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 18 (Verses 3:172–3:180): Uhud no Gain to the Enemy



اَلَّذِیۡنَ اسۡتَجَابُوۡا لِلّٰہِ وَ الرَّسُوۡلِ مِنۡۢ بَعۡدِ مَاۤ اَصَابَہُمُ الۡقَرۡحُ ؕۛ لِلَّذِیۡنَ اَحۡسَنُوۡا مِنۡہُمۡ وَ اتَّقَوۡا اَجۡرٌ عَظِیۡمٌ ﴿۱۷۲﴾ۚ

3:172 Those who responded to the call of Allah and the Messenger after the misfortune had befallen them — for such among them who do good and keep their duty is a great reward.

اَلَّذِیۡنَ قَالَ لَہُمُ النَّاسُ اِنَّ النَّاسَ قَدۡ جَمَعُوۡا لَکُمۡ فَاخۡشَوۡہُمۡ فَزَادَہُمۡ اِیۡمَانًا ٭ۖ وَّ قَالُوۡا حَسۡبُنَا اللّٰہُ وَ نِعۡمَ الۡوَکِیۡلُ ﴿۱۷۳﴾

3:173 Those to whom people said: Surely men have gathered against you, so fear them; but this increased their faith, and they said: Allah is sufficient for us and He is an excellent Guardian.

فَانۡقَلَبُوۡا بِنِعۡمَۃٍ مِّنَ اللّٰہِ وَ فَضۡلٍ لَّمۡ یَمۡسَسۡہُمۡ سُوۡٓءٌ ۙ وَّ اتَّبَعُوۡا رِضۡوَانَ اللّٰہِ ؕ وَ اللّٰہُ ذُوۡ فَضۡلٍ عَظِیۡمٍ ﴿۱۷۴﴾

3:174 So they returned with favour from Allah and (His) grace; no evil touched them, and they followed the pleasure of Allah. And Allah is the Lord of mighty grace.

اِنَّمَا ذٰلِکُمُ الشَّیۡطٰنُ یُخَوِّفُ اَوۡلِیَآءَہٗ ۪ فَلَا تَخَافُوۡہُمۡ وَ خَافُوۡنِ اِنۡ کُنۡتُمۡ مُّؤۡمِنِیۡنَ ﴿۱۷۵﴾

3:175 It is the devil who only frightens his friends, but do not fear them, and fear Me, if you are believers.

وَ لَا یَحۡزُنۡکَ الَّذِیۡنَ یُسَارِعُوۡنَ فِی الۡکُفۡرِ ۚ اِنَّہُمۡ لَنۡ یَّضُرُّوا اللّٰہَ شَیۡئًا ؕ یُرِیۡدُ اللّٰہُ اَلَّا یَجۡعَلَ لَہُمۡ حَظًّا فِی الۡاٰخِرَۃِ ۚ وَ لَہُمۡ عَذَابٌ عَظِیۡمٌ ﴿۱۷۶﴾

3:176 And do not let those grieve you who run into disbelief hastily; surely they can do no harm to Allah. Allah does not intend to assign them any portion in the Hereafter; and for them is a grievous punishment.

اِنَّ الَّذِیۡنَ اشۡتَرَوُا الۡکُفۡرَ بِالۡاِیۡمَانِ لَنۡ یَّضُرُّوا اللّٰہَ شَیۡئًا ۚ وَ لَہُمۡ عَذَابٌ اَلِیۡمٌ ﴿۱۷۷﴾

3:177 Those who buy disbelief at the price of faith can do no harm to Allah, and for them is a painful punishment.

وَ لَا یَحۡسَبَنَّ الَّذِیۡنَ کَفَرُوۡۤا اَنَّمَا نُمۡلِیۡ لَہُمۡ خَیۡرٌ لِّاَنۡفُسِہِمۡ ؕ اِنَّمَا نُمۡلِیۡ لَہُمۡ لِیَزۡدَادُوۡۤا اِثۡمًا ۚ وَ لَہُمۡ عَذَابٌ مُّہِیۡنٌ ﴿۱۷۸﴾

3:178 And those who disbelieve should not think that our granting them respite is good for themselves. We grant them respite only that they may add to their sins; and for them is a humiliating punishment.

مَا کَانَ اللّٰہُ لِیَذَرَ الۡمُؤۡمِنِیۡنَ عَلٰی مَاۤ اَنۡتُمۡ عَلَیۡہِ حَتّٰی یَمِیۡزَ الۡخَبِیۡثَ مِنَ الطَّیِّبِ ؕ وَ مَا کَانَ اللّٰہُ لِیُطۡلِعَکُمۡ عَلَی الۡغَیۡبِ وَ لٰکِنَّ اللّٰہَ یَجۡتَبِیۡ مِنۡ رُّسُلِہٖ مَنۡ یَّشَآءُ ۪ فَاٰمِنُوۡا بِاللّٰہِ وَ رُسُلِہٖ ۚ وَ اِنۡ تُؤۡمِنُوۡا وَ تَتَّقُوۡا فَلَکُمۡ اَجۡرٌ عَظِیۡمٌ ﴿۱۷۹﴾

3:179 Allah will not leave the believers in the condition in which you are until He separates the evil from the good. Nor is Allah going to make you acquainted with the unseen, but Allah chooses of His messengers whom He pleases. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And if you believe and keep your duty, you will have a great reward.

وَ لَا یَحۡسَبَنَّ الَّذِیۡنَ یَبۡخَلُوۡنَ بِمَاۤ اٰتٰہُمُ اللّٰہُ مِنۡ فَضۡلِہٖ ہُوَ خَیۡرًا لَّہُمۡ ؕ بَلۡ ہُوَ شَرٌّ لَّہُمۡ ؕ سَیُطَوَّقُوۡنَ مَا بَخِلُوۡا بِہٖ یَوۡمَ الۡقِیٰمَۃِ ؕ وَ لِلّٰہِ مِیۡرَاثُ السَّمٰوٰتِ وَ الۡاَرۡضِ ؕ وَ اللّٰہُ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُوۡنَ خَبِیۡرٌ ﴿۱۸۰﴾٪

3:180 And those who are miserly in spending what Allah has granted them out of His grace should not think that it is good for them. Rather, it is evil for them. They shall have a collar of their miserliness on their necks on the day of Resurrection.1 And Allah’s is the heritage of the heavens and the earth. And Allah is Aware of what you do.



  1. The same idea in more general terms, as to the effect of deeds being bound to the neck, is expressed in 17:13. Every person carries the effect of his deeds with him in this life, but on the day of Resurrection that effect will become clearly visible.