Aal-Imran · Juz 3 · Qur'an Tafseer

Whoever Desires A Religion Other than Islam, It will Not Be Accepted

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Surah Aal-Imran Ayaat 83-85

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala rebukes those who prefer a religion other than the religion that He sent His Books and messengers with, which is the worship of Allan Alone without any partners. The heavens and the earth submit to Him, then who are we do deny and disobey Him?

In Surah Ar-Rad it appears,

“And to Allah prostrates whoever is within the heavens and the earth, willingly or by compulsion, and their shadows [as well] in the mornings and the afternoons.” (Qur’an 13:15)





Then how can man, who is minute in comparison to the heavens and the earth, not prostrate and submit to the Creator?

In another ayah, He says,

Have they not considered what things Allah has created? Their shadows incline to the right and to the left, prostrating to Allah , while they are humble. (Qur’an 16:48)






And to Allah prostrates whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth of creatures, and the angels [as well], and they are not arrogant. (Qur’an 16:49)





They fear their Lord above them, and they do what they are commanded. (Qur’an 16: 50)




[These are the ayaat of sajdah, it means whoever recites or hears them should prostrate immediately or at least after reading or hearing them. Proper ablution is not required to perform sajdah outside the prayer. Read: How to do Sujood Al-Tilawah]

A faithful believer submits to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala in heart and body, while the disbeliever unwillingly submits to Him in body only, since he is under Allah’s power, irresistible control and mighty kingship that cannot be repelled or resisted.

“Say, ‘We have believed in Allah and in what was revealed to us,” Ibn Katheer commented that this means the Qur’an, “and what was revealed to Ibraheem, Isma’eel, Ishaq, Yaqoob,” meaning the scriptures and revelation. “and the Descendants,” the descendants are the twelve tribes which originated from the twelve children of Isra’el [Yaqoob/Jacob]. “and in what was given to Musa and ‘Eesa,” the Torah and the Injeel, “and to the prophets from their Lord,” and this encompasses all of Allah’s prophets (AS).

“We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [submitting] to Him.” It means that we believe in all the prophets (AS) without prejudice. We give them the respect as we give to Muhammad salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. We believe that they were the chosen and honored slaves of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala sent for the guidance of the people.

Faithful Muslims believe in every prophet (AS) whom Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has sent and in every Book He revealed, and never disbelieve in any of them. Rather, they believe in what was revealed by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and in every Prophet sent by Him.

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala said next, “And whoever desires other than Islam as religion – never will it be accepted from him.” It means that whoever seeks other than what Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has legislated, it will not be accepted from him.

“and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.”

The Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said in an authentic Hadith,  

مَنْ عَمِلَ عَمَلًا لَيْسَ عَلَيْهِ أَمْرُنَا، فَهُوَ رَد

“Whoever commits an action that does not conform to our matter (religion) then it is rejected.” This is a great reminder for those who follow innovations and say, “What’s wrong with that? We are still worshiping Allah?” The problem with that is that it doesn’t conform to the Sunnah of Rasoolullah salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.


  • Whatever Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala decided for us is the best, whether it’s our skin color, features, language, birth place or religion, we are pleased with His decree for us. He created us, He knows us the best, therefore, the religion that “He” chose for us is the best.

  • We don’t know what was given to Isma’eel (AS), Yaqoob (AS) and others but since Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala mentions this in the ayah, we believe in without any questions.

  • We learn about the obligation of believing in whoever and whatever He has sent whether we know him or not because we are to believe in whatever our Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam conveyed to us.

  • We learn about the obligation of submitting “only” to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. We neither worship an object nor a person. It means we obey Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala  and do not obey the people in disobedience to Allah. 

Download PDF:   Surah Aal-Imran Ayaat 83-85

رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا ۖ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيم                
“Our Lord, accept [this] from us. Indeed You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.”
[Al-Baqarah 2: 127]

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