Sūrat al-An‘ām

Sūrah No. 6. Revealed in Makkah, 165 verses. 

The Sūrah is called al-An‘ām (grazing livestock) because such livestock are mentioned in fifteen verses of the Sūrah.

According to Tafsīr al-Mizan, most of its verses suggest arguments against polytheists regarding beliefs in One God, Prophethood, and the resurrection.  

Merits of reciting the Sūrah

According to hadith, this Sūrah was revealed to the Prophet a at once by seventy thousand angels. If one recites the Sūrah, those angels will glorify Allah on his behalf until the day of resurrection.

Note: This reward will be for those who take heed of the message and implement it in their lives.

General synopsis of contents

1) Qualities of Allah 

2) Objections of those who rejected the Prophet a and answers to the objections.

3) Actions of the wrongdoers. 

5) Death and the Judgement.

6) Prophet Ibrahim (a)’s argument and submission to God.

7) Prophethood of other Prophets.

8) Guidance comes from Allah.

9) A discussion on cattle and forbidden foods.

10) The path to God

Suggested verses for reflection and memorization.

1) Tawhid is to understand the greatness and complete power of Allah.

2) Worship belongs exclusively to Him.

3) Prophets had a pivotal role in guiding people to Tawhīd.

4) The challenges faced by the Prophets are an inspiration for believers.

5) Everyone will be judged according to their intentions and deeds.

6) People turn to Allah when in difficulties but turn away from Him when difficulties are removed.

7) God’s mercy encompasses all things. He rewards tenfold for one good deed, but a sin is recompensed only for its like.

Activities for self-study

1) 6:17 – Should Allah visit you with some distress there is no one to remove it except Him; and should He bring you some good, then He has power over all things.

2) 6:32 – The life of the world is nothing but play and diversion, and the abode of the Hereafter is surely better for those who are God conscience. Do you not exercise your reason?

3) 6:59 – With Him are the treasures of the Unseen; no one knows them except Him. He knows whatever there is in land and sea. No leaf falls without His knowing it, nor is there a grain in the darkness of the earth, nor anything fresh or withered but it is in a manifest Book.

4) 6:160 – Whoever brings virtue shall receive ten times its like; but whoever brings vice shall not be requited except with its like, and they will not be wronged.

5) 6:162 – Say, ‘Indeed my prayer and my worship, my life and my death are for the sake of Allah, the Lord of all the worlds