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 7 contains Āyāt / Parts 5
  • Siparah/ Volume 7 & 8


قُلْ إِنِّي نُهِيتُ أَنْ أَعْبُدَ الَّذِينَ تَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ اللّهِ قُل لاَّ أَتَّبِعُ أَهْوَاءكُمْ قَدْ ضَلَلْتُ إِذًا وَمَا أَنَاْ مِنَ الْمُهْتَدِينَ

Qul innee nuheetu an aAAbuda allatheena tadAAoona min dooni Allahi qul laattabiAAu ahwaakum qad dalaltu ithan wama ana mina almuhtadeen(a)

Say you-SW: verily I am forbidden to worship those whom you call upon beside Allah-SWT . Say you-SW: I shall not follow your vain desires, for then I shall be gone astray, and shall not remain of the guided.

(6:56 )

قُلْ إِنِّي عَلَى بَيِّنَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّي وَكَذَّبْتُم بِهِ مَا عِندِي مَا تَسْتَعْجِلُونَ بِهِ إِنِ الْحُكْمُ إِلاَّ لِلّهِ يَقُصُّ الْحَقَّ وَهُوَ خَيْرُ الْفَاصِلِينَ

Qul innee AAala bayyinatin min rabbee wakaththabtum bihi ma AAindee matastaAAjiloona bihi ini alhukmu illa lillahi yaqussu alhaqqa wahuwa khayru alfasileen(a)

Say you-SW: I stand upon evidence from my Rabb-SWT , and you belie it; not with me is what you hasten on. Then decision is but of Allah-SWT . He-SWT recounts the truth, and He-SWT is the Best of Deciders.


قُل لَّوْ أَنَّ عِندِي مَا تَسْتَعْجِلُونَ بِهِ لَقُضِيَ الأَمْرُ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَكُمْ وَاللّهُ أَعْلَمُ بِالظَّالِمِينَ

Qul law anna AAindee ma tastaAAjiloona bihi laqudiya alamru baynee wabaynakum wa(A)llahu aAAlamu bi(al)ththalimeen(a)

Say you-SW: if what you have lain would hasten on is with me, the affair would have been decided between you and me, and Allaah-SWT is the Best Knower of the ungodly.


وَعِندَهُ مَفَاتِحُ الْغَيْبِ لاَ يَعْلَمُهَا إِلاَّ هُوَ وَيَعْلَمُ مَا فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ وَمَا تَسْقُطُ مِن وَرَقَةٍ إِلاَّ يَعْلَمُهَا وَلاَ حَبَّةٍ فِي ظُلُمَاتِ الأَرْضِ وَلاَ رَطْبٍ وَلاَ يَابِسٍ إِلاَّ فِي كِتَابٍ مُّبِينٍ

WaAAindahu mafatihu alghaybi la yaAAlamuha illa huwa wayaAAlamu ma fee albarri wa(a)lbahri wama tasqutu min waraqatin illa yaAAlamuha wala habbatin feethulumati alardi wala ratbin wala yabisin illa fee kitabin mubeen(in)

And with Him-SWT are the keys of the unseen; none knows them but He-SWT . And He-SWT knows whoever is in the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but He-SWT knows it, nor a seed-grain mows in the darkness of the earth, nor anything of fresh and dry but is in a luminous Book.


وَهُوَ الَّذِي يَتَوَفَّاكُم بِاللَّيْلِ وَيَعْلَمُ مَا جَرَحْتُم بِالنَّهَارِ ثُمَّ يَبْعَثُكُمْ فِيهِ لِيُقْضَى أَجَلٌ مُّسَمًّى ثُمَّ إِلَيْهِ مَرْجِعُكُمْ ثُمَّ يُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ

Wahuwa allathee yatawaffakum bi(a)llayli wayaAAlamu ma jarahtum bi(al)nnahari thumma yabAAathukum feehi liyuqda ajalun musamman thumma ilayhi marjiAAukum thumma yunabbiokum bima kuntum taAAmaloon(a)

And He-SWT it is Who takes your souls by night and knows what you cam by day Then He-SWT raises you therein that there may be fulfilled the term allotted. Thereafter to Him-SWT shall be your return: and then He-SWT shall declare to you what you have been working.


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

Let these people know very clearly O’ Prophet-SW, that Allah-SWT has forbidden you from obeying their gods and whatever they believe in save Him-SWT . This is because Allah-SWT can never allow that being His-SWT servants, people should look to others for the fulfillment of their needs! The fact is that Allah-SWT is the One Who-SWT fulfils all needs. It is only the myopia of man that he shows gratitude to others. It is the fabrication of soul which deceives people. If Allaah-SWT forbid, I too approve of your beliefs, I shall also be amongst those who err and the path of righteousness shall be lost, liven then, you believe in cannot be proven right. So win should I endorse you?


