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Surah Al-Imran Ayat 48 in Arabic Text

وَيُعَلِّمُهُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبَ وَٱلْحِكْمَةَ وَٱلتَّوْرَىٰةَ وَٱلْإِنجِيلَ
Wa yu’allimuhul Kitaaba wal Hikmata wat Tawraata wal Injeel

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 48

Sahih International
And He will teach him writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel

Yusuf Ali
“And Allah will teach him the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel,

Abul Ala Maududi
And He will teach him the Book, the Wisdom, the Torah, the Gospel,

Muhsin Khan
And He (Allah) will teach him [‘Iesa (Jesus)] the Book and Al-Hikmah (i.e. the Sunnah, the faultless speech of the Prophets, wisdom, etc.), (and) the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel).

Pickthall
And He will teach him the Scripture and wisdom, and the Torah and the Gospel,

Dr. Ghali
And He will teach him the Book, and (the) Wisdom, and the Tawrah (The Book revealed to Mûsa “Moses”, of which the extant Torah is a corruption) and the Injil (The Book revealed to Isa “Jesus”, of which the extant Gospel is a corruption).

Abdel Haleem
He will teach him the Scripture and wisdom, the Torah and the Gospel,

Quran 3 Verse 48 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Imran ayat 48, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(3:48) And He will teach him the Book, the Wisdom, the Torah, the Gospel,


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

Ibn-Kathir

48. And He will teach him the Book and Al-Hikmah, and the Tawrah and the Injil. 49. And will make him a Messenger to the Children of Israel (saying): “I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that I design for you out of clay, a figure like that of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allah’s leave; and I heal the blind, and the leper, and I bring the dead to life by Allah’s leave. And I inform you of what you eat, and what you store in your houses. Surely, therein is a sign for you, if you believe.” 50. “(And I have come) confirming that which was before me of the Tawrah, and to make lawful to you part of what was forbidden to you, and I have come to you with a proof from your Lord. So have Taqwa of Allah and obey me.” 51. “Truly, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him (Alone). This is the straight path.”


The Description of `Isa and the Miracles He Performed

Allah states that the good news brought to Maryam about `Isa was even better because Allah would teach him,

﴿الْكِتَـبَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ﴾

(the Book and Al-Hikmah). It appears that the `Book’ the Ayah mentioned here refers to writing. We explained the meaning of Al-Hikmah in the Tafsir of Surat Al-Baqarah.

﴿التَّوْرَاةَ وَالإِنجِيلَ﴾

(the Tawrah and the Injil). The Tawrah is the Book that Allah sent down to Musa, son of `Imran, while the Injil is what Allah sent down to `Isa, son of Maryam, peace be upon them, and `Isa memorized both Books. Allah’s statement,

﴿وَرَسُولاً إِلَى بَنِى إِسْرَءِيلَ﴾

(And will make him a Messenger to the Children of Israel) means, that Allah will send `Isa as a Messenger to the Children of Israel, proclaiming to them,

﴿أَنِّى قَدْ جِئْتُكُمْ بِآيَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ أَنِى أَخْلُقُ لَكُمْ مِّنَ الطِّينِ كَهَيْئَةِ الطَّيْرِ فَأَنفُخُ فِيهِ فَيَكُونُ طَيْرًا بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ﴾

(I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that I design for you out of clay, a figure like that of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allah’s leave). These are the miracles that `Isa performed; he used to make the shape of a bird from clay and blow into it, and it became a bird by Allah’s leave. Allah made this a miracle for `Isa to testify that He had sent him.

﴿وَأُبْرِىءُ الاٌّكْمَهَ﴾

(And I heal him who is Akmah) meaning, `a person who was born blind,’ which perfects this miracle and makes the challenge more daring.

﴿وَالاٌّبْرَصَ﴾

(And the leper) which is a known disease,

﴿وَأُحْىِ الْمَوْتَى بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ﴾

(And I bring the dead to life by Allah’s leave).

Many scholars stated that Allah sent every Prophet with a miracle suitable to his time. For instance, in the time of Musa, magic was the trade of the time, and magicians held a high position. So Allah sent Musa with a miracle that captured the eyes and bewildered every magician. When the magicians realized that Musa’s miracle came from the Almighty, Most Great, they embraced Islam and became pious believers. As for `Isa, he was sent during a time when medicine and knowledge in physics were advancing. `Isa brought them the types of miracles that could not be performed, except by one sent by Allah. How can any physician bring life to clay, cure blindness and leprosy and bring back to life those entrapped in the grave Muhammad was sent during the time of eloquent people and proficient poets. He brought them a Book from Allah; if mankind and the Jinn tried to imitate ten chapters, or even one chapter of it, they will utterly fail in this task, even if they tried to do it by collective cooperation. This is because the Qur’an is the Word of Allah and is nothing like that of the creatures.

`Isa’s statement,

﴿وَأُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا تَأْكُلُونَ وَمَا تَدَّخِرُونَ فِى بُيُوتِكُمْ﴾

(And I inform you of what you eat, and what you store in your houses) means, I tell you about what one of you has just eaten and what he is keeping in his house for tomorrow.

﴿إِنَّ فِى ذَلِكَ﴾

(Surely, therein), all these miracles,

﴿لأَيَةً لَّكُمْ﴾

(is a sign for you) testifying to the truth of what I was sent to you with,

﴿إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَوَمُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيَّ مِنَ التَّوْرَاةِ﴾

(If you believe. And I have come confirming that which was before me of the Tawrah,) affirming the Tawrah and upholding it,

﴿وَلاٌّحِلَّ لَكُم بَعْضَ الَّذِي حُرِّمَ عَلَيْكُمْ﴾

(and to make lawful to you part of what was forbidden to you.)

This part of the Ayah indicates that `Isa abrogated some of the Laws of the Tawrah and informed the Jews of the truth regarding some issues that they used to dispute about. In another Ayah;

﴿وَلأُبَيِّنَ لَكُم بَعْضَ الَّذِى تَخْتَلِفُونَ فِيهِ﴾

(And in order to make clear to you some of the (points) in which you differ) ﴿43:63﴾.

`Isa said next,

﴿وَجِئْتُكُمْ بِأَيَةٍ مِّن رَّبّكُمْ﴾

(And I have come to you with a proof from your Lord.) “Containing affirmation and evidence to the truth of what I am conveying to you.”

﴿فَاتَّقُواْ اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُونِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ رَبِّى وَرَبُّكُمْ فَاعْبُدُوهُ﴾

(So have Taqwa of Allah and obey me. Truly, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him (Alone).) for I and you are equal in our servitude, submission and humbleness to Him,

﴿هَـذَا صِرَطٌ مُّسْتَقِيمٌ﴾

(This is the straight path.)

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