February 3

Explanation of Surah Al Asr

I had a chance to attend an Urdu majlis by Maulana Ghlulam Raza Roohani of Karachi in Austin, Texas. It was such a wonderful speech that I felt it obligatory to share the excerpts with you.



His subject was Surah Al-Asr. He started with why Allah is swearing by Asr or time. When someone swears he swears for two reasons:



a. To defend himself against a blame. Such as I swear by Allah I did not do it. Obviously in Allah’s case it does not apply

b. To underscore the importance of a subject someone is going to talk about.



So in this surah “b” applies. Now when someone swears he swears by something or someone very important to him. Such as we swear by Allah or Qur’an or by our children or by our parents and so on. Allah is swearing by “time”. That indicates the importance of “time”. As we know time is extremely important as a resource. Today will never come back. We have been given a certain amount of time in this world and every second our allocation is decreasing. Every year we celebrate birthdays whereas a birthday in truth means now we have less time left. Allah is emphasizing the importance of time.



So Allah is saying that He is going to talk about something very important in this surah.



1. The first verse says, “all human beings are at a loss”. He does not say Muslims; he says all human beings. Then Maulana gave an example of an escalator in a mall. One escalator is going up and the other is going down. He said that all human beings are riding a down-going escalator. Basically they are losers.



Then Allah follows up with a prescription how to avoid being at a loss.



2. The second verse says, “except those who believe”. So this is the first condition. We have to believe in Him and other things He wants us to believe in.



3. However, just believing does not suffice. The third verse says, “and perform good deeds”.



At this point Maulana gave an example of making tea. Tea requires certain ingredients — water, tea bag, milk and sugar. If any of the four ingredients are missing, tea will not be good. However, even if you have all these ingredients and you mix them up will you have a good cup of tea? No, you need heat. Eeman is the heat. Believing in Allah, His justice, the Prophet, the Imams and Qiyamat is the heat.



We may think that now we are done. We have belief and we have done good deeds so we should be home free.



4. No, next verse says that you have to spread the truth. This is what Imam Hussain went to Karbala for. He was doing a wonderful job with verses #1 and #2 but it was not enough for him. At this point Maulana gave a great example. He said that in the West there is a lot of emphasis on individuality that one should keep his affairs to himself and should not interfere in others’ affairs. In other words Amr Bil Maroof and Nahi Anil Munkar should be avoided. His example was as follows.



Suppose you have a friend who has low income and lives in a small apartment. Then one day he invites you for a dinner at his new house that he just bought. You go to his house and are astonished that it is a huge mansion with a large number of rooms, swimming pool, a large lot and so on. You ask him how he got such a house. He tells you that there was a big sale on 10-12 of such mansions with 99% discount. The house was worth $5M but he got it for $50,000. Will you not get angry with him that he knew about such a sale and there were more houses available but he did not tell you about it so you could also have purchased it?



Maulana said that such is the case with us knowing about Ahlul Bayt and not spreading the word. On the day of Qiyama people are going to ask us why we did not tell them about such a good deal. They are going to ask why we did not tell them about the fazeelat of going to sleep at night with w the case with us knowing about Ahlul Bayt and not spreading the word. On the day of Qiyama people are going to

ask us why we did not tell them about such a good deal. They are going to ask why we did not tell them about the fazeelat of going to sleep at night with wudhu so they could also have benefited from it.



5. The last verse talks about sabr. We need to be patient with spreading the truth as it is not easy. And the trick is to develop a team. You will be discouraged by many people who will not listen to you. Your wife or sister or daughter is going to refuse wearing hijab and you will have to be patient. You cannot use force; you just have to be patient and slowly build a team who will encourage you on such disappointments.



Then Maulana related it to Karbala. What Bibi Zainab went through. The sabr she showed at Karbala, Kufa, Syria, Madina and back to Syria.



This was the first time I heard Surah Al-Asr explained in such a beautiful manner. I always used to wonder why this Surah is recited at so many occasions and today I came to find out the answer that

this surah carries principles for success in the next world in a beautiful and concise manner.



I pray that others would benefit from these excerpts as much as I did from the speech.

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August 12

Benefits Of Recitng Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

myWPEdit Image1. For all grief and sorrow recite daily 100 times ‘’Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem, Laa Hawla Wala Quwwata illa Billaah.



2. For sustenance recite 100 times after every namaaz Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem, Astaghfirullaah wa As’aluhu min Fadlih.



3. If a sick person recites Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem 786 times for 7 days, Allaah will cure him.



4. If ’‘Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem’‘ recited on a sick person 100 times for 3 days they will be cured.



5. For an earache one should recite ’‘Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem” 40 times in the ear.



6. If a prisnor recites 786 times will get freedom.



myWPEdit Image7. If recited 1000 times for 40 mornings Allaah will remove the veils from the heart and will reveal to the reciter the secrets of the Universe.



8. If written 35 times and hung in the house, shayaateen and jinn will not enter that house, blessings will decend.



9. If written 35 times and hung in the shop, costumers will be attracted and one will gain profit in abundance.



10. The one who recites 21 times before sleeping will be protected from shaytaan , theft, calamities and sudden death.



11. Reciting 19 times after Fajr prayers will protect you from the fire of Hell.

August 12

The Night Of Power – Lailatul Qadr

 

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An excerpt from AlMuraqaba by Ayatullah Mirza Jawad Agha Maliki Tabrizi



In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful


The most important thing of this month is the Night of Power (Lailatul Qadr) – the night which is superior, than a thousand months, one thousand months jihad, one thousand months reign, and the worship in it is superior than one thousand months of worship, (as has been narrated in the traditions). Yes! the Night of Power is a very precious and distinguished night, in accordance with the Qur’anic interpretation it is a very auspicious night; and as could be derived from the traditions, in this night the sustenance and age of servants, and the good and evil of their affairs are destined; the Holy Qur’an was descended in this night; also the angels are descended all over the earth, and when they pass through the gathering of believers, send salutations and praises upon them, and consider their prayers until the dawn.



“It has been narrated that during this night the prayers of all are accepted, and the prayer of no one remains unanswered except the following:



The one who has displeased and angered his parent and was declared disinherited or rebellious by them.



The one who has cut off his relationship with his kith and kin.



The one who possesses animosity and vengeance of a believer in his heart.



The one who consumes alcoholic drinks.”



In the book “Iqbal”, a tradition has been narrated from the Holy Prophet [s]:



“That Prophet Moses [a] in his prayer said: ‘O’ Allah! I desire Your nearness and union. ‘My nearness and union belong to someone who remains vigilant and awake during the Night of Power.’ Replied Allah. Prophet Moses [a] said: ‘O’ Allah! I want Your blessing and forgiveness.‘ ‘My blessing belongs to someone who is kind towards the destitute on the Night of Power.’ Replied Allah. Prophet Moses [a] said: ‘O’ Allah! I want to pass through the bridge of Serat on the road to Paradise safely.‘ ‘The safety in passing through the bridge of Serat belongs to someone who pays alms on the Night of Power,’ replied Allah. Prophet Moses [a] said: ‘O’ Allah! I want the trees and fruits of Paradise.‘ They belong to someone who does not forget to remember and praise Me on the Night of Power.’ Replied Allah. Prophet Moses [a] said: ‘O’ Allah! I wish to have your pleasure and consent.‘ My pleasure and consent belong to someone who offers two rak’ats of prayer during the Night of Power.’ Replied Allah.



In the same book of Iqbal it has been narrated from the Holy Prophet [s]:



“On the Night of Power the gates of Heaven are opened. There for every is no servant who offers prayer in this night, but Allah for every prostration stores a tree in the Paradise – the tree whose branches and shade is so vast that if a rider travels for one hundred years through its shade he would not be able to cross it; for every ra’kat would build a home for him in Paradise – the home decorated and built by pearls, topaz, and rubies; for every verse recited a crown from the crowns of Paradise; for every praise (tasbeeh) a bird from the birds of Paradise; for every sitting a rank from the ranks of Paradise; for every witnessing (tashahud) – a chamber from the chambers of Paradise, and for every salutation – a robe from the robes of Paradise would be bestowed upon him by Allah. And at the breaking of the dawn, companions – youthful and sympathetic, houris of Paradise – pure and decorated, servant obedient and well uniformed, horses – most obedient and swift, flowers, greenery, and good smells, running elegant fountain streams, and many other bounties which make the soul pleased and eyes to shine, would also be bestowed upon him by Allah.”



Beseeching Allah for Bestowing Readiness for the Night of Power (Lailatul Qadr)



Yes! the one who believes in the religion and respects Qur’anic verses and traditions of the sinless Imams [a], it would be desirable that he should make his best efforts and endeavours for celebrating this night. The efforts which are desirable and should be undertaken are, that during the whole year before the arrival of the Night of Power, he must repeatedly beseech Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted) to bestow upon him the divine grace (towfiq) to be vigilant during this night; bless him with most esteemed and dearest deeds; consider that night superior than one thousand months for him and may accept from him; make him His most favourite and nearest one during this night; bless him with His love, learning, nearness, union, pleasure, and consent together with health, happiness, and welfare; should be pleased with him in such a manner, that after this he would never be displeased with him; should make the prophets. Imams, and especially the Imam of the Age (may Allah hasten his appearance) pleased with him; and allocate him to live in Allah nearness accompanied by the impeccable ones, bestow upon him divine favour to succeed in establishing Allah’s obedience and consent, and make his ultimate end Allah’s countenance and pleasure.



Preparation For the Night of Power (Lailatul Qadr).



The other decent efforts for this night are that before its arrival, the prudent wayfarer should arrange for its preliminaries and necessities, e.g. for worshipping in this night a suitable place, dress, and perfume should be arranged in advance for engaging in private humming communications Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), as well as for communications with his masters, i.e. sinless Imams [a] he should arrange suitable themes and contents; for paying alms during this night should allocate some money, even for the invitation of guests and for payment of alms, he should plan in advance to select the most suitable guests and the genuinely poor people who really deserve financial support.



Let us imagine that if an emperor dispatches a special courier before someone, with compassion and mercy invites him for a special feast, gives him glad-tidings that if he appears in the royal feast with decency and decorum, rewards and magnificent gifts would be bestowed upon him, and the more respectfully he would behave in the assembly, the emperor too would increase his rewards and gifts in proportion with his behaviour. Undoubtedly, after receiving such a message this person would become excited and pleased, and in order to prepare himself would not leave any stone unturned, and during this period would mobilize all his resources and efforts to procure whatever is required for being present in such an assembly, so that finally, when that moment arrives, being fully decorated in a respectable and decent manner, he could present himself over there.



The invitation of an emperor is responded in the above manner but how about the invitation of Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), who is the King of all kings – the King of the Earth and the Heavens – has invited us for His feasts; in order to invite us has dispatched his favourite angels, pious prophets and sinless Imams as his couriers. He has assigned His angels to announce his invitation kindly and compassionately to us; has given us the glad-tidings of giving us permanent abode in Paradise in return for sincere worshipping during one single night (the Night of Power); has promised such bounties, which have not been seen by any eye, have not been heard by any ear, and have not been imagined through any human being’s mind, as well as has given us the glad-tiding of illumination, ecstasy, majesty, splendour, nearness, union, and countenance, for whose least comprehension and understanding, faculties of reason and thoughts find themselves astonished and helpless.



Are we among those who have prepared for this night and invitation, the way we ought to be, and must be, in order to attain the eternal blessing and salvation? Or are we among those negligent and idle ones, who do not achieve anything except loss and eternal doom? We must better know that the one who acts naively and lazily, and does not strive to take advantage of the magnificent generosities of this night, when in the Hereafter, would see that those who were zealous, committed, and vigilant during these nights what have they achieved, and what magnificence, splendour and glory have been bestowed upon them. But they would gain nothing except regret – the regret so great and painful that the Hell’s blazing fire and its torturous punishments would seem smaller as compared to their regret, and then together with the losers and eternally doomed ones, would cry loudly:



“Ah! Woe upon me! In that I neglected (my duty) towards Allah.” – Holy Qur’an (39:56)



But on that Day when the gates of repentance would have been closed, there would be nothing left for compensation of the damage, everyone would have seen the ultimate outcome of his deeds, and then feeling sorry and being regretful would not produce any gain. Therefore, we must take a look upon ourselves, and before falling into such regret and grief, must admonish ourselves for being so lazy, naive, and easy going. And before that we are called for accounting and are condemned into the state of wretchedness and destitution, for wasting our precious capital – the capital through which we could have accomplished most precious and greater gains we better put our self to scrutiny.



Selection of the Most Suitable Deeds



Other desirable efforts of this night are that with the nearing of these nights, one should increase his eagerness for receiving the promised bounties and blessings; should select worships and deeds which are more in harmony with his mood from the point of view of sincerity, heart’s presence, and internal purification; in this matter should seek help from Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), and the impeccable ones; and if he cannot diagnose himself what suits his mood properly, he should seek guidance from Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), through consultation (istekhara).



Meditation and Pondering



After recital of invocations and supplications one should also allocate some time for self-meditation and pondering, of course, this should be done at a time when he is free from whatever disturbs his thoughts like domination of sleep, over-eating, and pains of hunger etc.



Not to be Negligent from Allah



During these nights, one must strive his best to keep thinking about Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), all along the night, and should not forget Him during any part of the night even for the sake of recommended and justified deeds. Also while offering prayer and supplications he should not think about any other thing even though if they happen to be recommended things.



For example, during prayer (salaat), one should not think about recommended deeds like building of mosque, cleaning of mosque, and paying alms etc., because all these are indications of negligence; even during a part of the prayer (salaat), he should not think about the next portion of the prayer, e.g. in the state of standing, to think about the prostration is negligence. He must try to concentrate upon whatever act of the prayer he is performing and should not be negligent about whatever he is doing or reciting. In order to make this task easier, before performing different acts of prayer, e.g. recital or genuflexion (rukoo), first of all, he should think about them briefly and then should perform them. And in case while performing a certain act, negligence dominates over him, and if a verse or invocation is recited with negligence, he must repeat it again.



