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Surah Al-Imran Ayat 143 in Arabic Text

وَلَقَدْ كُنتُمْ تَمَنَّوْنَ ٱلْمَوْتَ مِن قَبْلِ أَن تَلْقَوْهُ فَقَدْ رَأَيْتُمُوهُ وَأَنتُمْ تَنظُرُونَ
Wa laqad kuntum tamannnawnal mawta min qabli an talqawhu faqad ra aitumoohu wa antum tanzuroon (section 14)

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 143

Sahih International
And you had certainly wished for martyrdom before you encountered it, and you have [now] seen it [before you] while you were looking on.

Yusuf Ali
Ye did indeed wish for death before ye met him: Now ye have seen him with your own eyes, (And ye flinch!)

Abul Ala Maududi
You previously longed for death (in the way of Allah): now you have faced it, observing it with your own eyes.

Muhsin Khan
You did indeed wish for death (Ash-Shahadah – martyrdom) before you met it. Now you have seen it openly with your own eyes.

Pickthall
And verily ye used to wish for death before ye met it (in the field). Now ye have seen it with your eyes!

Dr. Ghali
And indeed you readily coveted death even before you met it; then you have already seen it, and you were looking (at it).

Abdel Haleem
Before you encountered death, you were hoping for it. Well, now you have seen it with your own eyes.

Quran 3 Verse 143 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Imran ayat 143, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(3:143) You previously longed for death (in the way of Allah): now you have faced it, observing it with your own eyes.[102]


102. This is with reference to those Companions who had urged the Prophet to go out of Madina and take on the enemy there because of their ardent desire for martyrdom. (See Ibn Sa’d, Tabaqat, vol. 2, p. 38 – Ed.)

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Imran verse 143 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Imran ayat 137 which provides the complete commentary from verse 137 through 143.

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