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Surah Al-Imran Ayat 47 in Arabic Text

قَالَتْ رَبِّ أَنَّىٰ يَكُونُ لِى وَلَدٌۭ وَلَمْ يَمْسَسْنِى بَشَرٌۭ ۖ قَالَ كَذَٰلِكِ ٱللَّهُ يَخْلُقُ مَا يَشَآءُ ۚ إِذَا قَضَىٰٓ أَمْرًۭا فَإِنَّمَا يَقُولُ لَهُۥ كُن فَيَكُونُ
Qaalat Rabbi annaa yakoonu lee waladunw wa lam yamsasnee basharun qaala kazaalikil laahu yakhluqu maa yashaaa’; izaa qadaaa amran fa innamaa yaqoolu lahoo kun fayakoon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 47

Sahih International
She said, “My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?” [The angel] said, “Such is Allah; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.

Yusuf Ali
She said: “O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?” He said: “Even so: Allah createth what He willeth: When He hath decreed a plan, He but saith to it, ‘Be,’ and it is!

Abul Ala Maududi
She said: ‘O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has ever touched me?’ The angel answered: Thus shall it be. Allah creates whatever He wills. When He decides something, He merely says: “Be” and it is.

Muhsin Khan
She said: “O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me.” He said: “So (it will be) for Allah creates what He wills. When He has decreed something, He says to it only: “Be!” and it is.

Pickthall
She said: My Lord! How can I have a child when no mortal hath touched me? He said: So (it will be). Allah createth what He will. If He decreeth a thing, He saith unto it only: Be! and it is.

Dr. Ghali
She said, “Lord! However will I have a child, and no mortal has touched me?” He said, “Thus Allah creates whatever He decides. When He has decreed a Command, then He only says to it, ‘Be!’ so it is!.”

Abdel Haleem
She said, ‘My Lord, how can I have a son when no man has touched me?’ [The angel] said, ‘This is how God creates what He will: when He has ordained something, He only says, “Be”, and it is.

Quran 3 Verse 47 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Imran ayat 47, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(3:47) She said: ‘O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has ever touched me?’ The angel answered: Thus shall it be.[44] Allah creates whatever He wills. When He decides something, He merely says: “Be” and it is.


44. Thus it was affirmed that a child would be born to Mary despite the fact that no man had touched her. The angel’s answer mentioned here, ‘Thus shall it be’, was exactly the same as the response given to Zechariah. Both the following sentences and the preceding section support the view that the angel had conveyed to Mary the glad tidings that a son would be born to her without normal sexual contact, and it was thus that Jesus was born. For, if Mary’s child was to be born to her in the usual manner in which children are born to women, and if the birth of Jesus did take place in the normal way, the entire narrative from (verse 35 )of this surah to (verse 63) would have to be declared absurd.

Indeed, one would be forced to treat as meaningless all those statements about the birth of Jesus which are found scattered elsewhere in the Qur’an. The Christians had begun to regard Jesus as God and the son of God because of this fatherless birth. The Jews, in turn, cast aspersions on Mary’s chastity on the grounds that she had given birth to a child despite being unmarried. If the fatherless birth of Jesus was itself false, it would have been sufficient to tell the Christians that they were indulging in sheer mis-statement, that Mary had indeed been married, that she had a legitimate husband, and that it was as a result of that wedlock that Jesus was born. If this fact could have been stated plainly, there would have been no need for long preparatory statements and complicated propositions, and no need to call Jesus the son of Mary instead of naming his father. For far from resolving the issue such statements add to the confusion. Those who believe the Qur’an to be the word or command from God and yet try to prove that the birth of Jesus took place in the normal manner, as a result of union between his father and mother, end up by proving only that God is less capable of clear expression than they are!

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Imran verse 47 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Imran ayat 45 which provides the complete commentary from verse 45 through 47.

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