VERSES
128
PAGES
267-281

Name

The name, An-Nahl, of this Surah has been taken from v. 68. This is merely to distinguish it from other Surahs.

Period of Revelation

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 Habash 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. Therefore a problem had arisen in regard to the utterance of a blasphemous word, without actual disbelief, under unbearable conditions. The problem was that if one did so how he should be treated.

  3. vv. 112-114 clearly refer to the end of seven year famine that had struck Makkah some years after the appointment of the Holy Prophet as Allah's Messenger.

  4. There is a reference to v. 116 of this Surah in VI: 145, and v. 118 of this Surah contains a reference to VI: 146. This is a proof that both these Surahs (VI and XVI) were sent down in the same period.

The general style of the Surah also supports the view that this was revealed during the last stage at Makkah.

Central Theme

All the topics of the Surah revolve round different aspects of the Message, ie., refutation of shirk, proof of Tauhid, and warning of the consequences of the rejection of and opposition and antagonism to the Message.

Topics of Discussion

The very first verse gives direct and strict warning to those who were rejecting the Message outright, as if to say, "Allah's decision has already been made concerning your rejection of the Message. Why are you then clamoring for hastening it? Why don't you make use of the respite that is being given to you!" And this was exactly what the disbelievers of Makkah needed at the time of the revelation of this Surah. For they challenged the Holy Prophet over and over again: "Why don't you bring that scourge with which you have been threatening us! For we have not only rejected your Message but have been openly opposing it for a long time." Such a challenge had become a by-word with them, which they frequently repeated as a clear proof that Muhammad (Allah's peace be upon him) was not a true Prophet.

Immediately after this warning they have been admonished to give up shirk, for this false creed was the main obstacle in the way of the Message. Then the following topics come over and over again, one after the other:

  1. Very convincing proofs of Tauhid and refutation of shirk have been based on the plain signs in the universe and in man's own self.

  2. The objections of the disbelievers have been answered, their arguments refuted, their doubts removed and their false pretexts exposed.

  3. Warnings have given of the consequences of persistence in false ways and antagonism to the Message.

  4. The moral changes which the Message of the Holy Prophet aims to bring practically in human life have been presented briefly in an appealing manner. The mushriks have been told that belief in Allah, which they also professed, demanded that it should not be confined merely to lip service, but this creed should take a definite shape in moral and practical life.

  5. The Holy Prophet and his companions have been comforted and told about the attitude they should adopt in the face of antagonism and persecution by the disbelievers.

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Source: Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi - Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Quran

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16:97

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Barangsiapa yang mengerjakan amal saleh, baik laki-laki maupun perempuan dalam keadaan beriman, maka sesungguhnya akan Kami berikan kepadanya kehidupan yang baik dan sesungguhnya akan Kami beri balasan kepada mereka dengan pahala yang lebih baik dari apa yang telah mereka kerjakan.

Sahih International

Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer - We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.

16:98

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Sahih International

So when you recite the Qur'an, [first] seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the expelled [from His mercy].

Indonesian

Apabila kamu membaca Al Quran hendaklah kamu meminta perlindungan kepada Allah dari syaitan yang terkutuk.

16:99

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Sahih International

Indeed, there is for him no authority over those who have believed and rely upon their Lord.

Indonesian

Sesungguhnya syaitan itu tidak ada kekuasaannya atas orang-orang yang beriman dan bertawakkal kepada Tuhannya.

16:100

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Sesungguhnya kekuasaannya (syaitan) hanyalah atas orang-orang yang mengambilnya jadi pemimpin dan atas orang-orang yang mempersekutukannya dengan Allah.

Sahih International

His authority is only over those who take him as an ally and those who through him associate others with Allah .

16:101

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Dan apabila Kami letakkan suatu ayat di tempat ayat yang lain sebagai penggantinya padahal Allah lebih mengetahui apa yang diturunkan-Nya, mereka berkata: "Sesungguhnya kamu adalah orang yang mengada-adakan saja". Bahkan kebanyakan mereka tiada mengetahui.

Sahih International

And when We substitute a verse in place of a verse - and Allah is most knowing of what He sends down - they say, "You, [O Muhammad], are but an inventor [of lies]." But most of them do not know.

16:102

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Sahih International

Say, [O Muhammad], "The Pure Spirit has brought it down from your Lord in truth to make firm those who believe and as guidance and good tidings to the Muslims."

Indonesian

Katakanlah: "Ruhul Qudus (Jibril) menurunkan Al Quran itu dari Tuhanmu dengan benar, untuk meneguhkan (hati) orang-orang yang telah beriman, dan menjadi petunjuk serta kabar gembira bagi orang-orang yang berserah diri (kepada Allah)".

16:103

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Dan sesungguhnya Kami mengetahui bahwa mereka berkata: "Sesungguhnya Al Quran itu diajarkan oleh seorang manusia kepadanya (Muhammad)". Padahal bahasa orang yang mereka tuduhkan (bahwa) Muhammad belajar kepadanya bahasa 'Ajam, sedang Al Quran adalah dalam bahasa Arab yang terang.

