(161) قُلْ إِنَّنِي هَدانِي رَبِّي إِلى صِراطٍ مُسْتَقِيمٍ دِيناً قِيَماً مِلَّةَ إِبْراهِيمَ حَنِيفاً وَ ما كانَ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ
161. " Say: ' Verily my Lord has guided me to a Straight Path, the established religion, the creed of Abraham, the upright one, and he was not of the polytheists."
This verse, together with the next verses by which Sura Al-An'am ends, is, in fact, a summary of the subjects discusses about the struggle against paganism and idolatry stated in this Sura.
At first, in order to stand against the illogical notions and claims of pagans and idol worshippers, Allah orders His Messenger to tell them that his Lord has guided him to the Straight Path, which is the nearest path among all paths. This 'Straight Path' is the same path of Unity and monotheism, and the path of eradication of the creed of paganism and polytheism. It says :
Thus, the Qur'an explains 'the Straight Path' in this verse and the next two verses. First of all, it implies that it is a direct religion with the utmost correctness and veracity, eternal, and subsisting to the affairs of both religion and life, body and soul.
And, since Arabs showed a special affection to Abraham, so that they even introduced their creed as Abraham's creed, the Qur'an adds that the true creed of Abraham is the very one toward which you have been invited, not that which you have forged under his name.
That very Abraham (a.s.) is the one who turned away from the superstitious creed of his time and environment, and attached the Truth, i.e. the monotheism.
This meaning seems to be an answer to the expressions of polytheists who blamed the opposition of the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) with the creed of idolatry, which was the creed of the ancestors of Arabs. In answer to them, the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) says that this manner of breaking wrong customs and turning away from the superstitious notions of the environment is not only his job, but Abraham (a.s.) , whom they wholly respect, also did like that.
Then, as an emphasis, it says :
Abraham (a.s.) was a hero of breaking idols. He was an active and steadfast challenger against idolatry.
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