Al-Anaam · Juz 7 · Qur'an Tafseer

Tafseer Surah al-Anaam Ayah 66 and 67

The Invitation to the Truth is Guidance without Coercion

Since this Surah was revealed at the end of Makkan period, therefore a final warning is being given to the people of Quraysh.

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Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala says to the Prophet salAllahu `alayhi wa sallam that his people have denied the Qur’an. He is being told to convey to the Quraysh that he is not a wakeel over them. Wakeel means a trustee or guardian – one to whom all matters are handed over. Meaning the Prophet’s responsibility was only to convey Allah’s message to the people. The recompense is not in his hands. He is only a warner and a Messenger. He can neither reward them nor punish them.

Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala said in Surah al-Kahf Ayah 29, “Then whoever wills, let him believe, and whosoever wills, let him disbelieve.” This means the Messenger’s duty is only to convey the message; the listener’s duty is to hear and obey. Those who follow the Messenger will acquire happiness in this life and the Hereafter. Those who defy him will become miserable in the life and the Hereafter.

Therefore, it was said in Ayah 67,

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Naba [نَبَإٍ] means important news or relevant information. This means that every information that Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala given us through His Messenger salAllahu `alayhi wa sallam, there is a reality. The event that we have been given news of will take place at its fixed time.

LESSONS:

– We learn that a da`ees’s responsibility is to convey the message of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala. it is not a da`ee’s job to reward or punish someone. He should only be worried about his own responsibility and leave the recompense to Allah.

– Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala has fixed a time for every person’s death as well as for the destruction of a nation.

– Everything has its fixed time whether it’s death or rizq [provision], hastening for it will not make it happen. One has to wait until it is written to happen. Be patient and focus on that which is important. When time for something has not come don’t keep thinking about it. Do something else.

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