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THEME: The very first verse gives direct and strict warning to those who were rejecting the Message (people of Makkah) outright, 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 ﷺ  aims to bring practically in human life have been presented briefly in an appealing manner. 
  5. The Holy Prophet ﷺ and his companions have been comforted and told about the attitude they should adopt in the face of antagonism and persecution by the disbelievers.

Surah An-Nahal 1- 128

  • [16:4] Never forget where you came from; you were created from a sperm-drop. Whenever you start feeling haughty, remind yourself of this. Know that you can be the highest of creatures or the lowest.
  • [16:7]  Allah created the animals mentioned as modes of transport, as food and as delight for our eyes. And he has created other similar creation which we do not know now of now but which will be created in the future by the human MIND that was also a HUGE AMAZING creation of Allah, وَيَخْلُقُ مَا لَا تَعْلَمُونَ Our duty when we use/see these blessings is to be grateful to Allah and to take care of these animals rights…not abuse them and be kind to them
  • [16:9] Keep asking Allah to lead you on the way to Him and not on all those other deviating paths.
  • [16:10] Reflect on the blessing of rain; it’s clean water for you to drink falling from the sky. Imagine if rain would be sticky or salty. When it rains say following dua and get rewarded for reviving a sunnah,

Allaahumma sayyiban naafi’an – O Allah (bring) beneficial rain clouds (Al-Bukhari) 

  • [16:11] Reflect over the blessings coming from the sea, of meat, ornaments etc. How Allah moves the boats therein for business and trade.
  • [16:18] Allah has created the universe and everything in it like skies, mountains and rain from the sky for the service of humans…all the various blessings and favors of Allah are coming to us free…bilkul muft…Allah doesnt demand anything in return..and the blessings continue even when we sin. SubhanAllah! Our duty and our purpose in life is to be grateful for His favors-grateful by Our Heart, Our tongue and Our Actions (Worship Allah alone and not do shirk).
  • [16:20-21] Seeking help from the dead in the graves and making dua to them is MAJOR SHIRK and sheer stupidity of humans as the dead cannot hear and can’t even help themselves or do as they wish.
  • [16:25] It might happen that on the Day of Judgement you find yourself carrying your own sins and some of the burdens of others of those who you misguided – or for example when you backbite, that person will take from your good deeds and when you run out, you will get their bad deeds as well. Ask Allah to protect you from ever having to bear the burden of others.
  • [16:30] Allah’s Book is the best gift…and all it does is bring the best bounties to the ones who stick to it.
  • [16:31] The reward of righteous deeds will be Jannah.
  • [16:34] Ask for Allah’s maghfirah – protection from the evil effects of your own bad deeds.
  • [16:45] For some people their sins feel like a mountain pressing on them while others ‘wave’ their sins away like a fly (i.e they think lightly of their bad deeds). Ask Allah to guide you to always take your sins seriously!
  • [16:53] Whatever you have comes from Allah – so why turn to others people when you lose something or want something? Teach your children to realize that all they have comes from Allah and to thank Him and to ask Him (before seeking anyone’s help).
  • [16:45-47] Never be satisfied on your life of wrongdoing and sins. Fear Allah and His punishment. He might stop giving you chances to repent and reform and send you a torment when you are unaware.
  • [16:51] There are no two gods. There is only one god and that is Allah.
  • [16:58] Never be ungrateful at the birth of a girl instead of a boy- this is mentioned in the Quran.
  • [16:61] If you think Allah isn’t punishing you for your bad deeds, know that He sometimes lets people continue in their wrongdoing to be punished in the Hereafter. Don’t wait for Allah’s punishment, change yourself now!
  • [16:66] Reflect over the blessing of milk, think about its perfect white color even when it comes from between all blood and usual stuff in the body. Have you ever thought of what an awesome miracle it is? Say alhamdulillah whenever you see milk and drink it.
  • [16:69] Honey has healing features: use it as a cure and you are reviving a sunnah.
  • [16:72] Know that whatever the situation is with your spouse; he or she was Allah’s choice for you so there must be wisdom in it for you.
  • [16:76] Ask Allah to be of those who spread justice and not of those who bring no benefit to others.
  • [16:77] Remind yourself that the Day of Judgement is less than a glance of the eye away.
  • [16:79] Have you ever had those moments when you think a situation will no doubt crush you, only for you to make it through? Have you ever doubted your abilities only to find that somehow you triumph? Have you ever been so low and down, but in the end, Allah held you up?
  • [16:80] Allah gave you a house as protection and place of rest; create an atmosphere of emaan in your homes. Say the sunnah dua for entering and leaving your house, recite Surah Al Baqarah regularly in your house, don’t listen to music in your houses nor display family pictures on the wall! Your home is a blessing; don’t use it as a place to disobey Allah.
  • [16:90] Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression.
  • [16:95-96] Do not attach yourself too much to dunya and its people. Keep reminding yourself that whatever you have will end, but what Allah has is lasting. And Allah will surely give those who were patient their reward according to the best of what they used to do. Allah says: 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] Say a’oodhu billaahi minash shaytaanir rajeem with conviction when you recite the Quran.
  • [16:119] If you do something wrong because you didn’t know better, Allah will forgive you however only if you, when knowledge comes to you, repent and correct yourself. How many times do we commit a certain sin because we were ignorant, but when the knowledge comes to us, we keep doing that same sin, knowing it’s wrong? When you gain knowledge about something, ask Allah to help you live by it as you will be accountable for it.
  • [16:125] It’s your responsibility as a Muslim to call people to Allah. Give them dawah with wisdom, caring advice and polite ways.
May Allah guide us to reflect and act on these points, Aameen.
English Compilation: Sr. Mariam Anwer (Quest for Paradise)