English Translation and Commentary of the Holy Quran (2010)

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Chapter 3: Āl Imran — The Family of Amran (Revealed at Madinah: 20 sections, 200 verses)

Section 14 (Verses 3:130–3:143): What Success Meant for Muslims



یٰۤاَیُّہَا الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا لَا تَاۡکُلُوا الرِّبٰۤوا اَضۡعَافًا مُّضٰعَفَۃً ۪ وَ اتَّقُوا اللّٰہَ لَعَلَّکُمۡ تُفۡلِحُوۡنَ ﴿۱۳۰﴾ۚ

3:130 O you who believe, do not devour usury, doubling and redoubling, and keep your duty to Allah, that you may be successful.

وَ اتَّقُوا النَّارَ الَّتِیۡۤ اُعِدَّتۡ لِلۡکٰفِرِیۡنَ ﴿۱۳۱﴾ۚ

3:131 And guard yourselves against the fire which has been prepared for the disbelievers.1

وَ اَطِیۡعُوا اللّٰہَ وَ الرَّسُوۡلَ لَعَلَّکُمۡ تُرۡحَمُوۡنَ ﴿۱۳۲﴾ۚ

3:132 And obey Allah and the Messenger, that you may be shown mercy.

وَ سَارِعُوۡۤا اِلٰی مَغۡفِرَۃٍ مِّنۡ رَّبِّکُمۡ وَ جَنَّۃٍ عَرۡضُہَا السَّمٰوٰتُ وَ الۡاَرۡضُ ۙ اُعِدَّتۡ لِلۡمُتَّقِیۡنَ ﴿۱۳۳﴾ۙ

3:133 And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a Garden, as wide as the heavens and the earth; it is prepared for those who keep their duty:

الَّذِیۡنَ یُنۡفِقُوۡنَ فِی السَّرَّآءِ وَ الضَّرَّآءِ وَ الۡکٰظِمِیۡنَ الۡغَیۡظَ وَ الۡعَافِیۡنَ عَنِ النَّاسِ ؕ وَ اللّٰہُ یُحِبُّ الۡمُحۡسِنِیۡنَ ﴿۱۳۴﴾ۚ

3:134 Those who spend in ease as well as in adversity and those who restrain (their) anger and pardon people. And Allah loves the doers of good (to others).2

وَ الَّذِیۡنَ اِذَا فَعَلُوۡا فَاحِشَۃً اَوۡ ظَلَمُوۡۤا اَنۡفُسَہُمۡ ذَکَرُوا اللّٰہَ فَاسۡتَغۡفَرُوۡا لِذُنُوۡبِہِمۡ ۪ وَ مَنۡ یَّغۡفِرُ الذُّنُوۡبَ اِلَّا اللّٰہُ ۪۟ وَ لَمۡ یُصِرُّوۡا عَلٰی مَا فَعَلُوۡا وَ ہُمۡ یَعۡلَمُوۡنَ ﴿۱۳۵﴾

3:135 And those who, when they commit an indecency or wrong their souls, remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their sins. And who forgives sins but Allah? And they do not persist knowingly in what they do.

اُولٰٓئِکَ جَزَآؤُہُمۡ مَّغۡفِرَۃٌ مِّنۡ رَّبِّہِمۡ وَ جَنّٰتٌ تَجۡرِیۡ مِنۡ تَحۡتِہَا الۡاَنۡہٰرُ خٰلِدِیۡنَ فِیۡہَا ؕ وَ نِعۡمَ اَجۡرُ الۡعٰمِلِیۡنَ ﴿۱۳۶﴾ؕ

3:136 Their reward is protection from their Lord, and Gardens in which rivers flow, to abide in them. And excellent is the reward of the workers!

قَدۡ خَلَتۡ مِنۡ قَبۡلِکُمۡ سُنَنٌ ۙ فَسِیۡرُوۡا فِی الۡاَرۡضِ فَانۡظُرُوۡا کَیۡفَ کَانَ عَاقِبَۃُ الۡمُکَذِّبِیۡنَ ﴿۱۳۷﴾

3:137 Indeed there have been examples before you; so travel in the earth and see what was the end of the deniers.

ہٰذَا بَیَانٌ لِّلنَّاسِ وَ ہُدًی وَّ مَوۡعِظَۃٌ لِّلۡمُتَّقِیۡنَ ﴿۱۳۸﴾

3:138 This is a clear statement for mankind, and a guidance and an admonition to those who would keep their duty.

وَ لَا تَہِنُوۡا وَ لَا تَحۡزَنُوۡا وَ اَنۡتُمُ الۡاَعۡلَوۡنَ اِنۡ کُنۡتُمۡ مُّؤۡمِنِیۡنَ ﴿۱۳۹﴾

3:139 And do not be weak-hearted, nor grieve, and you will have the upper hand if you are believers.

اِنۡ یَّمۡسَسۡکُمۡ قَرۡحٌ فَقَدۡ مَسَّ الۡقَوۡمَ قَرۡحٌ مِّثۡلُہٗ ؕ وَ تِلۡکَ الۡاَیَّامُ نُدَاوِلُہَا بَیۡنَ النَّاسِ ۚ وَ لِیَعۡلَمَ اللّٰہُ الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا وَ یَتَّخِذَ مِنۡکُمۡ شُہَدَآءَ ؕ وَ اللّٰہُ لَا یُحِبُّ الظّٰلِمِیۡنَ ﴿۱۴۰﴾ۙ

3:140 If a wound has afflicted you, a wound like it has also afflicted the (disbelieving) people. And We bring these days to people by turns, that Allah may know3 those who believe and (He may) take witnesses from among you. And Allah does not love the wrongdoers,

وَ لِیُمَحِّصَ اللّٰہُ الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا وَ یَمۡحَقَ الۡکٰفِرِیۡنَ ﴿۱۴۱﴾

3:141 and that He may purge those who believe and deprive the disbelievers of blessings.

اَمۡ حَسِبۡتُمۡ اَنۡ تَدۡخُلُوا الۡجَنَّۃَ وَ لَمَّا یَعۡلَمِ اللّٰہُ الَّذِیۡنَ جٰہَدُوۡا مِنۡکُمۡ وَ یَعۡلَمَ الصّٰبِرِیۡنَ ﴿۱۴۲﴾

3:142 Do you think that you will enter the Garden while Allah has not yet known those from among you who strive hard (nor) known the steadfast?

وَ لَقَدۡ کُنۡتُمۡ تَمَنَّوۡنَ الۡمَوۡتَ مِنۡ قَبۡلِ اَنۡ تَلۡقَوۡہُ ۪ فَقَدۡ رَاَیۡتُمُوۡہُ وَ اَنۡتُمۡ تَنۡظُرُوۡنَ ﴿۱۴۳﴾٪

3:143 And certainly you desired death before you met it. So indeed you have seen it now as you look.4



  1. The fire in this case is excessive love of wealth. See chapter 104.
  2. Restraining of anger, pardoning, and doing good to others, besides being great moral qualities, strengthen the bond of union which is so necessary for success. The verse has on many occasions inspired Muslims with the noblest thoughts of toleration and charitableness.
  3. Allah knows all that is seen or unseen. The knowing here and the not knowing in v. 142 refer to the knowledge of the event actually having taken place.
  4. This refers to the desire of those who insisted that they should meet the enemy in the open field, while the Holy Prophet’s own desire was that the Muslims should defend themselves within Madinah.