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Surah Al-An’am Ayat 71 in Arabic Text

قُلْ أَنَدْعُوا۟ مِن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ مَا لَا يَنفَعُنَا وَلَا يَضُرُّنَا وَنُرَدُّ عَلَىٰٓ أَعْقَابِنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَىٰنَا ٱللَّهُ كَٱلَّذِى ٱسْتَهْوَتْهُ ٱلشَّيَـٰطِينُ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ حَيْرَانَ لَهُۥٓ أَصْحَـٰبٌۭ يَدْعُونَهُۥٓ إِلَى ٱلْهُدَى قُلْ إِنَّ هُدَى ٱللَّهِ هُوَ ٱلْهُدَىٰ ۖ وَأُمِرْنَا لِنُسْلِمَ لِرَبِّ ٱلْعَـٰلَمِينَ
Qul anad’oo min doonil laahi maa laa yanfa’unaa wa laa yadurrunaa wa nuraddu ‘alaaa a’qaabina ba’da iz hadaanal laahu kallazis tahwat hush Shayaateenu fil ardi hairaana lahooo ashaabuny yad’oo nahooo ilal huda’ tinaa; qul inna hudal laahi huwal hudaa wa umirnaa linuslima li Rabbil ‘aalameen

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 71

Sahih International
Say, “Shall we invoke instead of Allah that which neither benefits us nor harms us and be turned back on our heels after Allah has guided us? [We would then be] like one whom the devils enticed [to wander] upon the earth confused, [while] he has companions inviting him to guidance, [calling], ‘Come to us.’ ” Say, “Indeed, the guidance of Allah is the [only] guidance; and we have been commanded to submit to the Lord of the worlds.

Yusuf Ali
Say: “Shall we indeed call on others besides Allah,- things that can do us neither good nor harm,- and turn on our heels after receiving guidance from Allah? – like one whom the evil ones have made into a fool, wandering bewildered through the earth, his friends calling, come to us’, (vainly) guiding him to the path.” Say: “Allah’s guidance is the (only) guidance, and we have been directed to submit ourselves to the Lord of the worlds;-

Abul Ala Maududi
Ask them (O Muharnmad!): “Shall we invoke, apart from Allah, something that can neither benefit nor harm us, and thus be turned back on our heels after Allah has guided us? Like the one whom the evil ones have lured into bewilderment in the earth, even though he has friends who call him to true guidance saying: “Come to us.” Say: “Surely Allah’s guidance is the only true guidance, and we have been commanded to submit ourselves to the Lord of the entire universe,

Muhsin Khan
Say (O Muhammad SAW): “Shall we invoke others besides Allah (false deities), that can do us neither good nor harm, and shall we turn on our heels after Allah has guided us (to true Monotheism)? – like one whom the Shayatin (devils) have made to go astray, confused (wandering) through the earth, his companions calling him to guidance (saying): ‘Come to us.’ ” Say: “Verily, Allah’s Guidance is the only guidance, and we have been commanded to submit (ourselves) to the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists);

Pickthall
Say: Shall we cry, instead of unto Allah, unto that which neither profiteth us nor hurteth us, and shall we turn back after Allah hath guided us, like one bewildered whom the devils have infatuated in the earth, who hath companions who invite him to the guidance (saying): Come unto us? Say: Lo! the guidance of Allah is Guidance, and we are ordered to surrender to the Lord of the Worlds,

Dr. Ghali
Say, “Shall we invoke, apart from Allah, that which neither profits nor harms us, and will we be turned back on our heels after that Allah has guided us?” Like him whom Ash-Shayatin (The all-vicious “ones”; i.e., the devils) have lured in the earth, bewildered, (who) has companions calling him to the Guidance, “Come up to us!” Say, ” Surely the Guidance of Allah is the (true) Guidance, and we are commanded to surrender to The Lord of the worlds,

Abdel Haleem
Say, ‘Instead of God, are we to call on what neither profits nor harms us? [Are we to] turn on our heels after God has guided us, like someone bewildered, having been tempted by devils into a desert ravine, though his companions call him to guidance [saying], “Come to us”?’ Say, ‘God’s guidance is the true guidance. We are commanded to devote ourselves to the Lord of the Worlds,

Quran 6 Verse 71 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-An’am ayat 71, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(6:71) Ask them (O Muhammad!): “Shall we invoke, apart from Allah, something that can neither benefit nor harm us, and thus be turned back on our heels after Allah has guided us? Like the one whom the evil ones have lured into bewilderment in the earth, even though he has friends who call him to true guidance saying: Come to us. Say: “Surely Allah’s guidance is the only true guidance, and we have been commanded to submit ourselves to the Lord of the entire universe,


There is no commentary by Abul Maududi available for this verse.

Ibn-Kathir

71. Say: “Shall we invoke others besides Allah (false deities), that can do us neither good nor harm, and shall we turn on our heels after Allah has guided us — Like one whom the Shayatin (devils) have made to go astray, confused (wandering) through the land, his companions calling him to guidance (saying): `Come to us.”’ Say: “Verily, Allah’s guidance is the only guidance, and we have been commanded to submit (ourselves) to the Lord of all that exists. 72. And to perform the Salah, and have Taqwa of Him, and it is He to Whom you shall be gathered. 73. It is He Who has created the heavens and the earth in truth, and on the Day He will say: “Be!” it shall become. His Word is the truth. His will be the dominion on the Day when the Sur will be blown. All-Knower of the unseen and the seen. He is the All-Wise, Well-Aware.


