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Surah Al-Imran Ayat 1 in Arabic Text

الٓمٓ
Alif-Laam-Meeem

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 1

Sahih International
Alif, Lam, Meem.

Yusuf Ali
A. L. M.

Abul Ala Maududi
Alif, Lam, Mim.

Muhsin Khan
Alif-Lam-Mim. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Quran and none but Allah (Alone) knows their meanings].

Pickthall
Alim. Lam. Mim.

Dr. Ghali
Alif, Lam, Mîm. (Theses are three letters of the Arabic alphabet and only Allah Knows their meaning here)

Abdel Haleem
Alif Lam Mim

Quran 3 Verse 1 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Imran ayat 1, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(3:1) Alif, Lam, Mim.


There is no commentary by Abul Maududi available for this verse.

Ibn-Kathir

1. Alif-Lam-Mim. 2. Allah! None has the right to be worshipped but He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. 3. It is He Who has sent down the Book to you with truth, confirming what came before it. And He sent down the Tawrah and the Injil, 4. Aforetime, as a guidance to mankind. And He sent down the criterion. Truly, those who disbelieve in the Ayat of Allah, for them there is a severe torment; and Allah is All-Mighty, All-Able of Retribution.


We mentioned the Hadith in the Tafsir of Ayat Al-Kursi ﴿2:255﴾ that mentions that Allah’s Greatest Name is contained in these two Ayat,

﴿اللَّهُ لاَ إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَىُّ الْقَيُّومُ ﴾

(Allah! None has the right to be worshipped but He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists) and,

﴿الم١اللَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ ﴾

(Alif-Lam-Mim. Allah! None has the right to be worshipped but He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists.)

We also explained the Tafsir of,

﴿الم ﴾

(Alif-Lam-Mim) in the beginning of Surat Al-Baqarah, and the meaning of,

﴿اللَّهُ لاَ إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَىُّ الْقَيُّومُ ﴾

(Allah! La ilaha illa Huwa, Al-Hayyul-Qayyum) in the Tafsir of Ayat Al-Kursi. Allah’s statement,

﴿نَزَّلَ عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَـبَ بِالْحَقِّ﴾

(It is He Who has sent down the Book to you with truth, ) means, revealed the Qur’an to you, O Muhammad, in truth, meaning there is no doubt or suspicion that it is revealed from Allah. Verily, Allah revealed the Qur’an with His knowledge, and the angels testify to this fact, Allah is sufficient as a Witness. Allah’s statement,

﴿مُصَدِّقاً لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ﴾

(Confirming what came before it) means, from the previous divinely revealed Books, sent to the servants and Prophets of Allah. These Books testify to the truth of the Qur’an, and the Qur’an also testifies to the truth these Books contained, including the news and glad tidings of Muhammad’s prophethood and the revelation of the Glorious Qur’an.

Allah said,

﴿وَأَنزَلَ التَّوْرَاةَ﴾

(And He sent down the Tawrah) to Musa (Musa) son of `Imran,

﴿وَالإِنجِيلَ﴾

(And the Injil), to `Isa, son of Mary,

﴿مِن قَبْلُ﴾

(Aforetime) meaning, before the Qur’an was revealed,

﴿هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ﴾

(As a guidance to mankind) in their time.

﴿وَأَنزَلَ الْفُرْقَانَ﴾

(And He sent down the criterion) which is the distinction between misguidance, falsehood and deviation on one hand, and guidance, truth and piety on the other hand. This is because of the indications, signs, plain evidences and clear proofs that it contains, and because of its explanations, clarifications, etc.

Allah’s statement,

﴿إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ بِأيَـتِ اللَّهِ﴾

(Truly, those who disbelieve in the Ayat of Allah) means they denied, refused and unjustly rejected them,

﴿لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ﴾

(For them there is a severe torment) on the Day of Resurrection,

﴿وَاللَّهُ عَزِيزٌ﴾

(And Allah is All-Mighty) meaning, His grandeur is invincible and His sovereignty is infinite,

﴿ذُو انتِقَامٍ﴾

(All-Able of Retribution.) from those who reject His Ayat and defy His honorable Messengers and great Prophets.

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