سورة الأنعام   

Surah Name: Al-An'am Meaning:The Cattle

  • Revealed at Makkah
  • The entire Sarah was revealed at one time during the last year of the Holy Prophet-SW stay at Makkah. It, therefore, sums up the major articles of faith, the unity of Allah-SWT , life beyond life, and the Prophethood together with their practical application to human life. Simultaneously, it rejects the wrong beliefs of the Polytheists, giving answers to their objections-and comforts the Holy Prophet-SW and his Companions-RAU at this most critical juncture, against the reckless persecutions of the non-believers. It ends up with the solemn declaration chosen for the true believers: “Surely my Salaat, my devotion, my life and my death are all for Allah-SWT .

    Excellence in every aspect is attributed to the Creator of the heavens and the earth: of the light and the darkness

  • Total Number of Rukū / Sections 20
  • Total Number of Āyāt / Parts 165
  • Sūrah / Chapter number 6
  • Rukū / Section 18 contains Āyāt / Parts 6
  • Siparah/ Volume 7 & 8


قُل لاَّ أَجِدُ فِي مَا أُوْحِيَ إِلَيَّ مُحَرَّمًا عَلَى طَاعِمٍ يَطْعَمُهُ إِلاَّ أَن يَكُونَ مَيْتَةً أَوْ دَمًا مَّسْفُوحًا أَوْ لَحْمَ خِنزِيرٍ فَإِنَّهُ رِجْسٌ أَوْ فِسْقًا أُهِلَّ لِغَيْرِ اللّهِ بِهِ فَمَنِ اضْطُرَّ غَيْرَ بَاغٍ وَلاَ عَادٍ فَإِنَّ رَبَّكَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Qul la ajidu fee ma oohiya ilayya muharraman AAala taAAimin yatAAamuhu illaan yakoona maytatan aw daman masfoohan aw lahma khinzeerin fainnahu rijsun aw fisqan ohilla lighayri Allahi bihi famani idturra ghayra baghin wala AAadin fainna rabbaka ghafoorun raheem(un)

Say you-SW: I do not find in what has been revealed to me anything forbidden to an eater who eats thereof, except it be carcass, running blood or swine flesh, for that indeed is foul, or an abomination over which is invoked the name of other than that of Allah-SWT . Then whoever is driven thereto neither lusting nor transgressing, your-SW Rabb-SWT is indeed Forgiving, Merciful.


وَعَلَى الَّذِينَ هَادُواْ حَرَّمْنَا كُلَّ ذِي ظُفُرٍ وَمِنَ الْبَقَرِ وَالْغَنَمِ حَرَّمْنَا عَلَيْهِمْ شُحُومَهُمَا إِلاَّ مَا حَمَلَتْ ظُهُورُهُمَا أَوِ الْحَوَايَا أَوْ مَا اخْتَلَطَ بِعَظْمٍ ذَلِكَ جَزَيْنَاهُم بِبَغْيِهِمْ وِإِنَّا لَصَادِقُونَ

WaAAala allatheena hadoo harramna kulla thee thufurin wamina albaqari wa(a)lghanami harramna AAalayhim shuhoomahuma illa ma hamalat thuhooruhumaawi alhawaya aw ma ikhtalata biAAathmin thalika jazaynahum bibaghyihim wainna lasadiqoon(a)

And to them who are Judaised We-SWT forbade every animal with cloven hoof; and of the bullock and the goats We-SWT forbade to them the fat thereof, save what is borne on their backs or entrails or what sticks to the bones. Thus We-SWT requited them for their rebellion and We-SWT are the Truthful.


فَإِن كَذَّبُوكَ فَقُل رَّبُّكُمْ ذُو رَحْمَةٍ وَاسِعَةٍ وَلاَ يُرَدُّ بَأْسُهُ عَنِ الْقَوْمِ الْمُجْرِمِينَ

Fain kaththabooka faqul rabbukum thoo rahmatin wasiAAatin wala yuraddu basuhu AAani alqawmi almujrimeen(a)

Now if they belie you, say you-SW: your-SW Rabb-SWT is Owner of extensive Mercy, and His-SWT Wrath shall not be turned aside from the guilty people.


سَيَقُولُ الَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُواْ لَوْ شَاء اللّهُ مَا أَشْرَكْنَا وَلاَ آبَاؤُنَا وَلاَ حَرَّمْنَا مِن شَيْءٍ كَذَلِكَ كَذَّبَ الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِم حَتَّى ذَاقُواْ بَأْسَنَا قُلْ هَلْ عِندَكُم مِّنْ عِلْمٍ فَتُخْرِجُوهُ لَنَا إِن تَتَّبِعُونَ إِلاَّ الظَّنَّ وَإِنْ أَنتُمْ إَلاَّ تَخْرُصُونَ

Sayaqoolu allatheena ashrakoo law shaa Allahu ma ashrakna wala abaona walaharramna min shayin kathalika kaththaba allatheena min qablihim hatta thaqoo basana qul hal AAindakum min AAilmin fatukhrijoohu lana in tattabiAAoona illaa(l)ththanna wain antum illa takhrusoon(a)

Soon will those who associate say: had Allah-SWT willed we would not have associated, nor our fathers, neither could we have forbidden anything Likewise belied those before them, until they tasted Our-SWT Wrath. Say you-SW : is there with you any authority that you may bring it forth to us? You are following only you’re fancy and only conjecturing.


