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 Total Ayat 128
 
 Total Words 1844
 
  Root Words 365
 
Unique Root Words 11
Naming Convention of the Surah [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016

The surah takes its name from Ayat no. 68, “And your Lord inspired to the bee, "Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct.” It is also refered to as the surah of blessings as it contains many of the blessings of Allah upon mankind.

There are 128 Ayat in this Surah.

 
 
Top 10 Most Frequent Root Words used in this Surah
Central Theme [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016

All the topics of the Surah revolve around different aspects of the Message i.e. refutation of polytheism (Shirk), proof of Monotheism (Tawhid) and warning of the consequences of the rejection, opposition or antagonism to the Message. With a quiet, soft beat, it nonetheless tackles several main topics within its broad framework. It makes use of several sound effects and  emphatic connotations to heighten its impact. Like all surahs revealed in Makkah, it discusses the main topics of faith, such as God’s oneness, revelation and resurrection. But it also refers to a number of secondary topics, such as the essential unity between Abraham’s faith and the faith preached by MuÄ¥ammad (peace be upon them both). It outlines the true nature of God’s will, an mentions the human will with regard to accepting or denying the true faith, following divine guidance or going astray. It explains the mission of God’s messengers and His law that applies to those who deny them and their messages. It discusses the question of who may forbid things or leave them lawful, and the false concepts of pagan ideologies in this regard. It speaks of leaving one’s community to migrate for God’s sake, the persecution Muslims may suffer at the hands of unbelievers, the rejection of faith after having accepted it and what punishment any of these situations may incur. It then adds some discussion on human dealings, such as maintaining justice, ensuring kindly treatment, giving money for good purposes and the fulfilment of promises and pledges, as well as other practices that observe the principles of faith. Thus we see how the surah weaves together its interrelated subject matter.

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

The last Ayat of Surah al-Hijr is “And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty (death). “ and the beginning of an-Nahl is “The command of Allah is coming......” – explained as Day of Qiyamah is coming.

At the end of Surah an-Nahl is “Indeed, Allah is with those who fear Him and those who are Muhsineen.” And this is demonstrated in the very beginning of the next surah which is about the Isra wal Mi’raj – where at the height of the troubles, pain and loss [of his beloved wife and uncle] the Prophet is taken on a miraculous journey to speak to God Himself.

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The Virtues of the Surah [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016
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Special Features of the Surah [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016
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Important key and unique words of the Surah [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016
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Period of Revelation [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016

The following internal evidence shows that this Surah was revealed during the last Makkan stage of Prophethood:

1.         V. 41 clearly shows that persecution had forced some Muslims to emigrate to Abyssinia before the revelation of this Surah.

2.         It is evident from v. 106 that at that time the persecution of the Muslims was at its height and a problem had arisen where Muslims under persecution were being forced to utter words of blasphemy.

3.         V. 112-114 clearly refer to the end of a seven year famine that had struck Makkah some years after the beginning of Prophethood.

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Background Reasons for Revelation [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016
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Lessons/Guidance/Major-Issues/Reflections [ edit ] Last edited: 04/03/2016
  • Just like honey comes out of the stomach of the Bee as a manisfestation of ………
  • Surah Ibrahim, Hijr and an-Nahl – are revealed at a time of great trials upon the Prophet and the Muslims – which all then lead to the point of Isra wal-Mi’raj – where the Loved meets The Beloved…..????
  • Proof of Tawhid and refutation of shirk [polytheism].
  • The mountains have been set on the earth to stabilize its balance.
  • Allah has sent the Rasools to warn against the unbeliever's excuse: "If Allah wanted we would have not worshipped anyone else."
  • Allah's promise to provide a good abode for those who migrate for His sake.
  • If Allah were to punish people for their wrong doings, He would not have left even an animal around them.
  • As water gives life to dead land so The Qur'an does to the human soul.
  • Allah has provided signs in the lives of the bees, birds and animals.
  • Allah commands to do justice, be good to others, and give to near relatives; and He forbids indecency, wickedness, and rebellion.
  • Seek Allah's protection against Shaitan before starting to recite The Qur'an.
  • Halal (lawful) and Haram (unlawful) are only from Allah.
  • Ibrahim was a nation in himself.
  • Call towards the Way of Allah with wisdom; advise and reason in a courteous manner.
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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: 03/03/2016
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