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  Sura 6 of the Quran  
The Cattle

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Classification Meccan
Position Juzʼ 7 to 8
Hizb number 13 to 15
Number of Rukus 20
Number of verses 165
Number of Sajdahs none

Sūrat al-Anʻām (Arabic: سورة الأنعام‎‎, "The Cattle") is the sixth chapter of the Qur'an, with 165 verses. It is a Makkan sura and its main topics are monotheism, resurrection, heaven and hell.

The surah reports the story of the prophet Abraham,[Quran 6:74–80] who, by using his own reason, stops worshiping celestial bodies and turns towards Allah so that he could receive revelation.

It includes a version of the Mosaic Ten Commandments.

Notable verses

"What is the life of this world but play and amusement? But best is the home in the hereafter, for those who are righteous."
"And with Him are the keys of the Invisible. None but He Knoweth them. And He Knoweth what is in the land and the sea. Not a leaf falleth but He Knoweth it, not a grain amid the darkness of the earth, naught of wet or dry but (it is noted) in a clear record."
  • 6:68 - commands avoiding vain conversations:
"And when thou seest those who meddle with Our revelations, withdraw from them until they meddle with another topic. And if the devil cause thee to forget, sit not, after the remembrance, with the congregation of wrong-doers."
"In the day when He Saith: Be! it is."


  • Verse (6:159) is famously known for forbidding sects and denominations, as well as for being one of the few times the word Shia is mentioned.
As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, thou hast no part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah: He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did.
Inna allatheena farraqoo deenahum wakanoo shi'a an lasta minhum fee shay, in innama amruhum ila Allah thumma yunabbi-ohum bima kanoo yaf 'aloon.


  1. Ibn Kathir, Stories of the Prophets, From Adam to Muhammad, Ibn Katheer, "Ibn Katheer states that many of the early Muslim scholars and others maintain that the content of these Ten Commandments exists in the following two Qur'anic verses: "Say; 'Come, I will rehearse what Allah hath (really) prohibited you from: join not anything as equal as Him: be good to your parents; kill not your children on a plea of want - We provide sustenance for you and for them- come not nigh to shameful deeds, whether open or secret; take not life, which Allah hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom. And come not nigh to the orphan's property, except to improve it, until he attain the age of full strength; give measure and weight with (full) justice; no burden do We place on any soul but that which it can bear - whenever ye speak, speak justly, even if a near relative is concerned; and fulfil the Covenant of Allah thus doth He command you, the ye may remember." ( al-Anʻām: 151-2)"

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