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Suw (Arabic: ?‎) is mentioned in the Qur'an (71:23) as a deity of the time of the Prophet Noah.

And they say: Forsake not your gods, nor forsake Wadd, nor Suwa', nor Yaghuth and Ya'uq and Nasr. (Qur'an 71:23)

Maulana 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 I?Ab, the idols of Noah's people were worshipped by the Arabs, Wadd being worshipped by Kalb, Suw by Hudhail, Yagh?th by Mur?d, Yaq by Hamad?n and Nasr by ?imyar (B. 65:lxxi, 1). The commentators say that Wadd was worshipped in the form of a man, Suw in that of a woman, Yagh?th in that of a lion, Yaq in that of a horse and Nasr in that of an eagle (Rz).[1]

The temple dedicated to Suw was demolished on the orders of Muhammad, in the Raid of Amr ibn al-As, in January 630 AD, 8AH, 9th month, of the Islamic Calendar.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Maulana 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).
  2. ^ List of Battles of Muhammad Archived 2011-06-11 at WebCite
  3. ^ The sealed nectar, By S.R. Al-Mubarakpuri, Pg256
  4. ^ "Later, in the same month, 'Amr bin Al-'As was sent ", Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine

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