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Overview - Surah 6: al-An`am (The Cattle) Views: 01837
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 Total Ayat 165
 
 Total Words 3050
 
  Root Words 435
 
Unique Root Words 8
Naming Convention of the Surah [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016

The name of the Surah is al-An’am [Cattle] and it consists of 165 Ayaat.

 
 
Top 10 Most Frequent Root Words used in this Surah
Central Theme [ edit ] Last edited: 03/03/2016

Islamic Creed. This Surah mainly discusses the different aspects of the major articles of the Islamic Creed: Monotheism, life after death, Prophethood and their practical relevance to human life. It also refutes the erroneous beliefs of those opposing it and answers their objections, warning and admonishing them. Furthermore, it comforts the Prophet and his followers who were suffering from persecution. Of course these themes have not been dealt with under separate headings, but have been blended together in an excellent manner.  

Establishing the Hujjah [proof against]. The Aqeedah [belief] of the Disbelievers is categorically deconstructed and refuted from various perspectives. 

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Connection of the name of the Surah and its Ayaat [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016

The Surah has been mentioned as al-An’am [The Cattle] as many of the rulings concerning the different types of cattle are mentioned in this Surah.

Whether one analyses the different al-An’am [cattle] biologically or manners of behaviour, they are are amongst the greatest evidences in demonstrating Tawheed [Oneness of God]. 

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Connection between the beginning and the ending of the Surah [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016
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Connection of the Surah to the Surah before/after it [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016
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The Virtues of the Surah [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016
  • Ibn Abbas said, "All of Surat al-An’am was revealed in Makkah at night, accompanied by seventy thousand angels, raising their voices in glorification of Allah'' [At-Tabarani as mentioned by Ibn Kathir]
  • It was written down by the scibes the same night that it was revealed.
  • The Prophet said, “I was given in place [position] of the Torah, the Seven [surahs] and in the place of the Zabur, the Hundred [those surahs which have a hundered ayat or so] and in place of the Injeel the al-Mathani [the oft-repeated] and was additionaly honoured by the Mufassil.” [Musnad Ahmad no. 17023]
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Special Features of the Surah [ edit ] Last edited: 03/03/2016
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Important key and unique words of the Surah [ edit ] Last edited: 03/03/2016
  • The word قل Qul - "Say" has the highest frequency in Surah al-Anam compared to all other Surahs. [confirmation needed]
  • The word هو Huwwa "He" - has the highest  frequency in Surah al-Anam compared to all other Surahs. [confirmation needed] - If you want to know about Him.....this Surah will inform you. 
 
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Period of Revelation [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016

According to Ibn Abbas, the whole of the Surah was revealed at one sitting at Makkah [during the night]. Asma bint Yazid says, ‘During the revelation of this Surah the Prophet was riding on a she-camel and I was holding her nose-string. The she-camel began to feel the weight so heavily that it seemed as if her bones would break under it.’ We also learn from other narrations that it was revealed during the last year before the migration (Hijrah) and that the Prophet dictated the whole of the Surah the same night that it was revealed. [Mawdudi]

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Background Reasons for Revelation [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016

After determining the period of its revelation it is easier to visualize the background of the Surah. Twelve years had passed since the Prophet had been inviting the people to Islam. The antagonism and persecution by the Quraysh had become most savage and brutal and the majority of the Muslims had to migrate to Abyssinia. Additionally, the two great supporters of the Prophet, Abu Talib and his wife Khadijah were no longer there to help him, so he was deprived of all worldly support. In spite of this he carried on his mission. As a result of this all the good people of Makkah and the surrounding clans gradually began to accept Islam but there the community as a whole was still bent on obstinacy and rejection. Therefore if anyone showed an inclination towards Islam they were subjected to taunts and derision, physical violence and social boycott.

It was in these dark circumstances that a ray of hope gleamed from Yathrib, where Islam began to spread freely by the efforts of some influential people of the tribes of Aws and Khazraj, who had embraced Islam at Makkah. At that time, none but God knew the great hidden potential in this.

To a casual observer it appeared as if Islam was a weak movement, with no material backing, except for some limited support from the Prophet's own family and a few poor followers. Obviously the latter could not give much help because they themselves were being persecuted.

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Relevant Hadith [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016
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Lessons/Guidance/Major-Issues/Reflections [ edit ] Last edited: 06/03/2016
  • Refutation of shirk and guidance towards Tawhid (Oneness of God). Reality of the life after death and the Day of Judgement.
  • Clarification of self-imposed prohibitions that were falsely attributed to Allah.
  • The fact that Allah's commandments are not irrational taboos, but form the fundamental moral principles of the Islamic society.
  • Answers to objections raised against the person and the mission of the Prophet.
  • Comfort and encouragement is provided to the Prophet and his followers who were at that time in a state of anxiety and despondency.
  • Admonition, warnings and threats are given to the disbelievers to give up their apathy and haughtiness.
  • Prohibition of dividing the religion into sects.
  • Allah requires the Believers to declare: "My Salah, my devotion, my life and my death are all for Allah."
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Wiki Forum Last edited: 04/03/2016
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Miscellaneous Issues Last edited: 04/03/2016
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External Links [ edit ] Last edited: 26/04/2016
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