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  Sura 16 of the Quran  
The Bees

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Classification Meccan
Position Juzʼ 14
Hizb number 27 to 28
Number of verses 128
Number of Sajdahs 1 (verse 50)

Sūrat an-Naḥl (Arabic: سورة النحل‎, "The Bees")is the 16th sura of the Qur'an, with 128 ayat. It is named for Bees.


This sura warns against polytheism, saying that the pagan gods cannot create anything ([Quran 16:20]), and against comparisons between Allah and any created beings ([Quran 16:74]). It also praises Allah for giving the Earth with all its wealth to mankind. According to this sura, all wonders of the natural world, like seas, stars, mountains are proofs of God's infinite power ([Quran 16:14]). The verse 66 talks about the miracle in milk formation in cattle: "From what is within their bodies, between excretions and blood, We produce for your drink, milk, pure and agreeable to those who drink it." The verse 67 talks about miracle of vine (alcohol): "And from the fruit of the date-palm and the vine, ye get out strong drink and wholesome food: behold, in this also is a sign for those who are wise" [وَمِنْ ثَمَرَاتِ النَّخ۪يلِ وَالْاَعْنَابِ تَتَّخِذُونَ مِنْهُ سَكَراً وَرِزْقاً حَسَناًۜ اِنَّ ف۪ي ذٰلِكَ لَاٰيَةً لِقَوْمٍ يَعْقِلُونَ].

The verse [Quran 16:103] addresses the allegations that Muhammad has invented the Quran.

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