QURAN 3:85 (al Imran) WHOEVER SEEKS A RELIGION OTHER THAN ISLAM – Explanation

“And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.” Quran 3:85

Peace on you all.

Many a times the media or the mischief seekers present you with half baked “truth” and try to lie about Islam. If you are not a Muslim then it is very important for you to read the below article and know the truth about Islam because whether you like it or not, Islam is already a big part of your life whether it is because of the ton of lies that you have heard from the media or maybe because it is your Creator’s way to reach out to you. The following article presents a rational explanation as to why this verse is perfectly fair and just.

As with every article of this website even this article is a response to some or the other person who came to me showing a verse saying “look this is what your religion says, are you ok with it?”

I say to them, “Yes it is ok with me and in fact I am eternally indebted to God for making me ok with it”. The following article is a peaceful response to them. So let us begin.

“And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.” Quran 3:85

It is a kind suggestion to those who want to understand from Quran, that they should not pick one verse and its meanings and try to derive an opinion about Quran or Islam. The context of the verses is very important. There is a continuity and relation between verses.

Will your parents or Family accept any other religion for you other than the one you are following?

Before explaining any further I want to ask you will your parents accept any other religion for you other than what you already are following? If they cannot accept then what is wrong if the God in Quran says the same?

The verse immediately preceding 3:85 builds bridges between Jews, Christians and Muslims like no other religion-

To know the context and meaning of verse 3:85, please read the verses BEFORE and AFTER it.

(3:82) Then whosoever shall turn away from this covenant they are the transgressors.

(3:83) Do they now seek a religion other than prescribed by Allah even though all that is in the heavens and the earth is in submission to Him – willing or unwillingly – and to Him all shall return?

(3:84) Say: We believe in Allah and what was revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and to Issac and Jacob and his descendants, and the teachings which Allah gave to Moses and Jesus and to other Prophets. We make no distinction between any of them and to Him do we submit.

(3:85) And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.

The subject starts with Allah saying Why do you reject the signs of Allah even though you yourselves witness them? By “Allah” you should know that I am not talking about a specific god with specific power. He is the God of everything according to the Quran. If you are a believer in One supreme God, then it is this God I am talking about.

Say (to all people): “Call upon Allah, or call upon the Most Gracious: by whatever name ye call upon Him, [it is well]: for to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names.” Quran 17:110

“The most beautiful names belong to Allah: so call on him by them; but shun such men as use profanity in his names.” Quran 7:180

In the next verse i.e. 3:83 Allah i.e. God describes the basic principle characterizing the universe, Allah says, “Do they now seek a religion other than prescribed by Allah i.e. God even though all that is in the heavens and the earth is in submission?” in so far as the universe is in a state of total obedience and service to the Will of God, we say that it is in a state of Islam, the word “Islam” meaning “Submitting to the will of God in Peace”. Here people are asked if they would follow a way of life different from Islam though they are part of the universe which is characterized by submission to God (Islam).

Then in the next verse i.e. 3:84 the Muslims are told that it is not the habit of Muslims to selectively believe in few Prophets and reject others based on their whims. It is the Command of Allah to us to bear witness to the truth of every Messenger of God. By name the Quran takes the name of 6 Prophets in this verse – Abraham, Ishmael, Issaac, Jacob, Moses and Jesus, peace be on all of them, in this single verse. In this ONE verse the Quran builds a bridge of peace between 1.5 billion Muslims and 2 billion Christians and Jews of the world. Every Muslim has the utmost respect and reverence to the religious figures of these two major religions and does not require any Christian or Jew to tell it to him. These are verses of peace.

To my Christian and Brethren, If you are not satisfied then produce a verse from your scriptures in parallel to this which asks people to respect religious figures of Muslims when the Muslims have produced this regarding your figures! 

Allah says that all prophets have been sent with same religion i.e. “Submission to him” which in Arabic is called as “Islam”. Hence he says what he says in 3:85 i.e. “And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.

There is no Compulsion in Religion according to the Quran – 

There shall be no compulsion in the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in false deities and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.Quran 2:256

Allah says in the Quran that you are free to choose whatever you like as long as you are alive in this world. But once you die then you have no control over the flow of events that happen to you after your death unless you believe in the silly notion that you cease to exist after your death!

Once you die, your Creator is free to judge you in whichever way he feels fits. In the Quran he gives us valuable information about what to expect after death. And one of the things that you can expect is what verse 3:85 says, i.e 

“And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.” Quran 3:85

Now coming to terrorism, I got this verse in the list which allegedly promotes terrorism. Are these two even related? I am remembering Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean where he complains to Mr. Gibbs that Pirates are very poor with names. He says that there was once a sailor who had lost both his hands and legs. So Mr. Gibbs asks Jack Sparrow what they named him. Sparrow replies “Larry”.

This clears the explanation for verse 3:85 and we can move to the next verse on the list. But if you are a seeker of knowledge then you can read on some more.

Dear brother/sister, I urge you to look at these words and reflect, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers. The hereafter is very real. If you are a believer in God and believe that he has created the earth and everything in it, then you should not have any problem in believing that God can create a place much better than this called “Heaven” for the good doers. Similarly you should have no problem in believing that he can create a place much worse than this called “Hell” for the wrong doers. Allah says

“What is the life of this world but amusement and play? but verily the Home in the Hereafter,- that is life indeed, if they but knew.” Quran 29:64

In our impatience and ignorance we hurry to gather the good things of this world, but Allah your Creator knows the truth and he says:

“…You desire the good of this world, but Allah desires (for you) the Hereafter. And Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.” Quran 8:67

 


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3:28 OF QURAN (al Imran) DOESN’T SAY MUSLIMS NOT TO TAKE NON-MUSLIMS AS FRIENDS

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2 responses to “QURAN 3:85 (al Imran) WHOEVER SEEKS A RELIGION OTHER THAN ISLAM – Explanation

  1. Pingback: Quran Against Terrorism and General Violence – solution for peace

  2. Let it be a secret

    Assalamualaikum. What a beautiful article, it helps me a lot. Thanks. May Allah bless you.

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