Surah Baqarah Ayat 47 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 47
O Children of Israel, remember My favor that I have bestowed upon you and that I preferred you over the worlds.
“Children of Israel! call to mind the (special) favour which I bestowed upon you, and that I preferred you to all other (for My Message).
O Children of Israel! Just recall to mind My favour that bestowed upon you, and remember that I exalted you above all the peoples of the world.
O Children of Israel! Remember My Favour which I bestowed upon you and that I preferred you to the ‘Alamin (mankind and jinns) (of your time period, in the past).
O Children of Israel! Remember My favour wherewith I favoured you and how I preferred you to (all) creatures.
O Seeds (Or: sons) of Israel remember My favor wherewith I favored you, and that I graced you over the worlds.
Children of Israel, remember how I blessed you and favoured you over other people.
Quran 2 Verse 47 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Baqarah ayat 47, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(2:47) Children of Israel! Recall My favour which I bestowed upon you, exalting you above all nations.
62. This refers to that period of human history when, of all nations, only the Children of Israel possessed that knowledge of Truth which comes from God alone. At that time they were entrusted with the task of directing the nations of the world to righteousness; they were expected to serve God and to invite the rest of the world to do the same.
47. O Children of Israel! Remember My favor which I bestowed upon you and that I preferred you over the `Alamin (nations)
Allah reminds the Children of Israel of the favors that He granted their fathers and grandfathers, how He showed preference to them by sending them Messengers from among them and revealing Books to them, more so than any of the other previous nations. Similarly, Allah said,
(And We chose them (the Children of Israel) over the `Alamin, (nations) with knowledge.) (44:32) and,
(And (remember) when Musa (Moses) said to his people: “O my people! Remember the favor of Allah to you: when He made Prophets among you, made you kings, honored you above the `Alamin (nations).”) (5:20).
Abu Ja`far Ar-Razi reported that Ar-Rabi` bin Anas said that Abu Al-`Aliyah said that Allah’s statement,
(and that I preferred you over the `Alamin) means, “The kingship, Messengers and Books that were granted to them, instead of granting such to the other kingdoms that existed during their time, for every period there is a nation.” It was also reported that Mujahid, Ar-Rabi` bin Anas, Qatadah and Isma`il bin Abi Khalid said similarly.
This is the only way the Ayah can be understood, because this Ummah is better than theirs, as Allah said;
(You are the best of people ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin good and forbid evil, and you believe in Allah. And had the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) believed, it would have been better for them) (3:110).
Also, the Musnad and Sunan Collections of Hadith recorded that Mu`awiyah bin Haydah Al-Qushayri said that the Messenger of Allah said,
(You (Muslims) are the seventieth nation, but you are the best and most honored of them according to Allah.)
There are many Hadiths on this subject, and they will be mentioned when we discuss Allah’s statement,
(You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind) (3:110).
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