Surah Al-Nahl (The Bee): Chapter 16 (line 10-20)

10. It is He Who sends down for you from the sky water. From it is drink, and with it grows vegetation for grazing.

11. And He produces for you grains with it, and olives, and date-palms, and grapes, and all kinds of fruits. Surely in that is a sign for people who think.

12. And He regulated for you the night and the day; and the sun, and the moon, and the stars are disposed by His command. Surely in that are signs for people who ponder.

13. And whatsoever He created for you on earth is of diverse colors. Surely in that is a sign for people who are mindful.

14. And it is He who made the sea to serve you, that you may eat from it tender meat, and extract from it ornaments that you wear. And you see the ships plowing through it, as you seek His bounties, so that you may give thanks.

15. And he cast mountains on the earth, lest it shifts with you; and rivers, and roads, so that you may be guided.

16. And landmarks. And by the stars they guide themselves.

17. Is He who creates like him who does not create? Will you not take a lesson?

18. And if you tried to enumerate the favors of God, you will not be able to count them. God is Forgiving and Merciful.

19. And God knows what you hide and what you disclose.

20. Those they invoke besides God create nothing, but are themselves created.


My Interpretation: 

This is a beautiful expression of all the gifts from God. Everything from earth and the sky is from God. All natural things are gifts for us to learn to use in moderation and good intentions towards one another for a temporary time, called the “present”.

These Signs seen in nature and throughout the way the world will only be recognized as Signs from God by those of a keen intellect or those who seek knowledge. This is what the Quran means when it talks about those who “ponder” the mysteries and want to KNOW God through study and awareness.

We must always beware with our quest though, as it can lead us to pride and ego temptation to think we know all. The Quran gives hints and warnings that we are a witness to creation, but not the Creator ourselves as some would like to believe.

Some have and still do try to invoke energies and deities that God Himself created in mind. All paths lead to God, even if some people get lost along the way. When they evoke gods and goddesses as this last line talks about, Muhammad is being told, that these people are ignorant of the higher knowledge that only God creates and nothing else has the power to. So their worship and devotion to these gods are in vain.

Since we know that Mecca was very pagan with 300 gods in the temples, Muhammad is being told by Gabriel, that this type of worship is a digression from the true spiritual path.