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Surah Al-Imran Ayat 33 in Arabic Text

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ ٱصْطَفَىٰٓ ءَادَمَ وَنُوحًۭا وَءَالَ إِبْرَٰهِيمَ وَءَالَ عِمْرَٰنَ عَلَى ٱلْعَـٰلَمِينَ
Innal laahas tafaaa Aadama wa Noohanw wa Aala Ibraaheema wa Aala Imraana ‘alal ‘aalameen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 33

Sahih International
Indeed, Allah chose Adam and Noah and the family of Abraham and the family of ‘Imran over the worlds –

Yusuf Ali
Allah did choose Adam and Noah, the family of Abraham, and the family of ‘Imran above all people,-

Abul Ala Maududi
Truly Allah chose Adam and Noah and the descendants of Abraham and of ‘Imran above all mankind.

Muhsin Khan
Allah chose Adam, Nuh (Noah), the family of Ibrahim (Abraham) and the family of ‘Imran above the ‘Alamin (mankind and jinns) (of their times).

Pickthall
Lo! Allah preferred Adam and Noah and the Family of Abraham and the Family of ‘Imran above (all His) creatures.

Dr. Ghali
Surely Allah has elected Adam and Nû‍h (Adam and Noah, respectively) and the house of Ibrahîm (Abraham) and the house of Imran over the worlds.

Abdel Haleem
God chose Adam, Noah, Abraham’s family, and the family of Imran, over all other people,

Quran 3 Verse 33 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Imran ayat 33, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(3:33) Truly Allah[29] chose Adam and Noah and the descendants of Abraham and of ‘Imran[30] above all mankind.


29. This marks the beginning of the second discourse. The period of its revelation is about 9 A.H., when a delegation from the Christian republic of Najran visited the Prophet. Najran lies between the Hijaz and Yaman, and comprised, at that time, seventy-three towns and villages. Its population can be gauged from the fact that an estimated one hundred and twenty thousand men could bear arms. The entire population was Christian and was under the hegemony of three Christian chiefs. The first of these, ‘aqib, was the head of the community. The second, sayyid, looked after the collective and political affairs of the people. The third, usquf (bishop), was their religious leader. (See Ibn Hisham, vol. 1, p. 573; Ibn Ishaq, Life of Muhammad, tr. A. Guillaume, pp. 270 f. – Ed.)

When the Prophet annexed Makka, the whole of Arabia became convinced that the future of the area was bound up with him, and deputations from all parts of the peninsula began to visit him. In this connection the three chiefs of Najran came to Madina accompanied by sixty people. As they were not prepared to go to war, the alternatives before them were either to embrace Islam or to live as dhimmis (protected non-Muslim subjects of the Islamic state). It was on this occasion that God revealed this discourse; it served as an invitation to the people of Najran to accept Islam.

30. ‘Imran was the father of Moses and Aaron, and has been mentioned in the Bible as Amram.

Ibn-Kathir

33. Allah chose Adam, Nuh (Noah), the family of Ibrahim and the family of `Imran above the nations. 34. Offspring, one of the other, and Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.


The Chosen Ones Among the People of the Earth

Allah states that He has chosen these households over the people of the earth. For instance, Allah chose Adam, created him with His Hand and blew life into him. Allah commanded the angels to prostrate before Adam, taught him the names of everything and allowed him to dwell in Paradise, but then sent him down from it out of His wisdom. Allah chose Nuh and made him the first Messenger to the people of the earth, when the people worshipped idols and associated others with Allah in worship. Allah avenged the way Nuh was treated, for he kept calling his people day and night, in public and in secret, for a very long time. However, his calling them only made them shun him more, and this is when Nuh supplicated against them. So Allah caused them to drown, and none among them was saved, except those who followed the religion that Allah sent to Nuh. Allah also chose the household of Ibrahim, including the master of all mankind, and the Final Prophet, Muhammad, peace be upon him. Allah also chose the household of `Imran, the father of Marym bint `Imran, the mother of `Isa, peace be upon them. So `Isa is from the offspring of Ibrahim, as we will mention in the Tafsir of Surat Al-An`am, Allah willing, and our trust is in Him.

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