For example, when he wants to stand towards Mecca (Qiblah) for prayer (salaat) first of all, he should think briefly about the wisdom of standing towards Mecca, and then should turn his face in that direction; and when he wants to stand for the prayer, first of all, he should think about the meanings of standing, i.e., his standing is for truth and his resting upon his two feet is the indication of his hope (raj’a) and fear (khouf) about the acceptance of his worship. When he wants to recite the phrase:



“In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful.”



First of all, he should think about its meaning in brief, and then should recite it with his tongue, and similar is the case with other acts of the prayer.



Resorting (Tawassul) to Ahlul-Bait [a]



The one who wants to be vigilant in this manner throughout the night, must take refuge in the sinless (ma’sum) – the one to whom this night belongs – at the beginning of that night, should stretch his hands towards their generous threshold. With persistence, supplicating in a polite and soft manner, with words and content arousing their sympathies, should beseech them for bestowing upon him the grace of being vigilant during this night. Then he must surrender and hand over all his existence, reason, heart, self, virtues, deeds to them, and throughout the night, must be careful not to commit anything which is not in harmony with this surrender, because the one who succeeds in it, certainly would have achieved whatever he aspired for during this night.



Crying and Shedding Tears



For the prudent wayfarer who desires, that during these nights his fear, humility, tears, crying, anguish, and lamentation be increased as much as possible, one of the best method is that he should tie his hands around his neck; should pour dirt upon his head; should place his head against a wall; sometimes he should stand and sometimes he should cry; should imagine himself at the scene of Judgement Day; and the way sinners are rebuked with harshness, should rebuke himself accordingly; then he should look towards his right, imagining about the companions of the right hand (ashab al-yamin) and should think about their splendour, majesty, features, virtues, robes, and smells; then he should look towards the left, imagining about the companions of the left hand (ashab al-shumal) should regard himself among them, thinking about their torturous and painful condition with blackened faces, their swollen eyes, tied hands and feet, and burnt skins; the angels standing in readiness to execute Allah’s command to throw him together with them inside Hell; then he should imagine and be scared lest Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted) orders:



“Seize ye him, bind ye him, burn ye him in the blazing fire, and make him march in a chain whereof the length is seventy cubits.” – Holy Qur’an (69:30-32)



Then he should cry:



“O’ Thou are the most compassionate, and Thou Who are the shelter of unsheltered ones!”



And should cry:



“Where is Your vast blessing? Where is Your infinite forgiveness? Where are Your love and benevolence?”



Then he should cry, should remember His patience and kindness, should think about His infinite forgiveness and generosity, and if Satan wants to make him hopeless should tell him: ‘you, with all these sinning and transgressions can’t be hopeless about Allah’s blessing and forgiveness, which belongs especially to righteous ones and you are not among them.’ He shouldn’t pay attention to his words, don’t let his whispers effect his heart, turn his face from him, take refuge in Allah, (the Glorious, the Exalted), and should pay more attention to his prayer, hopes and needs, and in a hopeful manner should speak to Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted): it is far away from Your benevolence and magnanimity to turn Your face away from someone needy like me, and not to forgive a destitute and helpless one like me who has stretched his needy hands towards Your threshold, has resorted to Your most favourite ones, with tearful eyes, and heart and body trembling with fear.



Then becoming further hopeful, he should submit his wants before Him, and whatever spiritual exalted position and sublime ranks, like enlightenment, love, union, faith, and piety could enter in his mind, he must beg from Him. And should repeat the following text as much as possible:



“O’! Thou Who is capable of doing whatever he pleases, and except Thee there is none, who could do whatever he desires. O’! Thou are the One Whose great generosities and large bounties are not expansive at all. O’! Thou Whose donations do not decrease anything (from His treasures), and Whose not giving away does not increase anything.”



Then he should insists more about the same meanings and plead by saying:



“O’ my Lord! if I do not deserve to request whatever I have requested from You, but Your generosity and benevolence is such and deserve to bestow upon me the grant of my needs. O’ my Lord! Your recognition, which You Yourself have taught me encourages me, that I should desire my great needs from You, because, whatever You bestow upon Your servants and provide for them is not because they are worthy of them, and if there is such worthiness, even that worthiness is bestowed upon them by You, therefore, benevolence and welfare could not belong to anyone except You, and if such is the case, O’ Lord! That worthiness and decency, which You bestowed upon Your righteous servants, bestow upon me too, so that I could also achieve this worthiness, whereby my prayers could receive Your acceptance and my desires get fulfilled.



O’ Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted)! You are the one that whatever You do, no one can question You, and there is no one who could dare to raise a finger of criticism. Or could challenge You in Your Power and Reign, You are such that neither Your generosity have any limit and boundary, nor Your blessing have any end, therefore, O’ Lord bestow upon me worthiness in accordance of Your Power, and make me rich with Your generosity. O’ Thou are the most generous one among the generous ones! O’ Allah (the Glorious the Exalted)! If You want to punish me, instead, punish one of those who don’t believe in Your divinity and keep enmity towards Your friends. Come on and punish him, but as far as I am concerned, can I find anyone else except You to pardon me? O’ Lord! Would You deprive me from Your generosity ? Or there is no need for You to punish and take revenge but as far as I am concerned, I do need a lot of Your forgiveness and generosity.



O’ my Lord! Your enemy as well as my enemy, Satan desires that I become deprived from Your supplication and prayer and, thus, become pessimistic and hopeless from Your blessing and generosities, but I, because of Your grace have turned off my face from him, and trampled over whatever he desired. Therefore, help and support me over him, because in spite of his whispering I didn’t become hopeless and never turned off my face from You.



O’ Lord! With my little comprehension about Your blessing and forgiveness as well as Your being needless and omnipotent, I don’t believe that You will deprive from Your forgiveness and pardon, anyone of Your servants even the pagans except the enemies of your favourite ones who have oppressed your saints and tortured them but as regards to the punishment of others, if it was not the surrender and obedience to Your book and Your prophet’s words, I wouldn’t have believed; that regarding the punishment of unbelievers, you have stated in your book that they will be punished; from the point of view of my reason – the reason which you have bestowed upon me – in case you decided to punish them to fulfil Your warning against them, You are not helpless to do so.



But if You don’t act in accordance with Your warning, by not punishing them, then even in that case, there would not be the least interference in Your Exalted essence and perfection. O’ Lord! I presume so about the unbelievers, then how come shouldn’t be hopeful about the believers who have taken refuge in Thee, have put their trust in Your generosity, and desire Your union, even though they might have sinned and acted disobediently?



O’ my Lord! My Master! Sinning is from the servant and forgiveness is from the Master, especially, if the Master happens to be Exalted and beneficent like Thee. O’ my Lord! This is what I presume about Your generosity and kindness towards Your servants, during other months, days, and nights, and therefore, I am hopeful. But during the Holy Month of Ramadhan on the Night of Power, which You have created for the sake Your special generosities and blessings; have bestowed a special favour upon Your servants; have given glad-tidings of Your forgiveness and mercy to the sinners; have opened the gates of Your benevolence and magnanimity towards all; have spread the tablecloth of your forgiveness and blessing for all; can I say except that – You will reward everyone with pardon, forgiveness, love and blessing; would grant their wants; would accept their prayers; would reward their evils with goods, and their sins with good deeds; and would let Your greatness and magnanimity to surpass their limits – what else can I presume?



This is my optimistic presumption towards You, and that is my favourable opinion about Your kindness and magnanimity; You Yourself are knowledgeable, that Your great Prophet has given what glad-tidings for those, who have favourable opinion about you.”



The Day of Power (Qadr)



It should be understood that in accordance with the traditions both the night and day are interconnected, as far as their worth, value, esteem, and splendour are concerned, i.e. if the day is esteemed and honourable, the night of that day also possesses the same distinction and vice versa. Therefore, we must appreciate the importance of the Days of Power and like the Nights of Power, should celebrate them by sincerely performing worships and righteous deeds.



Taken from the book: Spiritual Journey of the Mystics

August 10

Preparation For Laylatul Qadr

One of the most important dua to ask throughout the month of Ramadhan is to ask to be able to utilise the opportunity given during Laylatul Qadr to get divine grace. In Suratul Qadr, Allah considers the night to be better than a thousand months (approx 80 years). To be able to gain 80 years worth of grace is an awesome achievement.



It is recommended to recite Suratud Dukhan and Suratul Qadr every day from the beginning of the month until the 23rd of the month in preparation of Laylatul Qadr.



From ahadith we know that the affairs for every year, i.e., sustenance, provisions, age…. are assigned during Laylatul Qadr. Therefore to ponder and think of one’s aspirations and goals is the most important of preparations for the night.





Hadith from Hadith Qudsi



Prophet Musa (pbuh) once addressed Allah saying: “Lord! I desire to be near to You.”



Allah said “Whoever desires nearness to Me is one who remains awake during Laylatul Qadr (doing ibada).”



Prophet Musa (pbuh) said: “Lord! I wish to earn Your mercy.”



Allah replied “My mercy is granted to anyone who is merciful to the underprivileged during Laylatul Qadr.”



Prophet Musa (pbuh) said: “Lord! I wish to pass on the right path.”



Allah replied “This is granted to anyone who gives sadaqa during Laylatul Qadr.”



Prophet Musa (pbuh) said: “Lord! I wish to enjoy the trees and fruits of Janna!”



Allah replied “This is granted to anyone who praises Me during Laylatul Qadr.”



Prophet Musa (pbuh) said: “Lord! I wish to achieve salvation from the fire!”



Allah replied “This is granted to anyone who seeks forgiveness during Laylatul Qadr.”



Prophet Musa (pbuh) said: “Lord! I wish to achieve Your pleasure!”



Allah replied “I shall be pleased with anyone who prays two (mustahab) rak’ats salaa during Laylatul Qadr.”





Laylatul Qadr



“Allah has favoured Friday over all other days, the month of Ramadhan over all other months, and Laylatul Qadr over all other nights.” Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)



This name was used for Laylatul Qadr because Allah determines what will happen for everyone in the entire next year. The “Qadr” in this sense means destiny. According to Al Qummi’s Tafsir, as explained on p. 432 of its second volume, such destiny includes life and death, sustenance, abundance of crops or famine and everything good or bad. This means that Allah determines in this night each and every event to occur during the next year to any and all of His creation.



Sulayman al- Marzawi asked Imam Ali Ar Ridha (pbuh) “Could you please tell us why Suratul Qadr was revealed?”



Imam replied: “O Sulayman! Laylatul Qadr is the night when Allah decrees what will take place from one year to another of life or death, good or evil, regarding sustenance and whatever He then decrees is sure destiny.”



“Whoever spends Laylatul Qadr in ibada to his/her Rabb will have all his/her sins forgiven even if they had numbered as many as the stars in the heavens, the weight of the mountains, or the measures of the seas.” Imam Muhammad Al Baqir (pbuh)



“The Holy Qur’an was revealed as a whole during the month of Ramadan at the Ancient House (the Ka’ba), then from there it was revealed along the span of (more than) twenty years.” Imam Sadiq (pbuh)



“The Books of Ibrahim (pbuh) were revealed on the first night of the month of Ramadan; the Torah was revealed on the sixth of the month of Ramadan; the Gospel (Injil) was revealed on the thirteenth of the month of Ramadan; the Psalms (Zabur) were revealed on the eighteenth of the month of Ramadan, and the Holy Qur’an was revealed on the twenty-fourth of the month of Ramadan.” Imam Sadiq (pbuh)



“During Laylatul Qadr, the angels, the spirit, and the trusted scribes all descend to the lower heavens and write down whatever Allah decrees that year, and if Allah wishes to advance something or postpone it or add thereto, He orders the angel to erase it and replace it with whatever He decrees.” Imam Sadiq (pbuh)



Ibn Abbas is quoted saying, “The Holy Qur’an was revealed as a whole from the Safeguarded Scroll from the heavens to the lower earth on Laylatul Qadr, then Jibrail used to reveal it unto Rasulullah (pbuh) gradually.”



Imam Baqir (pbuh), quoting Rasulullah (pbuh) has said that whoever spends Laylatul Qadr adoring his Lord will have all his sins forgiven even if they had numbered as many as the stars in the heavens, the weight of the mountains, or the measures of the seas.



Imam Baqir (pbuh) has said, “The 17th night of the month of Ramadan is when the two parties met, and the 19th is when the lists of the pilgrims is written down, and the 21st is when the successor to the Prophet passed away and Isa (pbuh) was raised to heaven and Musa (pbuh) passed away, whereas the 23rd is hoped to be Laylatul-Qadr.”



Ahmed ibn Muhammad ibn Yahya quotes his father saying, “I was in the company of Imam Sadiq (pbuh) when Abu Baseer asked him, ‘Which night is the one when one is to plead to his Lord whatever he wishes to plead?’ Imam answered him by saying, ‘Either the twenty-first or the twenty-third.’ He then asked him: ‘What if I have no strength to observe both of them?’



Imam said, ‘How easy it is to observe them when compared to your pleas!”’



Imam Sadiq (pbuh) has also said: “The twenty-third night of the month of Ramadan is the one when every weighty matter is decided, when trials, tribulations, deaths, and means of sustenance and other matters are determined, and so will whatever Allah decrees to take place for the entire next year; so, congratulations to anyone who remains awake during it bowing, prostrating, contemplating upon his sins, weeping on their account, for if you do all of that, God willing, you Will never be disappointed.”



Then he added, “Allah will order an angel to call out during each and every day of the month of Ramadan conveying Allah’s message to them thus: ‘ Good news, O My servants, I have forgiven your past sins and permitted some of you to intercede on behalf of the rest on Lailatul-Qadr except those who break their fast with an intoxicant or those who bear grudge against another Muslim brother!’”



