Surah An’am, the whole Surah revealed at one time

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Please authenticate this Hadith.

It appears in a Hadith that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

Surah An’am, the whole of it, was revealed at one time. Such was the majesty of its revelation that seventy thousand (70 000) angels followed behind it reciting tasbih [glorifying Allah].



This Hadith is recorded by Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) in his Al-Mu’jamus Saghir, vol. pg. .

’Allamah Haythami and Hafiz ibn Hajar (rahimahumallah) have pointed out a weak narrator in the chain.

(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.7 pg.19-20 and Al-Kafish Shaff, Hadith: 386)


Despite the weak chain, there are several other supports for this.

Refer: Tafsir Ibn Kathir, beginning of Surah An’am and Majma’uz zawaid, vol.7 pg.19-20.

The Hadith is suitable to quote.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,


Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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