Nasr (deity)

Nasr (Arabic: نسر "Vulture") appears to be a pre-Islamic Arabian deity[1] mentioned in the Qur'an (71:23) as the patron of the people at the time of the prophet Noah. "وقالوا لا تذرن آلهتكم ولا تذرن ودا ولا سواعا ولا يغوث ويعوق ونسرا
And they say: Forsake not your gods, nor forsake Wadd, nor Suwāʿ, nor Yaghūth and Yaʿūq and Nasr."[Quran 71:23]

Muhammad Ali adds the following commentary on the passage:

The names of the idols given here are those which existed in Arabia in the Prophet's time, and hence some critics call it an anachronism. [...] According to IʿAb, the idols of Noah's people were worshipped by the Arabs, Wadd being worshipped by Kalb, Suwāʿ by Hudhail, Yaghūth by Murād, Yaʿūq by Hamadān and Nasr by Ḥimyar (B. 65:lxxi, 1). The commentators say that Wadd was worshipped in the form of a man, Suwāʿ in that of a woman, Yaghūth in that of a lion, Yaʿūq in that of a horse and Nasr in that of an eagle (Rz).[2]

See also


  1. Hawting, G. R. (1999). The Idea of Idolatry and the Emergence of Islam: From Polemic to History. Cambridge UP.
  2. Muhammad Ali. The Holy Qur'an, with English Translation and Commentary; 2002 edition (ISBN 0-913321-01-X). The quoted text appears in Ali's footnote on 71:23a (page 1138).

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