A middle nation: Ummatan wasatan

There seems to be two extremes:

1. Everything is halal
2. Everything is haram

Fortunately Allah has made it clear:

وَكَذَٰلِكَ جَعَلْنَاكُمْ أُمَّةً وَسَطًا لِّتَكُونُوا شُهَدَاءَ عَلَى النَّاسِ وَيَكُونَ الرَّسُولُ عَلَيْكُمْ شَهِيدًا ۗ

Thus We have appointed you a middle nation Ummatan wasatan , that ye may be witnesses against mankind, and that the messenger may be a witness against you (Q 2:143 Pickthall)



Wasatan one that represents a middle path between exaggeration and negligence, because both are blameworthy in the matter of religion.

Wasatan means, just and best. Allah has made this ummah just in all matters of religion, and in the middle with regard to the Prophets, between those who exaggerated about them like the Christians, and those who shunned them like the Jews, because they believed in all of them in an appropriate manner.

Wasatan  means we are in the middle with regard to divine laws; they did not go to extremes like the Jews or neglect them like the Christians.




Islamic QA

Categories: Islam, Quran

2 replies

  1. Just to add. This is one valid interpretation of wasata. But wasata also comes in the meaning of the “link”. It is also interpreted as the link between God and the rest of mankind. Because the other part of verse says so that Allah can establish Muslim Nation as a witness over rest of mankind that Allah’s message was sent down. And Prophet(as) a witness over us that he delivered message o us.

    Previously this link were the people of Israel. They were the link but this verse shows that Allah replaced one Ummah with another. One link with another.

    Ofcourse in Quranic exegesis, one verse may convey two valid meanings both of which can be used. And I also totally agree with this interpretation.


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