Aal-Imran · Juz 4 · Qur'an Tafseer

Chastising the People who Stop Others from Seeking the Truth

Tafseer Surah Aal-Imran Ayaat 98-99

In this ayah, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala criticizes the people who refuse the Truth, reject His ayaat and hinder those who seek the Truth. They did this despite having the knowledge that what the Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam brought was indeed the truth. They found evidence for it in their Scriptures and through the teachings of their prophets ‘alayhim salaam.

The messengers before Prophet Muhammad salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam all brought the good news of the coming of the unlettered, Arab, Hashimi Prophet from Makkah, the master of the Children of Adam, the Final Prophet and the Messenger of the Lord of the heavens and the earth. 

How were they stopping people from following Allah’s Deen?

We have learned previously that they used to say, “Believe in it in the morning and leave it in the evening.” By doing so, they aimed to confuse the new Muslims. When they would see the People of the Book entering and leaving Islam, they would assume there must be some fault in this new religion because of which the learned people [the People of the Book] are leaving it.

The word iwaja [عِوَجًا] used in the ayah is from the root ayn-wau-jeem and it means “crooked or bent.” It is used to denote something that is not straight or proper.

When the unlearned people approached the People of the Book to ask about the truthfulness of Islam or Prophet Muhammad salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, they would present their opinions in such a way that it would make Islam or the Messenger appear crooked and not right. People would be discouraged to follow. Therefore, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala criticizes them in the ayah.

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has warned the People of the Book against this behavior, stating that He is Witness over what they do, indicating their defiance of the knowledge conveyed to them by the prophets ‘alayhim salaam. They rejected, denied and refused the very Messenger whom they were instructed to follow.

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala states that He is never unaware of what they do, and He will hold them responsible for their actions.


  • Knowing that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala knows everything that we do and what we conceal, is not enough. Having this knowledge and claiming to love Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala should motivate us to abandon all the wrong that we do and submit to His commands.

  • We see that even today people confuse others to dissuade them from the path of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Sometimes they say that these teachings were for the Bedouins and are no more applicable in our times. There are those who no matter how corrupt they are, their purpose in life is to criticize the scholars and the religious people.

We ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to bless us with the correct understanding of the Deen and make us firm in it. We ask Him to grant us righteous companions who hold us and do not let us deviate from the right path, ameen.  

DOWNLOAD PDF:  Tafseer Surah Aal-Imran Ayaat 98-99

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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