Benefits and Virtues of Surah 3 Aal Imran


3. Aal-i-Imran

3.1 ‘Asma daughter of Yazid reported the Prophet () as saying:

“Allah’s Greatest Names is in these two verses:

 وإلهكم إله واحد لا إله إلا هو الرحمن الرحيم

And your Ilaah (God) is One Ilaah (God), none has the right to be worshipped but He, the Ever-Merciful, the Mercy-Giving (2:163)

and the beginning of Surah Al ‘Imran,


Alif Lam Meem

الله لا إله إلا هو الحي القيوم

Allah, there is no deity but He, the Living, the Eternal (3:1-2)”

Sunan Abi Dawud 1496

3.2 It was narrated that Al-Qasim said:

The Greatest Name of Allah, if He is called by which He will respond, is in three Surah: Al-Baqarah, Al ‘Imran and Ta-Ha.

Sunan Ibn Majah 3856

3.3 Abu Umama said he heard Allah’s Messenger () say:

Recite the Qur’an, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for those who recite It. Recite the two bright ones, al-Baqara and Surah Al ‘Imran, for on the Day of Resurrection they will come as two clouds or two shades, or two flocks of birds in ranks, pleading for those who recite them. Recite Surah al-Baqara, for to take recourse to it is a blessing and to give it up is a cause of grief, and the magicians cannot confront it.

Sahih Muslim 804 a

3.4 An-Nawwas b. Sam’an said he heard the Apostle () say:

On the Day of Resurrection the Qur’an and those who acted according to it will be brought with Surah al-Baqara and AI ‘Imran preceding them. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) likened them to three things, which I did not forget afterwards. He (the Holy Prophet) likened them to two clouds, or two black canopies with light between them, or like two flocks of birds in ranks pleading for one who recited them.

Sahih Muslim 805

3.5 An-Nawwas bin Sam’an (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying, “The Qur’an and its people who applied it, will be brought on the Day of Resurrection preceded with Surat Al-Baqarah and Surat Al-‘Imran arguing on behalf of those who applied them.”

Riyad as-Salihin Book 9, Hadith 2

3.6 Narrated An-Nawwas bin Sam’an:

that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “The Qur’an shall come, and its people who acted according to it in the world. Surat Al-Baqarah and Al ‘Imran shall be in front of it. An-Nawwas said: “The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) stated three parables about them which I have not since forgotten, he said: “They will come as if they are two shades between which there is illumination, or as if they are two shady clouds, or as if they are shadows of lines of birds arguing on behalf of their people.”

Jami` at-Tirmidhi Vol. 5, Book 42, Hadith 2883

3.7 It was narrated from Kuraib that ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas told him:

He slept at the house of Maimunah the wife of the Prophet (ﷺ), who was his maternal aunt. He said: “I laid down across the mattress an the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and his wife lay along it. The Prophet (ﷺ) slept until midnight, or a little before or a little after. The Prophet (ﷺ) woke up and began to rub the sleep from his face with his hand. Then he recited the last ten verses of Surah Al Imran. Then he got up and went to a water skin that was hanging up and performed wudu from it, and he performed wudu well, then he stood up and prayed.” Abdullah bin ‘Abbas said: “I stood up and did what he had done, then I went and stood beside him. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) put his right hand on my neck, and took old of my right hand and tweaked it. Then he prayed two rak’ahs, then two rak’ahs, then two rak’ahs, then two rak’ahs, then two rak’ahs, then two rak’ahs, then he prayed witr. Then he lay down until the Mu’adhdhin came to him and he prayed two brief rak’ahs.”

Sunan an-Nasa’i 1620

3.8 Ibn ‘Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to recite during the two Rak’ah of Fajr prayer:

قولوا آمنا بالله وما أنزل إلينا وما أنزل إلى إبراهيم وإسماعيل وإسحاق ويعقوب والأسباط وما أوتي موسى وعيسى وما أوتي النبيون من ربهم لا نفرق بين أحد منهم ونحن له مسلمون

Say, [O believers], ‘We have believed in Allah and what has been revealed to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Descendants and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him’. (2:136)

which is in Surat Al-Baqarah in the first Rak’ah and the Verse:

فلما أحس عيسى منهم الكفر قال من أنصاري إلى الله قال الحواريون نحن أنصار الله آمنا بالله واشهد بأنا مسلمون

But when Jesus felt [persistence in] disbelief from them, he said, ‘Who are my supporters for [the cause of] Allah ?’ The disciples said,’We are supporters for Allah . We have believed in Allah and testify that we are Muslims [submitting to Him]’ (3:52)

in the second Rak’ah.

According to another narration, he (ﷺ) recited from Surat Al-‘Imran the Verses:

قل يا أهل الكتاب تعالوا إلى كلمة سواء بيننا وبينكم ألا نعبد إلا الله ولا نشرك به شيئا ولا يتخذ بعضنا بعضا أربابا من دون الله فإن تولوا فقولوا اشهدوا بأنا مسلمون

 “Say, ‘O People of the Scripture, come to a word that is equitable between us and you – that we will not worship except Allah and not associate anything with Him and not take one another as lords instead of Allah .’ But if they turn away, then say, ‘Bear witness that we are Muslims [submitting to Him]’.” (3:64).

Riyad as-Salihin Book 9, Hadith 117


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