سورة النحل   

Surah Name: An-Nahl Meaning: The Bee

  • Revealed at Makkah
  • This Surah, also revealed in Makkah, carries on the discussion initiated in the preceding Surah, extending it to the evidence or the inevitability of the Day of Judgement. It also presents the various creations of Allah-SWT as testimony to His-SWT Unity: amongst them the honeybee has been especially mentioned. This is why the Surah is named An-Nahl.
  • Total Number of Rukū / Sections 16
  • Total Number of Āyāt / Parts 128
  • Sūrah / Chapter number 16
  • Rukū / Section 8 contains Āyāt / Parts 5
  • Siparah/ Volume 14


وَلَوْ يُؤَاخِذُ اللّهُ النَّاسَ بِظُلْمِهِم مَّا تَرَكَ عَلَيْهَا مِن دَآبَّةٍ وَلَكِن يُؤَخِّرُهُمْ إلَى أَجَلٍ مُّسَمًّى فَإِذَا جَاء أَجَلُهُمْ لاَ يَسْتَأْخِرُونَ سَاعَةً وَلاَ يَسْتَقْدِمُونَ

Walaw yuakhithu Allahu a(l)nnasa bithulmihim ma taraka AAalayha min dabbatin walakin yuakhkhiruhum ila ajalin musamman faitha jaa ajaluhum la yastakhiroona saAAatan wala yastaqdimoon(a)

And if Allaah-SWT were to seize mankind for their wrongdoing, not a living creature He-SWT would leave on it, but He-SWT defers them to an hour and when their hour comes they cannot delay it a moment nor anticipate it.


وَيَجْعَلُونَ لِلّهِ مَا يَكْرَهُونَ وَتَصِفُ أَلْسِنَتُهُمُ الْكَذِبَ أَنَّ لَهُمُ الْحُسْنَى لاَ جَرَمَ أَنَّ لَهُمُ الْنَّارَ وَأَنَّهُم مُّفْرَطُونَ

WayajAAaloona lillahi ma yakrahoona watasifu alsinatuhumu alkathiba anna lahumu alhusna la jarama anna lahumu a(l)nnara waannahum mufratoon(a)

They ascribe to Allaah-SWT what they detest, and their tongues utter the falsehood that unto them shall be good; undoubtedly unto them shall be the Fire, and they shall be hastened thereto.


تَاللّهِ لَقَدْ أَرْسَلْنَا إِلَى أُمَمٍ مِّن قَبْلِكَ فَزَيَّنَ لَهُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ أَعْمَالَهُمْ فَهُوَ وَلِيُّهُمُ الْيَوْمَ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ

Ta(A)llahi laqad arsalna ila omamin min qablika fazayyana lahumu a(l)shshaytanu aAAmalahum fahuwa waliyyuhumu alyawma walahum AAathabun aleem(un)

By Allaah-SWT ! We-SWT have sent Messengers-AS to communities before you, then Satan made their own works fairseeming to them, so he is their patron today and to them shall be a torment afflictive.


وَمَا أَنزَلْنَا عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ إِلاَّ لِتُبَيِّنَ لَهُمُ الَّذِي اخْتَلَفُواْ فِيهِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةً لِّقَوْمٍ يُؤْمِنُونَ

Wama anzalna AAalayka alkitaba illa litubayyina lahumu allathee ikhtalafoo feehi wahudan warahmatan liqawmin yuminoon(a)

And We-SWT have not sent down the Book to you save in order that you may expound to them that whereon they differ; and as a guidance and Mercy to a people who believe.


وَاللّهُ أَنزَلَ مِنَ الْسَّمَاء مَاء فَأَحْيَا بِهِ الأَرْضَ بَعْدَ مَوْتِهَا إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لآيَةً لِّقَوْمٍ يَسْمَعُونَ

Wa(A)llahu anzala mina a(l)ssamai maan faahya bihi alarda baAAda mawtiha inna feethalika laayatan liqawmin yasmaAAoon(a)

Allah-SWT has sent down from the heaven water, then He-SWT revives the earth by it after its death; verily in that is a Sign for a people who listen.


In The Name of Allah-SWT the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

These polytheists are so wicked that if Allaah-SWT decides to seize them instantly for their beliefs and actions there would remain not one of them alive on the face of this earth. They will surely be seized once the respite is over. And when the appointed Hour arrives nobody will be able to hasten or delay it. They are so impudent as to suggest for Allah-SWT something which they themselves detest, i.e. daughters. Yet they entertain hopes of eternal rewards. Undoubtedly, for such people awaits the Fire, to the intensity of which they are constantly contributing, for every polytheistic action and belief adds more fuel to this inferno. Allah-SWT, the Magnificent, is a witness to the fact that even before the Holy Prophet-SW, whenever Messengers-AS were sent unto nations, Satan made the act of opposing them look very commendable and attractive. He-SW convinced his-SW followers that it was an act of great chivalry and indeed they were doing a great job. Consequently they qualified to share the fate of their mentor, and will ultimately be subjected to a painful doom together.


The Status of Hadith

O' Beloved Prophet-SW! The Book has been revealed to you so that you-SW may convey the truth explicitly and guide those who have strayed from the right beliefs and practices, towards the right path. And those who have accepted Islam may attain Divine Mercy. In other words, it is being reiterated that the explanation of the Divine Book and the determination of its meanings is a Prophetic function. This explanation and interpretation by the Holy Prophet-SW is termed as Hadith. Its denial is synonymous to the denial of guidance and deprives one of His-SWT Mercy.

Allah-SWT's Omnipotence is like an open book. It is He-SWT Who-SWT sends down the rain and enlivens the soil. This downpour turns the barren soil into a meadow. The coming of spring alone provides ample evidence of His-SWT Omnipotence for those who listen and ponder carefully.