سورة النمل   

Surah Name: An-Naml Meaning: The Ant

  • Revealed at Makkah
  • Total Number of Rukū / Sections 7
  • Total Number of Āyāt / Parts 93
  • Sūrah / Chapter number 27
  • Rukū / Section 5 contains Āyāt / Parts 8
  • Siparah/ Volume 19 & 20


أَمَّنْ خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَأَنزَلَ لَكُم مِّنَ السَّمَاء مَاء فَأَنبَتْنَا بِهِ حَدَائِقَ ذَاتَ بَهْجَةٍ مَّا كَانَ لَكُمْ أَن تُنبِتُوا شَجَرَهَا أَإِلَهٌ مَّعَ اللَّهِ بَلْ هُمْ قَوْمٌ يَعْدِلُونَ

Amman khalaqa a(l)ssamawati wa(a)larda waanzala lakum mina a(l)ssamai maan faanbatna bihi hadaiqa thata bahjatin ma kana lakum an tunbitoo shajaraha ailahun maAAa Allahi bal hum qawmun yaAAdiloon(a)

Is not He-SWT best Who-SWT has created the heavens and the earth, and Who-SWT sends down water for you from the sky whereby We-SWT cause beautiful orchards to grow up and the trees of which it was not possible for you to cause to grow up? Is there any other god along with Allah-SWT ? Nay! Yet they are a people who equalise.


أَمَّن جَعَلَ الْأَرْضَ قَرَارًا وَجَعَلَ خِلَالَهَا أَنْهَارًا وَجَعَلَ لَهَا رَوَاسِيَ وَجَعَلَ بَيْنَ الْبَحْرَيْنِ حَاجِزًا أَإِلَهٌ مَّعَ اللَّهِ بَلْ أَكْثَرُهُمْ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ

Amman jaAAala alarda qararan wajaAAala khilalaha anharan wajaAAala laha rawasiya wajaAAala bayna albahrayni hajizan ailahun maAAa Allahi bal aktharuhum la yaAAlamoon(a)

Is not He-SWT best Who-SWT has made the earth a fixed abode and has placed the rivers in its midst and has placed firm mountains on it, and has placed a barrier between the two seas? Is there any other god along with Allah-SWT ? Nay! Yet most of them do not know.


أَمَّن يُجِيبُ الْمُضْطَرَّ إِذَا دَعَاهُ وَيَكْشِفُ السُّوءَ وَيَجْعَلُكُمْ خُلَفَاء الْأَرْضِ أَإِلَهٌ مَّعَ اللَّهِ قَلِيلًا مَّا تَذَكَّرُونَ

Amman yujeebu almudtarra itha daAAahu wayakshifu a(l)ssooa wayajAAalukum khulafaa alardi ailahun maAAa Allahi qaleelan ma tathakkaroon(a)

Is not He-SWT best Who-SWT answers the distressed when he calls unto Him-SWT and averts the evil, and has made you the successors in the earth? Is there any other god along with Allah-SWT ? Little do you reflect.


أَمَّن يَهْدِيكُمْ فِي ظُلُمَاتِ الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ وَمَن يُرْسِلُ الرِّيَاحَ بُشْرًا بَيْنَ يَدَيْ رَحْمَتِهِ أَإِلَهٌ مَّعَ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى اللَّهُ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ

Amman yahdeekum fee thulumati albarri waalbahri waman yursilu a(l)rriyaha bushran bayna yaday rahmatihi ailahun maAAa Allahi taAAala Allahu AAamma yushrikoon(a)

Is not He-SWT best Who-SWT guides you in the darknesses of the land and the sea and Who-SWT sends the winds as heralds before His-SWT Mercy? Is there any other god along with Allah-SWT ? Exalted be Allah-SWT above that they associate with Him-SWT .


أَمَّن يَبْدَأُ الْخَلْقَ ثُمَّ يُعِيدُهُ وَمَن يَرْزُقُكُم مِّنَ السَّمَاء وَالْأَرْضِ أَإِلَهٌ مَّعَ اللَّهِ قُلْ هَاتُوا بُرْهَانَكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ

Amman yabdao alkhalqa thumma yuAAeeduhu waman yarzuqukum mina a(l)ssamai wa(a)lardi ailahun maAAa Allahi qul hatoo burhanakum in kuntum sadiqeen(a)

Is not He-SWT best Who-SWT originates creation, and shall thereafter restore it, and Who-SWT provides for you from the heavens and the earth? Is there any other god along with Allah-SWT ? Say you-SW: Bring you proofs if you are truthful.


