The Quran

Commentaries for 6.117

Al Anam (Cattle) - الأنعام

6.117 Abbas - Tanwîr al-Miqbâs min Tafsîr Ibn ‘Abbâs
(Lo! thy Lord, He knoweth best who erreth from His way) from His religion and obedience; (and He knoweth best (who are) the rightly guided) to His religion, i.e. Muhammad (pbuh) and his Companions.
6.117 Jalal - Al-Jalalayn
Your Lord knows best those who stray from His way and He knows well the rightly guided, and will requite both of them.
6.116-117 Kathir - Ibn Al Kathir
Most People are Misguided
Allah states that most of the people of the earth, are misguided. Allah said in other Ayat,
وَلَقَدْ ضَلَّ قَبْلَهُمْ أَكْثَرُ الاٌّوَّلِينَ
(And indeed most of the men of old went astray before them.) 37:71 and,
وَمَآ أَكْثَرُ النَّاسِ وَلَوْ حَرَصْتَ بِمُؤْمِنِينَ
(And most of mankind will not believe even if you eagerly desire it.)12:103 They are misguided, yet they have doubts about their way, and they rely on wishful thinking and delusions.
إِن يَتَّبِعُونَ إِلاَّ الظَّنَّ وَإِنْ هُمْ إِلاَّ يَخْرُصُونَ
(They follow nothing but conjecture, and they do nothing but lie.) Thus, they fulfill Allah's decree and decision concerning them,
هُوَ أَعْلَمُ مَن يَضِلُّ عَن سَبِيلِهِ
(It is He Who knows best who strays from His way.) and facilitates that for him,
وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ
(And He knows best the rightly guided.) He facilitates that for them, all of them are facilitated for what He created them.
فَكُلُواْ مِمَّا ذُكِرَ اسْمُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهِ إِن كُنتُم بِآيَـتِهِ مُؤْمِنِينَ
6.116-117 Maududi - Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi - Tafhim al-Qur'an
The right thing for a seeker-after-truth is not to consider what way the majority of the people are following because that is based on guess-work instead of knowledge. Their beliefs, theories, philosophies, principles of life and laws are the result of guess-work and are, therefore, sure to mislead. In contrast to that, the way of life with which Allah is pleased, can only be the Way which Allah Himself has taught. Therefore, the seeker-after-truth should adopt that way and steadfastly follow it, even though he is left alone on it.