It is narrated that Allah wards off evil and sins and all types of trials on the 25th night from all His servants who fast and grants them light in their hearing and vision; Janna is decorated during Laylatul Qadr’s day and night.



Suggested things to do on Laylatul Qadr



Physically

· Make sure you are comfortable.



· Don’t eat too much for you will feel sleepy.



· Give sadaqa



Mentally

· Concentrate on Allah today by focusing your thoughts on the importance of this night and how it is the unfortunate who are devoid of the blessings of this night. To keep your thoughts focused everytime they stray recite “Innaa lillahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’un” “Indeed we are from Allah and towards Him is our return.” 2:156





Emotionally

· Make sure you are at peace with your relations especially your parents and blood ties. Ask their forgiveness for any wrong doing or hurt you may have caused them.



· Forgive those who have hurt you. Release yourself from their prison. Remember ‘The reward for goodness is only good”.



Spiritually

· Ponder over the translation of the duas so you can ‘connect’



· When reciting the names of the Ma’sumeen think about each of them, ‘connecting’ to them.



· Imagine yourself at the day of Judgement – cry and beseech Him for forgiveness and a fresh start. The Prophet (SAW) when asked what one should ask Allah for during these nights, said “Ask for your safety (here and in the hereafter)”.



DIVIDE THE NIGHT INTO 3 PARTS



1. The first part to gain knowledge. Listen to some lectures or read and make notes. Maybe the understanding of the suwer of ‘Ankabut and Room for Imam Ja’fer As Sadiq (AS) has told Abu Baseer that whoever reads these suwer on the 23rd night of the month of Ramadhan will certainly be among the residents of Janna without any exception, adding, “… and I do not fear that Allah will record a sin against me for giving such a status for these two suwer”





2. The 2nd part to be allocated for meditation. Ask yourself questions – Who am I? What do I wish to be? Where do I wish to go? How will I get there? Find time to talk to your Rabb and tell Him your insecurities, fears, aspirations……….. Ask the help of the Ma’sumeen to intercede (tawassul) and help……..Recite the duas/munajat from Saheefa Sajjadiyya to help focus.





3. The 3rd part to be allocated for Salatul Layl to connect with Salatul Fajr.



THE NIGHT OF POWER: A NIGHT BETTER THAN A THOUSAND MONTHS-1



Alhamdulillah, by the grace of the Almighty we once again have the chance to get our destinies written as it’s a night/nights where we can pray for the forthcoming year. But as all programmes need preparation, these nights need preparation too.



(from lectures given by Raziyabai Janmohammed & Nasreenbai Tejani in tadabbur classes and Sheikh Alidina’s lectures in the mosque).



PREPARATION:

When should you start preparing??



~Just after Maahe Ramadhan (for next year, inshallah)



We start by first asking ALLAH (SWT) to help us to worship Him (lots of “other” things are being worshipped today).



~Do all the “preparations” earlier so as not to regret later.



~Jibraeel was asked how were a momin’s wishes be fulfilled in this night? He replied that his halal wishes are fulfilled, his maghfirah getting accepted, but for those who “drink”, do “qat-e-rehmi” and those who do “fitna and fasaad”.



~A suitable state:



1. manzil (keeping in mind the great night)



2. maksad (get all the benefits of it – The guests of Allah-believers- get invitation to a DASTARKHAAN/table-laid full of ne’amats as gifts – but all depends on how we take it (rooh’s feast to get the best).



~ Hadith says do duas to beforehand to be able to stay alive for this night and also that we get tawfeek to grab these ne’amats and do istighfaar. We should be able to select good things and get closer to Allah s.w.t.– we should be eager to get them, and not just do the amals as rituals and also to make our Imame wakt happy).



~Be mentally prepared. Keep Allah s.w.t in front of you; our mind should be in amals; remove all bad thoughts by reciting constantly before amal nights: INNA LILLAAHI WA INNA ILAYIH RAAJIUN – so our duas should not be thrown back- have KHUSHU and KHUZU.



~Strive to do as much as you can even if you feel you can’t or don’t feel like doing.



~Get a proper place, preferably a masjid and comfortable clothes, for proper concentration (on the 23rd night we see pacheris going up and down).



~Give sadqa.



~Get all the meanings to understand what is recited (alhamdulillah- the media room in providing that).



~Do everything with ma-arifa (like why we do this amal and why we recite that dua).



~Wait earnestly for this night to get your duas accepted



~This night should be divided into three parts, namely for ilm (gaining knowledge), meditation and salaah.



~To take full advantage, 6th Imam said, do ghusl twice, first part of the night, just before sunset and later part (ghusl is for the removal of the dirt gathered in our souls – ‘cleanliness is half imaan’). So with Jihad-e-nafs remove all inside impurity.



~ The Hole Prophet was asked, “ Which is the best dua to be recited in these nights?” He replied, “That dua which gives you Duniya and Akhiraah najaat/success”.



A NIGHT BETTER THAN A THOUSAND MONTHS………2



PREPARATION:



~ After the ghusl (of before maghrib), pray namaze maghribayn. Then pray 2 rakat prayer with 7 times sura e tawheed after sura e alhamd (this is to assure oursleves of how we are in need of our Lord).



~ 70 times astaghfaar (think of your 70 different sins or 10 sins each of 7 organs, like mouth,eyes,hands,etc, or even think about the ‘manzar’/state of qayamat – the Holy Prophet said thinking about all this with sure intention of not committing again, will make your istighfaar be accepted).



~LA’ANAH: this is a dua too, but when we send la’anah to the oppressors, we have to be careful that we are not in that category, if not directly, undirectly!! Keeping in mind the present oppressors, pray earnestly for the return of our Imam to end the oppression.



~As told by Agha Mirza, try to cry with repentence; keep your hands behind the neck, or keep sand/mud on your head, or remember your grave. Keep your head rubbing on the wall; stand a bit, sit a bit and think of hell’s manzar/state.



~Do the amaal of the Holy Quran – shafa’at from Quran and Ahlulbayt- we need masumeen for our shafa’at!!



~DUA: for hajj, for hujjah – The Proof (Imame Zamana – on whom the angels are descending with our amaals), for others first specially the oppressed around the world and those suffering from diseases as well as from natural and man-made disasters, for best life, for ilm, for the life hereafter, akhiraah, barzakh, etc.



~Recite Ziyarate waaritha (all prophets come down to our Imam; our amaals going to Imam, he being the ‘waarith’ of all the prophets’ ilm and struggle – so many lessons in this ziyarah).



~Ask Imame Zamana for shafa’at and maghfirah, and very humbly to take ALL OUR AMAALS AND DUAS to Alllah s.w.t.



~ Even the days following are auspicious and important; use them to perform good deeds and reciting other duas.



OUR DESTINY IS IN OUR HANDS; SO LETS THINK BEFORE WASTING AWAY THESE NIGHTS AND ASK ALLAH TO GRANT US THE TAWFEEK TO PERFORM THE AAMAALS WITH MA’ARIFA/UNDERSTANDING, AAMEEN.


July 31

Spiders—A wonder of Architecture & Engineering

myWPEdit ImageSpider webs are truly a wonder of architecture and engineering, as well as their qualities such as strength, flexibility and use advantages.

It is known by virtually everyone that spiders use the silky threads produced in their own bodies to set a web. However, the production phases of this silk and its general characteristics are not so well- known. This silk thread, which spiders produce and the diameter of which is less than one millimetre, is five times stronger than steel of the same thickness. Also it can flex four times its own length.

Another striking characteristic of the silk is that it is very lightweight. We can explain this with an example. The weight of a silk thread that will circle the earth would weigh only 320 grams. Scientists are resuming their research to technologically benefit from these characteristics of the spider thread.

Spider Silk Prevents Computers From Overheating Researchers have concluded that spider silk can conduct heat 800 times better than all other organic materials in the world. However, whereas spider silk can conduct heat with a rate of 416 W/m-K (watt/meter Kelvin), the same rate is 401 W/m-K in copper. Human skin can conduct electricity by only 0.6 W/m-K. While spider silk is ahead of copper, which is one of the materials that conduct heat the best, when it is compared to silicone aluminium and pure iron, it is again superior. This superiority of the spider silk only falls behind when compared to silver and diamond.

The secret behind the conductivity of spider silk is the molecular structure of the silk Allah created especially for these beings. Spider silk is formed by a combination of hard, crystal pieces that self-generate as well as dynamic and elastic pieces.

Scientists think that they can better understand its conductivity by examining the spider silk’s characteristics of creation. They note that these organic materials can be used in computers, which are made of substances that conduct heat by using this feature of the web, and that spider silk can be used in many fields from electronics to summer clothing.

The physical features of spiders and their behaviours clearly prove that these beings were created by Allah. Allah, the Lord of all worlds, reveals this truth to the people with the verse; “He said, ‘The Lord of the East and the West and everything between them if you used your intellect.’…” (Surat ash-Shu‘ara’, 28)

Spider Web Example in Covering Large SitesWebs built by dew spiders are both aesthetic and amazing in terms of engineering. These spiders build their webs on a horizontal plane to appear like a sheet lying on grass. They use vertical grasses as girders and ensure that the weight on the grass is evenly distributed on this grass.

This method was reproduced by people in order to cover large sites. The Munich Olympics Stadium and Jeddah Airport, which are shown as examples of today’s modern architecture works, were built by imitating the webs of these spider species. As in this example, every being people take as an example, and every system they possess are a verse (evidence) of Allah for people. This truth is revealed in Surat al-Jathiyya as such: “And in your creation and all the creatures He has spread about there are Signs for people with certainty.” (Surat al-Jathiyya, 4)

Spider Web Will Inspire the Internet

In the research conducted on araneus diadematus , a common garden spider that lives in Europe, using computer modelling, it was found that spider webs react differently to different tension levels. As it is known, spider web has a unique quality that softens when needed and then turns back to its original hardness. In the research, it was understood that spider web softens in mild wind and does not show a disruption in general structure, and when a stronger force is applied to a specific point, the web loses its flexibility in this region of the web and breaks off. However, this situation strengthens the general structure and wholeness of the web even more. Research showed that when fibers in different regions break, the web can carry three to twenty percent more weight than it normally does.

Researchers think that with the deciphering of these secrets of the spider web, complex networks like the Internet can be built in a stronger way against disruptions in the future. New visual networks that can be formed like this will not lose their mechanical quality, despite enduring much damage, and no matter which part of the system is attacked, the network will collapse only at a certain point. Thus in many areas from electrical networks and the internet to the textile industry, great leaps will be achieved based on the spider web in future.

During the research conducted to uncover the chemistry of spider threads, threads are taken from spiders with special machines. In this way, 320 meters (almost three milligrams) of silk can be gathered per animal. Another field that spider threads are used to serve human beings is medicine. Pharmacologists at the University of Wyoming in the USA are using the threads of a spider species called “Nephile” in lieu of catgut in very sensitive operations like tendon and joint operations.

With the acceptance of the superiority of created features, no doubt, evolutionists have experienced a new disappointment and a new sense of hopelessness. The invalidity of evolutionists’ unscientific claims that beings are in a state of development from the simple to the more complex over time and that their characteristics have formed by coincidence, were once again proved. Allah, the Lord of all worlds, is the One Who creates flawless and unique systems. Allah is the One Who creates all things flawlessly. Those who do not want to accept this will live an unending regret in the hereafter.”He Who created the seven heavens in layers.You will not find any flaw in the creation of the All-Merciful. Look again – do you see any gaps? Then look again and again. Your sight will return to you dazzled and exhausted!” Surat al-Mulk, 3-4)Allah Created Spider Threads in the Best Shape For Its PurposeIt is generally not known that spiders use more than one thread type while making their webs. However, spiders produce different threads in their bodies for different purposes. When one thinks about the life of spiders, it is immediately understood how important this feature is, because the specialty of the thread the spider walks on and the threads it used to catch its prey or to wrap it tightly have to be different from one another. For example, if the thread a spider walks on were adhesive like the thread it uses to catch the prey, the spider would stick on the web and thus it would cause its own death.

These silk threads have different qualities in terms of both flexibility and strength, and they also have different qualities for thickness and adhesiveness. For example, the hanging thread, which plays a big role in the spider’s life, has a flexible and strong structure even though it is not adhesive. It can carry two to three times the spider’s weight easily. The spider, which also carries its prey together, can move up and down safely thanks to these ropes.

As it is seen, the spider needs to make very different threads and moreover it must use these different threads in the right places. Even the lack of one of these threads is potentially deadly for the spider. None of the qualities spiders have could have emerged phase by phase as the theory of evolution suggests. Since the first spiders on earth, all spiders have existed in their complete form. All of these point to the evidences that they emerged all of a sudden and that Allah created them. Allah shows us His infinite power and matchless knowledge with the superior miracle of creation in spiders. Allah reveals this truth in one verse: “Everything in the heavens and the earth glorifies Allah. He is the Almighty, the All-Wise. The kingdom of the power over all things” .(Surat al-Hadid, 1-2)

May 19

Benefits of the Recitation of the Chapters of the Holy Qur’an

The Verse “Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim” If we were to give an exhaustive account of the benefits of the recitation of “Bismillah…” we would need more than a single volume to do justice to it. Apart from being part of every chapter in the Holy Qur’an (except the chapter of repentance [Surah at-tawba]), it is also the most oft repeated verse in the Holy Qur’an.
It is narrated in Tafsir al-Burhaan that the Holy Prophet (S) has said that when a person recites “Bismillah…” then five thousand ruby palaces are built for him in Jannah Each palace has a thousand chambers made of pearls and in each chamber has seventy thousand thrones of emerald and each throne has seventy thousand carpets made from special fabrics and upon each carpet is seated a Hur-ul-Ein. A person asked for the condition necessary to get this great reward and the Holy Prophet (S) replied that the person should recite the “Bismillah…” with conviction and understanding.
The Holy Prophet (S) has also said that when a believer will have to cross the Pul-e-Siraat on the Day of Judgement, and he will say “Bismillah…” then the flames beneath him will start dying down until Jahannam will cry out, ‘O believer, pass through quickly, your presence is causing my fire to die out !’