قُلْ فَلِلّهِ الْحُجَّةُ الْبَالِغَةُ فَلَوْ شَاء لَهَدَاكُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ

Qul falillahi alhujjatu albalighatu falaw shaa lahadakum ajmaAAeen(a)

Say you: with Allah-SWT rests the argument evident. Therefore, had He-SWT so willed, He-SWT would have guided you all.


قُلْ هَلُمَّ شُهَدَاءكُمُ الَّذِينَ يَشْهَدُونَ أَنَّ اللّهَ حَرَّمَ هَـذَا فَإِن شَهِدُواْ فَلاَ تَشْهَدْ مَعَهُمْ وَلاَ تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاء الَّذِينَ كَذَّبُواْ بِآيَاتِنَا وَالَّذِينَ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِالآخِرَةِ وَهُم بِرَبِّهِمْ يَعْدِلُونَ

Qul halumma shuhadaakumu allatheena yashhadoona anna Allaha harrama hathafain shahidoo fala tashhad maAAahum wala tattabiAA ahwaa allatheena kaththaboo biayatina wa(a)llatheena la yuminoona bi(a)lakhirati wahum birabbihim yaAAdiloon(a)

Say you-SW : here with your witnesses; those who will testify that He-SWT has forbidden all this. Then even if they testify, testify you not with them. And follow you not caprices of those who belie Our-SWT Signs and those who believe not in the Hereafter while they ascribe equals to their Rabb-SWT


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

The Holy Prophet-SW must inform them that Allah-SWT has honoured him with His-SWT Revelation, the highest source of knowledge, which does not corroborate the nonsense they practise. The plain Divine Verdict is that carcass is forbidden. By carcass are meant those animals which are declared as such and cannot become permissible even if slaughtered; or those animals otherwise permissible but die before slaughtering; or the flowing blood. And the swine is forbidden as it is filthy. Also forbidden is the meat of animals slaughtered in the name of others than Allah-SWT , both for men and women, except that someone may consume a portion to prevent death by starvation, but not to one's fill for pleasure. Allah-SWT is indeed forgiving and Merciful.


For the preceding nations, for instance the Jews, the consumption of animal fat had been forbidden, except the fat at the backs or the entrails, or that stuck with bones, provided the goat or the cows etc were properly slaughtered. This restriction had also been invoked by their own attitude. Instead of simply following the Divine Commands they always resorted to cross questioning and probing into minor details. Thus the restrictions went on increasing and their wickedness turned into distress; for Divine Word is always true.


If these infidels deny the Holy Prophet-SW, encouraged by the fact that they have not been punished so far, they must be told that their Provider is the Most Merciful, Who-SWT overlooks multifarious sins and gives respite. However, they must remember that if they did not mend their ways, the crimes always invoke punishment, and no power can alter this law or alleviate the agony of punishment from the criminals.


They will even argue that had Allah-SWT not willed, they would have never indulged in polytheism, nor would their forefathers have declared the forbidden as permissible at their own. This is a deluge to which many preceding non believers had fallen prey to. They had also made similar claims and were eventually destroyed. They must be asked to produce any logical evidence to back up their claim to avoid misguidance by mere assumptions. Allah-SWT has revealed the decisive Word and informed the people that this world is the place for action, with the right and wrong well defined. The Prophets-AS have conveyed this clearly to all the nations, in all Ages. Now if someone opts for the path of evil, renouncing virtue, it is by his own choice. He should not console himself by the thought that Allah-SWT is making him act wrongfully. However, had they initiated a link with Allah-SWT , seeking His-SWT Pleasure, all of them would have surely been blessed with guidance. But to obey Satan and blame Allah-SWT is obviously absurd.


Yes! If they have any evidence it must be brought forth in support of what they declare as forbidden. Is this claim based on some eye witness? So, Allah-SWT bids the Holy Prophet-SW that no matter how big a lie these infidels fabricate, his knowledge being a Divine Revelation is true and authentic, so he must not trust what they utter.


Repugnance of Evil Rituals

The Holy Prophet-SW must not trust those who concoct lies against Allah-SWT by taking self-invented rituals as acts of worship and rewards. They must not be listened to as they neither believes in the Day of Judgement nor the Magnificence of Allah-SWT . They, in fact, take others as equals to Him-SWT , and beg them for the fulfilment of their needs, and seek pleasure by making rituals their religion.