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Surah Al-An’am Ayat 118 in Arabic Text

فَكُلُوا۟ مِمَّا ذُكِرَ ٱسْمُ ٱللَّهِ عَلَيْهِ إِن كُنتُم بِـَٔايَـٰتِهِۦ مُؤْمِنِينَ
Fakuloo mimmmaa zukirasmul laahi ‘alaihi in kuntum bi Aayaatihee mu’mineen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 118

Sahih International
So eat of that [meat] upon which the name of Allah has been mentioned, if you are believers in His verses.

Yusuf Ali
So eat of (meats) on which Allah’s name hath been pronounced, if ye have faith in His signs.

Abul Ala Maududi
If you believe in the signs of Allah, eat (the flesh) of that over which Allah’s name has been pronounced.

Muhsin Khan
So eat of that (meat) on which Allah’s Name has been pronounced (while slaughtering the animal), if you are believers in His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.).

Pickthall
Eat of that over which the name of Allah hath been mentioned, if ye are believers in His revelations.

Dr. Ghali
So eat of that over which The Name of Allah has been mentioned, in case you are believers in His signs.

Abdel Haleem
So [believers] eat any [animal] over which God’s name has been pronounced, if you believe in His revelations.

Quran 6 Verse 118 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-An’am ayat 118, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(6:118) If you believe in the signs of Allah, eat (the flesh) of that over which Allah’s name has been pronounced.[84]


84. Many nations have imposed on themselves superfluous religious taboos, which include a variety of dietary restrictions. On the one hand, they have declared lawful many of the things which God has forbidden. On the other, there are many things which God has made lawful but which some people have forbidden to themselves. Some people have even gone so far as to consider eating animals slaughtered in the name of God as unlawful, while those slaughtered with no mention of God’s name may be eaten. God repudiates this and urges the Muslims – if they really believe in Him and obey His injunctions – to smash the superstitious and prejudiced notions contrived by human beings in disregard of God’s revealed guidance, and to recognize as unlawful all that God has declared to be unlawful, and as lawful all that God has declared to be lawful.

Ibn-Kathir

118. So eat of that on which Allah’s Name has been mentioned, if you are believers in His Ayat. 119. And why should you not eat of that on which Allah’s Name has been mentioned, while He has explained to you in detail what is forbidden to you, except under compulsion of necessity And surely, many do lead astray by their own desires through lack of knowledge. Certainly your Lord knows best the transgressors.


Allowing What was Slaughtered in the Name of Allah

This is a statement of permission from Allah, for His servants, allowing them to eat the slaughtered animals werein His Name was mentioned when slaughtering them. It is understood from it that He has not allowed that over which Allah’s Name was not mentioned when slaughtering. This was the practice of the pagans of Quraysh who used to eat dead animals and eat what was slaughtered for the idols. Allah next encourages eating from the meat of sacrificed animals on which His Name was mentioned upon slaughtering,

﴿وَمَا لَكُمْ أَلاَّ تَأْكُلُواْ مِمَّا ذُكِرَ اسْمُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهِ وَقَدْ فَصَّلَ لَكُم مَّا حَرَّمَ عَلَيْكُمْ﴾

(And why should you not eat of that on which Allah’s Name has been mentioned, while He has explained to you what is forbidden to you…) meaning, He has explained and made clear to you what He has prohibited for you in detail,

﴿إِلاَّ مَا اضْطُرِرْتُمْ إِلَيْهِ﴾

(except under compulsion of necessity.) In which case, you are allowed to eat whatever you can find. Allah next mentions the ignorance of the idolators in their misguided ideas, such as eating dead animals and what was sacrificed while other than Allah’s Name was mentioned when slaughtering them. Allah said,

﴿وَإِنَّ كَثِيرًا لَّيُضِلُّونَ بِأَهْوَائِهِم بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ إِنَّ رَّبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُعْتَدِينَ﴾

(And surely, many do lead astray by their own desires through lack of knowledge. Certainly your Lord knows best the transgressors.) He has complete knowledge of their transgression, lies and inventions.

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