A Central Theme of Surah al-An’aam: Tafsir al-Qurtubi

After discussing a number of statements from the salaf regarding the revelation and themes of surah al-An’aam, Imam al-Qurtubi then wrote:

تنبيه : قال العلماء : هذه السورة أصل في محاجة المشركين وغيرهم من المبتدعين ومن كذب بالبعث والنشور وهذا يقتضي إنزالها جملة واحدة لأنها في معنى واحد من الحجة وإن تصرف ذلك بوجوه كثيرة . ـ

A Note: the scholars have said that this surah is the foundation for arguing against the Mushrikoon, as well as others such as innovators and anyone who denies the resurrection and gathering of the dead. That is why this surah was revealed all at once, because it all centers around one message of making an argument, even if the surah pursues that goal in a number of different ways.

[Jaami’ Li-Ahkam al-Qur’an 6/296]

See also: Which Surahs were Revealed in Installments or All at Once: al-Suyooti

Read selected explanations of surah al-An’aam here

Read more thematic tafsir articles here

See also: Later Surahs Build on Earlier Surahs: Imam al-Shatibi [forthcoming, inshaAllaah]

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