 

When a teacher teaches a child to recite “Bismillah…” the child, his parents and the teacher are all guaranteed freedom from hellfire. It is narrated that Prophet Isa (a.s.) was once passing by a graveyard and he saw a grave upon which the Wrath and Punishment of Allah (S.w.T.) was descending, so he quietly walked past. When he passed the same place after some time, he noticed that the Mercy and Blessings of Allah (S.w.T.) was being showered on the same grave. He was surprised at this and asked Allah (S.w.T.) about what has happened and it was revealed to him that the man inside the grave was a sinner and was thus being punished for his sins. When he died, his wife was pregnant and soon gave birth to a son. When the boy grew older, his mother took him to a teacher who taught him to recite “Bismillah…” and I felt that it would not be justice that this man’s son was calling My Name and I was punishing his father in the grave.

It is also mentioned that recitation of “Bismillah…” with a loud voice is from the signs of a true believer. Imam Ali Ridha (a.s.) said that “Bismillah…” is very close to the chosen name of Allah (S.w.T.) [Isma A’adham].

Surah al-Fatihah (The Opening)
There are seven verses in this Surah (chapter) and it is said that this Surah is both ‘makki’ and ‘madani’ ie. it was revealed in both Makkah and Madinah.

In the commentary of Majma’ul Bayan it is narrated that the Holy Prophet (S) said that whoever recites this Surah, he will get the reward for reciting two thirds (2/3) of the whole Qur’an, and will get the reward equivalent to what would be gained by giving charity to all the believing men and women in the world.

 

One of the companions of the Holy Prophet (S) narrates that he once recited this Surah in the presence of the Holy Prophet (S) and the Prophet said, ‘By Him in whose hand is my soul, a similar revelation to this has not been included in the Taurat (Torah), Injeel (Bible), Zabur (Psalms)or even the Qur’an itself.’

 

The Holy Prophet (S) once asked Jabir ibn Abdallah Ansari, “Should I teach you a Surah that has no other comparison to it in the whole Qur’an ?” Jabir replied, “Yes, and may my parents be ransom upon you O prophet of Allah.” So the Holy Prophet (S) taught him Surah al-Fatihah. Then the Holy Prophet (S) asked, “Jabir, should I tell you something about this Surah ?” Jabir answered, “Yes, and may my parents be ransom upon you O prophet of Allah.” The Prophet (S) said, “It (Surah al-Fatihah) is a cure for every ailment except death.”

 

Imam AbuAbdillah Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that whoever cannot be cured by Surah al-Fatihah, then there is no cure for that person. In the same narration it is written that if this Surah is recited 70 times on any part of the body that is paining, the pain will surely go away. In fact, the power of this Surah is so great that it is said that if one were to recite it 70 times over a dead body, you should not become surprised if that body starts moving (ie. comes back to life).

 

Surah al-Fatihah is a cure for physical and also spiritual ailments. Without this Surah, even the daily prayers are incomplete. It is indeed a great treasure that has been given to us by Allah (S.w.T.) through the Holy Prophet (S) and no previous prophet has been given anything like it. This Surah is also known as ‘Ummul Kitab’ and ‘Sab’a mathani’.

Surah al-Baqarah (The Cow)
This Surah has 286 verses and is a ‘madani’ Surah ie. it was revealed in Madinah. It is also the longest Surah in the Holy Qur’an.

The Holy Prophet (S) has said that whoever recites the first four verses of Surah al-Baqarah, accompanied by the ‘ayatul kursi’ together with the last three verses of this Surah – and makes a habit of reciting these verses daily – his life, property and family will be protected and no evil shall come upon them. Shaitan will not come close to him and he will not be from those who forget Allah (S.w.T.).

 

Surah Ali-’Imran (The Family of Imran)
In this Surah, there are a total of 200 verses and it was revealed in Madinah. The Holy Prophet (S) has said that whoever recites Surah Ali-’Imran on Friday, then until the setting of the sun, he will be showered by the Mercy of Allah (S.w.T.) and the angels will beg for his forgiveness.
The Prophet (S) has also recommended this Surah for those women who are not able to conceive. The Surah should be written using saffron and then given to her to wear as a talisman and by the Will of Allah (S.w.T.) she will conceive.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that if a person faces hardship in earning his livelihood, he should write this Surah and wear it as a talisman and Allah (S.w.T.) will increase his sustenance greatly. The Imam (a.s.) also said that if anyone recites both Surah al-Baqarah and Ali-’Imran, then these Surahs will come in the shape of clouds on the day of judgement to protect him from the scorching heat.

 

Surah an-Nisa (The Women)
This Surah was revealed in Madinah and has a total of 177 verses. In ‘Tafsir al-burhan’ it is written that Imam Ali (a.s.) has said that whoever recites this Surah on every Friday, he will remain safe from the squeezing in the grave (‘fishare qabr’).

Surah al-Ma’idah (The Table-spread)
There are 120 verses in this Surah and it is a ‘makki’ Surah ie. it was revealed in Makkah. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that whoever recites this Surah, he will get a reward equivalent to ten times the number of Jews and Christians alive in the world, and will be forgiven the same amount of sins and will be raised in status by the same amount.

Surah al-An’aam (The Cattle)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and contains a total of 165 verses. Imam Ridha (a.s.) has said that this Surah was revealed accompanied by the descending of seventy thousand angels. These angels will ask forgiveness from Allah (S.w.T.) for any person who recites this Surah, and they will continue doing so until the Day of Judgement.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that if a person writes this Surah using musk or saffron and then drinks it (ie. puts the written Surah in water for its writing to dissolve) for six consecutive days, that person will be blessed abundantly and will be free from all problems and ailments. He will not loose his health or fall sick.

The 6th Holy Imam (a.s.) also said that this Surah must be accorded due respect as the name of Allah (S.w.T.) appears 70 times in it. If people knew the benefits of reciting this Surah, they would never leave it.

Surah al-A’araaf (The Elevated Places)
There are 206 verses in this ‘makki’ Surah. It is reported from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.), that whoever recites this Surah once a month, he will have no worry or fear on the Day of Resurrection and if it is recited on a Friday, then the reciter will be from among those who will be exempted from the taking of accounts on the Day of Judgement.

Surah al-A’araaf has the ayaat al-muhkamaat that will give witness on behalf of its reciter on the Day of Reckoning. The Holy Prophet (S) has said that there will be a veil between the reciter of this Surah and Iblees on Judgement day and the reciter will be in the company of Prophet Adam (a.s.)

Writing this Surah with rose water and saffron and keeping the writing at all times ensures safety from enemies and wild animals.

Surah al-Anfaal (The Spoils of War)
This Surah was revealed in Madinah and it has 75 verses. In the commentary of Majma’ul Bayaan, it is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that whoever recites Surah al-Anfaal and Surah at-Tawba every month, he will be protected from being a hypocrite and will be counted among the followers of Ameerul Mu’mineen – Imam Ali (a.s.), and on the day of Qiyamah he will eat from the table-spread of Jannah together with all the followers of Ahlul Bayt.

This Surah contains the verse about khums, which is the right of the Ahlul Bayt. The Holy Prophet (S.) said that he will, on the Day of Judgement, intercede for the person who recites this Surah and will bear witness that the reciter of this Surah was free from hypocrisy. Keeping Surah al-Anfaal in your possession at all times ensures that you get your rights that have been taken from you and your legitimate desires are fulfilled.

Surah al-Bara’at / at-Tawba (The Repentance)
This Surah has 129 verses and was revealed in Madinah. This Surah was revealed all at once and its revelation was accompanied by seventy thousand angels. It is narrated that keeping this Surah over one’s head (like in a cap or Amama) is a safety from thieves and destruction of property by fire. Also, keeping this Surah in one’s possession ensures safety from the evil designs of enemies.

Surah Yunus
This Surah is ‘makki’ and it has 109 verses. It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that if a person recites this Surah once in two or three months, he will not be placed alongside the ignorant ones and will be from among the ‘muqarrabeen’ (close ones) on the Day of Reckoning. It is also narrated that if a person recites Surah Yunus, he will get the reward equal to the number of people who were present in the community of Prophet Yunus (a.s.).

This Surah can be used as a means of identifying thieves from among your workers. This is done by either writing the Surah and under it writing the names of all the people in the house or workplace who could be suspected of stealing and then keeping this writing in the house. It will, after some time, become manifest who the thief is.

Surah Hud
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and has a total of 123 ayaat (verses). Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) has said that whoever recites this Surah every Friday, his accounts will on the Day of Judgement, be taken together with that of the Prophets and all his sins will be forgiven.

It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S.) that the person who recites Surah Hud will get a reward equal to the number of people who were there at the time of the Holy Prophet (S) and his rank will be like of the martyrs. The accounting for his deeds will also be made easy for him.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that writing this Surah on a sheepskin and keeping it in one’s possession at all times makes one so courageous and bold that nobody can defeat him in combat. Whoever sees him will be filled with fear.

Surah Yusuf
Surah Yusuf has 111 ayaat and was revealed in Makkah. It is narrated that the Holy Prophet (S) said that whoever recites this Surah and teaches his family members how to recite it also, Allah (S.w.T.) will make the final moments before his death (sakaraatul mawt) easy for him to bear and will remove jealousy from his heart.

It has been narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq that whoever recited this Surah daily, he will be raised on the day of Qiyamah with the handsomeness of Prophet Yusuf (a.s.) and he will be protected from the fear and discomfort of this day. He will be raised among the pious servants of Allah (S.w.T.). This Surah also keeps one’s heart safe from illegitimate lustful desires.

The sixth Imam (a.s.) has also said that if a person drinks the water in which this Surah has been dissolved, then his sustenance will be easier to reach and he will be made from the people of Jannah.

Surah Ra’d
There are 43 ayaat in this Surah and it is ‘makki’ though some Mufassireen (those who have written commentaries of the Holy Qur’an) say that the last verse of this Surah was revealed in Madinah. In fact, some even go as far as saying that the whole of this Surah is ‘madani’ except for two verses.
The Holy Prophet (a.s.) has been quoted as saying that whoever recites this Surah will be made from among those who fulfil their promise to Allah (S.w.T.) and they will be given reward which is ten times the number of sins they have committed.

It is narrated that Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that if a mu’min recites this Surah often, he will be taken to Jannah without having to give the long and detailed accounts for his deeds on Earth. He will also be allowed to intercede on behalf of his relatives and friends.

If this Surah is written at night, after the time for Isha prayers, under a candle’s light, and then hung outside the door of a tyrant ruler’s palace, then the ruler will perish and so will his control over the people. His army and his supporters will betray him and nobody will listen to him.

Surah Ibrahim
This is a ‘makki’ Surah that has 52 ayaat. It is narrated by Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq that whoever recites Surah Ibrahim and Surah Hijr in a two-rak’aat prayer on every Friday, he will remain safe from poverty, insanity and sudden calamity.

In the commentary of Burhan, it is mentioned that writing this Surah on a white parchment and then making a child wear it as a talisman keeps the child safe from ailments and makes it easy for him to drink and digest milk.

Surah Hijr
There are 99 verses in this ‘makki’ Surah. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that whoever recites Surah Hijr will get the reward equal to the number of Muhajireen and Ansaar (companions of the Holy Prophet [S.]) and this Surah should be written with saffron and then worn as a talisman by a new mother who cannot produce enough milk for her child.

If written and tied on one’s arm, it makes any business conducted by the wearer to be profitable and makes people like doing business with him. His sustenance thus increases. In a narration by Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) one can also put this Surah (written) inside the pocket or safe (for storing valuables).

Surah an-Nahl (The Bee)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and has 128 ayaat. In the commentary of Majma’ul Bayan it is recorded from the Holy Prophet (S) that whoever recites this Surah will not be questioned, on the Day of Judgement, about the blessings he received on the Earth and will get the reward equal to the amount of people who left a good will when they died.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that whoever recites Surah an-Nahl once every month, he will be safe from 70 types of diseases and will be from among the people of Jannah. This Surah should, however, under no circumstance be written and kept in the house or garden as it may have harmful effects. Imam Sadiq (a.s.) has said that if kept in a house or garden, it will soon be destroyed. Indeed this is a weapon that one is only allowed to use against an evil person who is the enemy of Islam.

Surah Bani-Isra’il (Children on Israel)
There are 111 verses in this ‘makki’ Surah. The Holy Prophet (S) has said that a great reward will be accorded to those who recite this Surah and when they reach the verse about parents, they feel a sense of love and gentleness towards their parents.

It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that whoever recites Surah Bani-Isra’il every Thursday night, will not die before meeting Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.) and will be counted among his companions. Also, if a child is not able to speak or is delaying in his learning how to speak, he should be given the water of this Surah that has been written with saffron.

In the commentary of Safi it is written that the Holy Prophet (S) told Imam Ali (a.s.) that the last two verses of this Surah are a protection and safety from theft. This Surah is also called Surah al-Isra’.

Surah al-Kahf (The Cave)
This Surah has 110 ayaat and it was revealed in Makkah. The Holy Prophet (S) has said that whoever recites this Surah will be protected from fitna (evil) for eight days. If a person recites the last verse of Surah al-Kahf before sleeping at night, Allah (S.w.T.) creates a noor (light) from his sleeping place up to the Holy Ka’bah and in this light are angels who continually pray for the reciter until he wakes up.

It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that if a person wishes to wake up at a particular time, he should recite the last ayah of this Surah and then make the intention that he will wake up at a certain time and he will wake up at that time. He (a.s.) also said that if a person recites this Surah every Thursday night, he will die the death of a martyr. Keeping this Surah (written) in the house becomes a means of protection from poverty and debts.

