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Surah Al-Imran Ayat 124 in Arabic Text

إِذْ تَقُولُ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَلَن يَكْفِيَكُمْ أَن يُمِدَّكُمْ رَبُّكُم بِثَلَـٰثَةِ ءَالَـٰفٍۢ مِّنَ ٱلْمَلَـٰٓئِكَةِ مُنزَلِينَ
Iz taqoolu lilmu’mineena alai yakfiyakum ai-yumiddakum Rabbukum bisalaasati aalaafim minal malaaa’ikati munzaleen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 124

Sahih International
[Remember] when you said to the believers, “Is it not sufficient for you that your Lord should reinforce you with three thousand angels sent down?

Yusuf Ali
Remember thou saidst to the Faithful: “Is it not enough for you that Allah should help you with three thousand angels (Specially) sent down?

Abul Ala Maududi
And recall when you said to the believers: ‘Will it not suffice you that your Lord will aid you by sending down three thousand angels?

Muhsin Khan
(Remember) when you (Muhammad SAW) said to the believers, “Is it not enough for you that your Lord (Allah) should help you with three thousand angels; sent down?”

Pickthall
When thou didst say unto the believers: Is it not sufficient for you that your Lord should support you with three thousand angels sent down (to your help)?

Dr. Ghali
As you said to the believers, “Is it never sufficient for you that your Lord should supply you with three thousand of the Angels sent down (upon you)?”

Abdel Haleem
Remember when you said to the believers, ‘Will you be satisfied if your Lord reinforces you by send-ing down three thousand angels?

Quran 3 Verse 124 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Imran ayat 124, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(3:124) And recall when you said to the believers: ‘Will it not suffice you that your Lord will aid you by sending down three thousand angels?[96]


96. When the Muslims saw that their enemies numbered three thousand while three hundred out of their army of one thousand had departed they began to lose heart. It was on this occasion that the Prophet spoke these words to them.

Ibn-Kathir

124. (Remember) when you said to the believers, “Is it not enough for you that your Lord should help you with three thousand angels” 125. But if you hold on to patience and have Taqwa, your Lord will help you with five thousand angels having marks


The Support of the Angels

The scholars of Tafsir differ over whether the promise contained in these Ayat referred to the battle of Badr or Uhud. The First View

There are two opinions about this, one of them saying that Allah’s statement,

﴿إِذْ تَقُولُ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ﴾

((Remember) when you said to the believers) ﴿3:124﴾, is related to His statement,

﴿وَلَقَدْ نَصَرَكُمُ اللَّهُ بِبَدْرٍ﴾

(And Allah has already made you victorious at Badr) ﴿3:123﴾.

This was reported from Al-Hasan Al-Basri, `Amr Ash-Sha`bi, Ar-Rabi` bin Anas and several others, Ibn Jarir also agreed with this opinion. `Abbad bin Mansur said that Al-Hasan said that Allah’s statement,

﴿إِذْ تَقُولُ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَلَنْ يَكْفِيكُمْ أَن يُمِدَّكُمْ رَبُّكُمْ بِثَلاَثَةِ ءَالاَفٍ مِّنَ الْمَلَـئِكَةِ﴾

((Remember) when you said to the believers, “Is it not enough for you that your Lord should help you with three thousand angels”) ﴿3:124﴾, is about the battle of Badr; Ibn Abi Hatim also recorded this statement.

Ibn Abi Hatim then reported that `Amr Ash-Sha`bi said, “On the day of Badr, the Muslims received information that Kurz bin Jabir (a prominent tribe chief) was aiding the idolators, and this news was hard on them, so Allah revealed;

﴿أَلَنْ يَكْفِيكُمْ أَن يُمِدَّكُمْ رَبُّكُمْ بِثَلاَثَةِ ءَالاَفٍ مِّنَ الْمَلَـئِكَةِ مُنزَلِينَ﴾

(“Is it not enough for you that your Lord (Allah) should help you with three thousand angels sent down”), until,

﴿مُسَوِّمِينَ﴾

(having marks (of distinction)) ﴿3:124,125﴾.

The news of the defeat of the idolators ﴿at Badr﴾ reached Kurz and he did not reinforce them, and thus, Allah did not reinforce the Muslims with the five (thousands of angels).”

As for Ar-Rabi` bin Anas, he said, “Allah supported the Muslims with one thousand (angels), then the number reached three thousand, then five thousand.” If one asks, according to this opinion, how can we combine between this Ayah and Allah’s statement about Badr,

﴿إِذْ تَسْتَغِيثُونَ رَبَّكُمْ فَاسْتَجَابَ لَكُمْ أَنِّي مُمِدُّكُمْ بِأَلْفٍ مِّنَ الْمَلَـئِكَةِ مُرْدِفِينَ ﴾

((Remember) when you sought help of your Lord and He answered you (saying): “I will help you with a thousand angels, each behind the other (following one another) in succession.”) ﴿8:9﴾, until,

﴿أَنَّ اللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ﴾

(Verily! Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise) We say that the one thousand mentioned here does not contradict the three thousand mentioned in the above Ayah ﴿3:124﴾. The word “in succession” means they follow each other and thus indicates that thousands more will follow them. The two Ayat above ﴿8:9 and 3:124﴾ are similar in meaning and it appears that they both were about the battle of Badr, because the angels did fight in the battle of Badr, as the evidence indicates. Allah knows best. Allah’s statement,

﴿بَلَى إِن تَصْبِرُواْ وَتَتَّقُواْ﴾

(But if you hold on to patience and have Taqwa,) ﴿3:125﴾ means, if you observe patience while fighting the enemy, all the while fearing Me and obeying My command. Al-Hasan, Qatadah, Ar-Rabi` and As-Suddi said that Allah’s statement,

﴿وَيَأْتُوكُمْ مِّن فَوْرِهِمْ هَـذَا﴾

(and they will come rushing) means, they (angels) will rush to you instantaneously. Al-`Awfi said that Ibn `Abbas said that the Ayah means, “All at once”. It is also said that it means, before their anger subsides (against the disbelievers). The Second View

The second opinion stipulates that the promise mentioned here ﴿concerning the angels participating in battle﴾ is related to Allah’s statement,

﴿وَإِذْ غَدَوْتَ مِنْ أَهْلِكَ تُبَوِّىءُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ مَقَاعِدَ لِلْقِتَالِ﴾

(And (remember) when you left your household in the morning to post the believers at their stations for the battle) of Uhud. However, we should add, the angels did not come to the aid of Muslims at Uhud, because Allah made it conditional,

﴿بَلَى إِن تَصْبِرُواْ وَتَتَّقُواْ﴾

(But if you hold on to patience and have Taqwa) ﴿3: 125﴾.

The Muslims were not patient at Uhud. Rather, they ran away and, consequently, did not receive the support of even one angel.

Allah’s statement,

﴿يُمْدِدْكُمْ رَبُّكُمْ بِخَمْسَةِ ءَالافٍ مِّنَ الْمَلَـئِكَةِ مُسَوِّمِينَ﴾

(your Lord will help you with five thousand angels having marks), of distinction.

Abu Ishaq As-Subay`i said; from Harithah bin Mudarrib said that `Ali bin Abi Talib said, “The angels were distinguished by wearing white wool at Badr.” The angels also had special markings distinguishing their horses.

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