Surah Al-An’am Ayat 8 in Arabic Text
Here you can read various translations of verse 8
And they say, “Why was there not sent down to him an angel?” But if We had sent down an angel, the matter would have been decided; then they would not be reprieved.
They say: “Why is not an angel sent down to him?” If we did send down an angel, the matter would be settled at once, and no respite would be granted them.
They also say: ‘Why has no angel been sent down to this Prophet?’ Had We sent down an angel, the matter would surely have long been decided and no respite would have been granted them.
And they say: “Why has not an angel been sent down to him?” Had We sent down an angel, the matter would have been judged at once, and no respite would be granted to them.
They say: Why hath not an angel been sent down unto him? If We sent down an angel, then the matter would be judged; no further time would be allowed them (for reflection).
And they said, “If only an Angel had been sent down on him!” And (yet), if We had sent down an Angel, the Command would indeed have been decreed; thereafter they would not be respited.
They say, ‘Why was no angel sent down to [support] him?’ But had We sent down an angel, their judgement would have come at once with no respite given.
Quran 6 Verse 8 Explanation
For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-An’am ayat 8, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.
(6:8) They also say: ‘Why has no angel been sent down to this Prophet?’ Had We sent down an angel, the matter would surely have long been decided and no respite would have been granted them.
5. The unbelievers were saying that if Muhammed (peace be on him) had indeed been endowed with prophethood, an angel should have been sent down from heaven to announce that he was the Messenger of God, and that that people would be punished if they did not follow his directives. It was atonishing to these ignorant objectors that the Creator of the heavens and the earth should appoint someone as His Messenger and then leave him without protection against the physical hurts and insults that were flung at him. They would have expected the envoy of a Sovereign as great as the Creator of the universe to be accomplied by at least some heavenly constable, if not a large retinue, to protect him!
6. The unbelievers’ objection is refuted by this remark. it warns them that the time available for accepting the true faith and bringing about the required reform in their lives will last only as long as Ultimate Reality remains concealed from human perception by the wheel of the Unseen. Once that wheel is removed, there will be no more respite: the summons to God’s rekoning will have come. This earthly life is a test of whether a man is able to recognize the Ultimate Reality – even though it lies hidden from his sence perception – by the correct excecise of his reason and intelect and of whether, having once recognized it, he is able to behave in conformity with that Reality by exercising control over his animal self and its lusts. This test necessarily requires that the Reality should remain concealed. Thereafter man will be confronted with the result of the test rather than by any further test. Until God has decided to bring the term of their test to a close, it is not possible to respond to such requests by sending angels to them in their true form. (See also Towards Understanding the Qur’an, vol. I, (Surah 2, n.228.)
The tafsir of Surah Al-Anam verse 8 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Anam ayat 7 which provides the complete commentary from verse 7 through 11.
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