Surah Maryam
There are 99 ayaat in this ‘makki’ Surah. It is written in the commentary of Majma’ul Bayan that the reward for reciting this Surah is equal to ten times the number of people present at the time of Prophet Zakariyyah (a.s.), Yahya (a.s.), Isa (a.s.), Musa (a.s.), Ishaq (a.s.), Harun (a.s.), Ibrahim (a.s.), Ya’qub (a.s.) and Isma’il (a.s.) combined.

Keeping this Surah (written) in the house ensures protection from thieves and Allah (S.w.T.) blesses the occupants of the house. It is also narrated that before going in the presence of a tyrant ruler, if a person recites ‘Kaf-Ha-Ya-’Ain-Saad’ and closed, with each letter, one finger of his right hand, and then recites ‘Ha-Mim-‘Ain-Seen-Qaaf’ and with each letter, closes one finger of his left hand; and then he comes in the presence of the tyrant and recites ‘wa ‘anatil wujuhu lil hayyil qayyum wa khaaba man hamala dhulma’ and then he opens his fingers, he will be protected from the evil of the tyrant.

Surah Taha
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and has 135 verses. It is mentioned in a narration from the Holy Prophet (S) that whoever recites this Surah will get the reward equivalent to the number of companions of the Holy Prophet (S) from the Muhajireen and Ansaar.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that Allah (S.w.T.) befriends the ones who recite this Surah and this person will receive his book of deeds on his right hand. His sins will be forgiven and he will get so much reward that he will be pleased on the Day of Judgement.

This Surah should be recited before war, going before a tyrant ruler and trying to guide a community towards the path of Allah (S.w.T.). If a girl is not getting married and she wishes to get married, she should take ghusl (bath) with water in which this Surah has been dissolved and by the will of Allah (S.w.T.) she will get married.

If a man wishes to get married, he should write verses 131 and 132 of this Surah with saffron and then wear it as a talisman and InshaAllah his proposal will be accepted.

Surah al-Ambiya’ (The Prophets)
This ‘makki’ Surah has 112 ayaat. It is narrated that the reward for reciting this Surah is that the accounting on the Day of Reckoning becomes easy for the reciter and all the Prophets whose names appear in the Holy Qur’an will come to meet him on this day.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that whoever recites Surah al-Ambiya’ frequently, his status in Jannah will be close to the Prophets. Writing this Surah and keeping it with one removes all stress and worry.

Surah al-Hajj (The Pilgrimage)
There are 78 ayaat in this Surah and it was revealed in Makkah. The Holy Prophet (S) has said that reciting this Surah carries the reward equal to the number of pilgrims who have been for Hajj and those who will go for Hajj in the future.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq has said that whoever recites this Surah once in every three days will get the opportunity of going for Hajj in the same year, and if he dies on the way, he will be granted Jannah. Someone asked what would happen if the person performing the Hajj was a sinner, so the Imam (a.s.) replied that his punishment would be reduced.

Surah al-Mu’minun (The Believers)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 118 verses. The Holy Prophet (S.) has said that the reciter of this Surah will feel great comfort when the angel of death comes to take his soul and he will be given the good news of his position by angels.

It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that whoever recites this Surah on every Friday, he will have a great status in the hereafter and will be in the company of prophets. If this Surah is written (at night) and put on the neck of a drunkard, he will start hating intoxicating drinks and will stop this bad habit.

Surah an-Nur (The Light)
There are 64 ayaat in this Surah and it was revealed in Madinah. In the commentary of Burhan it is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that whoever constantly recites Surah an-Nur will never, in his lifetime, see any evil from his near ones and when he dies, seventy thousand angels will accompany his body up to the grave and will pray for his forgiveness.
The Holy Prophet (S) said that it is especially good for women to recite this Surah. He (S) also said that the reward for reciting this Surah is equal to ten times the number of mu’mineen and mu’minaat on the Earth. The sixth Imam (a.s.) said that keeping this Surah in one’s bed prevents wet dreams.

Surah al-Furqan (The Criterion)
This Surah has 77 ayaat and it is ‘makki’. The Holy Prophet (S) has said that a person who recites this Surah will be taken to Jannah without questioning, provided he believes in the Day of Judgement and the Raising of the Dead (from the graves).

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that Allah (S.w.T.) will never send His punishment upon any person who recites this Surah every night. The reciter of this Surah will also gain a highly status in the hereafter. The person who writes this Surah and keeps it in his possession will never be harmed by the vermin of this earth.

Surah ash-Shu’ara (The Poets)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has a total of 227 ayaat. In the commentary of Burhan it is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq that whoever recites the three Tawaseen (ie. the three Surahs beginning with Ta-Seen) on every Thursday night, will be counted from the Awliyaa-ullah (friends of Allah) and will be under the protection of Allah (S.w.T.). The reward for reciting this Surah is so great that when the person sees the reward he has gotten from it (on the Day of Judgement) he will be pleased.
The Holy Prophet (S) said that the one who recites this Surah will come out of his grave reciting the Shahadah or Kalimah, bearing witness in the Oneness of Allah (S.w.T.). Reciting Surah ash-Shu’ara at dawn is compared to the recitation of all the heavenly books that have been revealed. Frequent recitation of this Surah ensures protection from thieves and from death by drowning or being burnt. Drinking water in which this Surah was dissolved protects one from all types of ailments.

Surah an-Naml (The Ant)
This ‘makki’ Surah has 93 verses. In the commentary of Majma’ul Bayan, it is written that the reward for reciting this Surah is compared to ten times the number of people alive during the time of Prophet Suleiman (a.s.), Hud (a.s.), Shu’aib (a.s.), Saalih (a.s.) and Ibrahim (a.s.).

In the commentary of Burhan it is written that if this Surah is written on deerskin and kept in the house, then no dangerous creature (e.g. snake) will come near the house. This has been narrated by Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.)

Surah al-Qasas (The Narrative)
There are 88 ayaat in this Surah and it was revealed in Makkah though some scholars say that it was revealed in Madinah. The 58th verse of this Surah was revealed at the time of the Holy Prophet’s (S) migration from Makkah to Madinah.

It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that whoever recites this Surah will get the reward equivalent to the number of people present at the time of Prophet Musa (a.s.) and all the angels will bear witness on his behalf. If one drinks the water in which this Surah has been dissolved, all his problems and worries will be solved.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that drinking water in which this Surah has been dissolved is a remedy from illness and worries (this can also be done by writing the Surah inside a container and then gathering rain water in the same container).

Surah al-‘Ankabut (The Spider)
The first 11 ayaat of this Surah are ‘madani’ and the rest were revealed in Makkah. This Surah has a total of 69 verses. In the commentary of Burhan it is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that whoever recites Surah al-‘Ankabut on the 23rd night of the month of Ramadhan, will enter Jannah without any questioning.

The Holy Prophet (S) has said that the reward for reciting this Surah can be compared to ten times the number of believing men and women plus ten times the number of hypocrites on Earth. Drinking water in which this Surah has been dissolved brings one great joy and happiness in his life.

Surah ar-Rum (The Romans)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 60 ayaat. The Holy Prophet (S) said that the reward for reciting this Surah is equal to ten times the number of angels between the heavens and the earth who praise Allah (S.w.T.) constantly. It is not advisable to keep this Surah as a talisman (written) in the house.

Surah Luqman
This Surah is ‘makki’ and it has 34 ayaat. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that if Surah Luqman is recited at night, then angels protect the reciter from Iblees and his army until the next morning, and if recited in the daytime then the angels protect from them him until nighttime.

It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that whoever recites this Surah will be raised on the Day of Judgement with Hadhrat Luqman (a.s.) and will get the reward which is ten times the amount of people who have advised others to do good (amr-bil-ma’ruf) and prevented them from doing bad (nahy-‘anil-munkar).

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has also said that writing this Surah and then putting it in water to dissolve and then drinking the water provides for a cure from all types of illnesses and pains.

Surah as-Sajdah (The Adoration)
There are 30 verses in this Surah and it was revealed in Makkah. Some scholars say that the 19th, 20th and 21st ayaat of this Surah are ‘madani’. In the commentary of Burhan it is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that the reward for reciting Surah as-Sajdah and Surah al-Mulk is the same as what reward is gotten if one spends the entire night of Qadr in worship. It is said that the Holy Prophet (S) used to recite these Surahs before sleeping.
The person who recites this Surah will be given 60 rewards, forgiven 60 sins and raised 60 levels nearer to Allah (S.w.T.). Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that one who recites this Surah will be given his book of deeds in his right hand on the Day of Judgement and will be counted from among the friends of the Holy Prophet (S) and his family. Keeping this Surah in writing works as a cure from aches and pains.

Surah al-Ahzab (The Allies)
This Surah was revealed in Madinah and it has 73 ayaat. In the commentary of Majma’ul Bayan it is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that whoever recites Surah al-Ahzab and also teaches it to his family members, he will be saved from the torment of the grave.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that the reward for reciting this Surah often is countless and the one who does so will be under the protection of the Holy Prophet (S) and his progeny on the Day of Reckoning. Keeping this Surah written (on deer-skin) makes a person honourable in the eyes of people, and everyone craves for his company.

Surah as-Saba
This is a ‘makki’ Surah and it has 54 verses. It is narrated that the Holy Prophet (S) said that whoever recites this Surah, on the Day of Judgement, all the Prophets and Messengers will come to meet him.

In a saying from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) it is mentioned that whoever recites Surah Saba and Surah Fatir at night, he will remain under the protection of Allah (S.w.T.) for the whole night. The reward for reciting this Surah is so great that when it is seen in the book of deeds, the reciter’s heart will be filled with joy.

Wearing this Surah as a talisman or drinking its water removes fear from one’s heart and keeps one safe from enemies and wild animals.

Surah al-Fatir (The Originator)
There are 45 ayaat in this Surah and it was revealed in Makkah. In a narration from the Holy Prophet (S) it is said that three doors of Jannah will be opened for the person who recites this Surah. He will be able to enter it through whichever door he pleases. In another narration it is said that the eight doors of Jannah will open to him and he will be permitted to enter through whichever he likes.

It is narrated that a person once came to Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) and complained that his daughter had a problem of getting severe migraine headaches all the time. The Imam (a.s.) placed his hand on her head and recited verse 42 of this Surah and she was cured.

Surah Ya Sin
This Surah is ‘makki’ and it has 83 verses. It is written in the commentary of Majma’ul Bayan whoever recites Surah Ya Sin solely for seeking the pleasure of Allah (S.w.T.), all his sins will be forgiven and he will be given the reward equal to the reward of reciting the whole Qur’an 12 times. If this Surah is recited near a person on his deathbed, then for each letter recited, 12 angels are sent to pray for his forgiveness and they remain even when the soul is being taken by the Angel of Death. The angels also take part in his funeral rites.

If recited near a person who is in Sakarat-ul-Mawt (on the verge of passing away), then an angel brings a drink for the dying person from Jannah and as he drinks of it, he feels greatly eased. In another narration, this Surah has been described as the key to all good in this life and in the hereafter and a safety from all evil in this life and in the hereafter. Needs are fulfilled if asked after the recitation of this Surah and the reward for its recitation is also compared to performing twenty hajj pilgrimages.

Drinking the water in which this Surah has been dissolved cures one of a thousand types of illnesses. The Holy Prophet (S) said that everything has its heart and the heart of the Holy Qur’an is Surah Ya Sin. He (S) also said that if this Surah is recited in a graveyard then all punishment is lifted, for that day, from all the graves and the reciter gets the reward equal to the sum of all the good actions performed by all those who are buried in that graveyard.

It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that whoever recited this Surah in the morning will be protected from all calamities and problems during the day and whoever recites it at night will be protected from Shaitan by seventy thousand angels. Recitation of this Surah saves one from the squeezing of the grave and its other torments. Passing the difficult stages in the hereafter will also be made easy for him.

The sixth Imam (a.s.) also said that drinking this Surah after writing it in a mixture of rose water and saffron for seven days (it has to be written once for each day) makes a person have such a good memory that he will never forget what he hears. He will win debates and will gain great respect and status. If given to a woman, her breast-milk will increase.

Keeping this Surah in one’s possession as a talisman acts as a protection from the jealousy of people. The wearer remains safe from the evil designs of men and Jinn. It also acts as a cure from disease.

Surah as-Saffaat (The Rangers)
There are 182 ayaat in this Surah and it was revealed in Makkah. The reward for reciting this Surah is ten times the total number of Jinn and Shayateen that exist. The reciter of this Surah is protected from Shaitan and is safe from falling into disbelief and Shirk. His angels who record his deeds will testify for him on the Day of Judgement that he was from among those who believed in the Prophets of Allah (S.w.T.).

It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that reciting Surah as-Saffaat on every Friday keeps one safe from all types of calamities. His sustenance will increase and his life, wealth and children will be protected from the evil designs of Shaitan and the tyrant rulers of the time. If one dies soon after reciting this Surah, he will die the death of a martyr; he will be raised on the Day of Judgement together with the martyrs and will enter Jannah with them.

Surah Saad
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 88 verses. In the commentary of Majma’ul Bayan it is written that the reward for reciting this Surah is equal to the weight of the mountain of Prophet Dawood (a.s.). Allah (S.w.T.) inspires the reciter of this Surah to avoid every type of sin – big or small.

Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) has said that the reward for reciting Surah Saad is compared to the reward given to the Holy Prophets and the one who often recites this Surah will be taken to Jannah along with his family and loved ones; to such an extent that even those servants of his whom he loves will be with him in Jannah.

If this Surah is placed under the tyrant ruler, his reign will not last for more than three days before people will see his true nature and will start hating him. This will eventually lead to his downfall.

