tradition, particularly in the context of Mary and Jesus, and their exemplary faith and devotion.
  2. How does Surah Ali Imran address the relationship between Muslims and People of the Book?
    • It advocates for respectful dialogue, understanding, and finding common ground in the belief in one God, while also clarifying differences in theological beliefs.
  3. What lessons are drawn from the story of the family of Imran in this Surah?
    • The story exemplifies devout faith, the miracle of Jesus’s birth, and the honor accorded to Mary, serving as an example of piety and submission to God’s will.
  4. How does Surah Ali Imran contribute to understanding the concept of wisdom in Islam?
    • It highlights the importance of wisdom, which encompasses understanding God’s signs in the universe, seeking knowledge, and applying it in life guided by divine teachings.

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