And I have clear evidence from my Rabb-SWT such as the Revelations, conversation with the angels. Allaah-SWT ’s Book and a treasure of metaphysical knowledge of which you are oblivious and only deny it. Over and above, you act thanklessly by deposing that if the consequence of denial is torment why is it not forth coming? I did not claim that I control the punishments and rewards. I am only trying my best to make vou understand that the decisions are taken by Allaah-SWT and no one can dare intervene in His-SWT Authority. It is upto Him-SWT to decide how much respite He-SWT may give, or whom He-SWT shall facilitate repentance, and who will be condemned when, and what shall be the mode of punishment! His-SWT Decrees are very clear and He-SWT indeed makes the best of judgements. O’ Prophet-SW! Inform them that had requital been within my power, I would not have hesitated for a second to meet their blatant demand and the matter would have been long resolved. But this is neither my responsibility nor a part of my duty! My job is to deliver Allah-SWT's Message to His-SWT people. How each individual responds, is best known to Him-SWT . He-SWT knows the extent of transgression and also the transgressor fully well.


The Divine Attributes

All the ungodly religions, according to human needs, ascribed powers to fulfil those needs to various beings. Thev believed all such entities to be worthy of worship. But Islam, the religion of truth, rejected this concept outrightly. It clearly declared that all superiority belongs to Allaah-SWT . It is His-SWT Attribute to Create, to Provide for and to be Aware of all the needs of His-SWT creations. He-SWT is the Knowledgeable and the Omnipotent. Who can accomplish anything independently without seeking anyone's help. He-SWT Alone is worthy of all praise and worship. No Prophet-AS or Angel-AS can claim any share or partnership in His-SWT Attributes, being also His-SWT creations. Whatever quality one may have is only His-SWT blessing. He-SWT created everything. He-SWT Himself has always been and shall always be and so will be His-SWT Attributes. All His-SWT Attributes have been summarized into two qualities, that is, Knowledge and Omnipotence. If someone intends to reform himself, believing in these two would provide him enough guidance for a lifetime.


As for the knowledge, Allaah-SWT owns the treasures of the unseen, which are not known to anyone else and are beyond the access of any creature. A confusion often arises when people sometime mistake knowledge of a created being as knowledge of the unseen. For example, a doctor or a scientist may predict something, which comes true. These people base their prediction on some observed facts which are too fine to be noticed by an ordinary person. This in any case cannot be termed as the knowledge of the unseen, as the source of its acquisition already exists. Another kind is soothsaying or astrology etc. The source of the former, as said earlier, is Satan and his whispers. He informs the soothsayers about events that take place in a distant land. The astrologers and the palmists rely greatly on conjectures, which may or may not turn out to be true. In short, such phenomena do have a cause. The most authentic and profound knowledge is that of the Prophets-AS, and then of the Aulia. A Prophet-AS informs people of the realities pertaining to this life as well as the Hereafter. These are, of course, news from the Unseen world, and to believe in the Unseen is a prerequisite of faith. But even this, according to the Quran, cannot be termed as Knowledge of the Unseen, because it is acquired by a Prophet-AS through Revelation. It is rightly called as Information on the Unseen, whereas the knowledge of Allaah-SWT is not dependant on any source. It is Personal and all Encompassing.


Events of the past as well as the future are all within His-SWT vision and so is whatever lies on land and under water; every sand particle in the vastness of deserts, each drop in the rolling oceans, are all in His-SWT Knowledge. He-SWT Knows when a leaf withers and falls: beneath the darkness; and within the layers of the soil there isn't a grain which lies hidden from Him. In fact, everything dry or wet, big on small in the entire universe is recorded in the Guarded Tablet, while His-SWT Knowledge is far vaster than that.


Coming to the Omnipotence of Allah-SWT, it is enough for man to see that he cannot survive without sleep, which indeed is similar to death. It is only Allaah-SWT Who makes the condition of death prevail over a sleeping person whereby he becomes heedless of good or bad,  light or darkness. It is He-SWT Who watches the daily routine of mankind minutely and knows all that they do before going to bed. He-SWT is in complete charge and returns sleeping people to life, and gives them respite to complete the appointed term. The sources of guidance are readily available and for anyone wishing to turn back to Him-SWT , the doors of repentance are left ajar! But there is no route for escape whatsoever, as everyone must return to Him-SWT one day, whence He-SWT shall recount each and every action of all.