Surah az-Zumar (The Companies)
This Surah has 75 ayaat and it was revealed in Makkah. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that whoever recites this Surah will be given a honourable and respectable status in this life and in the hereafter. Allah (S.w.T.) will give him so much respect in the eyes of the people that they will be in awe. The fire of Jahannam will be made haraam on his body (ie. he will never enter hell fire) and the gifts he will get in Jannah will be countless.

The Holy Prophet (S) has said that is a person keeps this Surah (written) in his possession then whoever meets him will praise him. If this Surah is tied to one’s arm then whoever sees him will praise him.

Surah al-Mu’min (The Believer) or Surah Sad
This is a ‘makki’ Surah and it has 85 ayaat. When a person recites this Surah then the souls of all the Prophet (a.s.), the truthful people and the believers send salutations to him and pray for his forgiveness. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that whoever recites this Surah once in every three days, his sins will be forgiven and he will become a God-fearing person.
It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that if this Surah is written and kept in a garden or farm, then the plants or crops will become more fruit bearing and green. If kept in a business premises then business will prosper and more profit will be gained. Keeping this Surah as a talisman works as a cure for wounds and scars. This Surah is also a remedy for heart problems, dizziness and nausea.

Surah Hamim Sajdah or Fussilat
Another name for this Surah is Fussilat. This is a ‘makki’ Surah that has 54 verses. The Holy Prophet (S) has said that for each letter of this Surah that is recited, ten rewards are given.

It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq that the one who recites Surah Hamim Sajdah will have light shining on front of him on the Day of Judgement and his life in this world will be praiseworthy. If this Surah is written in a container and rainwater is then collected in it and put on one’s eyes, then it alleviates all eye problems.

Surah ash-Shura (The Council)
This Surah has 53 ayaat and it was revealed in Makkah. The Holy Prophet (S) said that the one who recites this Surah will be from among those people on whom the angels send salutations and pray for their forgiveness.
It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that whoever recites this Surah will be raised on the Day of Reckoning with a face as bright as the full moon and he will be told: ‘You are from those who used to recite ash-Shura. If you knew the reward for this, you would never have felt tired of reciting it.’ The angels will then be ordered to take him to Jannah where he will find a palace made of red rubies. There will be two huries and a thousand slaves in that palace.

If this Surah is written and kept as a talisman, it becomes a means of protection and drinking water in which this Surah has been dissolved is especially good for those intending to travel as it provides for a journey without unforeseen problems.

Surah az-Zukhruf (The Embellishment)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 89 ayaat. It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that whoever recites this Surah will be saved from the vermin (e.g. insects, scorpions etc.) in the grave and will not undergo the squeezing (Fishar) in the grave.

The Holy Prophet (S) said that drinking water in which this Surah was dissolved acts as a cure and a relief from pain.

Surah ad-Dukhan (The Smoke)
This is a ‘makki’ Surah and it has 59 ayaat. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that if this Surah is recited at night, then seventy thousand angels pray to Allah (S.w.T.) to forgive the sins of the reciter. If recited on Thursday nights, all sins are forgiven and houses are built for the reciter in Jannah. The reward for reciting each letter of this Surah is equal to that of freeing a thousand slaves for seeking the pleasure of Allah (S.w.T.).
Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) said that whoever recites Surah ad-Dukhan in his faraa’idh (compulsory prayers) will be protected from the torment of the Day of Judgement and will easily be able to give his accounts. His book of deeds will also be given to him in his right hand.
If kept in one’s possession, this Surah acts as a protection from the plots of Shaitan. If kept under one’s pillow before sleeping at night, there will be no suffering from nightmares and one will always get good dreams. Keeping this Surah in a place of business makes the trade prosper.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that keeping this Surah as a talisman ensures protection from the authorities and makes people fond of the wearer. Drinking water in which this Surah has been dissolved is a cure for all ailments related to the stomach.

Surah al-Jaathiyah (The Kneeling)
There are 37 verses in this Surah and it was revealed in Makkah. This Surah is also called Surah ash-Shari’ah. It is narrated that whoever recites this Surah will not be frightened on the Day of Judgement and his private parts will remain covered (whereas all people will be raised naked on this day).

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that whoever recites this Surah will not see Jahannam and neither will he hear the voice of its flames. Keeping this Surah in one’s possession makes him a beloved of the people and protects him from tyrant rulers. It also keeps one safe from those who love to slander and backbite. If it is placed on the neck of a newborn child, it ensures safety and protection from all calamities.

Surah al-Ahqaf (The Sandhills)
This is a ‘makki’ Surah and it has 35 verses. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that a person who recites this Surah daily, or at least every Friday, will remain safe from all the dangers of this world and the hereafter.

It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that the reward for reciting this Surah is ten times the number of creatures that walk on this Earth and an equal number of sins will be forgiven. Keeping this Surah as a talisman acts as a protection and means of averting all kinds of difficulties.

If a person dissolved this Surah in zamzam water and then drinks it, he will be greatly honoured by the people and what he says will never be rejected. He will also remember everything he hears. It acts as a cure for disease and a protection from the Jinn.

Surah Muhammad
This is a ‘madani’ Surah and it has 37 ayaat. In the commentary of Majma’ul Bayan it is narrated that the Holy Prophet (S) said that whoever recites this Surah will have his thirst quenched by the drink from the rivers of Jannah.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that the person who recites this Surah will never have doubts about his religion and will not fall into disbelief and Shirk. A thousand angels will send salutations to his grave after his death. He will be placed under the protection of Allah (S.w.T.) and His Prophet (S). When the reciter of this Surah will arise from his grave, whichever way he turns, he will see the blessed face of the Holy Prophet (S).

If this Surah is written and kept as a talisman, it protects a person, whether he is asleep or awake, from all evils and problems. It is also a safety from insanity.

Surah al-Fath (The Victory)
There are 29 verses in this Surah and it was revealed in Madinah. It is narrated that the Holy Prophet (S) said, ‘Whoever recites this Surah (al-Fath), it will be as if he was with me when Makkah was conquered and he has pledged allegiance to me.’ When this Surah was revealed to the Holy Prophet (S), he said, ‘Such verses have been revealed to me that are dearer to me than this entire world.’

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that those who recite this Surah will be counted from among the sincere and true servants of Allah (S.w.T.) and will gain a honourable status in Jannah. In times of war or unrest, keeping this Surah in one’s possession is a means of protection and safety. Drinking water in which this Surah has been dissolved cures any heart problems and protects those who are travelling.

Surah al-Hujuraat (The Chambers)
This Surah was revealed in Madinah and it has 18 ayaat. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that the reward for reciting this Surah can be compared to ten times the number of believers and disbelievers on Earth.
Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq has narrated that those who recite this Surah will be counted from among those who visited the Holy Prophet (S). Writing this Surah and keeping it in one’s possession makes the Shaitan run away and acts as a protection in times of war and unrest. If a pregnant woman drinks water in which this Surah has been dissolved, then both herself and her child will remain safe from danger and drinking this water also increases breast-milk in a breastfeeding mother.

Surah Qaf
This Surah is ‘makki’ and it has 45 ayaat. The Holy Prophet (S) has said that whoever recites this Surah frequently will not suffer at the time of death. Reciting Surah Qaf in salaat increases one’s sustenance and makes the accounting of the Day of Judgement easy.

Writing and drinking water in which this Surah has been dissolved cures one of many acute diseases. Verse 23 of this Surah is especially good for the cure of eye ailments. One can recite this verse and blow into some water and then drink it, and by the will of Allah (S.w.T.) any problem with eyes will be cured.

Surah adh-Dhariyaat (The Scatterers)
There are 60 ayaat in this Surah and it was revealed in Makkah. In the commentary of Majma’ul Bayan it is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that the reward for reciting this Surah is ten times the number of moving winds or breezes.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that recitation of this Surah increases ones sustenance and makes it easy to earn. Drinking water in which this Surah was dissolved after being written acts as a remedy for back problems (e.g. backaches). If a pregnant woman wears a talisman of Surah ad-Dhariyaat, her pregnancy and delivery will be easy. Keeping this Surah close to a dying person makes his death easy.

Surah at-Tur (The Mountain)
This Surah has 49 verses and it was revealed in Makkah. The Holy Prophet (S) said that the one who recites this Surah will be kept safe from the wrath and punishment of Allah (S.w.T.).

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that the recitation of this Surah brings good fortune to the reciter and constant recitation by those who have been imprisoned secures an early release from bondage. Surah at-Tur, if recited or kept as a talisman, keeps children in good health.

Surah an-Najm (The Star)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 26 ayaat. The reward for reciting this Surah is ten times the number of believers and sinners combined. The reciter will lead a respectable and honourable life and people will love and respect him.

Writing this Surah and keeping it at a talisman makes one courageous in front of the ruler and makes the ruler respect him. He also comes out victorious in debates and discussions.

Surah al-Qamar (The Moon)
This ’makki’ Surah has 55 ayaat. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that the fact of the person who recites this Surah will shine like the full moon on the Day of Reckoning. The best time to recite this Surah is at night and this carries the highest reward.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that the one who recites this Surah will have a mount from Jannah on which he will sit when he wakes from his grave. Whoever keeps this Surah under his cap or turban at the time of Jumu’ah prayers will be highly respected by the people and his difficulties will be eased.

Surah ar-Rahman (The Beneficent)
This Surah has 78 verses and it is ‘makki’. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that reciting this Surah on Friday after the dawn prayers carries great reward. Surah as-Rahman removes hypocrisy from one’s heart.

On the Day of Judgement, this Surah will come in the shape of a human being who will be handsome and will have a very nice scent. Allah (S.w.T.) will then tell him to point out those people who used to recite this Surah and he will name them. Then he will be allowed to beg pardon for those whom he names and Allah (S.w.T.) will pardon them.

The Imam (a.s.) also said that if a person dies after reciting this Surah, then is considered a martyr. Writing this Surah and keeping it makes all difficulties and problems vanish and also cures eye ailments. Writing it on the walls of a house keeps away all types of household pests. If recited at night, then Allah (S.w.T.) sends an angel to guard the reciter until he wakes up and if recited in the daytime then an angel guards him until sunset.

Surah al-Waqi’ah (The Event)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 96 ayaat. The Holy Prophet (S) has said that a person who recites this Surah will not be from among the absent-minded ones. Poverty does not come near this person.

Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) said that the one who recites Surah al-Waqi’ah will have a shining face of the Day of Reckoning. It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that whoever recites this Surah on every Friday, will be from those whom Allah (S.w.T.) loves and he will be loved by people also. He will be free from troubles and poverty and will be counted from the loyal companions of Imam Ali (a.s.). Reciting this Surah on a dead person leads to all his sins being forgiven and if the person is on his deathbed then he will die with ease.

Keeping this Surah in one’s possession is a means of increase in sustenance. Imam Ali Zainul Abideen (a.s.) has narrated that if a person recites this Surah (at night) on the first night of the lunar month and then continues to recite the same Surah, increasing the number of times to coincide with the date, such that on the tenth night he recites it ten times, until the fourteenth night, then his sustenance will increase greatly.

Surah al-Hadid (The Iron)
This is a ‘madani’ Surah and it ha 29 ayaat. The Holy Prophet (S) said that the reciter of this Surah will be counted from among the staunch believers. Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) has said that whoever recites all the Surahs that start with Tasbih of Allah (S.w.T.) before going to sleep, will not die before meeting the 12th Holy Imam (a.s.) and after his death, he will have the honour of being a neighbour of the Holy Prophet (S).
It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq that if Surah al-Hadid and al-Mujadilah are recited in the faraa’idh (compulsory prayers) frequently, then the reciter will never face any punishment of Allah (S.w.T.) in this world and will not see any evil from his family. If recited by a prisoner, he will be released soon. If worn on the neck as a talisman, the wearer will not be killed in war. This Surah also makes one courageous.

 

Surah al-Mujadilah (The Pleading One)
There are 22 ayaat in this Surah and it was revealed in Madinah. The Holy Prophet (S) said that the one who recites this Surah will be from among the thankful servants of Allah (S.w.T.) on the Day of Judgement. If Surah al-Mujadilah is recited near a sick person, or worn by the sick person as a talisman, he will be cured of his illness. If recited on anything that has been buried in the ground, it will remain protected until the person himself removes it.

Reciting this Surah brings a feeling of ease to a restless person. Constant recitation also protects one from thieves. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that recitation of this Surah keeps one safe from the evil designs of Jinn and men. If recited on dust or sand and then thrown towards the enemy, he is easily overcome.

Surah al-Hashr (The Banishment)
This Surah is ‘madani’ and it has 24 ayaat. It is narrated that whoever recites this Surah will be sent salutations from Jannah, Jahannam, the angels, the Heavens, the Earth, the trees, the birds, the sun and the moon and these will pray for the forgiveness of his sins. When he dies, he will die a martyr. If a person recites both Surah ar-Rahman and Surah al-Hashr then one angel will be assigned to protect him at all times.

If a four-rak’ah prayer is recited where after Surah al-Hamd Surah al-Hashr is recited, then whatever important work one goes to do will be successful (with the condition that it is not a sin). Drinking water in which this Surah has been dissolved is good for memory and concentration. If this Surah is recited for forty consecutive days without missing a day, it will make even the hardest task become an easy one.

Surah al-Mumtahanah (The Examined One)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 13 verses. It is narrated from Imam Ali Zainul Abideen (a.s.) that if a person recites this Surah in any of his prayers (salaat), his heart will become filled with faith and belief. On the Day of Judgement, all the believing men and women will pray for him to be forgiven by Allah (S.w.T.).

Recitation of this Surah increases the acuity of vision and protects the reciter and his children from insanity. The Holy Prophet (S) has said that angels send salutations and pray for the forgiveness of the one who recites this Surah. If he dies on that day then he will have died as a martyr. Drinking water in which this Surah has been dissolved also acts as a cure for some ailments.

