Sura An-Nahl (, Sūratu an-Nahl, "The Honey Bee") is the 16th. sura of the Qur'an, with 128 verses. Its name means "the bees".


This sura warns against polytheism, saying that the pagan gods cannot create anything, and against comparisons between Allah and any created beings. 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.

The verse addresses the allegations that Muhammad has invented the Quran.


David Engels, "Hierin ist ein Zeichen für solche, die nachdenken. Die Bienensymbolik im Vorderen Orient. Ein Überblick zu Entwicklungslinien und –tendenzen," in: David Engels/Carla Nicolaye (eds.), Ille operum custos. Kulturgeschichtliche Beiträge zur antiken Bienensymbolik und ihrer Rezeption, Hildesheim 2008, pp. 21–40.

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