The Parable of Those Who Revert to Disbelief After Faith and Good Deeds

As-Suddi said, “Some idolators said to some Muslims, `Follow us and abandon the religion of Muhammad.’ Allah sent down the revelation,

﴿قُلْ أَنَدْعُواْ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ مَا لاَ يَنفَعُنَا وَلاَ يَضُرُّنَا وَنُرَدُّ عَلَى أَعْقَـبِنَا﴾

(Say: “Shall we invoke others besides Allah, that can do us neither good nor harm, and shall we turn on our heels…”) by reverting to disbelief,

﴿بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَانَا اللَّهُ﴾

(“…after Allah has guided us.”) for if we do this, our example will be like he whom the devils have caused to wander in confusion throughout the land. Allah says here, your example, if you revert to disbelief after you believed, is that of a man who went with some people on a road, but he lost his way and the devils led him to wander in confusion over the land. Meanwhile, his companions on the road were calling him to come to them saying, `Come back to us, for we are on the path.’ But, he refused to go back to them. This is the example of he who follows the devil after recognizing Muhammad , and Muhammad is the person who is calling the people to the path, and the path is Islam.” Ibn Jarir recorded this statement.Allah’s statement, j

﴿كَالَّذِى اسْتَهْوَتْهُ الشَّيَـطِينُ فِى الاٌّرْضِ﴾

(Like one whom the Shayatin (devils) have made to go astray (wandering) through the land, ) refers to ghouls,

﴿يَدْعُونَهُ﴾

(calling him) by his name, his father’s and his grandfather’s names. So he follows the devils’ call thinking that it is a path of guidance, but by the morning he will find himself destroyed and perhaps they eat him. The Jinns will then let him wander in a wasteland where he will die of thirst. This is the example of those who follow the false gods that are being worshipped instead of Allah, Most Honored. Ibn Jarir also recorded this. Allah said,

﴿قُلْ إِنَّ هُدَى اللَّهِ هُوَ الْهُدَى﴾

(Say: “Verily, Allah’s guidance is the only guidance,”) Allah said in other instances,

﴿وَمَن يَهْدِ اللَّهُ فَمَا لَهُ مِن مُّضِلٍّ﴾

(And whomsoever Allah guides, for him there will be none to misguide him.) ﴿39:37﴾, and,

﴿إِن تَحْرِصْ عَلَى هُدَاهُمْ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يَهْدِى مَن يُضِلُّ وَمَا لَهُمْ مِّن نَّـصِرِينَ ﴾

(If you covet for their guidance, then verily Allah guides not those whom He makes to go astray. And they will have no helpers.) ﴿17:37﴾ Allah’s statement,

﴿وَأُمِرْنَا لِنُسْلِمَ لِرَبِّ الْعَـلَمِينَ﴾

(and we have been commanded to submit to the Lord of all that exists.) means, we were commanded to worship Allah in sincerity to Him alone, without partners.

﴿وَأَنْ أَقِيمُواْ الصَّلوةَ وَاتَّقُوهُ﴾

(And to perform the Salah, and have Taqwa of Him.) meaning, we were commanded to perform the prayer and to fear Allah in all circumstances,

﴿وَهُوَ الَّذِى إِلَيْهِ تُحْشَرُونَ﴾

(and it is He to Whom you shall be gathered.) on the Day of Resurrection.

﴿وَهُوَ الَّذِى خَلَقَ السَّمَـوَتِ وَالاٌّرْضَ بِالْحَقِّ﴾

(It is He Who has created the heavens and the earth in truth.) meaning, in justice, and He is their Originator and Owner Who governs their affairs and the affairs of their inhabitants. Allah said,

﴿وَيَوْمَ يَقُولُ كُن فَيَكُونُ﴾

(and on the Day He will say: “Be!” it shall become.) Referring to the Day of Resurrection, which will come faster than the blink of an eye, when Allah says to it, `Be.’

As-Sur; The Trumpet

Allah’s statement,

﴿يَوْمَ يُنفَخُ فِى الصُّوَرِ﴾

(on the Day when the Sur will be blown…) refers to His statement,

﴿وَيَوْمَ يَقُولُ كُن فَيَكُونُ﴾

(and on the Day He will say: “Be!” it shall become.) as we stated above. Or, it means,

﴿وَلَهُ الْمُلْكُ يَوْمَ يُنفَخُ فِى الصُّوَرِ﴾

(His will be the dominion on the Day when the Sur will be blown.) Allah said in other Ayat,

﴿لِّمَنِ الْمُلْكُ الْيَوْمَ لِلَّهِ الْوَحِدِ الْقَهَّارِ﴾

(Whose is the kingdom this Day It is Allah’s, the One, the Irresistible!) ﴿40:16﴾, and,

﴿الْمُلْكُ يَوْمَئِذٍ الْحَقُّ لِلرَّحْمَـنِ وَكَانَ يَوْماً عَلَى الْكَـفِرِينَ عَسِيراً ﴾

(The sovereignty on that Day will be the true (sovereignty), belonging to the Most Beneficent (Allah), and it will be a hard Day for the disbelievers.) ﴿25:26﴾ The Sur is the Trumpet into which the angel Israfil, peace be upon him, will blow. The Messenger of Allah said,

«إِنَّ إِسْرَافِيلَ قَدِ الْتَقَمَ الصُّورَ، وَحَنَى جَبْهَتَهُ يَنْتَظِرُ مَتَى يُؤْمَر فَيَنْفُخ»

(Israfil has held the Sur in his mouth and lowered his forehead, awaiting the command to blow in it.) Muslim recorded this Hadith in his Sahih. Imam Ahmad recorded that `Abdullah bin `Amr said, “A bedouin man said, `O Allah’s Messenger! What is the Sur’ He said,

«قَرْنٌ يُنْفَخُ فِيه»

(A Trumpet which will be blown.)”

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