Surah Al-‘Imran: One of the ‘Illuminated’ Surahs of the Holy Qu’ran

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Surah Al-‘Imran is described in a hadith as one of the “illuminated” Surahs of the Holy Qur’an. We read:

Abu Umamah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Recite the Quran, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for its reciters. Recite the two illuminated chapters, Surat al-Baqarah and Ali Imran, for on the Day of Resurrection they will come as two clouds, or two shades, or two flocks of birds pleading for their companions. Recite Surat al-Baqarah as there is blessing in it, there is sorrow in leaving it, and the sorcerers cannot defeat it.” (Sahih Muslim)

We learn from this that our recitation of Surah Al-‘Imran will be extremely beneficial for us on the Day of Resurrection – the day on which we will be the most desperate to succeed. Similarly, we learn in another hadith:

Al-Nawwas ibn Sam’an reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “On the Day of Resurrection, the Quran and its people who acted upon it will be brought forth, preceded by Surat al-Baqarah and Ali Imran.” (Sahih Muslim)

We also learn that the Prophet (SAW) would wake up from his sleep and then recite the last ten verses of Surah Al-‘Imran. Ibn Abbas reported:

“I spent the night with my aunt Maymunah and I said to myself that I will watch the prayer of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him. She laid out a cushion for the Prophet and he slept on the direction of its long side. He awoke and wiped the sleep from his eyes, then recited the last ten verses of Surat Ali Imran until its end.” (Sahih Bukhari)

There are many lessons we learn from Surah Al-‘Imran. We are reminded about the temporary nature of this life and that the joys of this world are not eternal. Our life in this world consists of both positive and negative phases. Abu Huraira reported:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘The small space of a whip in Paradise is better than the entire world and everything in it. Recite the verse if you wish: … What is the life of this world but the enjoyment of delusion?’” (3:185) (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

We also learn from Surah Al-‘Imran that when we have made a mistake or we need to seek forgiveness from Allah, we should seek forgiveness and then avoid letting the matter linger in our minds, as this will not help us. We should repent and then focus on building on our good deeds. We read:

Abu Bakr reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “No man commits a sin, then purifies himself in ablution, then prays, and then asks Allah for forgiveness, but that Allah will forgive him.” Then, the Prophet recited this verse, “Those who, if they behave immorally or do wrong, they remember Allah and seek forgiveness for their sins. Who forgives sins besides Allah? And they do not insist on what they have done, while they know better.” (3:135) (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)