In Surah Al-e-Imran, verse 37, Allah says:

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The word I'm asking about here is "rizq" (second line, right at the stop). According to the mufasireen, the tafseer of this ayah is two things:

  • Maryam (alayhaa salam) had out-of-season fruits with her
  • She had scrolls of knowledge with her

I understand the first source of tafseer: the word rizq in Arabic language means "provision," and can encompass meanings of wealth and food.

But what about the second meaning -- scrolls of knowledge? Where or how does this meaning derive from -- is it from the language? From a correlated source (a second ayah, or a hadith)?

  • Nice question. I don't know about the scrolls meaning but as far as I understand "رزق" has a more general meaning than food in Quran, see for example verses 3:169 and 65:11. Maybe they are interpreting it as spiritual food which can then interpreted as knowledge.
    – Kaveh
    Aug 14, 2012 at 4:14

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The word "rizq" in Arabic language means everything could be profitable, so in Almou'gam Alwaseet "The Medium Dictionary" it could mean food, wear, rain and even salary:

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So "rizq" could mean beneficial knowledge.

The Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) said :

O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from the knowledge which does not benefit, from the heart that does not entertain the fear (of Allah), from the soul that does not feel contented and the supplication that is not responded. Sahih Muslim

There is also a third tafseer mentioned in tafseer Al-Tabari, that "rizq" means increasing in the amount of food which Maryam (alayha assalam) had. but the first tafseer (out-of-season fruits) is the most proper tafseer as mufasiroon said.

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