Surah as-Saff (The Ranks)
This Surah has 14 ayaat and it was revealed in Madinah. It is narrated that is a person recites this Surah, as long as he remains alive, Prophet Isa (a.s.) seeks forgiveness from Allah (S.w.T.) for him and he will be from among the friends of Prophet Isa (a.s.) on the Day of Reckoning.

Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) has said that the person who recites this Surah will be placed in the group of angels and Prophets on the Day of Judgement. If this Surah is continually recited during a dangerous journey, the reciter is protected until he reaches his destination.

Surah al-Jumu’ah (The Friday)
This is a ‘madani’ Surah and it has 11 ayaat. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that if this Surah is recited frequently in the mornings and evenings, the reciter is protected from the influence of Shaitan and his temptations. His sins are also forgiven.

In another narration it is said that if a person recites this Surah daily, he will be safe from every dangerous and frightening thing.

Surah al-Munafiqun (The Hypocrites)
There are 11 verses in this ‘madani’ Surah. It is narrated that Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that it is required of our followers that they recite, in their prayers on Thursday nights, Surah al-Jumu’ah and Surah al-A’ala, and on Fridays, at the time of noon prayers, Surah al-Jumu’ah and Surah al-Munafiqun. Whoever does this, it will be like he has obeyed the command of the Holy Prophet (S), and his reward will be Jannah.
The Holy Prophet (S) said that by the recitation of this Surah, a person stays free from Shirk and hypocrisy. Recitation of this Surah over a wound will heal it and over any ache will cure the ache. In fact, it is a cure for all diseases and ailments.

Surah at-Taghabun (The Loss And Gain)
This Surah has 18 ayaat and it was revealed in Madinah. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that the person who recites this Surah will be safe at the time of his death.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that if a person recites this Surah in the faraa’idh (compulsory prayers) then on the Day of Judgement this Surah itself will intercede on his behalf until he is allowed to enter Jannah. It is also narrated that one who recites this Surah will be protected from the tyranny of the rulers.

Surah at-Talaq (The Divorce)
This Surah was revealed in Madinah and it has 12 verses. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that if Surah at-Talaq and Surah at-Tahrim are recited in the faraa’idh then the reciter will be protected by Allah (S.w.T.) from the fear of the Day of Judgement and he will enter Jannah.

In another narration it is said that the one who recites this Surah will be given the inspiration to perform Tawbatan Nasuha (the sincere repentance to Allah [s.w.t.]).

Surah at-Tahrim (The Prohibition)
This ‘madani’ Surah has 12 ayaat. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that the one who recites this Surah will be from those who always seek sincere repentance from Allah (S.w.T.). The recitation of this Surah and drinking of its water acts as a cure from many ailments and diseases.
If this Surah is recited by a person who is not getting sleep then he will be able to sleep and if recited by a person who is frightened, he will become calm. Frequent recitation also helps a person who is in debt to clear his debts.

Surah al-Mulk (The Kingdom)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 30 ayaat. It is also called Munjiyah because it saves the one who recites it from the torment of the grave. The Holy Prophet (S) likened the recitation of this Surah to the staying awake on the night of Qadr. He (S) also wished that every believer would memorize this Surah and know it by heart. He said that this Surah will remove its reciter from Hellfire and take him to Jannah.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that reciting this Surah at night keeps one under the protection of Allah (S.w.T.) until morning. Recitation on the night of Eid gives the reward of staying awake the whole night in worship. If recited on a person who has just died, his soul gets immediate relief. Memorizing this Surah has great reward. If memorized, this Surah acts as a protection from the torment of the grave, and it intercedes on behalf of the one who has memorized it on the Day of Judgement.

Surah al-Qalam (The Pen)
There are 52 verses in this ‘makki’ Surah. The Holy Prophet (S) has said that the one who recites this Surah will never face financial difficulties. Writing this Surah and tying it to any part of the body that is suffering from pain alleviates the pain.

Surah al-Haqqah (The Sure Calamity)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 52 verses. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has advised that this Surah should be recited often in prayers as this is a sign of faith. This Surah has praise for Imam Ali (a.s.) and insult for Mu’awiya ibn Aba Sufyan.

The Holy Prophet (S) has said that reciting this Surah makes the accounting of deeds on the Day of Reckoning easier. If this Surah is worn as a talisman by a pregnant woman, then her baby will be safe. Giving water in which this Surah has been dissolved to a child will make his memory and intellect improve. Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) said that the one who recites this Surah will never loose his religion.

Surah al-Ma’arij (The Ways of Ascent)
This Surah has 44 ayaat and it was revealed in Makkah. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that the reward for reciting this Surah is equivalent to the total number of people who keep up prayer and safeguard the property which has been entrusted to them.

Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) has said that the one who recites this Surah will have his sins hidden on the Day of Judgement and he will enter Jannah alongside the Holy Prophet (S). If a prisoner recites this Surah, he will secure his release. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that if this Surah is recited before sleeping, one keeps safe from the temptations of Shaitan.

Surah Nuh
This Surah has 28 ayaat and it is ‘makki’. The Holy Prophet (S) said that those who recite this Surah will get a reward equal to the number of people who believe in Prophet Nuh (a.s.).

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that those who believe in Allah (S.w.T.), His Prophet (S) and recite the Holy Qur’an, should never leave out Surah Nuh as they will gain a place among the favoured servants of Allah (S.w.T.) by reciting it. He will get three places in Jannah instead of one and he will be given 200 houries. Any supplications made after reciting this Surah are quickly answered. The one who recites this Surah often will not die until he sees his place in Jannah.

Surah al-Jinn
This ‘makki’ Surah has 28 ayaat. It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that frequent recitation of this Surah is a protection from Jinn and the reciter will be in the company of the Holy Prophet (S) on the Day of Resurrection. This Surah also protects one from the evil actions of an unjust person.

Prisoners secure early release by reciting this Surah and those who recite it properly will never face poverty or starvation. Keeping this Surah in one’s possession ensures safety from the Jinn, victory in debate or confrontation, and safety of possession and wealth. Debts are also easily paid back.

Surah al-Muzammil (The Wrapped)
There are 20 ayaat in this Surah and it was revealed in Makkah. Some scholars say that it was revealed in Madinah. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that a person who recites this Surah will never face bad times. The person who recites it in the Isha or Tahajjud prayers always remains pure of heart and even dies while he is in a pure state.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that a person who recites this Surah properly will get a chance to meet the Holy Prophet (S) and if he prays for something from Allah (S.w.T.) he will get it. Reciting Surah al-Muzammil a hundred times on Thursday night leads to the forgiving of a hundred major sins and procures a hundred rewards. Recitation of this Surah protects one from insanity and from being a slave to people.

Surah al-Mudathir (The Clothed One)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 56 ayaat. Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) has said that the person who recites this Surah in his compulsory prayers will attain a rank near the Holy Prophet (S) in the hereafter and will be protected from any misfortunes in this world.
If this Surah is recited daily and then a dua is made after its recitation, then the dua will be answered and the need will be fulfilled. If one makes dua that he wishes to memorize the whole Qur’an then he will not die until he has memorized it.

 

Surah al-Qiyamah (The Resurrection)
This Surah has 40 ayaat and it is ‘makki’. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that the person who recites this Surah will be counted from among those who believed in the Day of Judgement and his face will be shining when he is raised from his grave. It is also narrated that frequent reciters will be raised with handsome and attractive faces on the Day of Judgement.

Recitation of this Surah increases sustenance and protects the life and possessions of the reciter. He is liked by people. Surah al-Qiyamah also makes a person chaste, humble and sincere. Drinking water in which this Surah has been written keeps the heart safe from ailments.

Surah ad-Dahr (The Period)
This Surah is also called al-Insan (The Man). It was revealed in Makkah and it has 31 ayaat. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S.w.T.) that the reward for reciting this Surah is Jannah and its bounties.

If a person recites this Surah, especially on Thursday mornings, he will be rewarded with a hundred houries and four thousand slaves in Jannah and he will be given a place close to that of the Holy Prophet (S). Reciting it win war brings victory. Drinking water in which this Surah has been dissolved is good for those with heart problems.

Surah al-Mursalaat (The Emissaries)
This is a ‘makki’ Surah and it has 50 ayaat. The Holy Prophet (S) has said that the one who recites this Surah will not be counted from the Mushrikeen (polytheists). He will always be victorious over his enemy.
It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that drinking this Surah after it is written, and then dissolved in water that is mixed with the water from an onion, acts as a cure from aches and pains. Keeping this Surah, written on deerskin, as a talisman, enables one to reduce the amount of time he sleeps and he will be able to stay awake for a longer time.

Surah an-Naba (The Great Event)
There are 40 verses in this ‘makki’ Surah. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that whoever recites this Surah everyday will be fortunate enough to visit Masjidul Haraam in the same year. The Holy Prophet (S) said that memorization of this Surah carries great reward.

If this Surah is recited with the intention of staying awake, then the reciter will not fall asleep and if it is recited before travelling then the journey will become easy. Drinking water in which this Surah has been dissolved cures stomach problems.

Surah an-Nazi’aat (Those who Pull Out)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 42 ayaat. The Holy Prophet (S) has said that the reward for reciting this Surah is ten times the number of entities in the Heavens.

 

Surah ‘Abasa (He Frowned)
This Surah has 42 verses and it was revealed in Makkah. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that the person who recites this Surah will come out of his grave laughing on the Day of Resurrection.

Writing this Surah as a talisman on deerskin and keeping it in one’s possession makes one successful in all his endeavours. If it is recited during a journey, then the traveller will return home safely. Whoever recites this Surah with Surah at-Takweer will be under the shade of the Holy Prophet (S) in Jannah.

Surah at-Takwir (The Covering Up)
This ‘makki’ Surah has 29 ayaat. The Holy Prophet (S) said that the person who recites this Surah will be happy on the day when the book of deeds of people will be opened. Whoever wishes that Allah (S.w.T.) should show him His Mercy on the Day of Judgement should recite this Surah.

Recitation of this Surah is especially good for the eyes. It improves vision and removes any ailments of the eyes.

Surah al-Infitaar (The Cleaving Asunder)
There are 19 ayaat in this Surah and it was revealed in Makkah. The Holy Prophet (S) said that if a person recites this Surah frequently in his prayers then on the Day of Judgement there will be no curtain between Allah (S.w.T.) and himself and when his book of deeds will be opened, Allah (S.w.T.) will protect him from humiliation.

If a prisoner writes this Surah and keeps it with him, he will be released sooner and he will be saved from any dangers. It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq that even if the sins of the one who recites this Surah are equal to the drops of rain, he will still be forgiven. This Surah is also good for the eyes and one should blow gently into the eyes after reciting this Surah.

Surah al-Mutaffin (The Defrauders)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 36 verses. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that if a person recites this Surah in his faraa’idh prayers, he will be safe from Jahannam. He will not even see it, hear it or even come close to it. His accounts for deeds will not be taken.
It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that if this Surah is recited on a treasure, it will remain safe. In fact, reciting it on anything keeps it safe, even from the vermin of the Earth.

 

Surah al-Inshiqaq (The Bursting Asunder)
This Surah has 25 ayaat and it was revealed in Makkah. The Holy Prophet (S) has said that the one who recites this Surah will not get his book of deeds from his back on the Day of Reckoning.

If written and worn by a pregnant woman, the delivery of the baby becomes easy. However, it is important that after delivery, this Surah should be kept away from her. If this Surah is tied on any animal (eg. camels or horses) then it keeps them safe.

Surah al-Buruj (The Mansion of Stars)
This ‘makki’ Surah has 22 ayaat. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that the one who recites this Surah will be near the Prophets and Messengers on the Day of Judgement. The reward for reciting this Surah is ten times the number of people who gather on the plains of Arafah.

Reciting this Surah saves one from dangers and if recited before sleeping, one is kept under the protection of Allah (S.w.T.) for the whole night. When trying to wean a baby (stop it from breastfeeding and start eating solid foods), this Surah should be written and tied as a talisman around the baby’s neck.

Surah at-Taariq (The Night-Comer)
This Surah has 17 ayaat and it is a ‘makki’ Surah. The Holy Prophet (S) has said that the reward for reciting this Surah is equivalent to ten times the number of heavenly bodies in space.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has narrated that if Surah at-Taariq is recited in compulsory prayers, then the reciter is honoured by Allah (S.w.T.) and will get the opportunity of being with the Prophets (a.s.). Reciting this Surah over anything keeps it safe. If recited before taking medicine, then the medicine will be a sure cure. The water in which this Surah has been dissolved should be poured gently on a wound and it will heal with the Grace of Allah (S.w.T.).

Surah al-A’ala (The Most High)
There are 19 verses in this Surah and it was revealed in Makkah. It is narrated that the reciter of this Surah will get the reward equal to ten times the number of letters in the divine books that were revealed to the Holy Prophet (S), Prophet Ibrahim (a.s.) and Prophet Musa (a.s.). It is also said that in the hereafter, he will be told to enter Jannah through whichever door he pleases.

Imam Ali (a.s.) used to recite this Surah often in his compulsory prayers. Surah al-A’ala is also good for relieving ear pains and other ailments.

Surah al-Ghashiyah (The Overwhelming Calamity)
This is a ‘makki’ Surah and it has 26 ayaat. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that the one who recites this Surah will not face difficulty in the accounting of deeds on the Day of Judgement and Allah (S.w.T.) will show Mercy to him and save him from Jahannam.

Reciting this Surah near a baby removes fright from him and stops his crying. Imam Ali (a.s.) has said that if this Surah is recited over a part of the body which is paining, the pain will go away and if recited over food items, it removes any bad effects of that food.

Surah al-Fajr (The Daybreak)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 30 ayaat. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) urged believers to recite this Surah in their prayers as it is the Surah of Imam Husayn (a.s.) and the one who recites it often will be in the company of Imam Husayn (a.s.) on the Day of Judgement.

