What is the interpretation of Ayah 9, Surah 63?



What is the interpretation of Ayah 9, Surah 63, where Allah (swt) says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تُلْهِكُمْ أَمْوَالُكُمْ وَلَا أَوْلَادُكُمْ عَنْ ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۚ وَمَنْ يَفْعَلْ ذَٰلِكَ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْخَاسِرُونَ {9}

[Shakir 63:9] O you who believe! let not your wealth, or your children, divert you from the remembrance of Allah; and whoever does that, these are the losers.


The basic Islamic principle which is expressed in this ayah and in many other ayat of the Holy Qur’an is based on the following points:

-the main goal and purpose of mankind should be to work for their Hereafter

-this world should be used to prepare oneself for the Hereafter

-there is nothing wrong with enjoying the pleasures of this world as long as it does not compromise one’s Hereafter

The ayah in question is reiterating the principle that while there is nothing wrong with seeking wealth and caring for one’s family, it should not compromise or take priority over one’s Hereafter. If there is a clash between the two interests, one should always put the Hereafter and God’s Command before their worldly interests.

Answered by: Dr Ali Alsamail
Certified by: Sheikh Mansour Leghaei