Sahih International

And We certainly know that they say, "It is only a human being who teaches the Prophet." The tongue of the one they refer to is foreign, and this Qur'an is [in] a clear Arabic language.

16:104

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Sesungguhnya orang-orang yang tidak beriman kepada ayat-ayat Allah (Al Quran), Allah tidak akan memberi petunjuk kepada mereka dan bagi mereka azab yang pedih.

Sahih International

Indeed, those who do not believe in the verses of Allah - Allah will not guide them, and for them is a painful punishment.

16:105

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Sahih International

They only invent falsehood who do not believe in the verses of Allah , and it is those who are the liars.

Indonesian

Sesungguhnya yang mengada-adakan kebohongan, hanyalah orang-orang yang tidak beriman kepada ayat-ayat Allah, dan mereka itulah orang-orang pendusta.

16:106

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Indonesian

Barangsiapa yang kafir kepada Allah sesudah dia beriman (dia mendapat kemurkaan Allah), kecuali orang yang dipaksa kafir padahal hatinya tetap tenang dalam beriman (dia tidak berdosa), akan tetapi orang yang melapangkan dadanya untuk kekafiran, maka kemurkaan Allah menimpanya dan baginya azab yang besar.

Sahih International

Whoever disbelieves in Allah after his belief... except for one who is forced [to renounce his religion] while his heart is secure in faith. But those who [willingly] open their breasts to disbelief, upon them is wrath from Allah , and for them is a great punishment;

16:107

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Sahih International

That is because they preferred the worldly life over the Hereafter and that Allah does not guide the disbelieving people.

Indonesian

Yang demikian itu disebabkan karena sesungguhnya mereka mencintai kehidupan di dunia lebih dari akhirat, dan bahwasanya Allah tiada memberi petunjuk kepada kaum yang kafir.

16:108

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Sahih International

Those are the ones over whose hearts and hearing and vision Allah has sealed, and it is those who are the heedless.

Indonesian

Mereka itulah orang-orang yang hati, pendengaran dan penglihatannya telah dikunci mati oleh Allah, dan mereka itulah orang-orang yang lalai.

16:109

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Indonesian

Pastilah bahwa mereka di akhirat nanti adalah orang-orang yang merugi.

Sahih International

Assuredly, it is they, in the Hereafter, who will be the losers.

16:110

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Dan sesungguhnya Tuhanmu (pelindung) bagi orang-orang yang berhijrah sesudah menderita cobaan, kemudian mereka berjihad dan sabar; sesungguhnya Tuhanmu sesudah itu benar-benar Maha Pengampun lagi Maha Penyayang.

Sahih International

Then, indeed your Lord, to those who emigrated after they had been compelled [to renounce their religion] and thereafter fought [for the cause of Allah ] and were patient - indeed, your Lord, after that, is Forgiving and Merciful

16:111

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Sahih International

On the Day when every soul will come disputing for itself, and every soul will be fully compensated for what it did, and they will not be wronged.

Indonesian

(Ingatlah) suatu hari (ketika) tiap-tiap diri datang untuk membela dirinya sendiri dan bagi tiap-tiap diri disempurnakan (balasan) apa yang telah dikerjakannya, sedangkan mereka tidak dianiaya (dirugikan).

16:112

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Sahih International

And Allah presents an example: a city which was safe and secure, its provision coming to it in abundance from every location, but it denied the favors of Allah . So Allah made it taste the envelopment of hunger and fear for what they had been doing.

Indonesian

Dan Allah telah membuat suatu perumpamaan (dengan) sebuah negeri yang dahulunya aman lagi tenteram, rezekinya datang kepadanya melimpah ruah dari segenap tempat, tetapi (penduduk)nya mengingkari nikmat-nikmat Allah; karena itu Allah merasakan kepada mereka pakaian kelaparan dan ketakutan, disebabkan apa yang selalu mereka perbuat.

16:113

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Sahih International

And there had certainly come to them a Messenger from among themselves, but they denied him; so punishment overtook them while they were wrongdoers.

Indonesian

Dan sesungguhnya telah datang kepada mereka seorang rasul dari mereka sendiri, tetapi mereka mendustakannya; karena itu mereka dimusnahkan azab dan mereka adalah orang-orang yang zalim.

16:114

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Maka makanlah yang halal lagi baik dari rezeki yang telah diberikan Allah kepadamu; dan syukurilah nikmat Allah, jika kamu hanya kepada-Nya saja menyembah.

Sahih International

Then eat of what Allah has provided for you [which is] lawful and good. And be grateful for the favor of Allah , if it is [indeed] Him that you worship.

16:115

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He has only forbidden to you dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah . But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit] - then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.

