Surah Ali-Imran: Chapter 3 (line 1-10) The Family of Iram

In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful.

1. Alif, Lam, Meem.

2. God, there is no god but He, the Living, the Eternal.

3. He sent down to you the Book with the Truth, confirming what came before it; and He sent down the Torah and the Gospel.

4. Aforetime, as guidance for mankind; and He sent down the Criterion. Those who have rejected God’s signs will have a severe punishment. God is Mighty, Able to take revenge.

5. Nothing is hidden from God, on earth or in the heaven.

6. It is He who forms you in the wombs as He wills. There is no god except He, the Almighty, the Wise.

7. It is He who revealed to you the Book. Some of its verses are definitive; they are the foundation of the Book, and others are unspecific. As for those in whose hearts is deviation, they follow the unspecific part, seeking dissent, and seeking to derive an interpretation. But none knows its interpretation except God and those firmly rooted in knowledge say, “We believe in it; all is from our Lord.” But none recollects except those with understanding.

8. “Our Lord, do not cause our hearts to swerve after You have guided us, and bestow on us mercy from Your presence; You are the Giver.”

9. “Our Lord, You will gather the people for a Day in which there is no doubt.” God will never break His promise.

10. As for those who disbelieve, neither their wealth nor their children will avail them anything against God. These will be fuel for the Fire.

My Interpretation: 

“Alif Lam Meem” is an opening chant of the heart and mind. Nobody really knows exactly what these three words are that are recorded in the Quran at the start of almost each sura, but it is said that this is when the Angel begins talking.

The Quran is the Book that is being given to Muhammad in order to support the original Torah and the Gospels. This is proof in our unity as believers.

This is almost like a prayer that Gabriel is showing Muhammad before more truth is revealed to him. God is one, as we are all one. Nothing is concealed to God and truth is always revealed. We are each created in the womb with particular purpose and reason, only God can fully know.

Line 7 is my favorite to express what has happened in religion. Religion in itself is not evil, but men with corruption in their hearts interpreted the books to do evil and to create problems on earth. Such examples can be seen in the Templar Crusades, Spanish Inquisition and Boko Haram. There are verses that are easy to understand such as “make a loan agreement, or don’t create a usury commerce, or give divorce women money”, but there are others that are a test to see HOW you decide to interpret the words that only God knows the true meaning. We must always refrain to fight and argue over vague ideas that only God can know. This could bring more peace to the world, if we remembered this and did as Muhammad was told to teach the people.

I always knew that the Gospel, Torah, and Quran, and many other books have all been part of a test to see who really does see the Good in God, and who is of the faithful. Only those who seek God, will understand these verses. You need a balance of a good heart, mind, and intuitive knowing to help you be a person of understanding. Without these three things, they will seem like just imaginary stories or false words, or worse evil books.

This is a prayer being told to Muhammad for the people to ask God to continue guidance and to help strengthen them against evil and temptation in all matters.

The disbelievers of these days in 600AD were corrupt. They didn’t want to loose their wealth, usury, and immoral way of life, so they decided to not believe in the messengers sent to them. Today’s disbelievers, we call atheists don’t necessarily have malice in their hearts, but their relationship and openness to God’s messages will be part of their test and trail in life. Only God can judge and we as believers can never know the height of someone’s spirituality. There is a grand spectrum, that someone can fit on, and so we can never know their private beliefs. But here is a reminder that God knows.

I call the path to God the Middle Way. It is the path that is not too religiously zealous to judge, or not to oblivious to believe in things not seen. The Middle Way is the path for those who know the messages of God, but don’t force them on others and remain kind even though the temptation to judge is there. Once again this is for God to do. Your goal is to learn how to love and treat everyone equally, and God will give each what they have earned in the End.

Middle Way