It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that the one who recites this Surah, Allah (S.w.T.) will forgive his sins amounting to ten times the number of people who recite this Surah. On the Day of Reckoning he will have a shining light. If this Surah is written as a talisman and then tied to one’s back, after which he goes into his wife, then Allah (S.w.T.) will give him a child who will be a means of pride and blessings for him.

Surah al-Balad (The City)
This Surah has 10 verses and it was revealed in Makkah. the Holy Prophet (S) has said that whoever recites this Surah will be safe from the Wrath of Allah (S.w.T.) on the Day of Reckoning. Those who recite this Surah in their faraa’idh prayers, will be counted among the pious and will given a highly status in the company of the Prophets and martyrs.

Writing this Surah as a talisman and tying it around the neck of a child keeps him safe from illness. Water in which this Surah has been dissolved, if put in the nostrils, acts as a cure for nose ailments.

Surah as-Shams (The Sun)
This is a ‘makki’ Surah and has 15 ayaat. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that the reward for reciting this Surah is compared to the things upon which the sun and the moon shine.

 

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that the person who recites Surah as-Shams, al-Layl, ad-Dhuha and al-Inshirah will, on the Day of Judgement, find all creatures of the earth testifying on his behalf and Allah will accept their testimony and give him a place in Jannah. Recitation of this Surah also leads to an increase in sustenance, courage and popularity amongst the people.

Surah al-Layl (The night)
There are 21 ayaat in this Surah and it was revealed in Makkah. The holy Prophet (S) has said that the reward of reciting this Surah is so much that the one who recites it will be pleased when he sees it in his Book of Deeds. His inspiration of good deeds (Tawfiq) will also increase.

If recited 15 times before sleeping, one will dream about what pleases him most. Reciting it in the I’sha prayers, carries the reward of completing a quarter of the holy Qur’an and is guaranteed that the prayers are accepted.

Surah adh-Dhuha ( The Brightness)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and has 11 verses. It is narrated from the holy Prophet (S) that Allah (S.w.T.) is pleased with person who recites this Surah.

If recited together with name of a person who has gone missing, he will return home safe and sound. If something is forgotten somewhere by mistake, the recitation of this Surah keeps its safe until you get it back.

Surah al-Inshirah (The Expansion)
This Surah has 8 ayaat and it is ‘makki’. The Holy Prophet (S) said that Allah (S.w.T.) grants good fortune and Yaqeen (certitude) in religion, to the person who recites this Surah.

Recitation of this Surah is also good for relieving chest pains. Drinking water in which this Surah has been dissolved is a cure for problems while urination and heart ailments.

Surah at-Teen (the Fig)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and has 8 verses. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said the reward for reciting this Surah in prayers is a great palace in Jannah

 

It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that the reward given to the person who recites this Surah cannot be counted. If recited on food, it’s evil effects are removed. The one who recites this Surah is compared to the person who has visited the Holy Prophet (S) and had his needs fulfilled by him.

Surah al-Alaq (The Clot)
There are 19 ayaat in this Surah and it was revealed in Makkah.Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that whoever recites this Surah in the daytime or at night, and then passes away, he will be counted amongst the martyrs who died while fighting on the side of the Holy Prophet (S)

It is highly recommended to recite this Surah while travelling and it acts as a safety from accidents. If recited on a treasure, it remains safe.

Surah al-Qadr (The Majesty)
This is a ‘makki’ Surah with 5 ayaat. Imam Mohammad al-Baqir (a.s.) has said that whoever recites this Surah with a loud voice, it is as if he has lifted his sword to fight in the way of Allah (S.w.T.) and whoever recites it slowly in his mind, it is as if he has been sacrificed in the way of Allah and has died a martyr.

If a person recites this Surah ten times, one thousand sins of his are forgiven. If recited in compulsory prayers, all previous sins are forgiven. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that reciting this Surah once carries the reward of fasting for the whole month of Ramadhan. Constant recitation of this Surah, increases sustenance.

If Surah Qadr is recited 11 times before sleeping, the reciter remains safe the whole night. Recitation in front of an enemy keeps one safe from his evil designs. For the paying back of loans, one should seek forgiveness and should recite Surah Qadr as many times as possible.

 

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that for pious children, one should keep his right hand on his wife and recite this Surah 7 times before going into her. If recited seven times on the grave of a believer, his sins will be forgiven.

Surah al-Bayyinah (The Clear Evidence)
This Surah has 8 ayaat and it is a ‘madani’ Surah. The Holy Prophet (S) said that if people knew the benefits of reciting this Surah, they would leave their work in order to learn it.

If a person recites this Surah at night, then Allah (S.w.T.) sends angels to protect the reciter and his faith is also secure. The angels seek forgiveness for him. The reward for reciting this Surah is equal to all those things on this Earth upon which the sun shines.

Writing and drinking water of this Surah is beneficial for cure of ailments. Surah al-Bayyinah is also good for pregnant women and helps to ensure their safety and the safety of their babies. Reciting this Surah before eating food removes any ill effects of the foods.

Surah al-Zilzaal (The Earthquake)
This Surah was revealed in Madinah and it has 8 ayaat. It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that whoever recites this Surah in his nawafil (recommended) prayers will not die as a result of an earthquake and will be saved from all the natural calamities.

The experience of death is made easy for the one who recites this Surah and he sees the light of Jannah as he is about to die. Then, seventy thousand angels accompany his soul to the heavens. Keeping this Surah in one’s possession is a safety from tyrant rulers.

Surah al-‘Aadiyaat (The Assaulters)
There are 11 verses in this Surah and it was revealed in Makkah. In a tradition from the Holy Prophet (S) it is said that the reward for reciting this Surah is equivalent to ten times the number who are present in ‘Arafah and Muzdalifa at the time of Hajj.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that those people who recite Surah al-‘Aadiyaat everyday will be counted from the companions of Ameerul Mu’mineen (a.s.) and it has also been narrated that reciting this Surah daily carries the reward of reciting the entire Qur’an. If a person has many creditors, recitation of this Surah will help clear his debts.

If recited by a person in fear, this Surah brings him to safety; if recited by a hungry person, it helps in his finding sustenance; if recited by a thirsty person, his thirst will be quenched.

Surah al-Qari’ah (The Terrible Calamity)
This is a ‘makki’ Surah which has 11 ayaat. Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) has said that the person who frequently recites this Surah will be saved from the heat of hellfire.

If a businessman or a person in financial difficulties keeps this Surah in his possession, the doors of sustenance will be opened to him. Recitation of this Surah in prayers also increases in one’s sustenance. Water in which this Surah has been dissolved is useful in keeping away unwanted pests (eg. Insects and rodents).

Surah at-Takathur (The Multiplication of Wealth)
This Surah has 8 ayaat and it was revealed in Makkah. The Holy Prophet (S) said that whoever recites this Surah before going to sleep at night will be saved from the torments of the grave. If this Surah is recited in faraa’idh prayers, the reciter will get the reward of a hundred martyrs. If recited in the nawafil prayers, he will get the reward of fifty martyrs.
It is especially recommended to recite Surah at-Takathur in the ‘Asr prayers and the person who does this remains under the protection of Allah until the day ends. Recitation of this Surah is a cure from headaches. Another way of reciting salaat al-Wahshat (apart from the commonly known way) is to recite Ayahul Kursi once and Surah al-Ikhlas twice after the al-Hamd of the first rak’aat and then recite Surah at-Takaathur ten times after the al-Hamd of the second rak’aat.

Surah al-‘Asr (The Time)
There are 3 ayaat in this ‘makki’ Surah. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that the person who recites this Surah in his recommended prayers will have a shining face on the Day of Judgement.

The one who recites this Surah will be patient in adversity and will be counted from among the people of truth. If this Surah is written after ‘Isha prayers and kept, it will be a safety from the tyrant ruler in whose presence one is brought.

Surah al-Humazah (The Slanderer)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 9 ayaat. The Holy Prophet (S) said that the reward for reciting this Surah can be compared to ten times the number of disbelievers who were present in Makkah.
Reciting Surah al-Humazah in compulsory prayers keeps a person safe from poverty. Sustenance comes towards him. His death will not be of a sudden and terrifying nature. This Surah is also a cure for pain in the eyes and should be recited before blowing gently into the eyes for relief from pain. Keeping this Surah in a talisman around one’s neck acts as a protection from the ‘evil eye’.

 

Surah al-Feel (The Elephant)
This is a ‘makki’ Surah with 5 verses. It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq that whoever recites this Surah in his faraa’idh prayers, the mountains will bear witness on the Day of Judgement that he prayed and he will be taken to Jannah on the command of Allah (S.w.T.).

The person who recites this Surah is kept safe from his enemies and has his difficulties and problems solved quickly. Recitation of this Surah is also helpful in remaining safe from evil tyrant rulers.

Surah al-Quraysh
This Surah has 4 ayaat and it was revealed in Makkah. The Holy Prophet (S) said that the one who recites this Surah will get the reward of ten times the number of people performing Tawaaf and I’tekaaf.

The recitation of Surah al-Feel and al-Quraysh in the compulsory prayers carries great reward. If this Surah is recited on food, its ill effects are removed. Those with heart conditions should recite this Surah and then gently blow into some drinking water and drink it. If a poor person recites this Surah before sunrise, Allah (S.w.T.) will make it easy for him to get his sustenance.

Surah al-Maa’un (The Daily Necessities)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 7 verses. It is narrated from Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) that if a person recites this Surah in any of his prayers, then they will be accepted.

The sins of those who recite this Surah are forgiven. If recited a hundred times after the Fajr prayers, one remains safe until the next day’s Fajr time. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) said that if a person recites Surah al-Maa’un fourty-one times every day, he and his family will remain free from being dependant on others for their sustenance. (It is recommended that salawaat should also be recited after the first and last ten times)

Surah al-Kawthar (The Heavenly Spring)
There are 3 ayaat in this ‘makki’ Surah. It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that the person who recites this Surah in any of his prayers, will drink from the fountain of Kawthar. The reward for reciting this Surah is compared to ten times the number of cattle slaughtered on Eid-ul-Adh’ha every year until the Day of Resurrection.

 

Surah al-Kaafirun (The Disbelievers)
This Surah is ‘makki’ and has 6 verses. The Holy Prophet (S) said that reciting this Surah carries the reward of reciting a quarter of the Holy Qur’an. The recitation of this Surah drives away Shaitan and keeps one safe from Shirk.

It is also among the five Surahs that have been recommended to be recited during a journey, the others being Surah an-Nasr, at-Tawhid, al-Falaq and an-Naas. Reciting Surah al-Kafirun and at-Tawhid in compulsory prayers is a means for forgiveness of sins for the reciter, his parents and his children. If a person dies after reciting this Surah, it is as if he has died a martyr. Recitation of this Surah before sleeping keeps one safe the whole night.

Surah an-Nasr (The Assistance)
This Surah was revealed in Madinah and it has 3 ayaat. It is narrated that whoever recites this Surah in compulsory prayers will always be victorious over his enemies. On the Day of Judgement he will be given a book in which it will be written that he is free from hellfire.

Recitation of this Surah in the prayers ensures that the prayers are accepted. The one who recites this Surah frequently is held in the same status as those who were with the Holy Prophet (S) when Makkah was conquered.

Surah al-Lahab (The Flame)
There are 5 verses in this Surah and it is ‘makki’. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) advised that whenever a person recites this Surah, he should curse Abu Lahab because of his he mistreated the Holy Prophet (S) and showed disrespect to him.

It is narrated that recitation of this Surah is good for relieving back pains and reciting it before sleeping keeps one safe in the night.

Surah at-Tawhid (The Unity)
This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 4 verses. It is also known as Surah al-Ikhlaas. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that whoever recites this Surah once will get the reward equal to ten times the number of people who have believed in the Islamic teachings.

This Surah has many other rewards and its recitation is compared to reciting a third of the Holy Qur’an. Reciting it once is a means of blessings for the reciter, if recited twice then the blessings are also showered upon the children of the reciter. Reciting it thrice brings blessings on the entire family of the reciter. If Surah al-Ikhlas is recited 11 times, the reciter will have palaces built for him in Jannah.

When a person recites this Surah 100 times, all his sins for the past 25 years are forgiven (except the sins of killing an innocent person or usurping the property of people). The one who recites it 1000 times will not die unless he sees his place in Jannah.

The Holy Prophet (S) once advised a poor person to always say ‘salaam’ when entering his house, even if there was nobody there, and then recite Surah at-Tawhid. After a little while, the man became abundantly wealthy.
It is narrated that if a person does not recite this Surah in any of his five daily prayers, it is as if he has not prayed. In fact, if a person does not recite this Surah in any of his prayers for seven consecutive days, and he dies, it will be as if he died while following the religion of Abu Lahab.

It is makruh to recite this Surah in one breath. This Surah has numerous other benefits and is a cure for many ailments. It should be recited when travelling or when facing a tyrant ruler.

Surah al-Falaq (The Dawn)
This is a ‘madani’ Surah and it has 5 ayaat. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that whoever recites this Surah in the month of Ramadhan in any of his prayers, it is as if he has fasted in Makkah and he will get the reward for performing Hajj and ‘Umra.

Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) said that in the prayer of Shafa’a (in Salaatul-layl) one should recite Surah al-Falaq in the first rak’aat and an-Naas in the second.

Surah an-Naas (The Man)
This Surah was revealed in Madinah and it has 6 ayaat. Surah an-Naas and al-Falaq are together called Ma’udhatayn. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that whoever recites this Surah in his house every night, will be kept safe from Jinnaat and the evil designs of Shaitan.

If this Surah is put around the neck of a child as a talisman, the child will be protected from Jinnat. Reciting the Ma’udhatayn before sleeping is a means of safety and if recited on any part of the body that is paining, the pain will be relieved.