Indonesian

Sesungguhnya Allah hanya mengharamkan atasmu (memakan) bangkai, darah, daging babi dan apa yang disembelih dengan menyebut nama selain Allah; tetapi barangsiapa yang terpaksa memakannya dengan tidak menganiaya dan tidak pula melampaui batas, maka sesungguhnya Allah Maha Pengampun lagi Maha Penyayang.

16:116

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Sahih International

And do not say about what your tongues assert of untruth, "This is lawful and this is unlawful," to invent falsehood about Allah . Indeed, those who invent falsehood about Allah will not succeed.

Indonesian

Dan janganlah kamu mengatakan terhadap apa yang disebut-sebut oleh lidahmu secara dusta "ini halal dan ini haram", untuk mengada-adakan kebohongan terhadap Allah. Sesungguhnya orang-orang yang mengada-adakan kebohongan terhadap Allah tiadalah beruntung.

16:117

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Sahih International

[It is but] a brief enjoyment, and they will have a painful punishment.

Indonesian

(Itu adalah) kesenangan yang sedikit, dan bagi mereka azab yang pedih.

16:118

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Dan terhadap orang-orang Yahudi, Kami haramkan apa yang telah Kami ceritakan dahulu kepadamu; dan Kami tiada menganiaya mereka, akan tetapi merekalah yang menganiaya diri mereka sendiri.

Sahih International

And to those who are Jews We have prohibited that which We related to you before. And We did not wrong them [thereby], but they were wronging themselves.

16:119

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Kemudian, sesungguhnya Tuhanmu (mengampuni) bagi orang-orang yang mengerjakan kesalahan karena kebodohannya, kemudian mereka bertaubat sesudah itu dan memperbaiki (dirinya), sesungguhnya Tuhanmu sesudah itu benar-benar Maha Pengampun lagi Maha Penyayang.

Sahih International

Then, indeed your Lord, to those who have done wrong out of ignorance and then repent after that and correct themselves - indeed, your Lord, thereafter, is Forgiving and Merciful.

16:120

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Sesungguhnya Ibrahim adalah seorang imam yang dapat dijadikan teladan lagi patuh kepada Allah dan hanif. Dan sekali-kali bukanlah dia termasuk orang-orang yang mempersekutukan (Tuhan),

Sahih International

Indeed, Abraham was a [comprehensive] leader, devoutly obedient to Allah , inclining toward truth, and he was not of those who associate others with Allah .

16:121

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Sahih International

[He was] grateful for His favors. Allah chose him and guided him to a straight path.

Indonesian

(lagi) yang mensyukuri nikmat-nikmat Allah. Allah telah memilihnya dan menunjukinya kepada jalan yang lurus.

16:122

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Sahih International

And We gave him good in this world, and indeed, in the Hereafter he will be among the righteous.

Indonesian

Dan Kami berikan kepadanya kebaikan di dunia. Dan sesungguhnya dia di akhirat benar-benar termasuk orang-orang yang saleh.

16:123

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Kemudian Kami wahyukan kepadamu (Muhammad): "Ikutilah agama Ibrahim seorang yang hanif" dan bukanlah dia termasuk orang-orang yang mempersekutukan Tuhan.

Sahih International

Then We revealed to you, [O Muhammad], to follow the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth; and he was not of those who associate with Allah .

16:124

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Sahih International

The sabbath was only appointed for those who differed over it. And indeed, your Lord will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that over which they used to differ.

Indonesian

Sesungguhnya diwajibkan (menghormati) hari Sabtu atas orang-orang (Yahudi) yang berselisih padanya. Dan sesungguhnya Tuhanmu benar-benar akan memberi putusan di antara mereka di hari kiamat terhadap apa yang telah mereka perselisihkan itu.

16:125

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Sahih International

Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.

Indonesian

Serulah (manusia) kepada jalan Tuhan-mu dengan hikmah dan pelajaran yang baik dan bantahlah mereka dengan cara yang baik. Sesungguhnya Tuhanmu Dialah yang lebih mengetahui tentang siapa yang tersesat dari jalan-Nya dan Dialah yang lebih mengetahui orang-orang yang mendapat petunjuk.

16:126

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Dan jika kamu memberikan balasan, maka balaslah dengan balasan yang sama dengan siksaan yang ditimpakan kepadamu. Akan tetapi jika kamu bersabar, sesungguhnya itulah yang lebih baik bagi orang-orang yang sabar.

Sahih International

And if you punish [an enemy, O believers], punish with an equivalent of that with which you were harmed. But if you are patient - it is better for those who are patient.

16:127

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Sahih International

And be patient, [O Muhammad], and your patience is not but through Allah . And do not grieve over them and do not be in distress over what they conspire.

Indonesian

Bersabarlah (hai Muhammad) dan tiadalah kesabaranmu itu melainkan dengan pertolongan Allah dan janganlah kamu bersedih hati terhadap (kekafiran) mereka dan janganlah kamu bersempit dada terhadap apa yang mereka tipu dayakan.

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