قُل لَّا يَعْلَمُ مَن فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ الْغَيْبَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَمَا يَشْعُرُونَ أَيَّانَ يُبْعَثُونَ

Qul la yaAAlamu man fee a(l)ssamawati wa(a)lardi alghayba illa Allahu wama yashAAuroona ayyana yubAAathoon(a)

Say you-SW: None in the heavens and the earth knows the unseen save Allah-SWT , nor can they perceive when they will be raised.


بَلِ ادَّارَكَ عِلْمُهُمْ فِي الْآخِرَةِ بَلْ هُمْ فِي شَكٍّ مِّنْهَا بَلْ هُم مِّنْهَا عَمِونَ

Bali iddaraka AAilmuhum fee alakhirati bal hum fee shakkin minha bal hum minha AAamoon(a)

Aye! Their knowledge does not attain to the Hereafter. Aye! They are in doubt about it. Aye! They are blind to it.


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

The infidels are reluctant to believe in Allah-SWT . They must be asked as to who has created the heavens and the earth. Their idols are but a creation, are themselves fashioned and cannot possibly create the heavens and the earth. And Allah-SWT , by His-SWT Wisdom, keeps perfect continuity in His-SWT creation. He-SWT causes the rain, and controls the water cycle-heat from the sun forms clouds which drift along the winds and then the downpour. This very water provides life to the soil to grow orchards, laden with flowers and fruits by His-SWT grand plan. It is beyond the powers of any mortal to make a single plant grow. So how can the one who shares nothing with Allaah-SWT in this entire process can be a partner to Him-SWT in worship? Yet these infidels stick to disbelief.


Who keeps the earth suspended in the space, and causes clear streams to flow on its soil, and has pegged the earth with gigantic mountains? Who keeps the sweet and bitter water apart in the same soil. Can anyone save Allah-SWT do this so that he be worshipped besides Him-SWT ? Yet the ignorance of these infidels has invented partners to Him-SWT .


So who listens to the invocations of the distressed and alleviates his suffering? Even the polytheists, when up against a difficult situation like the turbulent sea would only call out to Allah-SWT for help. Then who has made people heirs to their predecessors, and custodians to Allah-SWT's bounties on earth? There is no one who can become His-SWT equal in worship. Yet very few people take heed.


Who shows the way through the darkness in the land and the sea? While travelling through the deserts or seas, the dark nights clearly show the stars to identify the direction. And who makes the winds blow as harbingers of rain? So can there be anyone who may deserve to be worshipped along with Allah-SWT ? Of course not! Rather all forms of polytheism have been concocted by people. He-SWT is free from all such absurdities.


Is it not He-SWT Who has created everything and will quicken all after death? He-SWT provides livelihood from the heavens and the earth? Is there anyone else who can be declared equal to Him-SWT ? If these infidels have any proof, they must bring it forth against the evidence mentioned above in order to prove their point.


Information Over The Unseen

The Holy Prophet-SW must let them know that despite all their expertise and inventions, it is only Allah-SWT Who knows the unseen. Knowledge of the unseen refers to that knowledge which is acquired without any means or media, outside the pale of sensory perceptions, so much so that even the Prophets-SWT are informed on it by Him-SWT . It is rightly called as Information-on the-unseen and not Knowledge-of-the-unseen. The creation does not even know when will they be resurrected after death. They could not even perceive the Akhirah through their own intellect. Their knowledges stood humbled and they finally ended up harbouring doubts over it.


Knowledge Of Akhirah, Him-SWT And His-SWT Attributes Only Through Revelation

Mankind is thoroughly blind with regard to this issue, for the knowledge of His-SWT Being and His-SWT Attributes as well as the Akhirah is possible only through revelation. It enlightens and saturates the heart with firm belief. Yet the denier of revelation stands visionless on these realities.